Michelle Monaghan

Michelle Monaghan

Birth name: Michelle Lynn Monaghan
Born: March 23, 1976
Age: 47
Birthplace: Winthrop, Iowa, United States
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Michelle Lynn Monaghan (born March 23, 1976[1]) is an American actress. She is best known for her starring roles in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005), Gone Baby Gone (2007), Made of Honor (2008), Eagle Eye (2008), Source Code (2011), Pixels (2015), and Patriots Day (2016). She has also received recognition for her starring role as Julia Meade in the action spy film series Mission: Impossible, appearing in Mission: Impossible III (2006), Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011), and Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018).

On television, Monaghan starred as Maggie Hart in the first season of the anthology crime drama series True Detective (2014), for which she received a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress. She also starred as Sarah Lane in the drama series The Path (2016-18).

Monaghan was born in Winthrop, Iowa, the daughter of Sharon (née Hammel),[2] who ran a day care center in the family's home for forty years,[3] and Robert Monaghan, a factory worker.[4][5] She has two older brothers, Bob and John.[6] Monaghan has Irish and German ancestry, and was raised Catholic.[7][8][9]

She graduated from East Buchanan High School in 1994,[5] where she was class president and acted in several plays.[10] After graduation, she moved to Chicago to study journalism at Columbia College Chicago and began to model.[11] She modeled in Milan, Singapore, Tokyo and Hong Kong, as well as in the United States. With one semester remaining to complete her journalism degree in 1999, she left for New York to pursue an acting career, where she appeared as a model in several magazines and catalogs before making her acting debut.[12]



Monaghan at the Mission: Impossible III premiere, April 2006

Monaghan's first two credited television appearances, in a supporting role, were as "Caroline Busse" in episodes of Young Americans, which aired in 2000.[13] She also performed on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in "Consent", an episode that was broadcast on January 19, 2001; and she made her "big screen" debut that same year in the film Perfume, playing the part of "Henrietta".[14][15] Her next film, again in a supporting role, was in 2002 in Unfaithful, starring Richard Gere and Diane Lane.[16]

Monaghan got a big-break role in 2002 when she co-starred in the television series Boston Public playing the role of Kimberly Woods. After guest-starring for a season, she returned to film, appearing in It Runs in the Family in 2003, Winter Solstice and The Bourne Supremacy both in 2004, and starring with Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang in 2005. She also appears in Constantine in 2005, but her role in that film was essentially cut, with her scenes viewable on the DVD under "deleted scenes."

In 2007, she co-starred with Ben Stiller in The Heartbreak Kid, and with Casey Affleck in Gone Baby Gone. In 2008, she co-starred with Patrick Dempsey in Made of Honor, and co-starred with Shia LaBeouf in Eagle Eye. She starred alongside Jake Gyllenhaal in Source Code. She played Diane Ford in Trucker.[17]

Monaghan starred in the HBO anthology series True Detective.

In April 2016, Monaghan joined the principal cast of Shawn Christensen's independent feature film The Vanishing of Sidney Hall, which began filming later that month.[18] Nine months later, on January 25, 2017, the film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.[19]

Personal life

Monaghan met Australian graphic artist Peter White at a party in 2000. They married in Sydney five years later in August 2005 and live in New York.[20] She gave birth to their daughter in 2008,[21] and their son on October 30, 2013.[22]


Monaghan at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Perfume Henrietta
2002 Unfaithful Lindsay
2003 It Runs in the Family Peg Maloney
2004 Winter Solstice Stacey
2004 The Bourne Supremacy Kim
2005 Constantine Ellie Uncredited Cameo[23]
2005 Mr. & Mrs. Smith Gwen
2005 North Country Sherry
2005 Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Harmony Faith Lane
2006 Mission: Impossible III Julia Meade
2007 Gone Baby Gone Angie Gennaro
2007 The Heartbreak Kid Miranda
2008 Trucker Diane Ford
2008 Made of Honor Hannah
2008 Eagle Eye Rachel Holloman
2010 Somewhere Rebecca
2010 Due Date Sarah Highman
2011 Source Code Christina Warren
2011 Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol Julia Meade-Hunt Uncredited Cameo[24]
2011 Machine Gun Preacher Lynn Childers
2012 Tomorrow You're Gone Florence Jane
2013 Penthouse North Sara
2013 Expecting Andie
2014 Fort Bliss Maggie Swann
2014 Better Living Through Chemistry Kara Varney
2014 Playing It Cool Her
2014 Justice League: War Wonder Woman (voice) Direct-to-video
2014 The Best of Me Amanda Collier
2015 Pixels Violet van Patten
2016 Patriots Day Carol Saunders
2017 Sleepless Jennifer Bryant
2017 The Vanishing of Sidney Hall Velouria Hall
2018 Mission: Impossible - Fallout Julia Meade
2018 Saint Judy Judy Wood


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Young Americans Caroline Busse 2 episodes
2001 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dana Kimble Episode: "Consent"
2002 Hack Stacy Kumble Episode: "Favors"
2002-03 Boston Public Kimberly Woods Recurring role, 8 episodes
2013 American Dad! Gina (voice) Episode: "Max Jets"
2014 True Detective Maggie Hart Main role (season 1), 8 episodes
2015 Comedy Bang! Bang! Herself Episode: "Michelle Monaghan Wears a Burnt Orange Dress and White Heels"
2016-18 The Path Sarah Lane Main role, 36 episodes

Awards and nominations

The following are awards for which Monaghan was nominated, or won.[25]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2005 10th Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actress Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Nominated
32nd Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actress Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Nominated
2007 13th Critics' Choice Awards Best Acting Ensemble Gone Baby Gone Nominated
2009 San Diego Film Critics Society Awards 2009 Best Actress Trucker Won
2014 72nd Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress - Series, Miniseries or Television Film True Detective Nominated
19th Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actress - Series, Miniseries or Television Film True Detective Nominated

[ Source: Wikipedia ]

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