Michelle Monaghan


Michelle Monaghan
Michelle Monaghan (cropped).jpg
Monaghan in 2017
Michelle Lynn Monaghan

(1976-03-23) March 23, 1976 (age 45)
Years active2000–present
Peter White
(m. 2005)

Michelle Lynn Monaghan (/ˈmɒnəhən/ MON-ə-hən;[1] born March 23, 1976)[2] 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), Trucker (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 starred as Eva Geller in the 2020 Netflix thriller series Messiah; the show was cancelled after one season.[3]

Early life

Monaghan was born in the small town (then population of roughly 750) of Winthrop, Iowa, the daughter of Sharon Hammel,[4] and Robert Monaghan, a factory worker.[5][6] She has two older brothers, Bob and John.[7] Monaghan has mostly Irish and German ancestry, and was raised Catholic.[8][9][10]

She graduated from East Buchanan High School in 1994.[6] 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. She worked as a model, appearing 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 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 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.[17] She played Diane Ford in Trucker.[18]

In 2014, Monaghan starred in the first season of HBO anthology series True Detective.[19]

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.[20] Nine months later, on January 25, 2017, the film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.[21]

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.[22][23] The series premiered on Netflix on January 1, 2020[24] and was cancelled after one season.[3]

Personal life

Monaghan met Australian graphic artist Peter White at a party in 2000. They married in Port Douglas, Queensland five years later in August 2005 and live in New York.[25] She gave birth to their daughter in 2008,[26] and their son on October 30, 2013.[27]


Monaghan at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Notes
2001 Perfume Henrietta
2002 Unfaithful Lindsay
2003 It Runs in the Family Peg Maloney
2004 Winter Solstice Stacey
The Bourne Supremacy Kim
2004 Constantine Ellie Uncredited Cameo[28]
Mr. & Mrs. Smith Gwen
North Country Sherry
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Harmony Faith Lane
2006 Mission: Impossible III Julia Meade
2007 Gone Baby Gone Angie Gennaro
The Heartbreak Kid Miranda
2008 Made of Honor Hannah
Eagle Eye Rachel Holloman
Trucker Diane Ford
2010 Somewhere Rebecca
Due Date Sarah Highman
2011 Source Code Christina Warren
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Julia Meade-Hunt Uncredited Cameo[29]
Machine Gun Preacher Lynn Childers
2012 Tomorrow You're Gone Florence Jane
2013 Penthouse North Sara Frost
Expecting Andie
2014 Fort Bliss Maggie Swann
Better Living Through Chemistry Kara Varney
Justice League: War Diana Prince / Wonder Woman Direct-To-Video
Playing It Cool Her
The Best of Me Amanda Collier
2015 Pixels Violet van Patten
2016 Patriots Day Carol Saunders
2017 Sleepless Jennifer Bryant
The Vanishing of Sidney Hall Velouria Hall
2018 Mission: Impossible – Fallout Julia Meade
Saint Judy Judy Wood
2020 The Craft: Legacy Helen Schechner
2021 Every Breath You Take Grace
2022 Nanny Amy
TBA Spinning Gold dagger Beth Bogart Post-production
Blood dagger Jess Post-production
Black Site dagger Abby Post-production


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
Also producer
2020 Messiah Eva Geller Main role, 10 episodes[22]
TBA Echoes Leni/Gina Main role; filming

Awards and nominations

The following are awards for which Monaghan was nominated, or won.[30]

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


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  2. ^ "Michelle Monaghan Biography". Biography.com. July 5, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Messiah axed by Netflix after one season following anti-Islamic controversy". March 27, 2020.
  4. ^ "Michelle Monaghan", Hollywood.com
  5. ^ Palmer, Martyn (2006). "Michelle Monaghan Interview". Madeinatlantis.com. Retrieved November 12, 2013.
  6. ^ a b Haugen, Dan (November 10, 2005). "Small-town girl Michelle Monaghan hitting it big in Hollywood". Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier. Retrieved November 13, 2010.
  7. ^ "Michelle Monaghan biography at". Movies.yahoo.com. Retrieved October 28, 2008.
  8. ^ O' Doherty, Cahir (September 21, 2011). "Michelle Monaghan practices and preaches in 'Machine Gun Preacher'". IrishCentral.
  9. ^ Scheller, Christine (September 19, 2011). "'Machine Gun Preacher' Poses Tough Questions". Urban Faith. Retrieved June 12, 2013.
  10. ^ "50 fun facts you missed about actress Michelle Monaghan". boomsbeat.com. June 12, 2015.
  11. ^ Monaghan, Michelle (February 18, 2014). "Michelle Monaghan's Big Moment". Michigan Avenue (Interview) (online ed.). Chicago: Niche Media, LLC. Retrieved October 14, 2014.
  12. ^ "michelle monaghan begins modeling". askmen.com. Archived from the original on November 13, 2013. Retrieved November 13, 2013.
  13. ^ "Michelle Monaghan," Internet Movie Database (IMDb). Retrieved May 2, 2017.
  14. ^ "Consent", episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (S02E10), originally aired January 19, 2001. IMDb. Retrieved May 2, 2017.
  15. ^ Perfume released on January 19, 2001, IMDb. Retrieved May 2, 2017.
  16. ^ Unfaithful, released on May 10, 2002. IMDb. Retrieved May 2, 2017.
  17. ^ Weintraub, Steve (March 31, 2011). "Michelle Monaghan Video Interview Source Code; Also Talks About Kiss Kiss Bang Bang & Iron Man 3". Collider. Retrieved December 5, 2019.
  18. ^ "Exclusive: Michelle Monaghan Keeps on Truckin'". ComingSoon.net. October 9, 2009.
  19. ^ Radish, Christina (February 12, 2014). "Michelle Monaghan Talks True Detective, Joining the Show, Working with Cary Fukunaga, the Mood on Set, Future Projects, and More". Collider. Archived from the original on November 4, 2015. Retrieved January 22, 2015.
  20. ^ Kroll, Justin (April 21, 2016). "Logan Lerman and Elle Fanning to Star in Shawn Christensen's 'Sidney Hall' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved April 21, 2016.
  21. ^ Debruge, Peter (December 5, 2016). "Sundance Film Festival Unveils 2017 Premieres, Midnight, Spotlight Sections". Variety. Retrieved December 15, 2016.
  22. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (May 4, 2018). "'Messiah': Michelle Monaghan To Star In Netflix Drama Series From Mark Burnett & Roma Downey". Deadline. Retrieved May 5, 2018.
  23. ^ Boucher, Ashley (May 4, 2018). "Michelle Monaghan Cast in Netflix Drama 'Messiah'". TheWrap. Retrieved December 4, 2019.
  24. ^ Nemetz, Dave (December 3, 2019). "Messiah Trailer: Is This Miracle Worker a Con Man, or the Second Coming?". TVLine. Retrieved December 3, 2019.
  25. ^ Freydkin, Donna (April 28, 2008). "Michelle Monaghan was 'Made' to be an actress". USA Today.
  26. ^ Leonard, Elizabeth (June 2, 2008). "Michelle Monaghan Expecting First Child". People. Retrieved October 28, 2008.
  27. ^ "Michelle Monaghan Welcomes Son Tommy Francis". People Babies. November 1, 2013. Archived from the original on January 3, 2014. Retrieved January 22, 2014.
  28. ^ "Director Francis Lawrence Discusses "Constantine" and Keanu Reeves". About.com. Archived from the original on June 21, 2012. Retrieved November 10, 2011.
  29. ^ Eisenberg, Eric (September 6, 2012). "Chris Evans And Michelle Monaghan Sign On For Anti-Romantic Comedy A Many Splintered Thing". CinemaBlend.com. Archived from the original on December 23, 2012. Monaghan, who last appeared in an uncredited role in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol....
  30. ^ "Michelle Monaghan—Awards". IMDb. Retrieved April 23, 2017.

External links

  • Michelle Monaghan at IMDb
  • Michelle Monaghan interview at reviewgraveyard.com
  • Profile of Michelle Monaghan
Preceded by
Vanessa Marshall (2010–2011)
Voice of
Wonder Woman

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