Emily Deschanel

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Emily Deschanel
Emily Deschanel by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Deschanel at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International
BornEmily Erin Deschanel
(1976-10-11) October 11, 1976 (age 37)[1]
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma mater
OccupationActress, television producer, film producer
Years active1994–present
Spouse(s)David Hornsby (m. 2010)
RelativesZooey Deschanel (sister)
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Emily Deschanel
Emily Deschanel by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Deschanel at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International
BornEmily Erin Deschanel
(1976-10-11) October 11, 1976 (age 37)[1]
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma mater
OccupationActress, television producer, film producer
Years active1994–present
Spouse(s)David Hornsby (m. 2010)
RelativesZooey Deschanel (sister)

Emily Erin Deschanel (/dʃəˈnɛl/; born October 11, 1976) is an American actress, television producer, and film producer. She is best known for her role as Dr. Temperance Brennan in the Fox police comedy-drama series Bones.[2]

Early life[edit]

Deschanel was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Academy Award–nominated cinematographer and director Caleb Deschanel and actress Mary Jo Deschanel (née Weir). She is the older sister of actress, model, songwriter, and musician Zooey Deschanel.[3] Her paternal grandfather was French, from Oullins, Rhône; her ancestry also includes Swiss, Dutch, English, Irish, and other French roots.[4][5]

Deschanel attended Harvard-Westlake and Crossroads School in Los Angeles[6] before graduating from Boston University's Professional Actors Training Program with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater.[7]


Deschanel made her feature film debut in 1994's It Could Happen to You. Her next notable role was in Stephen King's Rose Red in 2002. She then appeared in Cold Mountain, The Alamo, and Glory Road and was named one of "six actresses to watch" by Interview Magazine in 2004.

In 2005, Emily Deschanel was chosen for the role of Dr. Temperance Brennan on Fox's Bones, a series based on the fictional novels of real-life forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs. She has been playing this role in Bones for 9 years. For her performance she received a 2006 Satellite Award nomination and a 2007 Teen Choice Award nomination. Deschanel has served as co-producer since the start of the show's third season, and as producer since the middle of the show's fourth season along with co-star David Boreanaz.

Emily Deschanel at 23rd Genesis Awards, March 2009

Deschanel, with Alyson Hannigan, Jaime King, Minka Kelly, and Katharine McPhee made a video slumber party featured on FunnyorDie.com to promote regular breast cancer screenings for the organization Stand Up 2 Cancer.[8] In recent years, her passion for animal welfare has led her to providing the narration for My Child Is a Monkey and serving as an associate producer on the documentary film How I Became an Elephant.[9] Deschanel ranked number 72 in The 2012 Hot 100 on AfterEllen.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Deschanel is a vegan and a committed supporter of animal rights causes. She can be seen in an Access Hollywood video at the book launch event of Karen Dawn's Thanking the Monkey: Rethinking the Way We Treat Animals, discussing how vegetarian and vegan diets help the environment, and a video on the homepage of the book's website talking about the importance of animal rights.[11] She collaborated with PETA on a video encouraging mothers to raise their children as vegans.[12]

Deschanel was raised Roman Catholic, but is no longer a Catholic, and has stated that she is now "more of a spiritual person, if anything" and an agnostic.[13]

Deschanel married actor and writer David Hornsby on September 25, 2010 in a small private ceremony in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles.[14] Deschanel gave birth to their son, Henry Lamar Hornsby, on September 21, 2011.[15][16]


1994It Could Happen to YouAnimal rights activist
2000It's a Shame About RayMaggieShort film
2001Heart Department, TheThe Heart DepartmentMaude Allyn
2002Law & Order: Special Victims UnitCassie GermaineEpisode: "Surveillance" Season 3 Episode 17
2002Rose RedPam Asbury
2002HamtaroGoldie HoustonEpisode: "The Reconciliation!" (voice only, uncredited)
2002ProvidenceAnnie FranksEpisodes: "Cloak & Dagger" and "The Eleventh Hour"
2003Dan Show, TheThe Dan ShowSam
2003EasyLaura Harris
2003Cold MountainMrs. Morgan
2004Alamo, TheThe AlamoRosanna Travis
2004Crossing JordanMichelleEpisode: "All the News Fit to Print"
2004Spider-Man 2Receptionist
2004Old TricksWomanShort film
2005BoogeymanKate Houghton
2005MuteClaireShort film
2005That NightAnnieShort film
2005–presentBonesDr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan186 episodes
2006Glory RoadMary Haskins
2007Diagnosis, TheThe DiagnosisMaggieShort film
2009My Sister's KeeperDr. Farquad
2009Tit for TatEmily
2010Cleveland Show, TheThe Cleveland ShowJulia Roberts (voice)[17]Episode: "Cleveland Live!"
2011Perfect Family, TheThe Perfect FamilyShannon Cleary[18]
2011Cleveland Show, TheThe Cleveland ShowHerself (voice)Episode: "Hot Cocoa Bang Bang"

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAssociationCategoryNominated workResult
2006Satellite AwardsBest Actress – Television Series DramaBonesNominated
2007Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV Actress: DramaBonesNominated
2011People's Choice AwardsFavorite TV Crime FighterBonesNominated
2011Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV Actress: DramaBonesNominated
2012People's Choice AwardsFavorite TV Drama ActressBonesNominated


  1. ^ "Monitor". Entertainment Weekly (1176/1177): 34. Oct 14–21, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Exclusive Interview: Bones Star Emily Deschanel". Buddytv.com. October 2, 2007. Retrieved August 15, 2011. 
  3. ^ Miller, Sarah (April 2007). "Interview with Emily Deschanel". Retrieved February 12, 2011. 
  4. ^ Powell, Kimberly. "Interesting Ancestors of Emily & Zooey Deschanel". Genealogy.about.com. Retrieved 2012-10-28. 
  5. ^ Olsen, Mark (February 16, 2003). "A scene stealer steps off the sidelines". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 10, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Los Angeles natives". thedailytruffle.com. Retrieved August 19, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Emily Deschanel Biography". TV.com. Retrieved August 15, 2011. 
  8. ^ Stanhope, Kate (October 1, 2009). "Deschanel, Hannigan and Others Cop a Feel for a Cause". TVGuide.com. Retrieved October 1, 2009. 
  9. ^ "How I Became an Elephant: Film Crew". Rattle the Cage Productions. Retrieved 25 September 2011. 
  10. ^ "Emily Deschanel". AfterEllen.com. 
  11. ^ "Interview with Access Hollywood". 
  12. ^ "Emily Deschanel promotes vegan diet," Winnipeg Free Press, 9 May 2013.
  13. ^ DeSalvo, Robert (May 4, 2012). "Q&A: Emily Deschanel on Playing a 'Perfect' Catholic Lesbian". nextmovie.com. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  14. ^ Zuckerman, Suzanne (September 25, 2010). "Actress Emily Deschanel Weds". Retrieved September 26, 2010. 
  15. ^ Raferty, Liz (September 21, 2011). "Emily Deschanel Has a Baby Boy". People. Retrieved September 21, 2011. 
  16. ^ Paskin, Willa (November 3, 2011). "Bones Creator Hart Hanson on the Show’s New Season, Booth and Brennan’s Future Make-Outs". nymag. Retrieved November 4, 2011. 
  17. ^ "It's Evening in America". Vanity Fair. May 2012. Page 152.
  18. ^ "Emily Deschanel to Star in Perfect Family". PasteMagazine.com. May 7, 2010. Retrieved August 15, 2011. 

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