Megan Dodds

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Megan Dodds
Born Megan Lynne Dodds
(1970-02-15) February 15, 1970 (age 44)
Sacramento, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1990–present
Spouse(s) Oliver Pearce
Children Isabella

Megan Lynne Dodds (born February 15, 1970) is an American actress.

Early life[edit]

Dodds was born in Sacramento, California. 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 to apply to the Juilliard School, where she studied for four years as a member of the Drama Division's Group 24 (1991–1995).[1][2]

Career[edit]

After graduation, Dodds spent two years in Broadway and Off 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 a 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."[3] She has appeared in television shows such as Love in a Cold Climate, the BBC One series Spooks, and Viva Blackpool. Her stage roles have included As You Like It in 1999 and Up for Grabs in 2006.[4]

Dodds won the London Theatregoers' Choice Award for Best Actress in the one woman show My Name is Rachel Corrie.[5] The show opened at the Royal Court Theatre in London, but a planned transfer to the New York Theatre Workshop was cancelled, with rumors of the theater 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, Dodds joined the cast of the British sitcom Not Going Out as Kate, but she left the show after the first series. Her best known film role is perhaps the spoiled and selfish stepsister Marguerite in the 1998 romance film Ever After.

Personal life[edit]

After coming to England in 1997, Dodds met fashion and advertising photographer Oliver Pearce.[1] They later married and moved to Battersea. They have one daughter, Isabella.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Ever After Marguerite De Ghent
1998 The Rat Pack May Britt Television film
2000 Urbania Deedee
2000 Bait Agent Walsh
2000 Interstate 84 Wendy
2001 Sword of Honour Virginia Television film
2002 Purpose Lisa Forrester
2005 Malice Aforethought Madeleine Cranmere Television film
2005 Festival Dina
2006 Free Jimmy Claire Voice
2006 Viva Blackpool Kitty De-Luxe Television film
2006 The Contract Sandra
2010 Chatroom Grace Rollins

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1990 Midnight Caller Crystal Episode: "Planes"
2001 Love in a Cold Climate Polly Miniseries
2002 Stargate SG-1 Native Archaeologist Episode: "Cure"
2002–2004 Spooks Christine Dale 10 episodes
2004 Agatha Christie's Poirot Henrietta Savernake Episode: "The Hollow"
2006 Not Going Out Kate 6 episodes
2008 Hotel Babylon Katie Season 3, Episode 6
2009 Lie to Me Gail Episode: "Depraved Heart"
2009 House Dr. Beasley Episode: "Broken"
2011 Detroit 1-8-7 Jess Harkins 6 episodes
2012 Awake Elizabeth Santoro Episode: "Oregon"
2012–2013 CSI: NY Christine Whitney 12 episodes

Stage[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1995 The School for Scandal Maria Lyceum Theatre, New York
1996 Ancient History/English Made Simple Jill Off-Broadway
1997 Popcorn Brooke Daniels Apollo Theatre
1999 Hamlet Ophelia Young Vic Theatre
1999 As You Like It Celia Williamstown Theatre Festival
2002 Up for Grabs Mindy Wyndham's Theatre
2005 This Is How It Goes Woman Donmar Warehouse
2006 My Name is Rachel Corrie Rachel Corrie The Playhouse Theatre
Minetta Lane Theatre (Off-Broadway)
Won the London Theatregoers' Choice Award for Best Actress[5]

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1994 Psychic Detective Reporter Voice

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Henderson, Kathy (October 16, 2006). "Fresh Face: Megan Dodds". Broadway.com. Archived from the original on October 16, 2006. 
  2. ^ "Alumni News". Juilliard School. November 2007. Archived from the original on 2011-11-11. 
  3. ^ "The Big Interview: Megan Dodds". Official London Theatre Guide. Archived from the original on March 30, 2006. 
  4. ^ "Megan Dodds - Actress Recalls Madonna Kiss". ContactMusic.com. March 30, 2006. 
  5. ^ a b "Megan Dodds, Star File". Broadway.com Buzz. Archived from the original on October 8, 2007. 

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