Life and CareerEdit
Dent was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the daughter of Eleanor Brown and Fred C. Dent, a politician. She attended St. Joseph's Academy high school and graduated in 1983 from the North Carolina School of the Arts. Dent began starring in film and television in the early 1990's. Her first feature film was the movie Nobody's Fool (1994). On television she played Janice Talbert in One Life to Live, and well as made guest appearances on such shows as The Pretender, The X-Files, The Invisible Man, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Sopranos, Frasier, Judging Amy, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Without a Trace, Grey's Anatomy, NCIS, The Mentalist, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Her big breakthrough role came in 2002, as L.A.P.D. Officer Danielle "Danni" Sofer on FX's hit drama The Shield. On film, she appeared in Replicant (2001), The Majestic (2001), and 21 Grams (2003).