A.J. Cook

About A.J. Cook

Who is it?: Actress
Birth Day: July 22, 1978
Birth Place: Oshawa, Canada, Canadian
Residence: Los Angeles, California
Occupation: Actress
Years active: 1997–present
Spouse(s): Nathan Andersen (m. 2001)
Children: 2

A.J. Cook

A.J. Cook was born on July 22, 1978 in Oshawa, Canada, Canadian, is Actress. Andrea Joy Cook, popularly known as A.J. Cook is a well-known Canadian actress. She is best known for her role in the CBS police crime drama 'Criminal Minds' where she portrays a Supervisory Special Agent known as Jennifer Jareau. The show has been running from 2005 and as of 2017, it is running in its 13th season. Born in Oshawa, Ontario, in Canada, Cook was inclined towards acting from her early years. She began her acting career with a guest role in the TV series ‘Goosebumps.’ She made her film debut with the 1999 drama film 'The Virgin Suicides'. The film however was not much of a success. The following year she started appearing in the American Canadian drama series 'Higher Ground' where she played one of the lead roles. A few years later, she started appearing in the police crime drama 'Criminal Minds', which earned her much popularity and success. The show can be considered the most important work of her career. Over the years, she has also appeared in several popular films such as 'Least Among Saints' and 'Final Destination 2'. Also known for her gorgeous looks, Cook was ranked at 88th position on the ‘Maxim Hot 100’ 2014 list.
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Popular As A.J. Cook
Occupation Film & Theater Personalities
Age 45 years old
Zodiac Sign Leo
Born July 22, 1978 (Oshawa, Canada, Canadian)
Birthday July 22
Town/City Oshawa, Canada, Canadian
Nationality Canadian

🌙 Zodiac

A.J. Cook’s zodiac sign is Leo. According to astrologers, people born under the sign of Leo are natural born leaders. They are dramatic, creative, self-confident, dominant and extremely difficult to resist, able to achieve anything they want to in any area of life they commit to. There is a specific strength to a Leo and their "king of the jungle" status. Leo often has many friends for they are generous and loyal. Self-confident and attractive, this is a Sun sign capable of uniting different groups of people and leading them as one towards a shared cause, and their healthy sense of humor makes collaboration with other people even easier.

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A.J. Cook was born in the Year of the Horse. Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Horse love to roam free. They’re energetic, self-reliant, money-wise, and they enjoy traveling, love and intimacy. They’re great at seducing, sharp-witted, impatient and sometimes seen as a drifter. Compatible with Dog or Tiger.



Cook's first job was in a McDonald's commercial in 1997. She graduated to series work with a guest role on the television series Goosebumps, and parts in two television movies, In His Father's Shoes and Elvis Meets Nixon. Cook launched her feature film career as one of five captivating suicidal sisters in 1999's The Virgin Suicides. Also that year, she took a starring role in the TV series Higher Ground, in which Cook played Shelby Merrick, a rough-around-the-edges teenage girl dealing with abuse and heartache at a wilderness school for struggling kids. Higher Ground lasted one season, ending with a romance between Shelby and Hayden Christensen's character, Scott.


After Higher Ground, Cook appeared in the 2000 TV movie The Spiral Staircase (alongside Higher Ground alum Kandyse McClure), and then captured leading roles in several films, including Out Cold (as Jason London's love interest), Ripper, I'm Reed Fish, and Final Destination 2. In 2003, Cook guest starred in Dead Like Me. She was also in season one of Tru Calling as Lindsay Walker.


Cook is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) but does not limit her acting solely to roles reflecting her beliefs. On August 3, 2001, she married her long-time boyfriend, Nathan Andersen. The two met in a film class at Utah Valley University, and she later moved to Salt Lake City, Utah to be with him. They reside in Los Angeles, California with their two sons.


Cook was born in Oshawa, Ontario, and spent most of her life growing up in nearby Whitby, where she attended Anderson Collegiate Vocational Institute. She has three siblings: Nathan, Paul, and Angela. Cook was declared legally blind in the second grade because of a severe astigmatism, but wore contacts and thick glasses to correct her vision. In 2007 she underwent surgery during which a lens implant corrected the impairment. A Dancer from age four, Cook began taking jazz, tap and ballet lessons. She danced competitively for many years, before deciding at the age of 16 that she wanted to try acting. Cook also taught dance when she was younger and has stated that if she hadn't become an Actress, she would most likely have set up a small dance studio somewhere. In an interview, she admitted that she still tap dances.


In September 2008 their son, Mekhai, was born. Mekhai makes a brief appearance as Henry LaMontagne in Criminal Minds, when Cook's character is buying children's Medicine from a pharmacy. He reprised the role in the two-hour season seven finale in 2012 and several other episodes throughout the series. The couple's second son, Phoenix Sky, was born in July 2015. He also appears in Criminal Minds as JJ's second son, Michael.


Since September 2005, she has starred as Jennifer "J.J." Jareau in the CBS drama Criminal Minds. On June 14, 2010, it was announced that her contract option would not be picked up for season six as a series regular reportedly due to budget cuts on the show, but she did return for two episodes to wrap up her character's storyline due to thousands of letters and petitions written to the show's producers. She also returned for one episode for the departure of Paget Brewster from the series. On April 16, 2011, it was reported that she had signed to reappear for two more seasons of the show.


In 2013, it was announced she was hired as a spokeswoman for Proactiv. She appeared in the January/February 2014 issue of Maxim magazine. She was ranked at 88 on the Maxim Hot 100 2014 list. She was the Grand Marshal for the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia on April 3, 2016.

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