Michelle Monaghan

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Michelle Monaghan
Michelle Monaghan TIFF 2011.jpg
Monaghan at the première of Machine Gun Preacher at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival
BornMichelle Lynn Monaghan
(1976-03-23) March 23, 1976 (age 38)
Winthrop, Iowa, U.S.
Years active2000–present
Spouse(s)Peter White (m. 2005)
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Michelle Monaghan
Michelle Monaghan TIFF 2011.jpg
Monaghan at the première of Machine Gun Preacher at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival
BornMichelle Lynn Monaghan
(1976-03-23) March 23, 1976 (age 38)
Winthrop, Iowa, U.S.
Years active2000–present
Spouse(s)Peter White (m. 2005)

Michelle Lynn Monaghan (born March 23, 1976) is an American actress known for her roles in Mission: Impossible III, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Gone Baby Gone, Made of Honor, The Heartbreak Kid, Eagle Eye, Source Code, and True Detective.

Early life[edit]

Monaghan was born in Winthrop, Iowa to a German American mother, Sharon (née Hammel), who ran a day care center in the family's home, and an Irish-American father, Robert Monaghan, a factory worker and part-time farmer.[1][2] She has two older brothers, Bob and John,[3] and her family brought up twelve foster children over a period of twelve years.[4] Monaghan was raised Catholic.[5][6]

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.[7] 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.[8]


Monaghan at the Mission: Impossible III première, April 2006

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 the silver screen, appeared in It Runs in the Family in 2003, Winter Solstice in 2004, and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang in 2005. Her scenes in Constantine and Syriana do not appear in the final films. However, her audition tape from Constantine earned her an audition for Mission Impossible III, which led to her role playing Julia opposite Tom Cruise.[citation needed]

In 2007, she starred in The Heartbreak Kid, opposite Ben Stiller, as Miranda. She also starred in Gone Baby Gone receiving excellent notices for her performance as the female protagonist, Angie Gennaro, opposite Casey Affleck. In 2008, she appeared as "Hannah" alongside Patrick Dempsey in Made of Honor, and co-starred in Eagle Eye with Shia LaBeouf. She also starred in the movie Trucker as Diane Ford.[citation needed]

Monaghan starred in the critically acclaimed HBO anthology series True Detective.

Personal life[edit]

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.[9] She gave birth to a daughter named Willow Katherine White in 2008[10] and a son, Tommy Francis White, on October 30, 2013.[11]

In October 2011, Monaghan revealed that she had skin cancer. Her husband spotted a new mole on the back of her calf which turned out to be cancerous when she had it examined. She is in remission and has had no recurrence of the cancer since her surgery.[12]


Monaghan at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival
2000Young AmericansCaroline BusseEpisode: "Cinderbella"
Episode: "Free Will"
2001Law & Order: Special Victims UnitDana KimbleEpisode: "Consent"
2002HackStacy KumbleEpisode: "Favors"
2002–2003Boston PublicKimberly Woods8 episodes (recurring character)
2003It Runs in the FamilyPeg Maloney
2004Winter SolsticeStacey
2004Bourne Supremacy, TheThe Bourne SupremacyKim
2005Mr. & Mrs. SmithGwen
2005North CountrySherry
2005Kiss Kiss Bang BangHarmony Faith LaneNominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress: Musical or Comedy
2006Mission: Impossible IIIJulia Meade
2007Gone Baby GoneAngie GennaroNominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Acting Ensemble
2007Heartbreak Kid, TheThe Heartbreak KidMiranda
2008TruckerDiane FordSan Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
2008Made of HonorHannah
2008Eagle EyeRachel Holloman
2010Due DateSarah Highman
2011Source CodeChristina Warren
2011Mission: Impossible – Ghost ProtocolJulia HuntUncredited
2011Machine Gun PreacherLynn Childers
2012Tomorrow You're GoneFlorence Jane
2013Penthouse NorthSara
2014Fort BlissMaggie Swann
2014True DetectiveMaggie HartTelevision series (season 1 regular)
2014Better Living Through ChemistryKara Varney
2014A Many Splintered ThingHer
2014Justice League: WarDiana Prince/Wonder WomanVoice
2014The Best of MeAmanda CollierOctober 17 release
2015PixelsVoice, filming


  1. ^ "Michelle Monaghan Interview". Madeinatlantis.com. 2006. Retrieved November 12, 2013. 
  2. ^ Haugen, Dan (November 10, 2005). "Small-town girl Michelle Monaghan hitting it big in Hollywood". Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier. Retrieved November 13, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Michelle Monaghan biography at". Movies.yahoo.com. Retrieved October 28, 2008. 
  4. ^ Paton, Maureen (April 19, 2008). "Michelle Monaghan: The new romcom queen". Mail Online (Daily Mail). Retrieved November 14, 2010. 
  5. ^ O' Doherty, Cahir. "Michelle Monaghan practices and preaches in ‘Machine Gun Preacher’". IrishCentral. 
  6. ^ Scheller, Christine (September 19, 2011). "‘Machine Gun Preacher’ Poses Tough Questions". Urban Faith. Retrieved June 12, 2013. 
  7. ^ http://michiganavemag.com/personalities/articles/michelle-monaghan-talks-true-detective-and-being-a-wife-and-mother
  8. ^ "michelle monaghan begins modeling". askmen.com. Retrieved November 13, 2013. 
  9. ^ Freydkin, Donna (2008-04-28). "Michelle Monaghan was 'Made' to be an actress". USA Today. 
  10. ^ Leonard, Elizabeth (June 2, 2008). "Michelle Monaghan Expecting First Child". People. Retrieved October 28, 2008. 
  11. ^ http://celebritybabies.people.com/2013/11/01/michelle-monaghan-welcomes-son-tommy-francis/
  12. ^ Michelle Monaghan talks about her fight with skin cancer, ContactMusic.com.

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Preceded by
Vanessa Marshall (2010-2011)
Actress to voice Wonder Woman
Succeeded by
Cobie Smulders