Anders was born in Madison, Wisconsin, and raised in DeForest, Wisconsin, but she now lives in Los Angeles. She graduated from DeForest Area High School in DeForest, Wisconsin in 1993; and received a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 1997. In 2001, she earned a Master of Fine Arts from Rutgers University.
From 2006 to 2015, Anders and her former Joey co-star Matt LeBlanc, who met on the set of the canceled sitcom dated. Her brother is director Sean Anders (Sex Drive, Never Been Thawed).
In 2001, Anders began her career in theatre. She was an understudy for Mary Louise Parker in the Broadway production of Proof and also later played the part of Elaine Robinson in The Graduate. She also appeared in On the Jump at the Arena Stage, New Doors at the Guthrie Theater, and two New York Stage & Film productions: Cold/Tender and New World Rhapsody.
In May 2007, Anders started in the Geffen Playhouse performance of Fat Pig. She played the part of Jeannie, an accountant. Fat Pig closed on July 1, 2007.
Television and film
One of Anders' first appearances on television was a commercial for Dannon which ran in the 1990s and then again around 2006.
Anders is most notable for her work on Joey (as lawyer Alex Garrett) and The Class as Nicole Allen (née Campbell), an ex-football player's wife. She appeared in all episodes of both series, but both were canceled.
Anders has also made guest appearances on One Life to Live, Law & Order, The Guiding Light, and Tru Calling. She appeared in five episodes of HBO drama series Oz as Donna Degenhart in 2003, and made a minor appearance in the 2004 film The Stepford Wives, playing the part of Heather, and the 2008 movie Sex Drive as Brandy. Anders also appeared on Numb3rs in 2008.
Anders has also appeared in two unsuccessful television pilots. They were Spellbound and News To Me. Most recently, Anders was cast in Better Off Ted, a single-camera workplace comedy written by Victor Fresco for ABC.
Anders appeared on the Canadian morning talkshow, Canada AM on October 16, 2006 to promote the ensemble situation comedy, The Class.
- One Life to Live (1998) - Elaine
- Law & Order (2001) - Emily Hoyt
- Spellbound (2003)
- Oz (2003) - Donna Dergenhart
- The Stepford Wives (2004) - Heather
- News To Me (2004) - Emma Leeds
- Tru Calling (2004) - Fake Chris Berensen/Kathy
- Joey (2004 – 2006) - Alexis "Alex" Garrett
- Never Been Thawed (2005) - Christian Band Slut
- The Class (2006–2007) - Nicole Allen (née Campbell)
- Numb3rs (2008) - Rena Vining
- Better Off Ted (2009) - Linda Zwordling
- Mr. Sunshine (2011) -- Alice
- Andrea Anders at the Internet Movie Database.