Janet Montgomery

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Janet Montgomery
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Montgomery at WonderCon in April 2015
BornJanet Ruth Montgomery
(1985-10-29) 29 October 1985 (age 33)
Bournemouth, Dorset, United Kingdom
OccupationActress
Years active1997–present

Janet Ruth Montgomery (born 29 October 1985) is an English film and TV actress. She is known for her role as Ames in the second season of Fox's Human Target,[1] and also for her appearances in The Hills Run Red and Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead, as well as her role as Eric Murphy's assistant Jennie in HBO's Entourage. She played protagonist Martina Garretti in the short-lived Made in Jersey. From 2014 to 2017, she starred as the lead character, Mary Sibley, in the WGN America series, Salem. She is also known for her role as the mother of Gardner Elliot, Sarah Elliot in the 2017 film The Space Between Us.

Career[edit]

Although trained as a dancer at the Stella Mann College of Performing Arts, Bedford, Montgomery chose to pursue acting rather than dance professionally. Her lack of drama school training made it difficult for her to obtain acting representation initially. She achieved her breakthrough after producing a play with her friend Gethin Anthony.[2]

In 2008, Montgomery was cast as the love interest of the character Tony Stonem in an episode of the teenage drama Skins. She also appeared in both the TV movie Dis/Connected and the short film Flushed.

The following year, Montgomery appeared in two straight-to-DVD horror-genre releases filmed in Sofia, BulgariaThe Hills Run Red and the finale of the original Wrong Turn trilogy, Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead and played the role of Fallyn Werner, a teenage killer in the Lifetime film Accused at 17.

In 2010, Montgomery appeared in her first theatrically released films, playing Ruth in the mystery The Rapture, Giselle in the independent horror film Dead Cert and the supporting role of Madeline in the Academy Award nominated psychological thriller Black Swan – playing a Little Swan to Natalie Portman's Oscar-winning portrayal of the Black Swan.

That same year Montgomery also signed on to play Paul Rudd's love interest in Our Idiot Brother. After seeing her audition tape in Los Angeles, producers worked around her schedule on Entourage and flew her to New York to begin shooting. While working on Entourage, Montgomery was invited to appear on The League, a critically acclaimed semi-improvised show about American football, and played Ambrosia the stripper in the first episode of the second season.

In December 2011, Montgomery starred as Princess Mithian, a love interest of King Arthur, in Series 4 Episode 11 of Merlin,[3] later returning in Series 5 Episode 4 (alongside James Fox).[4]

In 2012, Montgomery played the lead role in the CBS television series Made in Jersey. The series was cancelled after two episodes aired. Two new episodes aired on 22 December 2012.

Montgomery attracted the attention of Stephen Poliakoff via an audition tape she sent to casting director Andy Pryor for the role of Sarah in Dancing on the Edge.[citation needed] The five-part miniseries aired 4 February 2013 on BBC Two.

She also played opposite David Tennant in BBC Four's Spies of Warsaw. She played Grace Van Helsing, "the prodigal daughter who returns to run the family newspaper (and presumably stake a few vampires)"[5] in the unsold ABC pilot Gothica.[6][7] Actor Chris Egan played her love interest, the character Dorian Gray.[5]

In December 2014, The Hollywood Reporter announced Montgomery was cast to star as a prostitute in the comedy Amateur Night alongside Jason Biggs.[8]

In October 2016, Montgomery started recurring in NBC's This Is Us.[9][10]

Personal life[edit]

Montgomery was born in Bournemouth, England. Her uncle was bass player Mike "Monty" Montgomery of Zoot Money's Big Roll Band.[11] She has younger brother, Jason, also an actor.[12]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Flushed Queen Bitch Short film
2009 The Hills Run Red Serina
2009 Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead Alex Miles
2010 Dead Cert Giselle
2010 The Rapture Ruth
2010 Black Swan Madeline
2011 Our Idiot Brother Lady Arabella
2013 The Republic of Two Caroline
2016 Happily Ever After Heather
2016 The Rapture Ruth
2016 Amateur Night Nikki
2017 The Space Between Us Sarah Elliot
2017 Romans Emma
2018 In a Relationship Lindsay

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Dis/Connected Lucy Television film
2008 Skins Beth Episode: "Tony"
2010 Accused at 17 Fallyn Werner Television movie
2010–2011 Entourage Jennie Recurring role (seasons 7–8)
2010 The League Ambrosia Episode: "Vegas Draft"
2010–2011 Human Target Ames Main role (season 2)
2011–2012 Merlin Princess Mithian 2 episodes
2012 Made in Jersey Martina Garretti Main role
2013 Dancing on the Edge Sarah Recurring role
2013 Spies of Warsaw Anna Main role
2013 Gothica Grace Van Helsing Unsold television pilot
2013 Downton Abbey Freda Dudley Ward Episode: "The London Season"
2014–2017 Salem Mary Sibley Main role
2014 Black Mirror Bethany Episode: "White Christmas"
2016–2017 This Is Us Olivia Maine Recurring role (season 1)
2018 New Amsterdam Dr. Laura Bloom Main role
2018 The Romanoffs Michelle Westbrooke Episode: "The Royal We"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2015 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Favorite Actress on Television Salem Nominated
2016 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Favorite Actress on Television Salem Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Exclusive First Stills: The Devil's Playground – Dread Central". Dread Central. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  2. ^ "BBC – Janet Montgomery plays Anna Skarbek – Media Centre". www.bbc.co.uk.
  3. ^ "BBC – Merlin – Princess Mithian played by Janet Montgomery". BBC.
  4. ^ "'Game of Thrones' star for 'Merlin' role". Digital Spy. 20 April 2012.
  5. ^ a b Hibberd, James (25 February 2013). "Janet Montgomery to star in ABC's monster mash pilot". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
  6. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (25 February 2013). "Deadline.com » Blog ArchiveJanet Montgomery To Play The Lead Grace Van Helsing in ABC Pilot 'Gothica'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 27 September 2013. Retrieved 31 August 2013.
  7. ^ "Gothica (TV 2013)". IMDb. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
  8. ^ Kit, Borys (8 May 2012). "Jason Biggs, Ashley Tisdale Starring in Indie Comedy 'Drive, She Said' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 8 May 2012.
  9. ^ Gelman, Vlada (19 August 2016). "This Is Us Casts Janet Montgomery as Justin Hartley's 'Intense' Love Interest". TVLine. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  10. ^ Snierson, Dan (19 August 2016). "This Is Us Adds Salem Star Janet Montgomery". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  11. ^ "Al Kirtley – and another thing… – Jerry Stooks, The Downstairs Club and the naming of Zoot Money's Big Roll Band". Alkirtley.co.uk. 26 March 1964. Retrieved 31 August 2013.
  12. ^ "Jason Montgomery". IMDb.

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