Born: March 23, 1976
Birthplace: Winthrop, Iowa, U.S.
Michelle Lynn Monaghan (born March 23, 1976) is an American actress known for her roles in Mission: Impossible III, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Gone Baby Gone, Made of Honor, The Heartbreak Kid, Eagle Eye, and Source Code.
Monaghan was born in Winthrop, Iowa. Her mother, Sharon (née Hammel), ran a day care center in the family's home, and her father, Robert Monaghan, was a factory worker and part time farmer. She has two older brothers, Bob and John, and her family also brought up twelve foster children over a period of twelve years. Monaghan is of Irish and German descent and was raised Catholic. She graduated from East Buchanan High School, Class of 1994, where she was class president and acted in several plays. After graduation, she moved to Chicago to study journalism at Columbia College Chicago. While studying, she began modeling: she worked in the United States, Milan, Singapore, Tokyo and Hong Kong. With one semester remaining in her journalism degree in 1999 she left for New York to pursue an acting career. Before her TV debut she appeared as a model in several magazines and catalogs.
Monaghan's first notable appearances, though minor parts were in episodes of Young Americans (in which she appeared twice), and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, came in 2001. She made her big screen debut that year in the small role of "Henrietta" in the movie Perfume. This was followed by another small role in Unfaithful in 2002.
Monaghan had a big break in 2002 when she co-starred in the television series Boston Public in the role of Kimberly Woods. After guest-starring for a season, she returned to the silver screen, appeared in It Runs in the Family in 2003, Winter Solstice in 2004, and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang in 2005. Her scenes in Constantine and Syriana do not appear in the final films. However, her audition tape from Constantine earned her an audition for Mission Impossible III earning her the role of Julia, opposite Tom Cruise.
In 2007, she starred in the remake of The Heartbreak Kid, opposite Ben Stiller, as Miranda, the role originally played by Cybill Shepherd. She also starred in Gone Baby Gone receiving excellent notices for her performance as the female protagonist, Angie Gennaro, opposite Casey Affleck. In 2008, she appeared as "Hannah" alongside Patrick Dempsey in Made of Honor, and co-starred in Eagle Eye with Shia LaBeouf. She also starred in the movie Trucker as Diane Ford.
Monaghan met Australian graphic artist Peter White at a party in 2000. They were married in August 2005 and live in New York. She gave birth to daughter Willow Katherine White on November 5, 2008.
In October 2011, Monaghan revealed that she had skin cancer. Her husband spotted a new mole on the back of her calf which turned out to be cancerous when she had it examined. She had it excised, and there do not seem to be any complications or spreading.
|2000||Young Americans||Caroline Busse||Episode: "Cinderbella"
Episode: "Free Will"
|2001||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV series)||Dana Kimble||Episode: "Consent"|
|2002||Hack (TV series)||Stacy Kumble||Episode: "Favors"|
|2002-2003||Boston Public (TV series)||Kimberly Woods||8 episodes|
|2003||It Runs in the Family||Peg Maloney|
|2004||Bourne Supremacy, TheThe Bourne Supremacy||Kim|
|2005||Kiss Kiss Bang Bang||Harmony Faith Lane||Nominated - Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated - Satellite Award for Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role
|2005||Mr. & Mrs. Smith||Gwen|
|2006||Mission: Impossible III||Julia Meade|
|2007||Gone Baby Gone||Angie Gennaro|
|2007||Heartbreak Kid, TheThe Heartbreak Kid||Miranda|
|2008||Trucker||Diane Ford||Won - SDFCS Award for Best Actress|
|2008||Made of Honor||Hannah|
|2008||Eagle Eye||Rachel Holloman|
|2010||Due Date||Sarah Highman|
|2011||Source Code||Christina Warren|
|2011||Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol||Julia Hunt||Uncredited cameo|
|2011||Machine Gun Preacher||Lynn Childers|