Melissa Sagemiller

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Melissa Sagemiller
Born(1974-06-01) June 1, 1974 (age 39)
Washington, D.C., United States
Years active2000–present
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Melissa Sagemiller
Born(1974-06-01) June 1, 1974 (age 39)
Washington, D.C., United States
Years active2000–present

Melissa Sagemiller (born June 1, 1974) is an American television and film actress.

Early life[edit]

Sagemiller was born in Washington, D.C. to a political activist mother and a professional American football player father, who played in the NFL for the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins.[1] She attended Georgetown Day School. Her entry into the performing arts was at age 3 when she began studying tap dance, ballet, jazz dance and modern dance. She made her stage debut in To Kill a Mockingbird when she was 9 years old, and soon after she became a regular on her local stage. At 14, however, acting took a backseat to modeling after Sagemiller was scouted by Eileen Ford in a jewelry shop. She eventually left modeling to take an undergraduate degree in Art History at the University of Virginia.


Shortly after graduation, she decided to return to acting full-time, and studied at the Stella Adler Conservatory, New York University's Stonestreet Studio and at Michael Howard Studios. Sagemiller appeared in Movieline magazine in August 2001.[2] In November 2001, Sagemiller appeared in Gear magazine.[3] In early career, she starred on number of teen films, like Get Over It and Sorority Boys, and was lead actress in 2002 box office bomb thriller Soul Survivors.[4]

On television, Sagemiller portrayed the character Michelle Ernhardt in the TNT series Raising the Bar from 2008 to 2009. After that series was cancelled, Sagemiller joined Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in a recurring role as ADA Gillian Hardwicke. She replaced Paula Patton when Patton departed the series after just one episode. Sagemiller was featured in ten episodes of the 12th season of SVU. She was replaced in the 13th season by Stephanie March and Diane Neal. In 2013, she was cast as female lead on Chicago Fire spinoff Chicago PD,[5] but later left from show.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Sagemiller became engaged in July 2006 to her Sleeper Cell co-star Alex Nesic after he proposed to her in the South of France. The couple eventually married and have one child.[7]



2001Get Over ItAllison McAllister
2001Soul SurvivorsCassie
2002Sorority BoysLeah
2003Love ObjectLisa Bellmer
2004The ClearingJill Hayes
2005Standing StillSamantha
2005Life on the LedgeClaire
2006The GuardianEmily Thomas
2007Mr. WoodcockTracy
2010In FidelityNicole / PamelaShort film


2000Law & Order: Special Victims UnitBecky SorensonEpisode: "Russian Love Poem"
2005Without a TraceCarmen KuskowskiEpisode: "When Darkness Falls "
2005–2006Sleeper CellGayle BishopSeries regular, 17 episodes
2009Eleventh HourSofia LyonsEpisode: "Medea"
2008–2009Raising the BarMichelle ErnhardtSeries regular, 25 episodes
2010The Rockford FilesBeth DavenportTV pilot
2010–2011Law & Order: Special Victims UnitA.D.A. Gillian HardwickeRecurring role, 10 episodes
2013Chicago FireDetective Julia WillhiteEpisode: "Let Her Go"
2013All I Want for ChristmasElizabethTV Movie
2014Chicago PDDetective Julia WillhitePilot only
2014Person of InterestSandra NicholsonEpisode: "Last Call"


  1. ^ "Melissa Sagemiller Biography (1974-)". FilmReference. Retrieved 2008-07-05. 
  2. ^ Maynard, Kevin. "Hype". Volume 12, Issue 11. Movieline Magazine. p. 20. Retrieved August 2008. 
  3. ^ Martin, Michael. "Front". Gear (magazine). pp. 22–23. Retrieved November 2001. 
  4. ^ "Melissa Sagemiller". 2011-04-20. Retrieved 2013-11-10. 
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Melissa Sagemiller To Star In NBC's 'Chicago Fire' Spinoff". Retrieved 2013-11-10. 
  6. ^ Michael Ausiello (2013-06-13). "‘Chicago PD’ Season 1: Melissa Sagemiller Leaving, Jesse Lee Sofer Joins Cast". TVLine. Retrieved 2013-11-10. 
  7. ^ Who is Mellissa Sagemiller Dating?

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