Vanessa Lynn Branch (born March 21, 1973) is a British-American actress and model. After graduating from Mercersburg Academy, a boarding school in south-central Pennsylvania, she graduated from Middlebury College in 1994 and was Miss Vermont also that year. In 1996, she began tutoring two young girls, Blair and Ana Van Pelt, in French, and later moved in with the Van Pelt family in Newport Beach, California. She has stayed in southern California since then and currently resides there.
She appeared in the Lost episode "Fire + Water" as the character Karen. She also made an appearance on Gilmore Girls. She can also be seen in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, playing Giselle, a Tortugan wench jilted by Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow. She had a guest appearance as Nadia Kerensky in the pilot of the short-lived TV series Andy Barker, P.I.. She also appeared in the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Shattered" as an adult Naomi Wildman. In 2002, Vanessa appeared on the American soap Port Charles as Mary Margaret 'Paige' Barrington Smith and Rebecca 'Becca' Barrington.
In June 2006, Vanessa worked on an advertisement for Orbit Gum that introduced two new flavors, lemon-lime and crystal mint. She worked on advertisements with the company until 2010. She was replaced by the current Orbit Gum Girl, actress Farris Patton.
- Branch is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and French.
- In July 2006, Maxim featured her in their "Girls of Maxim" gallery.
- In October 2008, she portrayed Zhana Agonskaya in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3.
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