10 celebrities who were briefcase models on ‘Deal or No Deal’


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That’s future royalty Meghan Markle in the back middle.

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  • “Deal or No Deal” aired on NBC from 2005 to 2009, and then on CNBC from 2018 to 2019.
  • For its entire run, there were 26 women each holding a briefcase containing a dollar amount.
  • Some of those women, like Meghan Markle or Chrissy Teigen, would later become familiar faces.
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Meghan Markle was briefly on the second season of “Deal or No Deal.”

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Meghan Markle.

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Before she was the Duchess of Sussex and a global icon, Markle was a briefcase model during the second season of “Deal or No Deal” in 2006 and 2007. She held box No. 24.

Four years later, Markle would go on to play Rachel Zane for seven seasons of “Suits,” which would lead her to Prince Harry … and the rest is (recent) history.

Chrissy Teigen was, in her own words, “gently replaced” after a few episodes.

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Chrissy Teigen.

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Teigen joked about her tenure on the second season of “Deal or No Deal” in typical fashion — on Instagram. Comments by Celebs reshared a photo from Teigen that shows her looking disappointed while revealing $750,000 inside her briefcase.

“I never understood when I was supposed to make the sad face,” she wrote beneath the photo. “I think that’s why I was gently replaced.”

She added one final joke: “I love my husband Harry please respect us.”

“Selling Sunset” star Amanza Smith was on two seasons.

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Amanza Smith.

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Smith, who joined the cast of “Selling Sunset” in season two, has been around in Hollywood for a while, including her time on seasons four and five of “Deal or No Deal.” At the time, she was also dating Taye Diggs and accompanied him to multiple red carpet events.

You can expect to see Smith in season four of “Selling Sunset.”

“AP Bio” actress Hayley Marie Norman held case No. 25 for three seasons.

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Hayley Marie Norman.

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Most recently, Norman was cast in the upcoming fourth season of “AP Bio” on Peacock. Additionally, you may know her from “Hancock,” “Fired Up,” “Alone Together,” “Adam Ruins Everything,” “Top Five,” “Selfie,” or “iZombie.”

Brenda Lowe was on “Survivor: Nicaragua” before she was on “Deal or No Deal.”

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Lowe held briefcase No. 4 during the fifth and final season, years after she became known to reality TV fans as Brenda on “Survivor: Nicaragua” in 2010.

In between “Survivor” and “Deal or No Deal,” she also had a small role in the 2017 “Baywatch” remake.

Leyla Milani founded Leyla Milani Hair after leaving the show.

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Leyla Milani.

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Milani held on to lucky No. 13 for the first four seasons of “Deal or No Deal,” through 2009. 

Recently, she popped up on an episode of “Shahs of Sunset.” But mainly, she’s been focused on her hair-care ventures. She founded Hairtamin, a supplements company, and Leyla Milani Hair, an extensions line that now offers brushes and other styling tools.

She has a sizable Instagram following with 1.4 million followers.

Anya Monzikova is now an actress, but she got her start on “Deal or No Deal.”

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Anya Monzikova.

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Monzikova was on the first four seasons of “Deal or No Deal” holding case No. 10. After the show ended, she steadily earned more parts, including roles in “Iron Man 2,” “Melissa and Joey,” “Bones,” “The League,” “Ray Donovan,” and most recently “S.W.A.T.”

According to her Instagram, she also is a producer for eKo Atl, a production company based out of Atlanta.

Donna Feldman, who held case No. 22, has also probably popped up in a show you’ve watched.

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Donna Feldman.

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Feldman was only on the first season of the show before leaving to pursue other opportunities. She starred in the nighttime soap “Fashion House,” had a small role in “You Don’t Mess with the Zohan,” and appeared in an episode of the “Magnum P.I.” reboot in 2020.

This year, she’s set to appear in episodes of “NCIS: Los Angeles” and “The Oval.”

Anchal Joseph was famous before she appeared on the fifth season of “Deal or No Deal” due to her time on “America’s Next Top Model.”

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Anchal Joseph.

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Joseph was on cycle seven of “America’s Next Top Model” in 2006 — over a decade later, she returned to TV to appear on the reboot of “Deal or No Deal,” holding case No. 22.

According to IMDb, she has a film role coming up, “Touch the Fire,” and according to Instagram, she still models.


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