Born: March 23, 1976
Birthplace: Winthrop, Iowa, United States
Michelle Lynn Monaghan (born March 23, 1976) is an American actress known for her roles in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005), Mission: Impossible III (2006), Gone Baby Gone (2007), Made of Honor (2008), Eagle Eye (2008), Source Code (2011), and True Detective's first season (2014).
Monaghan was born in Winthrop, Iowa, the daughter of Sharon (nèe Harnel), who ran a day care center in the family's home for forty years, and Robert Monaghan, a factory worker. She has two older brothers, Bob and John. Her parents brought up twelve foster children over a period of twelve years. Monaghan has Irish and German ancestry, and was raised Catholic.
She graduated from East Buchanan High School in 1994, where she was class president and acted in several plays. After graduation, she moved to Chicago to study journalism at Columbia College Chicago and began to model. 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, where she appeared as a model in several magazines and catalogs before making her acting debut.
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Monaghan's first notable appearances, though minor roles, 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 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. She played Diane Ford in Trucker.
Monaghan starred in the critically acclaimed HBO anthology series True Detective.
In April 2016, Monaghan was reported to have joined the principal cast of Shawn Christensen's independent feature film Sidney Hall, which began filming later that month. The film was set to premiere on January 25, 2017, at the Sundance Film Festival.
Monaghan met Australian graphic artist Peter White at a party in 2000. They married in Sydney five years later in August 2005 and live in New York. She gave birth to their daughter in 2008, and their son on October 30, 2013.
In 2011, Monaghan had a mole on the back of her calf, which she had examined, then removed. It was diagnosed as skin cancer.
|2003||It Runs in the Family||Peg Maloney|
|2004||Bourne Supremacy, TheThe Bourne Supremacy||Kim|
|2005||Mr. & Mrs. Smith||Gwen|
|2005||Kiss Kiss Bang Bang||Harmony Faith Lane|
|2006||Mission: Impossible III||Julia Meade|
|2007||Gone Baby Gone||Angie Gennaro|
|2007||The Heartbreak Kid||Miranda|
|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 Meade-Hunt||Uncredited|
|2011||Machine Gun Preacher||Lynn Childers|
|2012||Tomorrow You're Gone||Florence Jane|
|2014||Fort Bliss||Maggie Swann|
|2014||Better Living Through Chemistry||Kara Varney|
|2014||Playing It Cool||Her|
|2014||Justice League: War||Wonder Woman (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|2014||The Best of Me||Amanda Collier|
|2015||Pixels||Violet van Patten|
|2016||Patriots Day||Carol Saunders|
|2017||Sidney Hall||Mrs. Hall|
|2019||Transformers Movie||Shigure||English dubbed actress|
|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-present||The Path||Sarah Lane||Main role|
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|2005||Satellite Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Kiss Kiss Bang Bang||Nominated|
|Saturn Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Kiss Kiss Bang Bang||Nominated|
|2007||Critics' Choice Movie Awards||Best Acting Ensemble||Gone Baby Gone||Nominated|
|2009||San Diego Film Critics Society||Best Actress||Trucker||Won|
|2014||Golden Globe Awards||Best Supporting Actress - Series, Miniseries or Television Film||True Detective||Nominated|
|Satellite Awards||Best Supporting Actress - Series, Miniseries or Television Film||True Detective||Nominated|