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Heidi Gardner returns to "Saturday Night Live" for her sixth season.

Gardner has received praise for her hilarious original characters on "SNL," including teen movie reviewer Bailey Gismert; famous '80s cocaine wife Carla; Angel, every boxer's girlfriend; and John Michael Wozniak, a nice-guy stadium security guard who lost everything to Michael Jordan in the digital short "The Last Dance: Extended Scene."

Gardner comes from The Groundlings Main Company in Los Angeles. She recently co-starred in Netflix's "Hustle," the hit sports drama, alongside Adam Sandler and Queen Latifah, and is upcoming in a recurring role on Apple TV+'s "Shrinking" (aka "Pinch") opposite Jason Segel. Gardner also appeared opposite Melissa McCarthy in the comedy feature "Life of the Party" and starred in the Netflix feature "Otherhood," co-starring Angela Bassett, Patricia Arquette and Felicity Huffman.

Gardner also guest-starred on the final season of "Veep," "Superstore" and the "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" interactive special and appeared on the Comedy Central series "The Other Two" from "SNL" writers Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider.

In animation, Gardner voiced Tuva Van Void in SYFY's series "Alien News Desk" and Cooch in the Crackle series "SuperMansion," opposite Bryan Cranston. She is upcoming in the Netflix feature "Leo" and the Universal feature "Puss in Boots: The Last Wish."

Gardner hails from Kansas City, Missouri, and her birthday is July 27.

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