Morrison at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con
|Born||Jennifer Marie Morrison
April 12, 1979
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Alma mater||Loyola University Chicago|
|Occupation||Actress, model, voice actress|
Jennifer Marie Morrison (born April 12, 1979) is an American actress, voice actress, model, and film producer.
She is known for her roles as Emma Swan in the ABC adventure fantasy series Once Upon a Time and as Dr. Allison Cameron in House, alongside Hugh Laurie. She also has portrayed Zoey Pierson, one of Ted Mosby's love interests on How I Met Your Mother (season 6) and Winona Kirk, mother of James T. Kirk in Star Trek
Morrison was born in Chicago and raised in Arlington Heights, Illinois. She is the eldest of three children with a sister, Julie, who is a singer-songwriter and music therapist, and a brother, Daniel, who is a high school band director. Her father, David L. Morrison, is a retired music teacher who was named teacher of the year by the Illinois State Board of Education in 2003. Morrison's mother, Judy, is also a retired music teacher.
Morrison attended South Middle School then graduated from Prospect High School in 1997 where her parents worked. She was an All-State clarinet player in the school's marching band, sang in the choir and was a cheerleader in the school pep squad. She attended Loyola University Chicago where she majored in Theatre and minored in English, graduating in 2000. She studied at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film and television.
Morrison started her career as a child model, appearing in print advertisements for JCPenney and Montgomery Ward and commercials for Rice Krispies and Mondo. In May 1992, she was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated for Kids with basketball star Michael Jordan.
She made her feature film debut at the age of fifteen as the daughter of Richard Gere and Sharon Stone in the 1994 film Intersection, and later appeared as Samantha in A Stir of Echoes with Kevin Bacon in 1999. Her first leading role came in the 2000 film Urban Legends: Final Cut, and she has since gone on to appear in films including Grind with Adam Brody, Surviving Christmas with Ben Affleck and James Gandolfini, and Mr. & Mrs. Smith with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in 2003, 2004 and 2005, respectively.
In 2004, Morrison won the role of immunologist Dr. Allison Cameron on House in a team consisting of her, Dr. Robert Chase, an intensivist, played by Australian actor Jesse Spencer, Dr. Eric Foreman, a neurologist, played by Omar Epps and Dr. Gregory House, a board-certified diagnostician with a double specialty in infectious disease and nephrology, played by English actor Hugh Laurie. She played this role for the whole duration of the series, from 2004 to 2012. Morrison's character left in 2009 in an episode called Teamwork, but returned in the 2010 episode Lockdown. Cameron's story concluded at this point. Morrison returned alongside fellow actors Sela Ward, Kal Penn, Olivia Wilde, Amber Tamblyn and Anne Dudek for the series finale Everybody Dies in 2012, both as a hallucination convincing House to live or die and in person at House's funeral.
In 2006, she starred in and produced the independent film Flourish. Morrison is also one of the producers that found Glee during its early draft and brought it to attention of writer Ryan Murphy, who with Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, adapted it into a television series. Morrison did not stay involved creatively, but is credited as an associated producer on the first season for her involvement in finding it and helping it get into the right hands.
Her film projects that year included Big Stan alongside Rob Schneider, and The Murder of Princess Diana, a television movie based on the book of the same name by Noel Botham. Produced by Lifetime and Working Title Television, Morrison portrays an American journalist, Rachel, who witnesses the car crash which took the life of Diana, Princess of Wales.
In 2009, Morrison returned to the big screen, appearing in the opening scene of J. J. Abrams' Star Trek reboot as James T. Kirk's mother, Winona. After her contract on House was not renewed, it was announced on December 17, 2009, that Morrison had won the role of Kate Keller, Helen Keller's mother, in the Broadway-bound revival of The Miracle Worker.[better source needed]
In the fall of 2010, Morrison appeared as a guest-star in the fourth episode of NBC's Chase. She played the role of Faith, a single mother-turned-fugitive, who embarks on a bloody killing spree across Texas with her daughter in tow. She joined the cast of CBS's How I Met Your Mother as recurring character Zoey Pierson, a mischievous architecture nerd and love interest of main character Ted Mosby, and "the biggest female character we've maybe ever added to the show in Ted's life", according to executive producer Craig Thomas.
In 2011, Morrison co-starred alongside Joel Edgerton, Tom Hardy and Nick Nolte in Warrior, a film about two estranged brothers who enter a mixed martial arts tournament and are forced to confront their struggling relationship with each other and with their father. Morrison plays the wife of Edgerton's character, struggling to keep her family together.
Since October 2011, Morrison has had a starring role in ABC's Once Upon a Time. She plays the role of Emma Swan, a bail bonds collector, whose biological son claims that she is the missing daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming.
Morrison started dating her House co-star Jesse Spencer in July 2004. Spencer proposed to Morrison on December 23, 2006, at the Eiffel Tower and the two had planned to marry later in 2007. In August 2007, Morrison and Spencer called off their engagement.
|1994||Miracle on 34th Street||Denice|
|1999||Stir of Echoes||Samantha Kozac|
|2000||Urban Legends: Final Cut||Amy Mayfield|
|2001||Zeros, TheThe Zeros||Joyce|
|2002||Big Shot: Confessions of a Campus Bookie||Callie|
|2004||Sure Hand of God, TheThe Sure Hand of God||Lily Bowser|
|2004||Surviving Christmas||Missy Vanglider|
|2005||Mr. & Mrs. Smith||Jade|
|2006||The Script||Christie||Short film|
|2006||Flourish||Gabrielle Winters||Also producer|
|2007||The Murder of Princess Diana||Rachel Visco||Nominated—OFTA Television Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture or Miniseries (2007)|
|2009||Star Trek||Winona Kirk||Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Ensemble by a Cast (2009)
Denver Film Critics Society for Best Acting Ensemble (2009)
|2009||Table for Three||Leslie Green|
|2011||Bringing Ashley Home||Ashley Phillips||PRISM Award for Performance in a TV Movie or Miniseries (2012)|
|2012||Stars in Shorts||Agent Rachel Mintz||Segment: "Prodigal"|
|2013||Alpha Alert||Lt. White||Originally titled Event 15|
|2014||The List||Katherine Stern|
|2015||To Dust Return||Sharon Reynolds||Short film; World premiere at San Diego Comic-Con 2015|
|2015||Mattresside||Angelica||Short film; in post-production|
|2016||6 Miranda Drive||Joy Carter||Post-production|
|2016||Albian: Rise of the Danann||The Abbess|
|2015||Warning Labels||Short film
Nominated—Tribeca Film Festival for Best Narrative Short (2015)
|2001||Chronicle, TheThe Chronicle||Gwen||Episode: "Let Sleeping Dogs Fry"|
|2001||Touched by an Angel||Melissa||Episode: "Most Likely to Succeed"|
|2001–02||Dawson's Creek||Melanie Shay Thompson||2 episodes|
|2002||Any Day Now||Mandy Singer||Episode: "In Too Deep"|
|2002||Random Years, TheThe Random Years||Megan||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2004–12||House||Dr. Allison Cameron||130 episodes
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2009)
|2009||Super Hero Squad Show, TheThe Super Hero Squad Show||Wasp||3 episodes; voice|
|2010||Chase||Faith Maples||Episode: "Paranoia"|
|2010–11, 2014||How I Met Your Mother||Zoey Pierson||Season 6 (recurring; 12 episodes)
Season 9 (guest; 1 episode)
|2011–present||Once Upon a Time||Emma Swan||Lead role
Nominated—People's Choice Award for Favorite On-Screen Chemistry (with Colin O'Donoghue) (2014)
Nominated—Kid's Choice Award for Favorite TV Actress (2015)
Nominated—People's Choice Award for Favorite Fantasy/Sci-Fi TV Actress (2015)
Nominated—Teen Choice Awards for Choice TV Actress: Fantasy/Sci-Fi (2015)
Nominated—Teen Choice Awards for Choice TV: Liplock (with Colin O'Donoghue) (2015)
|2002||"Too Bad About Your Girl"||The Donnas|
|2003||"Shut Up"||Nick Lachey|
|2005||"Dark Blue"||Jack's Mannequin|
|2015||"What I Want"||Will Butler|
|2007||Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars||Kirce James|
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- "Keck's Exclusives: Is Jennifer Morrison HIMYM's Mother?". TVGuide.com. Retrieved September 26, 2010.
- "Engaged House Stars Prepare to Tie the Knot". People. July 6, 2009. Retrieved November 10, 2011.
- Jordan, Julie (August 15, 2007). "House Costars Call Off Engagement".
- Shira, Dahvi (July 17, 2012). "Jennifer Morrison Dating Once Upon a Time Costar Sebastian Stan".
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