Lyndsy Marie Fonseca was born in Oakland, California, raised first in Alameda and then Moraga, California. Fonseca competed in the International Modeling & Talent Association, where she was recognized as the second runner-up for "Young Miss Dancer of the Year" and was the first runner-up for "Miss Barbizon Young Miss Talent of the Year".
There, she was discovered by a manager and agent, then she immediately moved to Los Angeles for her first pilot season at the age of 13. "Colleen Carlton" became her breakthrough role on the CBS soap opera, The Young and the Restless (1973), on which she starred for three years.
After leaving The Young and the Restless to broaden her horizon, Fonseca landed guest appearances on shows such as Boston Public (2000), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000) and House M.D. (2004), just to name a few. Fonseca had a recurring role on the hit series, Desperate Housewives (2004). She has also had recurring arcs on the critically-acclaimed series, Big Love (2006), and the hit comedy, How I Met Your Mother (2005).
Fonseca has recently had success on the big screen, her film credits include: The Ward (2010), Hot Tub Time Machine (2010), Fort McCoy (2011) and the smash hit, Kick-Ass (2010).
Fonseca recently completed filming the two-hour Lifetime movie, Five (2011) (TV), which consists of five short films about breast cancer, directed by Jennifer Aniston, Demi Moore and Penelope Spheeris.
Fonseca most recently starred as Alex Udinov in The CW's Nikita (2010).
She is currently involved with Jason Switala