Potter at Paleyfest 2013
|Born||Monica Gregg Brokaw
June 30, 1971
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Tom Potter (1990–1998)
Daniel Christopher Allison (2005–present)
|Children||Daniel Potter (b. 1990)
Liam Potter (b. 1994)
Molly Brigid Allison (b. 2005)
Monica Potter (born Monica Gregg Brokaw; June 30, 1971) is an American actress, best known for her roles in films Con Air (1997), Patch Adams (1998), Along Came a Spider (2001), and Saw (2004). As of 2010 she is starring as Kristina Braverman in NBC drama series Parenthood.
Potter, one of four daughters, was born on June 30, 1971 in Euclid, Ohio, to an Irish American Catholic family. Her father, Paul Brokaw, was the inventor of the first flame-resistant car wax, and her mother, Nancy, was a secretary. During her childhood, she was part of the St. Jerome Parish in Cleveland, and attended the local elementary school, as well as Villa Angela Academy, before graduating from Euclid High School. She also spent part of her early years in Arab, Alabama. Potter had wanted to be an actress since childhood.
Potter made her screen debut in 1994, on CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless as Sharon Newman. She later has appeared in several feature films, including Con Air (playing the wife of Nicolas Cage's character) and starring opposite Robin Williams in Patch Adams. In 1998, she played the love interest of doomed distance runner Steve Prefontaine in the movie Without Limits. In 2001, she had two major roles, co-starring with Freddie Prinze Jr. in Head Over Heels, and in the thriller Along Came a Spider with Morgan Freeman, based on the James Patterson best-seller.
In 2004, Potter played the role Alison Gordon in the first Saw film. Later Potter worked on television. She was a cast member of the ABC legal drama Boston Legal but left during the second season. In 2009, Potter became a cast member of the new TNT series Trust Me which was cancelled after the first season due to low ratings. Potter plays the role of Kristina Braverman in NBC's comedy-drama Parenthood as of 2010. She received critical acclaim for her performance in the fourth season. In 2013 she won the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Drama Supporting Actress for her role in the show.
Potter was married to Tom Potter from 1990 to 1998, and they have two sons: Daniel Potter (b. 1990) and Liam Potter (b. 1994). She married Daniel Christopher Allison, an orthopedic surgeon, on June 1, 2005. Potter and Allison had a daughter named Molly Brigid Allison, on August 3, 2005.
|1997||Con Air||Tricia Poe|
|1998||A Cool, Dry Place||Kate Durrell|
|1998||Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence||Martha||Alternative title: The Very Thought of You|
|1998||Without Limits||Mary Marckx|
|1998||Patch Adams||Carin Fisher|
|1999||Heaven or Vegas||Lilli|
|2001||Head Over Heels||Amanda Pierce|
|2001||Along Came a Spider||Jezzie Flannigan|
|2002||I'm with Lucy||Lucy|
|2008||Lower Learning||Laura Buchwald|
|2009||The Last House on the Left||Emma Collingwood|
|1994||The Young and the Restless||Sharon Newman #1|
|2003||The Lunchbox Chronicles||Kate||Television movie|
|2004||Reversible Errors||Muriel Wynn||Miniseries|
|2004–2005||Boston Legal||Lori Colson||21 episodes
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2005)
|2007||Protect and Serve||Lizzie Borelli||Television movie|
|2009||Trust Me||Sarah Krajicek-Hunter||13 episodes|
|2010–present||Parenthood||Kristina Braverman||Main Character
Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Drama Supporting Actress (2013)
Nominated—TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Drama (2013)
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