Melissa Sagemiller

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Melissa Sagemiller
Born (1974-06-01) June 1, 1974 (age 40)
Washington, D.C., United States
Occupation Actress
Years active 2000–present

Melissa Sagemiller (born June 1, 1974) is an American television and film actress. She is known for her performances in films Get Over It (2001), Soul Survivors (2001), Sorority Boys (2003), The Clearing (2004), The Guardian (2006) and Mr. Woodcock (2007). Sagemiller also starred in television dramas Sleeper Cell (2005-06), and Raising the Bar (2008-09), and from 2010 to 2011 had the recurring role as A.D.A. Gillian Hardwicke in the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Early life[edit]

Sagemiller was born in Washington, D.C. to a political activist mother and a professional American football player father, who played in the NFL for the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins.[1] She attended Georgetown Day School. Her entry into the performing arts was at age 3 when she began studying tap dance, ballet, jazz dance and modern dance. She made her stage debut in To Kill a Mockingbird when she was 9 years old, and soon after she became a regular on her local stage. At 14, however, acting took a backseat to modeling after Sagemiller was scouted by Eileen Ford in a jewelry shop. She eventually left modeling to take an undergraduate degree in Art History at the University of Virginia.

Career[edit]

Shortly after graduation, she decided to return to acting full-time, and studied at the Stella Adler Conservatory, New York University's Stonestreet Studio and at Michael Howard Studios. Sagemiller appeared in Movieline magazine in August 2001.[2] In November 2001, Sagemiller appeared in Gear magazine.[3] In early career, she starred on number of teen films, like Get Over It and Sorority Boys, and was lead actress in 2002 box office bomb thriller Soul Survivors.[4]

On television, Sagemiller portrayed the character Michelle Ernhardt in the TNT series Raising the Bar from 2008 to 2009. After that series was cancelled, Sagemiller joined Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in a recurring role as ADA Gillian Hardwicke. She replaced Paula Patton when Patton departed the series after just one episode. Sagemiller was featured in ten episodes of the 12th season of SVU. She was replaced in the 13th season by Stephanie March and Diane Neal. In 2013, she was cast as a lead on Chicago Fire spinoff Chicago P.D.,[5] but left during pre-production.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Sagemiller became engaged in July 2006 to her Sleeper Cell co-star Alex Nesic after he proposed to her in the South of France. The couple eventually married and have one child.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Get Over It Allison McAllister
2001 Soul Survivors Cassie
2002 Sorority Boys Leah
2003 Love Object Lisa Bellmer Nominated — Chainsaw Award for Best Supporting Actress
2004 The Clearing Jill Hayes
2005 Standing Still Samantha
2005 Life on the Ledge Claire
2006 The Guardian Emily Thomas
2007 Mr. Woodcock Tracy Detweiller
2010 In Fidelity Nicole / Pamela Short film
2013 All I Want for Christmas Elizabeth Television film
2014 Santa Con Carol Guthrie

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Becky Sorenson Episode: "Russian Love Poem"
2005 Without a Trace Carmen Kuskowski Episode: "When Darkness Falls "
2005–2006 Sleeper Cell Gayle Bishop Series regular, 17 episodes
2009 Eleventh Hour Sofia Lyons Episode: "Medea"
2008–2009 Raising the Bar Michelle Ernhardt Series regular, 25 episodes
2010 The Rockford Files Beth Davenport TV pilot
2010–2011 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit A.D.A. Gillian Hardwicke Recurring role, 10 episodes
2013 Chicago Fire Detective Julia Willhite Episode: "Let Her Go"
2014 Chicago P.D. Detective Julia Willhite Episode: "Pilot"
2014 Person of Interest Sandra Nicholson Episode: "Last Call"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Melissa Sagemiller profile at". FilmReference.com. Retrieved 2008-07-05. 
  2. ^ Maynard, Kevin. "Hype". Volume 12, Issue 11. Movieline Magazine. p. 20. Retrieved August 2008. 
  3. ^ Martin, Michael. "Front". Gear (magazine). pp. 22–23. Retrieved November 2001. 
  4. ^ "Melissa Sagemiller". Movies.yahoo.com. 2011-04-20. Retrieved 2013-11-10. 
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Melissa Sagemiller To Star In NBC's 'Chicago Fire' Spinoff". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2013-11-10. 
  6. ^ Michael Ausiello (2013-06-13). "‘Chicago PD’ Season 1: Melissa Sagemiller Leaving, Jesse Lee Sofer Joins Cast". TVLine. Retrieved 2013-11-10. 

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