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Biography Supermodel Angie Harmon plays forensic expert Ryan McBride on "Baywatch Nights." McBride is also the gorgeous and sultry co-owner of the Buchannon and McBride detective agency.

Hasselhoff and "Baywatch Nights" executive producers were in the midst of conducting a nationwide search to cast the role of McBride when, by chance, Hasselhoff met Harmon on a cross-country flight. Hasselhoff, who was himself discovered on an airplane for the lead of "Knight Rider" by then-NBC head Brandon Tartikoff, thought Harmon would be perfect for the female lead. Harmon wasn't so sure. "It's a real life Cinderella story. Acting had been my dream since I was a kid, but this was my first audition for a television series. I didn't want to blow it." Her fears were unfounded.

After reading for Hasselhoff and the other executive producers and casting agents, the 22-year-old Texas beauty was hired. A newcomer to acting, Harmon is no stranger to the camera. She has several national commercials to her credit including a GEO Metro spot for director Jake Scott.

Harmon comes by her beauty naturally. Both her parents were models, and Harmon has been modelling since she was a baby. "I hit that awkward stage around six or seven -- gangly and uncoordinated. I had two huge front teeth. My nickname was `Mako Shark.' Fortunately, it didn't last forever.

I got braces and grew into my height by Junior High." At age 15, Harmon beat out 63,000 girls to win Seventeen magazine's cover girl of the year award. She flew to New York for her first national photo shoot and was awarded several prizes including a brand new car. "It sat in my driveway for a year, because I wasn't old enough to have a license." After graduating from high school, Harmon settled in New York where she began a highly successful modelling career which took her all around the world.

She has graced the pages of Vogue, Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, GQ, Esquire, and numerous European fashion magazines. Her charismatic beauty and elegant style has captured the attention of such high fashion designers as Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Georgio Armani, Issac Mizrahi, and Rifat Ozbek in runway shows in Paris, Milan and New York. Since moving to Los Angeles, Harmon has been studying with an acting coach and eventually hopes to do more comedy. "I love to make people laugh.

That's what I admire most about `Ryan McBride,' she's witty -- lots of quick, funny one-liners." A nature lover, Harmon has dreams of establishing a children's ranch in West Texas to give underprivileged city youth an outdoor experience. "I would like for all children to be able to connect with nature at an early age." Harmon is an avid Dallas Cowboy fan who had season passes in high school and has been known to fly cross-country to see her team play. She currently resides in the Hollywood Hills with her dog "Dakota," three cats "Mogolie," "Madeleine," and "Spooky," and a goldfish named "Hercules." At 5'9", her height is appropriate to the part: Angela Bassett, Lucy Lawless, Gong Li, Rachel McLish, Michelle Yeoh