Janet Montgomery

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Janet Montgomery
Janet Montgomery April 2015.jpg
Montgomery at WonderCon, April 2015
Born Janet Ruth Montgomery
(1985-10-29) 29 October 1985 (age 31)
Bournemouth, Dorset, United Kingdom
Occupation Actress
Years active 1997–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 recently played protagonist Martina Garretti in the short-lived Made in Jersey. As of 2014, she stars as the lead character, Mary Sibley, in the WGN America series, Salem.

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 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. This was her first comedy movie and one in which she received rave reviews.[citation needed] 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. Barely recognisable and improvising in an American accent paved the way for her offer from Human Target producers for the role of Ames.[citation needed]

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. Despite the early cancellation, Montgomery received huge compliments and a career boost from the short lived series. 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. Poliakoff was impressed and offered her the job via Skype.[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. The drama received mixed reviews.[citation needed] 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 plays 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 is married to Richard Gibb. [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
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 Post-production
2016 The Rapture Ruth Post-production
2016 Amateur Night Nikki
2016 The Space Between Us Sarah Elliot

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Dis/Connected Lucy Television movie
2008 Skins Beth Episode: "Tony"
2010 Accused at 17 Fallyn Werner Television movie
2010–11 Entourage Jennie 10 episodes
2010 The League Ambrosia Episode: "Vegas Draft"
2010–11 Human Target Ames 11 episodes
2011–12 Merlin Princess Mithian 2 episodes
2012 Made in Jersey Martina Garretti 8 episodes
2013 Dancing on the Edge Sarah 5 episodes
2013 Spies of Warsaw Anna 4 episodes
2013 Gothica Grace Van Helsing Unsold TV pilot
2013 Downton Abbey Freda Dudley Ward Episode: "The London Season"
2014–present Salem Mary Sibley 30 episodes
Nominated—Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Actress on Television (2015–16)
2014 Black Mirror Bethany Episode: "White Christmas"
2016 This Is Us Olivia Maine 4 episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Exclusive First Stills: The Devil's Playground - Dread Central". Dread Central. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  2. ^ BBC – Media Centre – Janet Montgomery plays Anna Skarbek
  3. ^ BBC – Merlin – Princess Mithian played by Janet Montgomery
  4. ^ 'Merlin': 'Game of Thrones' Liam Cunningham confirmed for series five – Merlin News – Cult – Digital Spy
  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.com". M.deadline.com. Retrieved 31 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "Gothica (TV 2013)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  8. ^ Kit, Borys (May 8, 2012). "Jason Biggs, Ashley Tisdale Starring in Indie Comedy 'Drive, She Said' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 8, 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. ^ "Instagram photo by Janet Montgomery • Sep 28, 2014 at 9:19pm UTC". Instagram. Retrieved 2016-11-11. 

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