Lauren Holly’s Net Worth and The Real Reason The Hot Actress Left NCIS

Lauren Holly is an American-Canadian actress who has amassed an impressive $14 million in net worth, thanks to her prolific career.

Lauren Holly left NCIS because she got bored playing the character of Jenny Shepard, and was ready to move on and try something different. The producers also felt it was time to do away with her character, so she was removed during season 5

A Canadian-American actress of repute, Lauren Holly became famous for TV series such as Picket Fences, NCIS, and Motive. The Hollywood star has also made appearances in a number of films such as the 1994 comedy film Dumb and Dumber; as well as the 1993 biographical film, Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story.

Her work in TV dramas like The Adventures of Chuck & Friends and Chicago Hope has been described as excellent. As such, she has not only earned her share of awards and nominations in both the Canadian and American entertainment industries but has also garnered an impressive net worth.

Lauren Michael Holly was born on the 28th of October 1963 in Bristol, Pennsylvania to an art historian named Michael Ann Holly (mom) and a screenwriter/professor of literature called Grant Holly (father). She began her career in 1983 at the age of 20. In the years that followed, she got to play many big and small roles in both TV and films, recording successes on many fronts including financially.

Lauren Holly’s Net Worth and Earnings from Acting Career

Although the details of her annual income are not known to the public, the famed actress has amassed a huge amount of money as her estimated net worth. Her net worth which has been pegged at $14 million is expected to grow in the nearest future since Lauren is still very much active in the business of entertainment.

Just as anyone would rightly guess, the fortune of the Geneva High School graduate has mostly been amassed from her career as an actress, something she has always longed to be even as a child, which was what saw her enroll at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art to study drama and flute.

In most of her films, Holly has taken more supporting roles with hardly any lead role to her credit. More so, although there is no record of what she has been paid for her different roles as an actress, the Box Office earnings of her top 10 highest-grossing films are over a billion US dollars. Considering the successes of these films, it is apparent that her roles in them have contributed to her amazing net worth.

The show business is not, however, the only source of Lauren Holly’s fortune. She is also involved in the fashion business, owning a clothing line with Le Chateau.

Where Lauren Holly’s Net Worth Ranks Compared to Other Famous NCIS Cast Members:

  • Mark Harmon: $90 Million
  • Michael Weatherly: $25 Million
  • Pauley Perrette: $22 Million
  • Wilmer Valderrama: $20 million
  • Lauren Holly: $14 million
  • David McCallum: $10 million
  • Maria Bello: $8 million
  • Sean Murray: $8 million
  • Sasha Alexander: $6 Million
  • Cote De Pablo: $6 Million
  • Rocky Carroll: $4 million
  • Brian Dietzen: $2 million
  • Emily Wickersham: $2 million

The Truth Behind Her Exit from NCIS

Lauren Holly and Michael Weatherly in NCIS
Lauren Holly and Michael Weatherly in NCIS: Image Source

In 2005, Holly got what would come to be one of her most recognized roles as Director Jenny Shepard in NCIS. She remained on the show until 2008, sustaining from the third to the fifth season.

There have been several speculations regarding the reason behind Lauren’s exit from NCIS. Many attributed her departure to the terminal disease she is believed to have while others have assumed she left because of her family commitments. There are still others who have speculated it could be as a result of a rift with Mark Harmon, who is both the main character and executive producer of the show.

While it is believed that her withdrawal from the show has nothing to do with any rift with Harmon as claimed, it is not known if it has anything to do with a disease she has or family issues. The most dominant belief is that the actress left the show because she was bored with playing the same character for so long. More so, it was reported that she wanted new challenges after the show helped make her fall in love with acting once again.

Apart from NCIS, Lauren Holly has Appeared in These Other Major TV Shows

  • Hill Street Blues
  • Good Witch
  • My Perfect Romance
  • Designated Survivor
  • The Town Christmas Forgot
  • Chicago Hope
  • Destiny
  • A Country Wedding
  • Before You Say I Do
  • My Summer Prince
  • Lucifer
  • Picket Fences
  • Dangerous Heart
  • Vig
  • Fantasy Island
  • Too Late to Say Goodbye
  • Covert Affairs
  • Flashpoint
  • Jackie, Ethel, Joan: The Women of Camelot
  • Becker
  • Providence
  • Call Me Mrs. Miracle
  • The Adventures of Chuck & Friends
  • CSI: Miami
  • Just Desserts
  • Caught in the Act
  • Living with the Dead
  • Bounty Hunters
  • Leverage
  • Scream of the Banshee
  • Lost Girl
  • Alphas
  • Love Lives On
  • Spenser: For Hire
  • The Antagonists
  • Fugitive Among Us
  • Rookie Blue
  • Layover
  • All My Children
  • King of Texas
  • Santa Jr.
  • Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again
  • My Two Dads
  • Do No Harm
  • Motive

What Has Lauren Holly Been Up to Since Leaving NCIS?

Since her departure from NCIS, the amazing actress has continued with her acting career, taking some major TV and film roles. From 2013 to 2016, she played the main role of Dr. Betty Rogers in Motive. Currently, she plays the role of Lynn Harper in Designated Survivor.


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The actress is public-spirited and has been devoting a good measure of her time to helping the wider community. For instance, she is an active supporter of The ‘A’ Fund charity at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She does this to preserve the memory of her late brother.

Lauren grew up with two brothers (Nick and Alexander Holly) but unfortunately, Alexander passed away at the young age of 14 from a fire incident that happened on the 10th of April 1992. In memory of her late brother Alexander, the Holly family joined hands together to set up the “A” Fund at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

According to Lauren, her late brother was a lad with big dreams and plans. Although he did not live beyond 14, Alexander accomplished a lot of things with his extensive travels through Europe and Central America. He developed a keen interest in archaeology and architecture as a result of his traveling experiences.

Banks Onuoha
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