Emily Deschanel

Emily Deschanel

Birth name: Emily Erin Deschanel
Born: October 11, 1976
Age: 45
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
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Emily Erin Deschanel (/ˌdeɪʃəˈnɛl/; born October 11, 1976)[1] is an American actress, director and producer. She is best known for her role as Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan in the FOX series Bones.

Deschanel was born in Los Angeles, California,[2] to cinematographer and director Caleb Deschanel and actress Mary Jo Deschanel (née Weir). Her younger sister is actress and singer-songwriter Zooey Deschanel.[3] Her paternal grandfather was French, from Oullins, Rhône; her roots also include Swiss, Dutch, English, Irish, and other French ancestry.[4][5]

Deschanel attended Harvard-Westlake and Crossroads School in Los Angeles[6] before graduating from Boston University's Professional Actors Training Program with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater.[7]



In 1994, Deschanel made her feature film debut in the romantic comedy-drama It Could Happen to You. Her next notable role was as Pam Asbury in Stephen King's horror miniseries Rose Red in 2002. Then she appeared in Cold Mountain, The Alamo, and Glory Road and was named one of "six actresses to watch" by Interview Magazine in 2004.

In 2005, Deschanel was cast as Dr. Temperance Brennan with David Boreanaz as FBI agent Seeley Booth on the Fox crime procedural comedy-drama Bones, based on the novels and the career of forensic anthropologist and author Kathy Reichs, created by Hart Hanson. The series ran for 12 seasons from September 13, 2005 to March 28, 2017. For her performance, she received a 2006 Satellite Award nomination and a 2007 Teen Choice Award nomination. Deschanel and Boreanaz served as co-producers at the start of the show's third season, before becoming producers in the middle of the show's fourth season. While Bones was still in production, Deschanel also played the Brennan character on a 2015 episode of Sleepy Hollow and a 2016 episode of BoJack Horseman.

Emily Deschanel at 23rd Genesis Awards, March 2009

Deschanel, with Alyson Hannigan, Jaime King, Minka Kelly, and Katharine McPhee made a video slumber party featured on FunnyorDie.com to promote regular breast cancer screenings for the organization Stand Up 2 Cancer.[8] In recent years, her passion for animal welfare has led her to providing the narration for My Child Is a Monkey and serving as an associate producer on the documentary film How I Became an Elephant.[9] Deschanel ranked number 72 in The 2012 Hot 100 on AfterEllen.[10]

Personal life

Deschanel is a vegan and a committed supporter of animal rights causes. She can be seen in an Access Hollywood video at the book launch event of Karen Dawn's Thanking the Monkey: Rethinking the Way We Treat Animals, discussing how vegetarian and vegan diets help the environment, and a video on the homepage of the book's website talking about the importance of animal rights.[11] She collaborated with PETA on a video encouraging mothers to raise their children as vegans.[12] In September 2014, she joined the board of directors at Farm Sanctuary.[13][14]

Deschanel was raised Roman Catholic, but is no longer practicing, and has expressed agnostic views, saying "I am more of a spiritual person, if anything, and I am of the belief that we don't know, and I'm not going to pretend that I do."[15]

On September 25, 2010, Deschanel married It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia actor and writer David Hornsby in a small private ceremony in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles.[16] On September 21, 2011, Deschanel gave birth to their son, Henry Lamar Hornsby.[17][18] On June 8, 2015, she gave birth to their second son,[19] Calvin.[20]

Deschanel is best friends with her Bones co-star Michaela Conlin, who played her best friend Angela Montenegro on the show; she is also friends, and has a strong working relationship with her Bones co-star David Boreanaz.[21]



Year Title Role Notes
1994 It Could Happen to You Animal rights activist
2000 It's a Shame About Ray Maggie Short film
2003 Easy Laura Harris
2003 Cold Mountain Mrs. Morgan
2004 The Alamo Rosanna Travis
2004 Spider-Man 2 Receptionist
2004 Old Tricks Woman Short film
2005 Boogeyman Kate Houghton
2005 Mute Claire Short film
2005 That Night Annie Short film
2006 Glory Road Mary Haskins
2007 The Diagnosis Maggie Short film
2009 My Sister's Keeper Dr. Farquad
2011 The Perfect Family Shannon Cleary[22]
2014 Unity Narrator Documentary


Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Heart Department Maude Allyn Television movie
2002 Rose Red Pam Asbury 3 episodes
2002 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Cassie Germaine Episode: "Surveillance"
2002 Providence Annie Franks 2 episodes
2003 The Dan Show Sam Television movie
2004 Crossing Jordan Michelle Episode: "All the News Fit to Print"
2005-17 Bones Temperance Brennan 246 episodes
2009 Tit for Tat Emily Episode: "The Booby Scare"
2010 The Cleveland Show Julia Roberts (voice) Episode: "Cleveland Live!"
2011 The Cleveland Show Herself (voice) Episode: "Hot Cocoa Bang Bang"
2012 American Dad! Herself (voice) Episode: "Less Money, Mo' Problems"
2014 Drunk History Babe Didrikson Zaharias Episode: "Sports Heroes"
2015 Sleepy Hollow Temperance Brennan Episode: "Dead Men Tell No Tales"
2016 BoJack Horseman Temperance Brennan Episode: "Love And/Or Marriage"
2018 The Simpsons Marge Episode: "Bart's Not Dead"

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2006 Satellite Awards Best Actress - Television Series Drama Bones Nominated
2007 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Drama Nominated
2011 People's Choice Awards Favorite TV Crime Fighter Nominated
2012 Favorite TV Drama Actress Nominated
2013 Favorite Dramatic TV Actress Nominated
2015 Favorite TV Duo: David Boreanaz & Emily Deschanel Nominated
2015 Favorite Crime Drama TV Actress Nominated
2016 Favorite Crime Drama TV Actress Nominated

[ Source: Wikipedia ]

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