Shannen Maria Doherty (born April 12, 1971) is an American actress, author, producer and television director. Best known for her roles as Brenda Walsh on Beverly Hills, 90210 and as Prue Halliwell on Charmed.

Shannen Doherty was born in Memphis, Tennessee. Doherty had guest spots on TV series including Voyagers! and Father Murphy. Doherty won the role of Jenny Wilder at the age of 11 on the popular series Little House on the Prairie. In 1982, Doherty was a voice in the animated film The Secret of NIMH. In 1985, Doherty starred as Maggie Malene in the teen movie comedy Girls Just Want to Have Fun. On the family drama Our House, Doherty was cast as the oldest Witherspoon sibling, Kris. Doherty’s first major motion picture role was Heather Duke in the film Heathers.