True Blood Wiki
The subject of the article is involved with Season 1 The subject of the article is involved with Season 2 The subject of the article is involved with Season 3 The subject of the article is involved with Season 4 The subject of the article is involved with Season 5 The subject of the article is involved with Season 6 The subject of the article is involved with Season 7

Kristin Bauer van Straten

Kristin Bauer van Straten
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Last seen
Appeared in
63 episodes (see below)
Mentioned in
Biographical Information
Date of birth
November 26, 1973 (1973-11-26) (age 47)
Date of death
Place of birth
Racine, Wisconsin, USA
Place of death
External Links
[{{{website}}} Official Site]
[{{{facebook}}} Facebook]
[{{{myspace}}} Myspace]
[{{{twitter}}} Twitter]


Kristin Bauer van Straten, born November 26, 1973 in Racine, Wisconsin, is an American actress who plays the role of Pamela Swynford de Beaufort on the HBO original series True Blood. She was a recurring guest star in the first and second seasons. She joined the starring cast for the third season and remains a starring cast member until the seventh, and final, season.


Bauer was born and raised in Racine, Racine County, Wisconsin with her parents - an avid horseman and gun collector, and a housewife involved in charities. In childhood she played sports, and, like her father, rode horses and shot guns.

She studied fine arts in St. Louis, Boston and New York in her youth, but she decided to become an actress and moved to Los Angeles, where she has been living since she began acting in 1994. She continues to draw and paint. Her works include commissioned portraits.

Acting Career[]

In 1995 she had her first recurring role in a television series, as Maggie Reynolds on The Crew. Other recurring roles are those of Geneva Renault in Total Security, Candy Cooper in That's Life, and Belinda Slypich in Hidden Hills.

Perhaps her best known film role was in Dancing at the Blue Iguana in 2000. Bauer played a porn star appearing as the featured act at a Los Angeles strip club and performed an extended nude dance routine. In 2001 she starred in the award winning short film Room 302 and in 2004 she had a minor role in 50 First Dates, starring Adam Sandler. In the animated series Justice League she supplied the voice of the superhero Mera.

She has also made a number of guest appearances in several television shows, including LA Law, Seinfeld, Everybody Loves Raymond, Dark Angel, Two and a Half Men, Star Trek: Enterprise, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Desperate Housewives, George Lopez and others.

She famously appeared in a Seinfeld episode (The Bizarro Jerry) as Gillian, Jerry's girlfriend with "man hands".

Bauer currently plays vampire Pam on the HBO hit series True Blood'. On December 8, 2009, confirmed Kristin has become a series regular.

She also carries out conservation work and to better the treatment of animals. She lives with many rescued animals at her home in Los Angeles.

Personal Life[]

Some of Kristin's ink.

On August 1, 2009, she married South African musician Abri van Straten, of the group The Lemmings, at her family’s farm in Wisconsin.

Due to the extensive tattoo art on her body (the flower seen in the picture on the left is only one of several pieces she has on her), Kristin frequently wears costumes or extensive covering makeup that hides the artwork while playing Pam.




  • Once Upon a Time (2011, 2014-Present)
  • Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (2013)
  • True Blood (2008-2014)
  • The Secret Life of the American Teenager (2010)
  • Hidden Hills (2002)
  • That's Life (2000-2001)




45306.png There is an image gallery for



Kristin Bauer von Straten of HBO's "True Blood" Season 5

Trading Cards[]


Season one appearances
"Strange Love" "The First Taste" "Mine" "Escape from Dragon House"
"Sparks Fly Out" "Cold Ground" "Burning House of Love" "The Fourth Man in the Fire"
"Plaisir D'Amour" "I Don't Wanna Know" "To Love Is to Bury" "You'll Be the Death of Me"
Season two appearances
"Nothing but the Blood" "Keep This Party Going" "Scratches" "Shake and Fingerpop"
"Never Let Me Go" "Hard-Hearted Hannah" "Release Me" "Timebomb"
"I Will Rise Up" "New World in My View" "Frenzy" "Beyond Here Lies Nothin'"
Season three appearances
"Bad Blood" "Beautifully Broken" "It Hurts Me Too" "9 Crimes"
"Trouble" "I Got a Right to Sing the Blues" "Hitting the Ground" "Night on the Sun"
"Everything Is Broken" "I Smell a Rat" "Fresh Blood" "Evil is Going On"
Season four appearances
"She's Not There" "You Smell Like Dinner" "If You Love Me, Why Am I Dyin'?" "I'm Alive and on Fire"
"Me and the Devil" "I Wish I Was the Moon" "Cold Grey Light of Dawn" "Spellbound"
"Let's Get Out of Here" "Burning Down the House" "Soul of Fire" "And When I Die"
Season five appearances
"Turn! Turn! Turn!" "Authority Always Wins" "Whatever I Am, You Made Me" "We’ll Meet Again"
"Let's Boot and Rally" "Hopeless" "In the Beginning" "Somebody That I Used to Know"
"Everybody Wants to Rule the World" "Gone, Gone, Gone" "Sunset" "Save Yourself"
Season six appearances
"Who Are You, Really?" "The Sun" "You're No Good" "At Last"
"F**k the Pain Away" "Don't You Feel Me" "In the Evening" "Dead Meat"
"Life Matters" "Radioactive"
Season seven appearances
"Jesus Gonna Be Here" "I Found You" "Fire in the Hole" "Death is Not the End"
"Lost Cause" "Karma" "May Be the Last Time" "Almost Home"
"Love is to Die" "Thank You"