Monica Raymund

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Monica Raymund
BornMonica Raymund
(1986-07-26) July 26, 1986 (age 26)
St. Petersburg, Florida
Years active2004 – present
Spouse(s)Neil Patrick Stewart (2011–present)
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Monica Raymund
BornMonica Raymund
(1986-07-26) July 26, 1986 (age 26)
St. Petersburg, Florida
Years active2004 – present
Spouse(s)Neil Patrick Stewart (2011–present)

Monica Raymund (born 26 July 1986) is an American stage and screen actress best known for her television roles as Ria Torres in Lie to Me, Dana Lodge in The Good Wife and Gabriela Dawson in Chicago Fire and for playing Reina in the thriller Arbitrage.[1]


Personal life

A graduate of Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg, Florida, Raymund graduated from the Juilliard School in New York City. Her father, Steve Raymund, is board chairman and retired CEO of Tech Data Corp., a Clearwater-based distributor of computer components and software.[2][3] She is of German and Eastern European heritage via her father.[4]

Her mother, Sonia, is "a community volunteer [and the] co-founder of the Soulful Arts Dance Academy in St. Petersburg"[5] and hails from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.[4][3] Her father is a "Jewish California native" and was raised Jewish by her parents; Raymund had a bat mitzvah. She also has a brother, Will.[5][4] In high school, she participated in the "Broadway Theater Project in Tampa and at the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem."[5]

In June 2011, Raymund married her fiance Neil Patrick Stewart.[6]

Acting career

Reportedly, Raymund "performed in Cymbeline directed by Richard Feldman, The Diviners (directed by Jonathan Bernstein), and Animal Farm (directed by Trizana Beverley) all at the Juilliard School, where she is a member of the class of 2008."[7]

Raymund also "appeared in her native St. Petersburg, Florida in the LiveArts Peninsula Foundation's original production of Manhattan Casino (directed by Bob Devin Jones) where she originated the leading role of "Althea Dunbar" and Webb's City: The Musical (music & lyrics by Lee Ahlin, written & directed by William Leavengood)."[7][8] Raymund "is a three-year alumna of Ann Reinking's Broadway Theater Project, where she has been a featured performer."[7]

Raymund has also "worked with playwright José Rivera on Boleros for the Disenchanted at the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston" in 2008.[5] She also featured in the opening scene of "Authority" in the 9th season of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, as a strip search prank call victim. From 2009 to 2011 she appeared in the Fox show Lie to Me, where she acts as a human lie detector. The character she plays is a "natural", meaning she has no formal training in detecting lies or the emotions of others.

In 2011, Raymund began a recurring role on the CBS series The Good Wife.[9]

In 2012, Raymund was cast in a supporting role in the NBC drama Chicago Fire as paramedic Gabriela Dawson.[10]


Film and television
2007FighterSarahShort film
2008Love? PainShort film
2008Law & Order: Special Victims UnitTrini MartinezEpisode: "Authority"
2009-2011Lie to MeRia Torres48 episodes
2011Blue BloodsLuisa SosaEpisode: "Critical Condition"
2011-2012Good Wife, TheThe Good WifeDana LodgeRecurring role
2012-presentChicago FireGabriela DawsonMain cast
2012Fifty Grades of ShayDialect TapeShort film, post-production


  1. ^ "Monica Raymund". IMDb. Retrieved October 12, 2012.
  2. ^ Winchester, Donna (May 23, 2004). "Bye, high school; hello, tomorrow". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved July 30, 2011.
  3. ^ a b Deggans, Eric (January 25, 2009). "St. Petersburg native, 'Lie To Me' co-star Monica Raymund ready to put in the work". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved July 30, 2011.
  4. ^ a b c Leal, Samantha (9 October 2012). "Introducing 'Chicago Fire' Star Monica Raymund". Latina (magazine). Retrieved 10 October 2012.
  5. ^ a b c d Park, Mary Jane (January 11, 2009). "St. Petersburg actor has role in Fox's 'Lie to Me'". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved July 30, 2011.
  6. ^ Heyman, Marshall (June 11, 2011). "Dinner, with Drama". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved July 10, 2011.
  7. ^ a b c "Biography". Archived from the original on January 15, 2007.
  8. ^ Stephens, Janel (February 23, 2003). "Striking similarities". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved July 30, 2011.
  9. ^ Porter, Rick. "'The Good Wife': 'Lie to Me's' Monica Raymund will catch Cary's eye". September 9, 2011. Accessed October 31, 2011.
  10. ^ "Chicago Fire cast" [ Accessed October 12, 2012.

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