Janet Montgomery

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Janet Montgomery
Janet Montgomery WonderCon 2011.jpg
Janet Montgomery in 2011
Born Janet Ruth Montgomery
(1985-10-29) 29 October 1985 (age 28)
Bournemouth, Dorset, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 1997–present

Janet Ruth Montgomery (born 29 October 1985) is an English film and TV actress. She is perhaps best known for her starring role as Ames in the second season of Fox's Human Target,[1] and also for her appearances in The Hills Run Red and Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead, as well as her role as Eric Murphy's assistant Jennie in HBO's Entourage. She recently played protagonist Martina Garretti in the short-lived Made in Jersey. In 2014, she stars as the lead character in the WGN America series, Salem.

Career[edit]

Although trained as a dancer at the Stella Mann College of Performing Arts, Bedford, Montgomery chose to pursue acting rather than dance professionally. Her lack of drama school training made it difficult to obtain acting representation initially. She achieved her breakthrough after producing a play alongside friend Gethin Anthony.[2]

In 2008, Montgomery was cast as the love interest of Nicholas Hoult in an episode of the teenage drama Skins. She also appeared in both the TV movie Dis/Connected and the short film Flushed.

The following year, Montgomery appeared in two straight-to-DVD horror-genre releases filmed in Sofia, BulgariaThe Hills Run Red and the finale of the Wrong Turn trilogy, Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead and played the role of Fallyn Werner, a teenage killer in the Lifetime film Accused at 17.

In 2010, Montgomery appeared in her first theatrically released films, playing Ruth in the mystery The Rapture, Giselle in the independent horror film Dead Cert and the supporting role of Madeline in the Academy Award nominated psychological thriller Black Swan – playing a Little Swan to Natalie Portman's Oscar-winning portrayal of the Black Swan.

That same year Montgomery also signed on to play Paul Rudd's love interest in Our Idiot Brother. After seeing her audition tape in Los Angeles, producers worked around her schedule on Entourage and flew her to New York to begin shooting. This was her first comedy movie and one in which she received rave reviews.[citation needed] Whilst working on Entourage, Montgomery was invited to appear on The League, a critically acclaimed semi-improvised show about American football, and appeared playing Ambrosia the stripper in the first episode of the second season. Barely recognisable and improvising in an American accent paved the way for her offer from Human Target producers for the role of Ames.[citation needed]

In December 2011, Montgomery starred as Princess Mithian, a love interest of King Arthur, in Series 4 Episode 11 of Merlin,[3] later returning in Series 5 Episode 4 (alongside James Fox).[4]

In 2012, Montgomery played the lead role in the CBS television series Made in Jersey. The series was cancelled after two episodes aired. Despite the early cancellation, Montgomery received huge compliments and a career boost from the short lived series. Two new episodes aired on 22 December 2012.

Montgomery attracted the attention of Stephen Poliakoff via an audition tape she sent to casting director Andy Pryor for the role of Sarah in Dancing on the Edge. Poliakoff was impressed and offered her the job via Skype.[citation needed] The five-part mini series aired 4 February 2013 on BBC Two.

She also played opposite David Tennant in BBC Four's Spies of Warsaw. The drama received mixed reviews.[citation needed] She is to appear as Grace Van Helsing, "the prodigal daughter who returns to run the family newspaper (and presumably stake a few vampires)"[5] in the ABC pilot series Gothica.[6][7] Actor Chris Egan plays her love interest, the character Dorian Gray.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Montgomery was born in Bournemouth, England. Her uncle was bass player Mike "Monty" Montgomery of Zoot Money's Big Roll Band.[8] Janet currently lives in Islington, London with her boyfriend and her bulldog Guthrie.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2008 Dis/Connected Lucy TV film
2008 Flushed Queen Bitch Short film
2009 The Hills Run Red Serina Direct-to-video
2009 Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead Alex Direct-to-video
2010 Accused at 17 Fallyn Werner TV film
2010 Dead Cert Giselle
2010 The Rapture Ruth
2010 Black Swan Madeline
2011 Our Idiot Brother Lady Arabella
2014 Salem Mary Sibley Female lead role
2014 10 Things I hate about life
2012 Scooby-Doo! Spooky Games Diane TV special
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1997 Short Change Uncredited Extra 1 episode
2008 Skins Beth "Tony" (season 2: episode 6)
2010–2011 Entourage Jennie Recurring role; 10 episodes
2010 The League Ambrosia "Vegas Draft" (season 2: episode 1)
2010–2011 Human Target Ames Main role; 11 episodes
2011–2012 Merlin Princess Mithian * "The Hunter's Heart" (Series 4, Ep 11), "Another's Sorrow" (Series 5, Ep 4)
2012 Made in Jersey Martina Garretti Starring role
2013 Dancing on the Edge Sarah 5 Episodes
2013 Spies of Warsaw Anna Starring role; 2 episodes
2013 Gothica Grace Van Helsing Female lead role
2013 Downton Abbey Freda Dudley Ward Episode: The London Season

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