Perabo at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2011
|Born||Piper Lisa Perabo
October 31, 1976
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Piper Lisa Perabo (pronounced pear-a-bow; born October 31, 1976) is an American stage, film and television actress. Since her breakthrough role in Coyote Ugly (2000), her subsequent films have included Lost and Delirious (2001), Cheaper by the Dozen (2003), Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005), The Prestige (2006) and Looper (2012). Since 2010, she has played Annie Walker, the lead role on the USA Network series Covert Affairs, for which she has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress.
Early life 
Perabo was born in Dallas, Texas and grew up in Toms River, New Jersey, the daughter of Mary Charlotte (née Ulland), a physical therapist, and George William Perabo, a professor of poetry at Ocean County College. Perabo is of Portuguese and Norwegian descent. Her parents named her after actress Piper Laurie and she has two younger brothers: Noah (born May 1979), and Adam (born August 1981). Perabo graduated from high school at Toms River High School North and graduated summa cum laude from Honors Tutorial College at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio in 1998 with a bachelor's degree in theater, also studying physics, poetry and Latin in her final year.
Perabo was first noticed a year before she graduated from university. She was in New York City, visiting her then-boyfriend and accompanied him to an audition. Casting director Denise Fitzgerald spotted her and asked her to read for a part. Perabo wasn't cast but when Fitzgerald found out that she didn't have any representation, she made phone calls on Perabo's behalf and found her a manager, who still represents her. After graduating, Perabo studied acting at the La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club in New York City and had roles in various plays.
1997–2000: Coyote Ugly and career beginnings 
After graduating, Perabo moved to New York City, where she worked as a waitress. She was cast in her first feature film just a month after moving to the city, Marc Levin's comedy Whiteboyz. In 2000 Perabo was cast in The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle as FBI agent Karen Sympathy. Her next film role was in Coyote Ugly as Violet "Jersey" Sanford, for which she won an MTV Movie Award for Best Music Moment for "One Way or Another".
2001–2009: Subsequent work 
After the success of Coyote Ugly, Perabo made a conscious decision to move away from Blockbusters and focused on independent films. In 2001, Perabo starred in an independent Canadian drama called Lost and Delirious, playing a boarding school student who falls in love with a female classmate. The next year she starred as a French exchange student in the independent comedy Slap Her... She's French, which was shelved in North America for two years, then released under the new title She Gets What She Wants. The film was released under its original title in Europe. In 2003 she had a role as the eldest Baker child, Nora, in Cheaper by the Dozen (2003), a role she reprised in the film's 2005 sequel.
Her other films include The I Inside (2003), Perfect Opposites (2004), George and the Dragon (2004), The Cave (2005), Imagine Me & You (2005), Edison (2005), The Prestige (2006), and Beverly Hills Chihuahua (2008). She appeared as a nutritionist on the Fox TV show House.
2010–present: Covert Affairs and recent work 
As the play's run was coming to an end, Perabo read the script for the USA Network television spy series Covert Affairs: "I was reading movie scripts and I wasn't finding anything that was really speaking to me and my agent suggested that I read [it]. And I hadn't thought about doing television, but when I read it, it kind of changed everything for me. She's such a powerful character, she's so smart, the action is so intense, and I really thought it would be fun to do." The following year, she was officially cast as CIA agent Annie Walker, the lead character in Covert Affairs.
In August 2010, Perabo injured her knee filming an episode of Covert Affairs. After the finale of the first season it was announced that the second season would begin in summer of 2011. For her work on Covert Affairs, she received a nomination for the 2010 Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama. Perabo broke her leg the day before shooting finished for the second season finale of Covert Affairs.
In September 2012, Perabo had a supporting role in the time travel thriller Looper alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis. In December 2012, Perabo was cast as a recurring character on Matthew Perry's new television series, the sitcom Go On. Perabo's character, Simone, is a former member of the support group that Perry's character is a member of, returning to the group and becoming a love interest of his. Perabo was originally scheduled to appear in three episodes, but her arc was increased to four, and her character may return in the future.
Personal life 
Perabo is close friends with actress Lena Headey, and has been since they starred together in two films in 2005, The Cave and Imagine Me & You. Perabo speaks fluent French and is an advocate of LGBT rights.
Perabo is part-owner of two businesses based in New York City: the prohibition-themed bar Employees Only in West Village, Manhattan, which opened in 2005 and the restaurant Jack's Wife Freda in SoHo, Lower Manhattan, which opened in 2012.
|1997||Single Spaced||The Dame||Short film|
|1999||Knuckleface Jones||That Girl||Short film|
|2000||The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle||Karen Sympathy|
|2000||Coyote Ugly||Violet "Jersey" Sanford|
|2000||Followers||Girl at Party|
|2001||Lost and Delirious||Pauline 'Paulie' Oster|
|2002||Slap Her... She's French||Genevieve Le Plouff||Release in America as She Gets What She Wants|
|2003||Cheaper by the Dozen||Nora Baker|
|2004||Perfect Opposites||Julia Bishop|
|2004||The I Inside||Anna|
|2004||George and the Dragon||Princess Luma|
|2005||Karas: The Prophecy||Yurine (voice)||Video|
|2005||Imagine Me & You||Rachel|
|2005||Edison||Willow||Released in America as Edison Force|
|2005||Good Morning Baby||Gabriella||Short film|
|2005||Cheaper by the Dozen 2||Nora Baker-McNulty|
|2006||10th & Wolf||Brandy|
|2006||The Prestige||Julia McCullough|
|2007||Because I Said So||Mae|
|2007||In Vivid Detail||Leslie||Short film|
|2008||The Prince of Motor City||Meg Riley||TV film|
|2008||Beverly Hills Chihuahua||Rachel|
|2008||The Lazarus Project||Lisa Garvey|
|2009||Sordid Things||Tabitha White|
|2013||Red Machine||Michelle||In post-production|
Television series 
|2008||Backdrop NYC||Leslie||Segment: "In Vivid Detail"|
|2009||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Calista Haslum||Episode: "Folie à Deux"|
|2010–present||Covert Affairs||Annie Walker||Lead role (43 episodes)|
|2013||Go On||Simone||Recurring character|
|2008||reasons to be pretty||Carly||Lucille Lortel Theatre|
|2001||Nominated||Blockbuster Entertainment Award||Favorite Female - Newcomer||Coyote Ugly|
|2001||Won||MTV Movie Award||Best Music Moment||Coyote Ugly|
|2001||Nominated||MTV Movie Award||Breakthrough Female Performance||Coyote Ugly|
|2004||Nominated||Teen Choice Award||Choice Movie Liplock||Cheaper by the Dozen (shared with Ashton Kutcher)|
|2006||Nominated||Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Ensemble Cast||Cheaper by the Dozen 2|
|2011||Nominated||Golden Globe||Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series - Drama||Covert Affairs|
|2011||Won||Gracie||Outstanding Female Actor in a Breakthrough Role||Covert Affairs|
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- Piper Perabo at the Internet Broadway Database
- Piper Perabo at the Internet Movie Database
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