Montgomery, March 2009
|Born||Poppy Petal Emma Elizabeth Deveraux Donahue
19 June 1975
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
|Partner(s)||Adam Kaufman (2005–2011)
Shawn Sanford (2011–present)
Poppy Montgomery (born Poppy Petal Emma Elizabeth Deveraux Donahue, 19 June 1975) is an Australian actress. She is known for playing the role of FBI Agent Samantha Spade on the CBS mystery drama Without a Trace and her latest television role as Det. Carrie Wells on the CBS police drama Unforgettable.
Montgomery was born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, to Nicola (née Montgomery), an executive and market researcher, and Phil Donahue, a restaurateur. She is one of six children and her parents named her and her sisters (Rosie Thorn, Daisy Yellow, Lily Belle, and Marigold Sun) after flowers, and their brother after Jethro Tull.
Montgomery hated school, being expelled from six private academies before finally dropping out at the age of fifteen to pursue stage acting and to also travel around Bali with her then-boyfriend. Montgomery emigrated to the United States at age eighteen, arriving in Florida to meet a boy whom she had met when he was an exchange student. After five days, she realized "[she] couldn't stand him" and then took a bus to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career.
When Montgomery arrived in Los Angeles, she stayed with two friends of her brother while sending a head shot every day to Julia Roberts's former manager, Bob McGowan, until he signed her. She appeared in several television bit parts through the late-1990s, including NYPD Blue. Her first big break was when she won the role of Marilyn Monroe in the 2001 CBS mini-series Blonde, based on the novel by Joyce Carol Oates. The next role she was offered was a starring role as Samantha Spade on the mystery drama Without a Trace, where she was picked out of over one hundred actresses. The series centered around a missing persons unit of the FBI. On being offered the part, she later said, "They (the producers) called me up and said, 'Will you do it?' I said, 'Um' and they said, 'Anthony LaPaglia is in it' and I said, 'sure'. It was that simple." Montgomery portrayed Samantha Spade from when the show began on 26 September 2002 for seven seasons until it ended on 19 May 2009
As of April 2011, Montgomery has completed filming a biopic Magic Beyond Words, playing Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling. She plays the lead in the television series Unforgettable, a police procedural drama about Carrie Wells, a former homicide detective with perfect recall as a result from having hyperthymesia. Until the debut of ABC's new family-oriented, late-arriving, Sunday night fairy-tale drama Once Upon a Time, CBS had been airing promos that Unforgettable was the #1 new drama of the 2011-12 season. According to the prime-time Nielsen television ratings released through Sunday 6 November 2011, season-to-date, Unforgettable has averaged 13.9 million viewers. For a snapshot rating, on Tuesday 1 November 2011, the series was first in its regular timeslot, with 11.3 million viewers and ranked #24 overall for the week.
Montgomery met actor Adam Kaufman in 2005 in Mexico while working on the independent film Between and in 2010, they worked together again in the TV movie Lying to be Perfect. Kaufman began a recurring role on Without a Trace, making his first appearance in March 2007 in season 5; episode 19 titled "At Rest", playing Brian Donovan, Spade's love interest for the rest of the series. Montgomery announced her pregnancy with Kaufman in June 2007, which was written into the show's sixth season. On 23 December 2007, Montgomery gave birth to their son Jackson Phillip Deveraux Montgomery Kaufman in Los Angeles. It was reported on 10 October 2011, through Life & Style, that Montgomery and Kaufman broke up due to the distance between them when working.
Montgomery's domestic partner is Shawn Sanford, director of lifestyle marketing for Microsoft, whom she met at an event in Puerto Rico. On 22 April 2013, she gave birth to their daughter Violet Grace Deveraux Sanford.
|1994||Silk Stalkings||Angel||U.S. TV series; 2-part episode: "Natural Selection"|
|Tammy and the T-Rex||Party Girl #1|
|1995||Jake Lassiter: Justice on the Bayou||Cindy||TV movie|
|Devil in a Blue Dress||Barbara's Sister|
|1996||The Cold Equations||Marilyn 'Lee' Cross||TV movie|
|Peacock Blues||TV short|
|Party of Five||Allison||Episode: "Poor Substitutes"|
|NYPD Blue||Lisa||Episode: "Burnin' Love"|
|Relativity||Jennifer Lukens||U.S. TV series; recurring role (7 episodes)|
|1997||Desert's Edge||Mary||TV short|
|1998||Dead Man on Campus||Rachel|
|1999||The Wonder Cabinet||Dr. Sarah Coleman||TV movie|
|1999||The Other Sister||Caroline Tate|
|Life||Older Mae Rose Abernathy|
|2000||Men Named Milo, Women Named Greta||Barri Noodleman||Short film|
|The Beat||Elizabeth Waclawek||U.S. TV series; recurring role (3 episodes)|
|2001||Blonde||Norma Jean Baker / Marilyn Monroe||TV miniseries|
|Going to California||Penelope||Episode: "Hurricane Al: A Tale of Key Largo"|
|2002||Glory Days||Ellie Sparks||U.S. TV series; recurring role (9 episodes)|
|2002–2009||Without a Trace||Samantha Spade||U.S. TV series, series regular (160 episodes)|
|2004||Raising Waylon||Julia Bellows||TV special|
|How to Lose Your Lover||Allison|
|Murder in the Hamptons||Generosa Rand||TV movie|
|Snow Wonder||Paula||TV movie|
|2010||True Blue||Katherine Miller||TV pilot|
|Lying to Be Perfect||Nola Devlin||TV movie|
|2011||Magic Beyond Words||J. K. Rowling||TV movie|
|2011–present||Unforgettable||Carrie Wells||U.S. TV series; lead role; returns 28 July|
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- "Unforgettable star Poppy Montgomery splits with longtime beau". Life&Style. October 10, 2011. Retrieved February 16, 2012.
- "Poppy Montgomery pregnant with second child". USA Today. 11 January 2013. Retrieved 11 January 2013.
- "Poppy Montgomery Welcomes Daughter Violet Grace". Life&Style. April 24, 2013. Retrieved April 24, 2013.
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