Poppy Montgomery

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Poppy Montgomery
Poppy Montgomery.jpg
Montgomery, March 2009
BornPoppy Petal Emma Elizabeth Deveraux Donahue
(1975-06-19) 19 June 1975 (age 38)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
ResidenceNew York City, New York, U.S.
CitizenshipUnited States and Austrailia
Years active1994–present
Spouse(s)Shawn Sanford (m. 2014)
Partner(s)Adam Kaufman (2005–2011)
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Poppy Montgomery
Poppy Montgomery.jpg
Montgomery, March 2009
BornPoppy Petal Emma Elizabeth Deveraux Donahue
(1975-06-19) 19 June 1975 (age 38)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
ResidenceNew York City, New York, U.S.
CitizenshipUnited States and Austrailia
Years active1994–present
Spouse(s)Shawn Sanford (m. 2014)
Partner(s)Adam Kaufman (2005–2011)

Poppy Montgomery (born Poppy Petal Emma Elizabeth Deveraux Donahue; 19 June 1975)[1] is an Australian actress. She is known for playing FBI agent Samantha Spade on the CBS mystery drama Without a Trace from 2002 to 2009 and for her latest television role since 2011 as Det. Carrie Wells on the CBS police drama Unforgettable.

Early life[edit]

Montgomery was born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, to Nicola (née Montgomery), an executive and market researcher, and Phil Donahue, a restaurateur.[2] She is one of six children and her parents named her and her sisters (Rosie Thorn, Daisy Yellow, Lily Belle, and Marigold Sun) after flowers, and their brother after the rock band Jethro Tull.[3]

Montgomery hated school, being expelled from six private academies before finally dropping out at the age of fifteen to pursue stage acting[4] and to also travel around Bali with her boyfriend at the time.[2] Montgomery emigrated to the United States at the age of eighteen, arriving in Florida to meet a boyfriend whom she had met when he was an exchange student. After five days, she realized that "[she] couldn't stand him" and then took a bus to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career.[4]


When Montgomery moved to Los Angeles, she stayed with two of her brother's friends[5] while sending a head shot every day to Julia Roberts's former manager, Bob McGowan, until he signed her.[2] She appeared in several small television roles through the late-1990s, including NYPD Blue.[6] Her first big break was when she won the role of Marilyn Monroe in the 2001 CBS mini-series Blonde, based on the novel by Joyce Carol Oates.[7] The next role she was offered was a starring role as Samantha Spade on the CBS mystery drama Without a Trace, where she was picked out of over one hundred actresses.[citation needed] The series centered around a missing persons unit of the FBI in New York City. On being offered the part, she later said, "They (the producers) called me up and said, 'Will you do it?' I said, 'Um' and they said, 'Anthony LaPaglia is in it' and I said, 'sure'. It was that simple." Montgomery portrayed Samantha Spade from when the show began on 26 September 2002 for seven seasons until it ended on 19 May 2009[3]

In April 2011, Montgomery completed filming a television biographical film Magic Beyond Words, playing Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling.[8] In September 2011, she began to star in the CBS police procedural drama Unforgettable, playing Carrie Wells, a former Syracuse PD homicide detective with hyperthymesia which allows her to have perfect recall, who is convinced to join the NYPD in Queens by her ex-boyfriend, after leaving Syracuse because of the investigation into her sister's murder being shut down. She uses her unusually detailed memory to solve crimes.[9][10] Until the debut of ABC's new family-oriented, late-arriving, Sunday night fairy-tale drama Once Upon a Time, CBS had been airing promos that Unforgettable was the #1 new drama of the 2011–12 season. According to the prime-time Nielsen television ratings released through 6 November 2011, season-to-date, Unforgettable has averaged 13.9 million viewers. For a snapshot rating, on Tuesday 1 November 2011, the series was first in its regular time slot, with 11.3 million viewers and ranked #24 overall for the week.[11]

Montgomery posed in a series of provocative photographs on Maxim's web site in their Girls of Maxim feature.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Montgomery met actor Adam Kaufman in 2005 in Mexico while working on the independent film Between and in 2010, they worked together again in the TV movie Lying to be Perfect. Kaufman began a recurring role on Without a Trace, making his first appearance in season 5: episode 19 titled "At Rest", playing Brian Donovan, Samantha's love interest for the rest of the series. In June 2007, Montgomery announced her pregnancy with Kaufman, which was written into the sixth season. On 23 December 2007, Montgomery gave birth to their son Jackson Phillip Deveraux Montgomery Kaufman in Los Angeles.[13][14] It was reported on 10 October 2011, through Life & Style, that Montgomery and Kaufman broke up due to the distance between them when working.[15]

In late 2011, Montgomery began dating Shawn Sanford, director of lifestyle marketing for Microsoft, whom she met at an event in Puerto Rico.[16] On 22 April 2013, she gave birth to their daughter Violet Grace Deveraux Sanford. [17]

On the 4 April 2014 episode of Live! with Kelly and Michael, Montgomery revealed that on Chinese New Year, she and Sanford were married at Disneyland in a ceremony with all of their children present. Minnie and Mickey presided over the ceremony. [18][19]

Montgomery holds dual citizenship for the U.S. and Australia.[20] She moved from Los Angeles to New York City in 2013.[21]


Film and television roles
1994Silk StalkingsAngelU.S. TV series; 2-part episode: "Natural Selection"
Tammy and the T-RexParty Girl #1
1995Jake Lassiter: Justice on the BayouCindyTV movie
Devil in a Blue DressBarbara's Sister
1996Cold Equations, TheThe Cold EquationsMarilyn 'Lee' CrossTV movie
Peacock BluesTV short
Party of FiveAllisonU.S. TV series; episode: "Poor Substitutes"
NYPD BlueLisaU.S. TV series; episode: "Burnin' Love"
RelativityJennifer LukensU.S. TV series, recurring role (7 episodes)
1997Desert's EdgeMaryTV short
1998Dead Man on CampusRachel
1999Wonder Cabinet, TheThe Wonder CabinetDr. Sarah ColemanTV movie
1999Other Sister, TheThe Other SisterCaroline Tate
LifeOlder Mae Rose Abernathy
2000Men Named Milo, Women Named GretaBarri NoodlemanShort film
Beat, TheThe BeatElizabeth WaclawekU.S. TV series; recurring role (3 episodes)
2001BlondeNorma Jean Baker / Marilyn MonroeTV miniseries
Going to CaliforniaPenelopeEpisode: "Hurricane Al: A Tale of Key Largo"
2002Glory DaysEllie SparksU.S. TV series, recurring role (9 episodes)
2002–09Without a TraceSamantha SpadeU.S. TV series; series regular (160 episodes)
2004Raising WaylonJulia BellowsTV special
How to Lose Your Lover, How to Lose Your LoverAllison
2005BetweenNadine Roberts
Murder in the HamptonsGenerosa RandTV movie
Snow WonderPaulaTV movie
2010True BlueKatherine MillerTV pilot
Lying to Be PerfectNola DevlinTV movie
2011Magic Beyond WordsJ. K. RowlingTV movie
UnforgettableCarrie WellsU.S. TV series; lead role


  1. ^ "Without a Trace cast". Entertainment Weekly. 2004-06-25. Retrieved 8 October 2011. "Poppy Montgomery, 29 (Although IMDb says that I'm 32. At the end of the day, who gives a s -- -? Honestly)" 
  2. ^ a b c Johnson, Tricia (2001-05-11). "Poppy Montgomery as Marilyn Monroe in 'Blonde'". ew.com. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Downie, Stephen (2007-08-08). "In the lucky bunch". couriermail.com.au. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Hiltbrand, David (2005-04-20). "'Without a Trace' actress Poppy Montgomery 'driven'". The Post and Courier. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "Tracing a path to LA". theage.com.au. 2007-07-19. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  6. ^ Bianculli, David (2001-05-11). "'Blonde' Had Dark Roots". nydailynews.com. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  7. ^ Martindale, David. Meet Poppy Montgomery, TNT. Accessed 12 July 2008.
  8. ^ "Victoria to star in film on Rowling". Times Colonist. 12 February 2011. Retrieved 12 February 2011. 
  9. ^ "2011 Fall Preview Video-Unforgettable". CBS.com, 22 May 2011
  10. ^ "Poppy Montgomery in Sunnyside Queens". Sunnyside Post, 4 April 2011
  11. ^ Courtesy Veronica Bravo, USA Today; and Nielsen Media Research. Retrieved 9 November 2011.
  12. ^ "Popppy Montogmery -- Girls of Maxim". 
  13. ^ Jenny Sundel (12 June 2007). "Without a Trace's Poppy Montgomery Pregnant". People. Retrieved 12 June 2007. 
  14. ^ Poppy Montgomery Welcomes a Boy, People, 4 January 2008. Accessed 12 July 2008.
  15. ^ "Unforgettable star Poppy Montgomery splits with longtime beau". Life&Style. 10 October 2011. Retrieved 16 February 2012. 
  16. ^ "Poppy Montgomery pregnant with second child". USA Today. 11 January 2013. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  17. ^ "Poppy Montgomery Welcomes Daughter Violet Grace". Life&Style. 24 April 2013. Retrieved 24 April 2013. 
  18. ^ Live! With Kelly and Michael 4 April 2014 Episode with guests James Franco and Poppy Montgomery. Pictures were presented on the broadcast as proof.
  19. ^ Billups, Andrea (4 April 2014). "Poppy Montgomery Marries Shawn Sanford". People.com. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  20. ^ Poppy Montgomery back on TV in 'Unforgettable'
  21. ^ Watkins, Jade. 'She makes me want to be a better role model': Unforgettable star Poppy Montgomery introduces her daughter Violet to the world for the first time, Daily Mail, 10 July 2013. Accessed 4 January 2014.

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