Michelle Monaghan

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Michelle Lynn Monaghan (born March 23, 1976) is an American actress, best known for her starring roles in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005), Gone Baby Gone (2007), Made of Honor (2008), Eagle Eye (2008), Trucker (2008), Source Code (2011), Pixels (2015), and Patriots Day (2016). She also received recognition for her starring role as Julia Meade in the action spy film series Mission: Impossible, and her appearances in Mission: Impossible III (2006), Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011), Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018), and Echoes (2022).

On television, Monaghan starred as Maggie Hart in the first season of the anthology crime drama series True Detective (2014), for which she was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress. She starred as Sarah Lane in the drama series The Path (2016-18). +more She played the role of Eva Geller in the 2020 Netflix thriller series Messiah; it was cancelled after one season.

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Early life

Monaghan was born in the small town (then a population of about 750) of Winthrop, Iowa, the daughter of Sharon (Hammel) and Robert Monaghan, a factory worker. She has two older brothers, Bob and John. +more She has mostly Irish and German ancestry, and was raised Catholic.

She graduated from East Buchanan High School in 1994. After graduation she moved to Chicago to study journalism at Columbia College Chicago and began to model. +more 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. She worked as a model, appearing in several magazines and catalogs, before making her acting debut.

Career

Monaghan's first two credited television appearances, in a supporting role, were as Caroline Busse in episodes of Young Americans, which aired in 2000. 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 Perfume, playing the part of Henrietta. +more Her next film, again in a supporting role, was in 2002 in Unfaithful, starring Richard Gere and Diane Lane.

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 in 2004, and starring with +more'>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. +more She starred alongside Jake Gyllenhaal in Source Code. She played the role of Diane Ford in Trucker.

In 2014 Monaghan starred in the first season of 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. Nine months later, on January 25, 2017, the film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

In May 2018 it was announced that Monaghan had been cast in the main role of CIA operative Eva Geller in the Netflix thriller Messiah. The series premiered on Netflix on January 1, 2020 and was cancelled after one season.

Personal life

Monaghan met Australian graphic artist Peter White at a party in 2000. They married in Port Douglas, Queensland in August 2005 and live in New York. +more She gave birth to their daughter in 2008, and their son on October 30, 2013.

Filmography

Film

:Key Denotes films that have not yet been released

YearTitleRoleNotes
2001PerfumeHenrietta
2002UnfaithfulLindsay
2003It Runs in the FamilyPeg Maloney
2004Winter SolsticeStacey
2004The Bourne Supremacy (film)Kim
2005ConstantineEllieUncredited cameo
2005+more_Smith_(2005_film)'>Mr. & Mrs. SmithGwen
2005North CountrySherry
2005Kiss Kiss Bang BangHarmony Faith Lane
2006Mission: Impossible IIIJulia Meade
2007Gone Baby GoneAngie Gennaro
2007The Heartbreak KidMiranda
2008Made of HonorHannah
2008Eagle EyeRachel Holloman
2008TruckerDiane FordAlso executive producer
2010SomewhereRebecca
2010Due DateSarah Highman
2011Source CodeChristina Warren
2011Mission: Impossible - Ghost ProtocolJulia Meade-HuntUncredited cameo
2011Machine Gun PreacherLynn Childers
2012Tomorrow You're GoneFlorence Jane
2013Penthouse NorthSara Frost
2013ExpectingAndie
2014Fort BlissMaggie Swann
2014Better Living Through ChemistryKara Varney
2014Justice League: WarDiana Prince / Wonder WomanDirect-to-video
2014Playing It CoolHer
2014The Best of MeAmanda Collier
2015PixelsViolet van Patten
2016Patriots DayCarol Saunders
2017SleeplessJennifer Bryant
2017The Vanishing of Sidney HallVelouria Hall
2018Mission: Impossible - FalloutJulia Meade
2018Saint JudyJudy Wood
2020The Craft: LegacyHelen Schechner
2021Every Breath You TakeGrace
2022NannyAmy
2022Black SiteAbigail “Abby” Trent
Spinning GoldBeth BogartPost-production
BloodJessPost-production
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Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
2000Young AmericansCaroline Busse2 episodes
2001Law & Order: Special Victims UnitDana KimbleEpisode: "Consent"
2002HackStacy KumbleEpisode: "Favors"
2002-03Boston PublicKimberly WoodsRecurring role, 8 episodes
2013American Dad!Gina (voice)Episode: "Max Jets"
2014True DetectiveMaggie HartMain role (season 1), 8 episodes
2015Comedy Bang! Bang!HerselfEpisode: "Michelle Monaghan Wears a Burnt Orange Dress and White Heels"
2016-18The PathSarah LaneMain role, 36 episodes Also producer
2020MessiahEva GellerMain role, 10 episodes
2022EchoesLeni/GinaMain role
Bad MonkeyBonnieMain role, upcoming series

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