Poppy Montgomery

Poppy Montgomery

Birth name: Poppy Petal Emma Elizabeth Deveraux Donahue
Born: June 15, 1972
Age: 51
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Poppy Montgomery (born Poppy Petal Emma Elizabeth Deveraux Donahue; 15 June 1972) is an Australian-American actress. She played FBI agent Samantha Spade on the CBS mystery drama Without a Trace from 2002 to 2009, and played Detective Carrie Wells on the police drama Unforgettable from 2011 to 2016.


Early life

Montgomery was born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia to Nicola (née Montgomery), an executive and market researcher, and Phil Donahue, a restaurateur. She is one of six children. Her parents named all their daughters after flowers - Rosie, Daisy, Lily and Marigold, and their son Jethro, after the rock band Jethro Tull.

Montgomery disliked school, being expelled from six private academies before finally dropping out at the age of 15 to pursue stage acting and to travel around Bali with her then boyfriend. Montgomery emigrated to the United States at the age of 18, arriving in Florida to meet a boyfriend whom she had met when he was an exchange student. After five days, she realized that " couldn't stand him" and took a bus to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career.


When Montgomery moved to Los Angeles, she stayed with two of her brother's friends while sending a head shot every day to Julia Roberts' former manager, Bob McGowan, until he signed her. She appeared in several small television roles through the late-1990s, including NYPD Blue.

Her first big break was when she won the role of Marilyn Monroe in the 2001 CBS mini-series Blonde, based on a Joyce Carol Oates novel. The next role she was offered was a starring role as Samantha Spade on the CBS mystery drama Without a Trace. The series revolved around a missing persons unit of the FBI in New York City. On being offered the part, she later said, "They (the producers) called me up and said, 'Will you do it?' I said, 'Um' and they said, 'Anthony LaPaglia is in it' and I said, 'sure'. It was that simple." Montgomery portrayed Samantha Spade for seven seasons, from when the show began on 26 September 2002 until it ended on 19 May 2009.

In April 2011, Montgomery completed filming a television biographical film Magic Beyond Words, appearing as Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling.

That same year, she began to star in the CBS police drama Unforgettable as Carrie Wells, a former homicide detective with hyperthymesia which allows her to have perfect recall, who is convinced to join the NYPD in Queens by her ex-boyfriend, after leaving Syracuse because of the investigation into her sister's murder being shut down. She uses her memory to solve crimes. The first season ran from 20 September 2011 until 8 May 2012, and the show was initially cancelled by CBS on 12 May 2012. It was later renewed for a second season of 13 episodes, which ran from 28 July 2013 to 9 May 2014, and the third season ran from 29 June 2014 to 14 September 2014. In October 2014, CBS cancelled the series after the third season. In February 2015, A&E Network picked up the series for a fourth season of 13 episodes. The first episode was broadcast 27 November 2015.

Montgomery posed in a series of provocative photographs on Maxim's website in their Girls of Maxim feature.

Personal life

Montgomery met actor Adam Kaufman in 2005 in Mexico while working on the independent film Between and in 2010, they worked together again in the TV film Lying to be Perfect. In 2007, Kaufman began a recurring role on Without a Trace in the season five episode "At Rest" as Brian Donovan, Samantha's love interest for the rest of the series. In June 2007, Montgomery announced her pregnancy with Kaufman, which was written into season six. In December 2007, she gave birth to their son Jackson Phillip. Montgomery's Without a Trace co-star Anthony LaPaglia became Jackson's godfather. It was reported on 10 October 2011 in Life & Style, that Montgomery and Kaufman had separated.

In late 2011, Montgomery began dating Shawn Sanford, director of lifestyle marketing for Microsoft, whom she met in Puerto Rico. In April 2013, she gave birth to their daughter, Violet. In November 2014, she gave birth to their son, Gus. On the 4 April 2014 episode of Live! with Kelly and Michael, Montgomery revealed that on Chinese New Year, she and Sanford were married at Disneyland in a ceremony with their children present.

Montgomery holds dual citizenship (Australia and the USA). She moved from Los Angeles to New York City in 2013 to continue filming Unforgettable.



Year Title Role Notes
1994 Tammy and the T-Rex Party Girl No. 1
1995 Devil in a Blue Dress Barbara's Sister
1998 Dead Man on Campus Rachel
1999 Other Sister, TheThe Other Sister Caroline Tate
1999 Life Older Mae Rose Abernathy
2000 Men Named Milo, Women Named Greta Barri Noodleman Short film
2004 How to Lose Your Lover, How to Lose Your Lover Allison
2005 Between Nadine Roberts


Year Title Role Notes
1994 Silk Stalkings Angel U.S. series; 2-part episode: "Natural Selection"
1995 Jake Lassiter: Justice on the Bayou Cindy Movie
1996 Cold Equations, TheThe Cold Equations Marilyn 'Lee' Cross Movie
1996 Party of Five Allison Episode: "Poor Substitutes"
1996 NYPD Blue Lisa Episode: "Burnin' Love"
1996 Relativity Jennifer Lukens 7 episodes
1997 Desert's Edge Mary TV short
1999 Wonder Cabinet, TheThe Wonder Cabinet Dr. Sarah Coleman Pilot
2000 Beat, TheThe Beat Elizabeth Waclawek 3 episodes
2001 Blonde Norma Jean Baker / Marilyn Monroe Miniseries
2001 Going to California Penelope Episode: "Hurricane Al: A Tale of Key Largo"
2002 Glory Days Ellie Sparks 9 episodes
2002-2009 Without a Trace Samantha Spade Series regular (160 episodes)
2004 Raising Waylon Julia Bellows Special
2005 Murder in the Hamptons Generosa Rand Movie
2005 Snow Wonder Paula Movie
2010 True Blue Katherine Miller Pilot
2010 Lying to Be Perfect Nola Devlin Movie
2011 Magic Beyond Words J. K. Rowling Movie
2011-2016 Unforgettable Carrie Wells Lead role (61 episodes)
2015 Signed, Sealed, Delivered from Paris, With Love Holly Movie

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