|Born||Megan Lynne Dodds
February 15, 1970
Sacramento, California, U.S.
|Education||Juilliard School (1995)|
Megan Dodds (born February 15, 1970) is an American stage and television actress.
Early life and education
Megan Lynne Dodds was born in Sacramento, California, and after high school she enrolled in a community college where she was cast as Bananas in John Guare's The House of Blue Leaves. The role inspired her enough to apply successfully to the Juilliard School, where she studied for four years as a member of the Drama Division's Group 24 (1991–1995).
After graduation, Dodds spent two years in Off Broadway and Broadway productions, before being spotted by British comedian Ben Elton, and came to London in 1997 to play a bunny girl in Elton's play Popcorn. As a result of meeting her photographer husband Oliver Pearce, she became resident in London: “I love it here, I really feel like I learn a lot. There’s a lot of variety in terms of work.”
Dodds's track record in London shows the variety of work, as she has held down roles in diverse television productions, including: Love in a Cold Climate; playing Christine Dale, the CIA liaison officer in the BBC One series Spooks; and Kitty deLux in Viva Blackpool.
Theatre roles have included playing opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in 1999 in As You Like It, and kissing Madonna in Up for Grabs; in 2006 she won the London Theatregoers' Choice Award for Best Actress in the one woman show "My Name is Rachel Corrie". The show opened at the Royal Court Theatre in London, but a planned transfer to the New York Theatre Workshop was cancelled, with rumours of the theatre being afraid of the show’s Gaza Strip based political content. Dodds fought against the imposed indefinite delay, and the debate of censorship on such a sensitive issue at the time of the post-Iraq war debate became publicised by the New York Times. After a successful run in London's West End, the show eventually played to a sellout audience at the off-Broadway Minetta Lane Theatre in early 2006.
In 2006, she joined the cast of new sitcom Not Going Out as Kate, but she quit the show after the first series. Dodds's most famous movie role is perhaps the spoiled and selfish stepsister Margeurite in the 1998 romance Ever After.
|Year||Title||Role||Theatre / Notes|
|1995||The School for Scandal||Maria||Lyceum Theatre, New York|
|1996||Ancient History/English Made Simple||Jill||Primary Stages (off-Broadway)|
|1997||Popcorn||Brooke Daniels||Apollo Theatre, London|
|1999||Hamlet||Ophelia||Young Vic Theatre, London|
|As You Like It||Celia||Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, Massachusetts|
|2002||Up for Grabs||Mindy||Wyndham's Theatre, London|
|2005||This Is How It Goes||Woman||Donmar Warehouse, London|
|2006||My Name is Rachel Corrie||Rachel Corrie||The Playhouse Theatre, London
Minetta Lane Theatre (off-Broadway)
Won the London Theatregoers' Choice Award for Best Actress
Film and TV
|1990||Midnight Caller||Crystal||Episode 2.12 "Planes"|
|1994||Psychic Detective||Reporter||Video Game|
|1998||Ever After||Marguerite De Ghent||Film|
|The Rat Pack||May Britt||TV movie|
|2001||Sword of Honour||Virginia||TV movie|
|Love in a Cold Climate||Polly||TV miniseries|
|2002||Stargate SG-1||native archaeologist||Season 6 Episode 10 "Cure"|
|2002–2004||Spooks (aka MI-5)||Christine Dale||10 episodes|
|2004||Agatha Christie's Poirot||Henrietta Savernake||Episode 9.04 "The Hollow"|
|2005||Malice Aforethought||Madeleine Cranmere||TV movie|
|2006||Free Jimmy||Claire||Film (voice only)|
|Viva Blackpool||Kitty De-Luxe||TV movie|
|Not Going Out||Kate||6 episodes|
|2008||Hotel Babylon||Katie||Episode 3.06|
|2009||Lie to Me||Gail||Episode 1.08 "Depraved Heart"|
|House||Dr. Beasley||Episode 6.01 "Broken"|
|2011||Detroit 1-8-7||Jess Harkins||6 episodes|
|2012–2013||CSI: NY||Christine Whitney||12 episodes|
|2012||Awake||Elizabeth Santoro||Episode 1.05 "Oregon"|
- Henderson, Kathy (October 16, 2006). "Fresh Face: Megan Dodds". Broadway.com. Archived from the original on October 16, 2006.
- "Alumni News". Juilliard School. November 2007. Archived from the original on 2011-11-11.
- "The Big Interview: Megan Dodds". Official London Theatre Guide. Archived from the original on March 30, 2006.
- BBC - Drama - Viva Blackpool
- "Megan Dodds - Actress Recalls Madonna Kiss". ContactMusic.com. March 30, 2006.
- "Megan Dodds, Star File". Broadway.com Buzz. Archived from the original on October 8, 2007.
- Megan Dodds at the Internet Movie Database
- BBC Spooks character bio
- BBC Viva Blackpool character bio