Paige Turco

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Paige Turco
BornJean Paige Turco
(1965-05-17) May 17, 1965 (age 49)
Springfield, Massachusetts USA
Years active1987–present
Spouse(s)Jason O'Mara (2003–present; 1 child)
ChildrenDavid O'Mara
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Paige Turco
BornJean Paige Turco
(1965-05-17) May 17, 1965 (age 49)
Springfield, Massachusetts USA
Years active1987–present
Spouse(s)Jason O'Mara (2003–present; 1 child)
ChildrenDavid O'Mara

Jean Paige Turco (born May 17, 1965) is an American actress, best known for her role as April O'Neil in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III.[1] She also known for her television roles as Melanie Cortlandt on the ABC soap opera All My Children, and as Terri Lowell in the CBS series The Agency, and well for roles in American Gothic, NYPD Blue, Party of Five and Person of Interest. In 2014, Turco is starring as Abigail Griffin in postapocalyptic drama series The 100.

Early life[edit]

Turco was born to Joyce Jean (Jodoin) and David Vincent Turco,[2][3] in Springfield, Massachusetts, where she was raised. She took ballet lessons as a little girl and planned to become a classical ballerina. She attended the Walnut Hill School in Natick, Massachusetts, and performed as a soloist at the New England Dance Conservatory, the Amherst Ballet Theatre Company, and the Western Massachusetts Ballet Company. Unfortunately, she suffered an ankle injury and had to give up the possibility of professional ballet. Paige graduated from Bay Path College in Longmeadow, Massachusetts (1987) and majored in drama at the University of Connecticut.[4]


Turco made her television acting debut in 1987, on the CBS soap opera Guiding Light as Dinah Marler, going on to the soap opera All My Children as Melanie. She replaced Judith Hoag in the role of April O'Neil in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991) and later in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993).[4] She then starred in the number of small films and returned to television with role in the short-lived 1994 NBC primetime soap Winnetka Road opposite Catherine Hicks. In the following television season, Turco starred in the another short-lived series, American Gothic on ABC. She later had a recurring roles in NYPD Blue as Officer Abby Sullivan, and on Party of Five as Annie Mott, a single mother who is also a recovering alcoholic.

Turco starred in the CBS drama series The Agency as graphic artist Terri Lowell, from 2001 to 2003. She had a recurring role in the third season of Rescue Me as science teacher Mrs. Nell Turbody, and in 2007 was regular cast member in the ABC series Big Shots, portraying Lisbeth, the ex-wife of Dylan McDermott's character, Duncan Collinsworth, a cosmetics company CEO. Turco also appeared in the 2006 film Invincible, playing Carol Vermeil, the wife of Dick Vermeil and also costarred in the Walt Disney picture The Game Plan (2007). She appeared in the multiple episodes of Damages, and guest-starred on The Good Wife, Blue Bloods, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.[5] She also appeared in the recurring role on Person of Interest as Zoe Morgan.

Turco starred as series regular of The CW post-apocalyptic drama series The 100 in 2014.[6] In same year she also was cast as lead character wife of CBS's NCIS: New Orleans.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Paige is Roman Catholic.[8] She is married to Irish actor Jason O'Mara and has one child,[4] David (named in honor of her father, who died when she was less than a year old). The family divides their time between Los Angeles, New York, and their home in Connecticut, and also frequently visits relatives in Ireland.



1991Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the OozeApril O'Neil
1993Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IIIApril O'Neil
1994Dead FunnyLouise
1995The Feminine TouchJennifer BarronDirect-to-video
1995The Pompatus of LoveGina
1998Dark TidesSara
1999Claire Makes It BigBronwynShort film
2000R2PC: Road to Park CityHerself
2001Dead DogPerri
2003Rhinoceros EyesFran
2006Waltzing AnnaBarbara Rhoades
2006InvincibleCarol Vermeil
2007The Game PlanKaren Kelly
2007The FavorCaroline
2009The StepfatherJackie Kerns


1987–1989Guiding LightDinah ChamberlainSeries regular
1989–1991All My ChildrenMelanie 'Lanie' Cortlandt RampalSeries regular
1994Winnetka RoadTerry MearsSeries regular, 6 episodes
1995–1996American GothicGail EmorySeries regular, 19 episodes
1996–1997NYPD BlueOfficer Abby SullivanRecurring role, 10 episodes
1997–1998Party of FiveAnnie MottRecurring role, 18 episodes
2000Runaway VirusJenny BlanchardTV Movie
2000Silent WitnessTV pilot
2000The FugitiveLaura ChereauxEpisode: "Pilot"
2001Law & Order: Special Victims UnitPam AdlerEpisode: "Ridicule"
2001–2003The AgencyTerri LowellSeries regular, 44 episodes
2006Women in LawCarolyn FordhamTV pilot
2006Rescue MeNell TurbodyRecurring role, 4 episodes
2007–2008Big ShotsLisbeth HillSeries regular, 11 episodes
2009Taking ChanceStacey StroblTV Movie
2009Life on MarsColleen McManusEpisode: "All the Young Dudes"
2009DamagesChristine PurcellRecurring role, 6 episodes
2010Secrets of the MountainDana JamesTV Movie
2010The Good WifeCaroline WilderEpisode: "Unplugged"
2011Blue BloodsDetective RyanEpisode: "My Funny Valentine"
2011Law & Order: Special Victims UnitKathleen RainesEpisode: "Blood Brothers"
2011–2013Person of InterestZoe MorganRecurring role, 7 episodes
2014-presentThe 100Councilwoman Dr. Abigail GriffinSeries regular
2014NCISLinda PrideSeason 11 Episode 18 "Crescent City"
2014NCIS: New OrleansLinda PrideRecurring role, 2 episodes


  1. ^ King, Susan (1991-03-30). "Paige Turco Moves From a Soap to Become the Ninja Turtles' Friend". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  2. ^ "Miss Joyce Jean Jodoin Is Bride of David V. Turco". 1964-08-09. Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
  3. ^ "Archives | | The Providence Journal". 1995-12-03. Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
  4. ^ a b c "Paige Turco Biography". Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
  5. ^ "Paige Turco to Guest-Star on Blue Bloods". Retrieved January 21, 2011. 
  6. ^ Matt Webb Mitovich (2013-03-08). "Pilot News: Paige Turco, Once Princess, Oz Alum and Leslie Bibb Among the Latest Castings". TVLine. Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Malcolm Barrett, Jonathan Slavin In 'Mission Control'; Paige Turco In 'NCIS' Spinoff". Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
  8. ^ Matranga, Stuart. "Paige Turco Interview from Stuff Magazine 2003". Stuff Magazine. Retrieved 2007-03-21. 

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