Even at an early age of five, Carpenter began classical ballet dancing. As a teenager, she participated in several smaller beauty contests. In 1991, she was NFL cheerleader with the San Diego Chargers.
An advertising agent discovered Carpenter during their college days as a waitress in a restaurant in Los Angeles. Later she appeared in more than twenty commercials. Your first small television role she played alongside David Hasselhoff in the series Baywatch - The Baywatch. Very known she was in the role of Cordelia Chase in the series Buffy - The Vampire Slayer or the Buffy spin-off Angel - Hunters of darkness. After her exit from Angel she was in several episodes of the 2004 Alicia Silverstone series Kate Fox & the love and in three episodes of the series Charmed - Magical Witches to see that they also left the same again with a Serientod. Then she looked - like Buffy co-star Alyson Hannigan - in the series Veronica Mars. 2010 Carpenter was seen along with Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren and Mickey Rourke in the film The Expendables as well as 2012 in its sequel The Expendables 2.
In 2004, Carpenter posed for the U.S. edition of Playboy.
Since October 5, 2002, she is married to Damian Hardy, their son arrived in March 2003 to the world. Due to their unexpected pregnancy, the screenplays of the fourth fishing season had to be extensively reworked. The couple has since separated again.