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'Big Love' Alumna Jeanne Tripplehorn Joins 'Criminal Minds' as Series Regular

June 14, 2012 (8:17 am) GMT
The Barbara Henrickson of the HBO drama will play a new FBI profiler on the police procedural series, filling the void left by Paget Brewster who exited the show last season.

Hotchner and his BAU team are going to welcome a new member in the next season of "". The show has tapped , who claimed her fame through her supporting role as Dr. Beth Garner in 1992's film "Basic Instinct", to take a regular role as a new FBI profiler.

"We're thrilled to have Jeanne Tripplehorn join our team as a profiler," executive producer Erica Messer says in a statement to announce the casting news. "Her character will be introduced in the premiere. It's an exciting way to start season 8."

Tripplehorn's latest big TV role was Barbara Henrickson on HBO's "", which ran from 2006 until 2011. She recently landed a guest star role as Ouli on FOX's hit comedy "". Her film credits include "The Firm", "Waterworld" and "Sliding Doors".

The 49-year-old Emmy-nominated actress is cast on the police procedural series to replace , who left the show at the end of season 7. Before she quit the show for good, the Emily Prentiss depicter was not featured in the second half of season 6, as her character was believed to be dead.

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