Jennifer Morrison

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Jennifer Morrison
Jennifer Morrison SDCC 2014.jpg
Morrison at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con
Born Jennifer Marie Morrison
(1979-04-12) April 12, 1979 (age 35)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Other names Jenny Morrison
Occupation Actress, model, film producer, voice actress
Years active 1994–present
Relatives Julie Morrison (sister)

Jennifer Marie Morrison (born April 12, 1979) is an American actress, model and film producer.

She is known for her roles as Emma Swan in the ABC adventure fantasy series Once Upon a Time and as Dr. Allison Cameron in House. She also portrayed Zoey Pierson, Ted Mosby's love interest on How I Met Your Mother (season 6).

Early life[edit]

Morrison was born in Chicago and raised in Arlington Heights, Illinois. She is the eldest of three children with a sister, Julie, who is also a voice actress and a brother, Daniel. Her father, David L. Morrison, is a retired music teacher who was named teacher of the year by the Illinois State Board of Education in 2003.[1] Morrison's mother, Judy Morrison, is also a retired teacher.

Morrison attended South Middle School then graduated from Prospect High School in 1997 where her parents worked. She played clarinet in the school's marching band, sang in the choir and was a cheerleader in the school pep squad. She attended Loyola University Chicago where she majored in Theatre and minored in English, graduating in 2000. She studied at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film and television.


Jennifer Morrison at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Knife Fight

Morrison started her career as a child model, appearing in print advertisements for JCPenney and Montgomery Ward and commercials for Rice Krispies and Mondo. In May 1992, she was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated for Kids with basketball star Michael Jordan.[2]

She made her feature film debut at the age of fifteen as the daughter of Richard Gere and Sharon Stone in the 1994 film Intersection, and later appeared as Samantha in A Stir of Echoes with Kevin Bacon in 1999. Her first leading role came in the 2000 film Urban Legends: Final Cut, and she has since gone on to appear in films including Grind with Adam Brody, Surviving Christmas with Ben Affleck and James Gandolfini, and Mr. & Mrs. Smith with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in 2003, 2004 and 2005, respectively.

She has worked on several hit television series, including Touched by an Angel and Dawson's Creek before winning the role of immunologist Dr. Allison Cameron on House in 2004 co-starring opposite Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House. In 2006, she starred in and produced the independent film Flourish. Morrison is also one of the producers that found Glee during its early draft and brought it to attention of writer Ryan Murphy, who with Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, adapted it into a television series. Morrison did not stay involved creatively, but is credited as an associated producer on the first season for her involvement in finding it and helping it get into the right hands.[3]

In 2007, Morrison appeared as Kirce James in the computer game Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars, a character who frequently interacts with the player during the course of the GDI campaign.

Her film projects that year included Big Stan alongside Rob Schneider, and The Murder of Princess Diana, a television movie based on the book of the same name by Noel Botham. Produced by Lifetime and Working Title Television, Morrison portrays an American journalist, Rachel, who witnesses the car crash which took the life of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Jennifer Morrison at Paleyfest 2012

In 2009, Morrison returned to the big screen, appearing in the opening scene of J. J. Abrams' Star Trek reboot as James T. Kirk's mother, Winona.

After her contract on House was not renewed, it was announced on December 17, 2009,[not in citation given] that Morrison had won the role of Kate Keller, Helen Keller's mother, in the Broadway-bound revival of The Miracle Worker.[4][better source needed] Morrison left House after the episode "Teamwork" (6.8). In 2010, however, she did make a return in the season six episode "Lockdown", which was directed by Hugh Laurie. In the episode, her character's storyline is concluded.

In the fall of 2010, Morrison appeared as a guest-star in the fourth episode of NBC's Chase. She played the role of Faith, a single mother-turned-fugitive, who embarks on a bloody killing spree across Texas with her daughter in tow.[5] She joined the cast of CBS's How I Met Your Mother as recurring character Zoey Pierson, a mischievous architecture nerd and love interest of main character Ted Mosby, and "the biggest female character we've maybe ever added to the show in Ted's life", according to executive producer Craig Thomas.[6][7][8]

In 2011, Morrison co-starred alongside Joel Edgerton, Tom Hardy and Nick Nolte in Warrior, a film about two estranged brothers who enter a mixed martial arts tournament and are forced to confront their struggling relationship with each other and with their father. Morrison plays the wife of Edgerton's character, struggling to keep her family together.[3] Since October 2011, Morrison has had a starring role in ABC's Once Upon a Time. She plays the role of Emma Swan, a bail bonds collector, whose biological son claims that she is the missing daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming. She holds the key to saving the real and fantasy worlds.

Morrison returned to House in the series finale called "Everybody Dies" that aired on May 21, 2012.

Personal life[edit]

Morrison started dating her House co-star Jesse Spencer in July 2004.[9] Spencer proposed to Morrison on December 23, 2006, at the Eiffel Tower and the two had planned to marry later in 2007. In August 2007, Morrison and Spencer called off their engagement.[10]

Morrison dated her Once Upon a Time co-star Sebastian Stan from May 2012 to August 2013.[11]



Year Title Role Notes
1994 Intersection Meaghan Eastman
1994 Miracle on 34th Street Denice
1999 Stir of Echoes Samantha Kozac
2000 Urban Legends: Final Cut Amy Mayfield
2001 Zeros, TheThe Zeros Joyce
2002 Design Sonya Mallow
2002 Big Shot: Confessions of a Campus Bookie Callie
2002 Nantucket Alicia
2002 100 Women Annie
2003 Grind Jamie
2004 Mall Cop Chris
2004 Sure Hand of God, TheThe Sure Hand of God Lily Bowser
2004 Surviving Christmas Missy Vanglider
2004 Lift Sarah Short film
2005 Mr. & Mrs. Smith Jade
2006 The Script Christie Short film
2006 Flourish Gabrielle Winters Also producer
2007 The Murder of Princess Diana Rachel Visco
2007 Big Stan Mindy
2009 Star Trek Winona Kirk Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Ensemble by a Cast
Denver Film Critics Society for Best Acting Ensemble
2009 Table for Three Leslie Green
2011 Bringing Ashley Home Ashley Phillips PRISM Award for Performance in a TV Movie or Miniseries
2011 Warrior Tess Conlon
2012 Stars in Shorts Agent Rachel Mintz Segment: "Prodigal"
2012 Knife Fight Angela
2012 Some Girl(s) Sam
2013 Alpha Alert Lt. White Originally titled Event 15
2014 The List Katherine Stern
2015 To Dust Return Sharon Reynolds Short film; in post-production
2015 Mattresside Angelica Short film; in post-production
2015 6 Miranda Drive Joy Carter Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Chronicle, TheThe Chronicle Gwen Episode: "Let Sleeping Dogs Fry"
2001 Touched by an Angel Melissa Episode: "Most Likely to Succeed"
2001–02 Dawson's Creek Melanie Shay Thompson 2 episodes
2002 Any Day Now Mandy Singer Episode: "In Too Deep"
2002 Random Years, TheThe Random Years Megan Episode: "Pilot"
2004–12 House Dr. Allison Cameron 130 episodes
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
2009 Super Hero Squad Show, TheThe Super Hero Squad Show Wasp 3 episodes; voice
2010 Chase Faith Maples Episode: "Paranoia"
2011 Five Sheila Segment: "Charlotte"
2010–11, 2014 How I Met Your Mother Zoey Pierson Season 6 (recurring; 12 episodes)
Season 9 (guest; 1 episode)
2011–present Once Upon a Time Emma Swan Lead role
Nominated—People's Choice Award for Favorite On-Screen Chemistry (with Colin O'Donoghue)

Nominated- E! Online best couple award [With Colin O'Donoghue] final 2

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist
2002 "Too Bad About Your Girl" The Donnas
2003 "Shut Up" Nick Lachey

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars Kirce James


  1. ^ "Band Teacher Marches on As 2003 Teacher of the Year". Illinois State Board of Education. March 22, 2003. Retrieved February 12, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Cover Viewer SI For Kids". 
  3. ^ a b "Jennifer Morrison:Answers to Twitter questions...". April 10, 2010. Retrieved February 12, 2011. 
  4. ^ The Broadway League. "The official source for Broadway Information". IBDB. Retrieved February 12, 2011. 
  5. ^ "House's Morrison To Co-Star With Real-Life Love on NBC's Chase". Retrieved August 20, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Jennifer Morrison Joins HIMYM!". CBS. Retrieved September 10, 2010. 
  7. ^ "'House' Alumna Jennifer Morrison Joins CBS Comedy 'How I Met Your Mother'". Retrieved September 10, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Keck's Exclusives: Is Jennifer Morrison HIMYM's Mother?". Retrieved September 26, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Engaged House Stars Prepare to Tie the Knot". People. July 6, 2009. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  10. ^ Jordan, Julie (August 15, 2007). "House Costars Call Off Engagement". 
  11. ^ Shira, Dahvi (July 17, 2012). "Jennifer Morrison Dating Once Upon a Time Costar Sebastian Stan". 

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