Shiri Appleby

Appleby in 2008, Featureflash /

Birth Name: Shiri Freda Appleby

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: December 7, 1978

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish, Sephardi Jewish

Shiri Appleby is an American actress and director. She is known for her roles on the series Roswell, ER, Life Unexpected, Dating Rules from My Future Self, Chicago Fire, Girls, and Unreal, and in the films A Time for Dancing, Swimfan, Havoc, Charlie Wilson’s War, and The Devil’s Candy. She has directed episodes of Unreal, Roswell, New Mexico; Light as a Feather, New Amsterdam, Grown-ish, The Wonder Years, Young Sheldon, and Unprisoned.

Her father, who is American, is an Ashkenazi Jew. Her mother, who is Israeli, is of Moroccan Sephardi Jewish background. Shiri was raised keeping kosher, and had a Bat Mitzvah ceremony. The word shiri means either “my song” or “my poem” or simply “sing” in Hebrew. Shiri is married to chef and restaurateur Jon Shook, with whom she has two children. Jon is also Jewish.

Shiri’s maternal grandfather’s surname was Bouader.

Source: Article about Shiri’s background –


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2 Responses

  1. mycarf123123 says:

    Moroccan Jews are both Sephardic and Mizrahi Jewish

  2. Lil Vacha says:


    She’s also Ashkenazi Jewish from her father’s side. Her mom is Sephardic Jewish.

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