|Born||June 30, 1962|
Abilene, Texas, U.S.
|Education||University of Evansville (BFA)|
New York University (MFA)
Deirdre Lovejoy (born June 30, 1962) is an American actress.
She is best known for her role as Assistant State's Attorney Rhonda Pearlman on HBO’s The Wire. She also known for her roles as serial killer Heather Taffet (aka The Gravedigger) on the Fox series Bones, and United States Marshal Cynthia Panabaker on NBC series The Blacklist.
Lovejoy went on to live in Connecticut, then Pittsburgh, before moving with her mother to Elkhart, Indiana while Lovejoy was still in the fourth grade. Her mother, Marcia Fulmer, met her second husband in Elkhart and worked as Arts and Entertainment editor at The Elkhart Truth. While in the fifth grade Lovejoy held her first acting role as one of Big Daddy's grandchildren in an Elkhart Civic Theatre production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in which her mother played the part of Mae (aka "Sister Woman"). Lovejoy subsequently appeared in several productions at the Elkhart Civic Theatre, often alongside her mother.
In 1980 Lovejoy graduated from Elkhart Memorial High School. In 1984 she graduated from the University of Evansville with a double major in Theater and Communications. She also attained a Master of Fine Arts from the New York University Tisch School of the Arts three years later.
In 1990 Lovejoy appeared in her first television role as Rosemary Kennedy in the ABC mini-series The Kennedys of Massachusetts. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s she appeared on such series as Law & Order, Seinfeld, Third Watch, Spin City, NYPD Blue, The West Wing, Cold Case and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
From 2002 to 2008 Lovejoy starred as Assistant State's Attorney Rhonda Pearlman on HBO’s The Wire. From 2009 to 2011 she played the recurring role of the serial kidnapper and murderer Heather Taffet (aka "The Gravedigger") on the television series Bones. In 2011 Lovejoy also appeared in the role of the mother of a student in the film Bad Teacher starring Cameron Diaz.
Lovejoy has also guest starred or held recurring roles on such TV series as Lie to Me, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Criminal Minds, Body of Proof, Girls, Orange Is the New Black, American Gothic and Shameless.
Lovejoy has also appeared in several Broadway productions, including Six Degrees of Separation (1990), Getting and Spending (1998), The Gathering (2001) and Nora Ephron’s Lucky Guy starring Tom Hanks (2013).
In 2019 Lovejoy took part in Promethea in Prison, a theatrical project that involved a reading of the ancient Greek play Prometheus Bound featuring an all-female cast that also included her The Wire co-star Sonja Sohn. That same year Lovejoy starred in a one-person play that she wrote titled Bird Elephant China. The autobiographical play dealt with a series of unexplained seizures that Lovejoy experienced in 2009. The seizures affected her memory as well as her ability to walk and talk for almost a year. She also experienced hallucinations during this time. Lovejoy has been seizure free since 2009.
|1996||Rescuing Desire||Bookstore salesgirl|
|1998||Number One||Jean||Short film|
|1998||Sour Grapes||Nurse Wells|
|1999||Random Hearts||Officer Isabel|
|1999||The Talented Mr. Ripley||Fighting neighbor|
|2001||My Sister's Wedding||Beverly Modina|
|2001||Thirteen Conversations About One Thing||Student teacher|
|2006||Step Up||Nora's mom / Katherine Clark|
|2009||Gloria & Eric||Gloria||Short film|
|2009||The Stepfather||Detective Tylar|
|2011||Bad Teacher||Sasha's mother|
|2013||Killing Vivian||Toaster||Short film|
|2016||Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk||Denise Lynn|
|2017||The Post||Debbie Regan|
|2017||Beauty Mark||Pastor Hodges|
|1990||The Kennedys of Massachusetts||Rosemary Kennedy|
|1994||Law & Order||Judith Crockit||Episode: "Virtue"|
|1997||Law & Order||CSU Technician||Episode: "Thrill"|
|1998||Seinfeld||Customer #3||Episode: "The Dealership"|
|1999||Trinity||Karen Sealey||Episode: "Breaking In, Breaking Out, Breaking Up, Breaking Down"|
|2000||Perfect Murder, Perfect Town||Detective Linda Arndt||1999–2000||Spin City||Reporter||3 episodes|
|2000–2001||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Hernandez||2 episodes|
|2001||Ed||Ms. Tiana Diamond||Episode: "Closure"|
|2002||Without a Trace||Mrs. Kathy Peterson||Episode: "In Extremis"|
|2002–2008||The Wire||Asst. State's Attorney Rhonda Pearlman||60 episodes|
|2002||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Penny Halliwell||Episode: "Malignant"|
|2003||Strong Medicine||Taylor||Episode: "Orders"|
|2003||Touched by an Angel||Courtney||Episode: "A Time for Every Purpose"|
|2003||Kingpin||Unknown||Episode: "Black Magic Woman"|
|2003||The Lyon's Den||Ms. Felicity Easton||Episode: "The Fifth"|
|2003||Judging Amy||State Attorney||Episode: "The Long Goodbye"|
|2004||NYPD Blue||Michelle Foster||Episode: "Chatty Chatty Bang Bang"|
|2004||The West Wing||Lisa Wolfe||2 episodes|
|2005||Nip/Tuck||Allie Tedesco||Episode: "Hannah Tedesco"|
|2006||The Closer||Melissa Langner||Episode: "Heroic Measures"|
|2006||Numb3rs||Daria Samson||Episode: "Waste Not"|
|2006–2007||Close to Home||Ellen Porter||2 episodes|
|2007||Cold Case||Regie Kunze||Episode: "Justice"|
|2008||Under||Detective June-Mary Cavanaugh||Television movie|
|2008||Shark||Monica Wells||Episode: "One Hit Wonder"|
|2008||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Penelope Fielding||Episode: "Cold"|
|2008||Eli Stone||A.D.A. Samantha Jarrells||2 episodes|
|2009||Lie to Me||Holly Sando||Episode: "Unchained"|
|2009||Saving Grace||Linda Hall||Episode: "What Would You Do?"|
|2009||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Agent Carmen Martino||Episode: "Revolution"|
|2009||The Forgotten||Zoe Jenks||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2009||Medium||Dr. Betty Messner||2 episodes|
|2009–2011||Bones||Heather Taffet||3 episodes|
|2010||Outlaw||Karen Rukheyser||Episode: "In Re: Officer Daniel Hale"|
|2011||Criminal Minds||Agent Jenny Bates||Episode: "The Thirteenth Step"|
|2011||Brothers & Sisters||Marissa Crandall||Episode: "Father Unknown"|
|2011||The Protector||Unknown||Episode: "Affairs"|
|2012||Body of Proof||Jeannie Morris||2 episodes|
|2012||Private Practice||Sean Petrucci||Episode: "Apron Strings"|
|2013||American Horror Story: Asylum||Lana's host||Episode: "Continuum"|
|2014||Girls||Aunt Margo||Episode: "Flo"|
|2014||Orange Is the New Black||Chris Maser||2 episodes|
|2016||American Gothic||Detective Linda Cutter||9 episodes|
|2016||Shameless||Rita Smith||3 episodes|
|2016||The Blacklist||Cynthia Panabaker||6 episodes|
|2017||Bull||Rebecca Whelan||Episode: "A Business of Favors"|
|2017||Elementary||Carrie Traub||Episode: "Be My Guest"|
|2018||NCIS: New Orleans||Claire McDermott||Episode: "Mind Games"|
- "Today In History". Gettysburg Times. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, United States. Associated Press. June 30, 2016. p. A4. Retrieved April 15, 2019 – via NewspaperArchive.com.
Actress Deirdre Lovejoy is 54.
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- "Elkhart Civic Theatre presents masterclasses, play". South Bend Tribune. South Bend, Indiana, United States. January 6, 2019. Retrieved April 15, 2019.
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- Kronemyer, Bob (January 7, 1992). "Elkhart-born actress keeping a busy pace". South Bend Tribune. South Bend, Indiana, United States. Retrieved April 15, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
- Deirdre Lovejoy on IMDb
- Jeffery, Morgan (September 22, 2011). "Deirdre Lovejoy lands 'Body of Proof' role". Digital Spy. London, United Kingdom: Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved April 15, 2019.