Megan Dodds

Megan Dodds

Born: February 15, 1970
Age: 48
Birthplace: Sacramento, California, United States
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Biography

Megan Dodds (born February 15, 1970) is an American-born, UK-based actor of television, film, and stage, whose notable works includes multi-episode appearances in the English and American television series Spooks (MI-5; 2002-2004), Not Going Out (2006), Detroit 1-8-7 (2011), and CSI: NY (2012-2013), and credited roles in the flms Ever After (1998), The Contract (2006), and Chatroom (2010). Dodds stage work includes having played the title role in the stage production My Name is Rachel Corrie (2006), which won the London Theatregoers' Choice Award for Best Actress in that year.

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Early life

Megan Lynne Dodds was born on February 15, 1970, in Sacramento, California. After high school, she enrolled in a community college, where she was cast as Bananas in John Guare's The House of Blue Leaves. She next went to Juilliard School, where she studied for four years as a member of the Drama Division's Group 24 (1991-1995).

Career

After graduation, Dodds spent two years in Broadway and Off Broadway productions. She left the U.S. for London in 1997 to star in British comedian Ben Elton's play Popcorn. As a result of meeting her future husband, photographer Oliver Pearce, she stayed in London, about which she has said, "I love it here, I really feel like I learn a lot. There’s a lot of variety in terms of work."

Theater

Dodds' stage roles include a part in As You Like It (1999).

In Up for Grabs (2006, Wyndham's Theatre, London), Dodds filled the role of a dot com entrepreneur, co-starring with Madonna, which played to a lack of critical success for the headliner, but that nevertheless saw Dodds grouped, positively, with "strong supporting players", as Mindy, Madonna's seductress, where she was described as combining "sexiness and solitude".

Dodds won the London Theatregoers' Choice Award for Best Actress in 2007 for the one woman show My Name is Rachel Corrie, about an activist killed by an Israeli bulldozer during a 2003 demonstration in Gaza. The show opened at the Royal Court Theatre in London. A move was planned to the New York Theatre Workshop, but it was cancelled in Fall 2005—amid rumors that the Workshop feared possible response to the show's political content. Dodds fought against the imposed indefinite delay, and the debate of censorship on such a sensitive issue at the time of the post-Iraq war debate became publicised by the New York Times. After a successful run in London's West End, the show eventually played to a sellout audience at the off-Broadway Minetta Lane Theatre in early 2006.

Television and film

Dodds has appeared in television shows such as Love in a Cold Climate (2001), the BBC series Spooks (in the U.S., MI-5; 2002-2004), and Viva Blackpool. Dodds was a part of the first series cast of the BBC One situation comedy, Not Going Out (2006-) as Kate, the love interest of the lead character Lee Mack, leaving the show after the first series.

Dodds portrayed a "more conventionally beautiful" Marguerite as stepsister to Cinderella in Ever After (1998), a romance where Dodds' character is further described as "scarier than any ugly stepsisters that came before her, especially as it appears, briefly, that she has a legitimate shot at winning the prince".

Filmography

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Television

Year Title Role Notes
1990 Midnight Caller Crystal Episode: "Planes"
2001 Love in a Cold Climate Polly Miniseries
2002-2004 Spooks Christine Dale 10 episodes
2004 Agatha Christie's Poirot Henrietta Savernake Episode: "The Hollow"
2006 Not Going Out Kate 6 episodes
2008 Hotel Babylon Katie Season 3, Episode 6
2009 Lie to Me Gail Episode: "Depraved Heart"
2009 House Dr. Beasley Episode: "Broken"
2011 Detroit 1-8-7 Jess Harkins 6 episodes
2012 Awake Elizabeth Santoro Episode: "Oregon"
2012-2013 CSI: NY Christine Whitney 12 episodes
2014 White Collar Eva Perkins Episode: "All's Fair"

Stage

Year Title Role Notes
1995 The School for Scandal Maria Lyceum Theatre, New York
1996 Ancient History/English Made Simple Jill Off-Broadway
1997 Popcorn Brooke Daniels Apollo Theatre
1999 Hamlet Ophelia Young Vic Theatre
1999 As You Like It Celia Williamstown Theatre Festival
2002 Up for Grabs Mindy Wyndham's Theatre
2005 This Is How It Goes Woman Donmar Warehouse
2006 My Name is Rachel Corrie Rachel Corrie Royal Court Theatre (London, 2005-2006), The Playhouse Theatre (London, 2006), and Minetta Lane Theatre (off-Broadway, 2006)
London Theatregoers' Choice Award, Best Actress winner

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Ever After Marguerite De Ghent
1998 The Rat Pack May Britt Television film
2000 Urbania Deedee
2000 Bait Agent Walsh
2000 Interstate 84 Wendy
2001 Sword of Honour Virginia Television film
2002 Purpose Lisa Forrester
2005 Malice Aforethought Madeleine Cranmere Television film
2005 Festival Dina
2006 Free Jimmy Claire Voice
2006 Viva Blackpool Kitty De-Luxe Television film
2006 The Contract Sandra
2010 Chatroom Grace Rollins
2015 Oceanus: Act One Dr. Erin Kendall Short Film

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Psychic Detective Reporter Voice

Personal life

After going to England in 1997, Dodds met fashion and advertising photographer Oliver Pearce. They later married, and moved to Battersea, in London, England. They have one child, Isabella, born ca. 2001.

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