Megan Dodds

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Megan Dodds
BornMegan Lynne Dodds
(1970-02-15) February 15, 1970 (age 43)
Sacramento, California, U.S.
EducationJuilliard School (1995)
OccupationActress
Years active1990–present
Spouse(s)Oliver Pearce
 
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Megan Dodds
BornMegan Lynne Dodds
(1970-02-15) February 15, 1970 (age 43)
Sacramento, California, U.S.
EducationJuilliard School (1995)
OccupationActress
Years active1990–present
Spouse(s)Oliver Pearce

Megan Dodds (born February 15, 1970) is an American stage and television actress.

Early life and education[edit]

Megan Lynne Dodds was born in Sacramento, California, and after high school she enrolled in a community college where she was cast as Bananas in John Guare's The House of Blue Leaves. The role inspired her enough to apply successfully to the Juilliard School, where she studied for four years[1] as a member of the Drama Division's Group 24 (1991–1995).[2]

Career[edit]

After graduation, Dodds spent two years in Off Broadway and Broadway productions, before being spotted by British comedian Ben Elton, and came to London in 1997 to play a bunny girl in Elton's play Popcorn. As a result of meeting her photographer husband Oliver Pearce, she became resident in London: “I love it here, I really feel like I learn a lot. There’s a lot of variety in terms of work.”[3]

Dodds's track record in London shows the variety of work, as she has held down roles in diverse television productions, including: Love in a Cold Climate; playing Christine Dale, the CIA liaison officer in the BBC One series Spooks; and Kitty deLux in Viva Blackpool.[4]

Theatre roles have included playing opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in 1999 in As You Like It, and kissing Madonna in Up for Grabs;[5] in 2006 she won the London Theatregoers' Choice Award for Best Actress in the one woman show "My Name is Rachel Corrie".[6] The show opened at the Royal Court Theatre in London, but a planned transfer to the New York Theatre Workshop was cancelled, with rumours of the theatre being afraid of the show’s Gaza Strip based 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.

In 2006, she joined the cast of new sitcom Not Going Out as Kate, but she quit the show after the first series. Dodds's most famous movie role is perhaps the spoiled and selfish stepsister Margeurite in the 1998 romance Ever After.

Personal life[edit]

After coming to the UK in 1997, she met fashion and advertising photographer Oliver Pearce.[1] The couple married and moved to Battersea, South London; they have one daughter, Isabella.

Filmography[edit]

Theatre[6][edit]

YearTitleRoleTheatre / Notes
1995The School for ScandalMariaLyceum Theatre, New York
1996Ancient History/English Made SimpleJillPrimary Stages (off-Broadway)
1997PopcornBrooke DanielsApollo Theatre, London
1999HamletOpheliaYoung Vic Theatre, London
As You Like ItCeliaWilliamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, Massachusetts
2002Up for GrabsMindyWyndham's Theatre, London
2005This Is How It GoesWomanDonmar Warehouse, London
2006My Name is Rachel CorrieRachel CorrieThe Playhouse Theatre, London
Minetta Lane Theatre (off-Broadway)
Won the London Theatregoers' Choice Award for Best Actress[6]

Film and TV[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1990Midnight CallerCrystalEpisode 2.12 "Planes"
1994Psychic DetectiveReporterVideo Game
1998Ever AfterMarguerite De GhentFilm
The Rat PackMay BrittTV movie
2000UrbaniaDeedeeFilm
BaitAgent WalshFilm
Interstate 84WendyFilm
2001Sword of HonourVirginiaTV movie
Love in a Cold ClimatePollyTV miniseries
2002PurposeLisa ForresterFilm
2002Stargate SG-1native archaeologistSeason 6 Episode 10 "Cure"
2002–2004Spooks (aka MI-5)Christine Dale10 episodes
2004Agatha Christie's PoirotHenrietta SavernakeEpisode 9.04 "The Hollow"
2005Malice AforethoughtMadeleine CranmereTV movie
FestivalDinaFilm
2006Free JimmyClaireFilm (voice only)
Viva BlackpoolKitty De-LuxeTV movie
Not Going OutKate6 episodes
The ContractSandraFilm
2008Hotel BabylonKatieEpisode 3.06
2009Lie to MeGailEpisode 1.08 "Depraved Heart"
HouseDr. BeasleyEpisode 6.01 "Broken"
2010ChatroomGrace RollinsFilm
2011Detroit 1-8-7Jess Harkins6 episodes
2012–2013CSI: NYChristine Whitney12 episodes
2012AwakeElizabeth SantoroEpisode 1.05 "Oregon"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Henderson, Kathy (October 16, 2006). "Fresh Face: Megan Dodds". Broadway.com. Archived from the original on October 16, 2006. 
  2. ^ "Alumni News". Juilliard School. November 2007. 
  3. ^ "The Big Interview: Megan Dodds". Official London Theatre Guide. Archived from the original on March 30, 2006. 
  4. ^ BBC - Drama - Viva Blackpool
  5. ^ "Megan Dodds - Actress Recalls Madonna Kiss". ContactMusic.com. March 30, 2006. 
  6. ^ a b c "Megan Dodds, Star File". Broadway.com Buzz. Archived from the original on October 8, 2007. 

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