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Judy Reyes is the actress who portrays Nurse Carla Espinosa on Scrubs. She was a member of the main cast for the first 8 seasons.


Reyes grew up in the Bronx and became interested in acting while attending Hunter College in Manhattan. In 1992, she landed her first major acting role in the independent feature film Jack and His Friends opposite Sam Rockwell, and went on to perform extensively in the New York theater. She is particularly proud of her work with the LAByrinth Theatre Company, a multi-cultural acting space in Manhattan where she is a founding member, along with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Rockwell, John Ortiz and Lauren Velez, among others. She has served with the Company as both actor and producer on numerous productions over the past 10 years.

Reyes' film credits include the movies Dirty, Bringing Out the Dead, and Be Back at Five and Washington Heights. Additionally, Reyes starred and produced the independent film Glow Ropes: The Rise and Fall of a Bar Mitzvah Emcee, with her husband Edwin M. Figueroa co-directing with George Valencia. Glow Ropes screened and won the Best Film award at the 2005 HBO New York Latino Film Festival. It also premiered at the 2005 Cannes International Film Festival and screened at the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival. She also acted in and co-produced (with her husband) Taino, a short film that was screened at the 1999 New York International Latino Film Festival and was one of four finalists to air on Showtime's Latino Filmmakers Forum.

Reyes' other TV credits include Oz, The Sopranos, and 100 Centre Street.


Year Title Media Character
1992 Jack and His Friends Film Rosie
Law & Order TV Maria Barragon (1 episode)
1993 Street Justice TV Jody (1 episode
1994 The Cosby Mysteries TV Laura Montero (1 episode)
New York Undercover TV Helena (1 episode)
1995 CBS Schoolbreak Special TV Giselle (1 episode)
1996 NYPD Blue TV Anna Ortiz (1 episode)
The Prosecutors TV Movie Maria Valquez
No Exit Film Maria Lentini
1997 Lena's Dreams Film Martisa
Cosby TV Unknown (1 episode)
Nothing Sacred TV Maritza (2 episodes
1998 Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God... Be Back by Five Film Waitress
Godzilla Film Woman #1 (uncredited)
Trinity TV Unknown (1 episode)
1999 Taino Film Sister
Mind Prey TV Movie Det. Vega
Bringing Out the Dead Film ICU Nurse
Oz TV Tina Rivera (5 episodes)
2000 The Sopranos TV Michelle (1 episode)
Madigan Men TV Vera the Dog Walker (1 episode)
King of the Jungle Film Lydia Morreto
2001 100 Centre Street TV Olivia (1 episode)
Third Watch TV Gina Fuentes (2 episodes)
WW 3 TV Movie Maria Cruz
Home Invaders Film Unknown
Scrubs TV Carla Espinosa
2002 Washington Heights Film Daisy
It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie TV Movie Carla Espinosa
2004 Cuarto, El Film Unknown
King of the Corner Film Nurse Kathleen Dreihart
2005 Glow Ropes: The Rise and Fall of a Bar Mitzvah Emcee Film Vanessa Dupree
Dirty Film Bryant
2006 Our House TV Movie Billy
2007 The Passion Film Adio
2008 Little Girl Lost: The Delimar Vera Story TV Movie Luz Cuevas
The Poker Club Film Detective Patterson
2009 Castle TV Theresa Candela (1 episode)
HawthoRNe TV Vita (1 episode)
2010 Medium TV Jane Livingston
2011 Gun Hill Road Film Angela
Without Men Film Magnolia


Year Ceremony Award Result For
2002 ALMA Awards ALMA Award Nominated Outstanding Actress in a Television Series - Scrubs
2005 Imagen Foundation Awards Imagen Award Nominated Best Television Actress - Scrubs
2006 ALMA Awards ALMA Award Won Outstanding Actress in a Television Series - Scrubs
2007 Imagen Foundation Awards Imagen Award Nominated Best Television Actress - Scrubs
2008 ALMA Awards ALMA Award Won Outstanding Female Performance in a Comedy Television Series - Scrubs
2009 Imagen Foundation Awards Imagen Award Nominated Best Actress/Television - Little Girl Lost: The Delimar Vera Story

MAIN Zach BraffSarah ChalkeDonald FaisonNeil FlynnKen JenkinsJohn C. McGinley
Judy ReyesEliza CoupeKerry BishéMichael MosleyDave Franco
SUPPORTING Johnny KastlSam LloydRobert MaschioChrista MillerTravis SchuldtAloma Wright
SEE ALSO List of character appearances • Cast from Season: 12345678W9 e