Jennifer Christina Finnigan
August 22, 1979
Jennifer Christina Finnigan (born August 22, 1979) is a Canadian actress, known for her role as Bridget Forrester in the American soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful from 2000 to 2004, for which she won three Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series. She also appeared on the CBS legal drama Close to Home (2005–2007) and the ABC sitcom Better with You (2010–2011). Finnigan also starred on the FX series Tyrant (2014–2016). She later starred in the CBS sci-fi drama Salvation (2017–2018).
Early life and education
Finnigan was born in Montreal, Quebec. She is the daughter of Diane Rioux Finnigan, and popular radio personality Jack Finnigan, who was a fixture on CJAD radio in Montreal from 1972 to 2005. She attended The Sacred Heart School of Montreal, a Catholic, all-girl private school from which she graduated in 1996.
From 1998 to 2000, Finnigan appeared in a variety of Canadian shows. In 1998, she made a few guest appearances on "The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo". In early 1999, she appeared in one episode of "Big Wolf on Campus" and throughout the end of 1999, she starred in a sitcom called Student Bodies playing the role of Kim McCloud in the show's final season. Throughout the first half of 2000, she played the character "Tara" in the episode "The Tale of the Last Dance" in Season 7 of Are You Afraid of the Dark?, as well as making a guest appearance on La Femme Nikita.
In mid-2000, Finnigan moved to the United States and got the role of Bridget Forrester in the long-running soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful in July 2000. In December 2000, she also starred in a true story in the telefilm The Stalking of Laurie Show about the real life murder of a young teenage girl. Finnigan starred as Bridget on The Bold and the Beautiful from July 2000 until January 2004 and won three awards for her work on the show. She is the first person to win three consecutive Daytime Emmy Awards (29th, 30th, 31st Awards), all as "Outstanding Younger Actress". She left the show in January 2004 to pursue other acting roles.
From March 2004 until November 2004, Finnigan was featured on 10 episodes of Crossing Jordan as pathologist Dr. Devan Maguire. Following her departure from the show, she played the character Marni Fliss on the NBC series Committed, which only aired for 13 episodes before being cancelled due to low ratings. The show aired from January until March 2005. In mid-2005, she made a guest appearance as Alex Sinclair in The Dead Zone episode "Double Vision".
Starting in the fall of 2005, Finnigan was the star of the CBS television drama series Close to Home, playing a deputy district attorney. In December 2005, while still starring in Close to Home, she made a second guest appearance as Alex Sinclair in the episode "A Very Dead Zone Christmas," on The Dead Zone. Close to Home aired for two seasons before it was cancelled in May 2007. In August 2007, Finnigan made one final guest appearance on The Dead Zone in the episode "Exile", just before the show ended in late 2007.
Finnigan co-starred with her husband, actor Jonathan Silverman, in Beethoven's Big Break, the latest installment in the Beethoven film series; the film was released direct-to-DVD in late 2008. She also starred in Playing for Keeps, a CTV/Lifetime Original Movie, broadcast as What Color is Love? in the United States. Finnigan starred in the ABC sitcom Better with You, which was cancelled after only one season.
She co-starred alongside Jason Priestley in the Psych sixth-season episode, "Neil Simon's Lover's Retreat". She has also done Shadow Island Mysteries: The Last Christmas and Shadow Island Mysteries: Wedding for One.
She appeared as Grace Barrows, the Pentagon's press secretary, on the 2017 CBS action drama Salvation. Barrows was one of a few people initially informed when the Pentagon learned Earth will collide with an asteroid with potential extinction-level destruction capacity. The series ran for two seasons.
She starred on the 2021 Canadian comedy-drama series Moonshine.
|2008||The Coverup||Nancy Pepper|
|2008||Beethoven's Big Break||Lisa||Direct-to-video film|
|2014||A Bet's a Bet||Stephanie|
|2017||Icky: An American Dog Story||Kool Kitty|
|1996||My Hometown||Sylvia||Episode: "I'll Recognize You"|
|1998||The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo||Christie Sayers||Episodes: "The Egg Mystery", "The Itchy Shorts Mystery", "The Robot Mystery"|
|1999||Big Wolf on Campus||Vesper||Episode: "Muffy the Werewolf Slayer"|
|1999–2000||Student Bodies||Kim McCloud||Main role (season 3)|
|2000||La Femme Nikita||Dory||Episode: "There Are No Missions"|
|2000||Are You Afraid of the Dark?||Tara Martin||Episode: "The Tale of the Last Dance"|
|2000||The Stalking of Laurie Show||Laurie Show||Television film|
|2000–2004||The Bold and the Beautiful||Bridget Forrester||Regular role|
|2001||Largo Winch||Tamara Ross||Episode: "Cheap Thrills"|
|2004||Crossing Jordan||Dr. Devan Maguire||Recurring role (seasons 3–4), 10 episodes|
|2005||The Dead Zone||Alex Sinclair||Episodes: "Double Vision", "A Very Dead Zone Christmas"|
|2005||Committed||Marni Fliss||Main role|
|2005–2007||Close to Home||Annabeth Chase||Main role|
|2007||The Dead Zone||Alex Sinclair||Episode: "Exile"|
|2009||Inside the Box||Lauren Thomas||Television film|
|2009||What Color Is Love?||Nicole Alpern||Television film|
|2010||Wedding for One||Claire La Foret||Television film|
|2010||The Last Christmas||Claire La Foret||Television film|
|2010–2011||Better with You||Madeleine "Maddie" Putney||Main role|
|2011||Psych||Barbie||Episode: "Neil Simon's Lover's Retreat"|
|2013||Monday Mornings||Dr. Tina Ridgeway||Main role|
|2013||Baby Sellers||Det. Nic Morrison||Television film|
|2014||Wild Card||Eliza Evans||Episode: "The Pilot"|
|2015||Angel of Christmas||Susan||Television film|
|2017||Walking the Dog||Kristie||Television film|
|2017–2018||Salvation||Grace Barrows||Main role|
|2018||Welcome to Christmas||Madison Lane||Television film|
|2021-present||Moonshine||Lidia Bennett||Main role|
Awards and nominations
|Daytime Emmy Award||Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series||The Bold and the Beautiful||Won|
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- "Radio host Jack Finnigan was 'like an old friend'". The Gazette. 2006-12-04. Archived from the original on 2012-03-14. Retrieved 2009-04-24.
- "OK! Exclusive: Jonathan Silverman & Jennifer Finnigan Married!". OK! Magazine. 2007-07-28. Archived from the original on 2007-12-07.
- "Movies and Specials: Playing for Keeps". CTV. Archived from the original on April 22, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-24.
- "What Color is Love? Continues Lifetime Movie Network's Ratings Success With Sunday, January 18, Premiere" (Press release). Reuters. 2009-01-20. Retrieved on 2009-04-24.
- Gorman, Bill (May 13, 2011). "ABC: 'V' Cancelled, 'Brothers & Sisters,' 'Mr. Sunshine,' 'Detroit 187,' 'Off The Map,' 'No Ordinary Family,' 'Better With You' Cancelled Too". TV By the Numbers. Archived from the original on May 16, 2011. Retrieved July 11, 2011.
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