Megan Dodds

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Megan Dodds
Born (1970-02-15) February 15, 1970 (age 47)
Sacramento, California, United States
Residence Battersea, London, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 1990–present
Spouse(s) Oliver Pearce
Children 1

Megan Dodds (born February 15, 1970) is an American-born, UK-based actor of television, film, and stage, whose notable works includes multi-episode appearances in the English and American television series Spooks (MI-5; 2002-2004), Not Going Out (2006), Detroit 1-8-7 (2011), and CSI: NY (2012-2013), and credited roles in the flms Ever After (1998), The Contract (2006), and Chatroom (2010). Dodds stage work includes having played the title role in the stage production My Name is Rachel Corrie (2006), which won the London Theatregoers' Choice Award for Best Actress in that year.

Early life[edit]

Megan Lynne Dodds was born on February 15, 1970,[citation needed] in Sacramento, California.[1] After high school, she enrolled in a community college, where she was cast as Bananas in John Guare's The House of Blue Leaves.[1] She next went to Juilliard School,[1] where she studied for four years as a member of the Drama Division's Group 24 (1991–1995).[citation needed][2]

Career[edit]

After graduation, Dodds spent two years in Broadway and Off Broadway productions.[citation needed] She left the U.S. for London in 1997 to star in British comedian Ben Elton's play Popcorn.[1] As a result of meeting her future husband, photographer Oliver Pearce, she stayed in London,[1] about which she has said, "I love it here, I really feel like I learn a lot. There’s a lot of variety in terms of work."[3]

Theater[edit]

Dodds' stage roles include a part in As You Like It (1999).[clarification needed][where?][citation needed]

In Up for Grabs (2006, Wyndham's Theatre, London), Dodds filled the role of a dot com entrepreneur, co-starring with Madonna, which played to a lack of critical success for the headliner, but that nevertheless saw Dodds grouped, positively, with "strong supporting players",[4] as Mindy, Madonna's seductress, where she was described as combining "sexiness and solitude".[5]

Dodds won the London Theatregoers' Choice Award for Best Actress in 2007 for the one woman show My Name is Rachel Corrie,[6] about an activist killed by an Israeli bulldozer during a 2003 demonstration in Gaza.[6][1] The show opened at the Royal Court Theatre in London.[citation needed] A move was planned to the New York Theatre Workshop, but it was cancelled in Fall 2005[1]—amid rumors that the Workshop feared possible response to the show's political content.[citation needed] Dodds fought against the imposed indefinite delay, and the debate of censorship on such a sensitive issue at the time of the post-Iraq war debate became publicised by the New York Times.[full citation needed] After a successful run in London's West End, the show eventually played to a sellout audience at the off-Broadway Minetta Lane Theatre in early 2006.[citation needed]

Television and film[edit]

Dodds has appeared in television shows such as Love in a Cold Climate (2001),[citation needed] the BBC series Spooks[7] (in the U.S., MI-5; 2002-2004),[citation needed] and Viva Blackpool.[8] Dodds was a part of the first series cast of the BBC One situation comedy, Not Going Out (2006-) as Kate, the love interest of the lead character Lee Mack, leaving the show after the first series.[9]

Dodds portrayed a "more conventionally beautiful" Marguerite as stepsister to Cinderella in Ever After (1998), a romance where Dodds' character is further described as "scarier than any ugly stepsisters that came before her, especially as it appears, briefly, that she has a legitimate shot at winning the prince".[10]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1990 Midnight Caller Crystal Episode: "Planes"
2001 Love in a Cold Climate Polly Miniseries
2002–2004 Spooks[7] Christine Dale[7] 10 episodes[citation needed]
2004 Agatha Christie's Poirot Henrietta Savernake Episode: "The Hollow"
2006 Not Going Out Kate 6 episodes
2008 Hotel Babylon Katie Season 3, Episode 6
2009 Lie to Me Gail Episode: "Depraved Heart"
2009 House Dr. Beasley Episode: "Broken"
2011 Detroit 1-8-7 Jess Harkins 6 episodes
2012 Awake Elizabeth Santoro Episode: "Oregon"
2012–2013 CSI: NY Christine Whitney 12 episodes
2014 White Collar Eva Perkins Episode: "All's Fair"

Stage[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1995 The School for Scandal Maria Lyceum Theatre, New York
1996 Ancient History/English Made Simple Jill Off-Broadway
1997 Popcorn Brooke Daniels Apollo Theatre
1999 Hamlet Ophelia Young Vic Theatre
1999 As You Like It Celia Williamstown Theatre Festival
2002 Up for Grabs[4][5] Mindy[5] Wyndham's Theatre[4]
2005 This Is How It Goes Woman Donmar Warehouse
2006 My Name is Rachel Corrie[6][1] Rachel Corrie[6] Royal Court Theatre (London, 2005-2006),[6] The Playhouse Theatre (London, 2006),[6] and Minetta Lane Theatre (off-Broadway, 2006)[6]
London Theatregoers' Choice Award, Best Actress winner[6]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Ever After[1] Marguerite De Ghent
1998 The Rat Pack[1] May Britt Television film
2000 Urbania Deedee
2000 Bait Agent Walsh
2000 Interstate 84 Wendy
2001 Sword of Honour Virginia Television film
2002 Purpose Lisa Forrester
2005 Malice Aforethought Madeleine Cranmere Television film
2005 Festival Dina
2006 Free Jimmy Claire Voice
2006 Viva Blackpool[8] Kitty De-Luxe[8] Television film[citation needed]
2006 The Contract[1] Sandra
2010 Chatroom Grace Rollins
2015 Oceanus: Act One Dr. Erin Kendall Short Film

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Psychic Detective[11] Reporter[11] Voice[11]

Personal life[edit]

After going to England in 1997, Dodds met fashion and advertising photographer Oliver Pearce.[1] They later married,[1] and moved to Battersea, in London, England.[citation needed] They have one child, Isabella, born ca. 2001.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Henderson , Kathy & Dodds, Megan (16 October 2006). "Fresh Face: Megan Dodds". Broadway.com. Archived from the original (interview) on 16 October 2006. Retrieved 27 January 2017. 
  2. ^ Juillard Staff & Dodds, Megan (November 2007). "Drama, 1990s". Alumni News. New York, NY: The Juilliard School. Archived from the original on 11 November 2011. Retrieved 27 January 2017 – via Juilliard.edu.  Note, while alumni news sections are essentially a form of self-publication, use of this citation simply supports that Dodds was at Juillard, in Group 24 (an assigned category for the citation that would not have been a matter of self-reporting).
  3. ^ SOLT Staff (30 March 2006). "The Big Interview: Megan Dodds". London Theatre Guide. London: Society of London Theatre (SOLT). Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 27 January 2017 – via OfficialLondonTheatre.co.uk. 
  4. ^ a b c Billington, Michael (23 May 2002). "Up For Grabs" (theatrical review). The Guardian. London. Retrieved 27 January 2017. [Quote:] Madonna is not positively bad: just technically awkward. But, fortunately, she is buttressed by strong supporting players. Sian Thomas, who can get a laugh simply through the flick of an eyelid, is superb as a Courtauld-trained consultant longing to get her revenge on the corporate world. Megan Dodds, as the dotcom entrepreneur who starts by seducing Madonna and ends up falling in love, combines sexiness and solitude. And Michael Lerner blusters effectively as a crude buyer for whom art is a means of appeasing his wife. 
  5. ^ a b c Wolf, Matt (27 May 2002). "[Theatrical] Review: 'Up for Grabs'". Variety.com. Los Angeles: Variety Media, LLC. Retrieved 27 January 2017. [Quote:] Where, then, does this leave the rest of a not untalented ensemble? Wide-eyed in the case of Sian Thomas’s inebriated Brit (is there any other kind?), and humiliated and on the outs in the case of the randy and druggy dot-com millionaires played by Daniel Pino and Megan Dodds. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h Broadway.com Staff (28 August 2006). "Broadway Buzz, Star Files: Megan Dodds". NYTimes.TheatreDirect.com. Archived from the original (online db entry) on 8 October 2007. Retrieved 27 January 2017 – via Broadway.com. 
  7. ^ a b c BBC Staff (24 September 2014). "Actor Info: Megan Dodds". BBC.co.uk. Retrieved 27 January 2017.  See also: BBC Staff (24 September 2014). "Character Info: Christine Dale". BBC.co.uk. Retrieved 27 January 2017. 
  8. ^ a b c BBC Drama Staff (28 October 2014). "Viva Blackpool". BBC.co.uk. Retrieved 27 January 2017. 
  9. ^ Curtis, Nick (13 January 2017). "Lee Mack: 'I Wouldn't Be Surprised If Many Comics Came From Broken Homes'". The Telegraph. Retrieved 26 January 2017. [Quote:] Mack’s character, also called Lee, lost his original love interest, played by Megan Dodds, after the first series… 
  10. ^ Sollosi, Mary (29 July 2016). "17 Reasons Ever After is the Best Cinderella Movie Ever". Entertainment Weekly. New York, NY: Time, Inc. Retrieved 26 January 2017 – via EW.com. [Quote:] Even better than having a nice stepsister, Ever After also makes one of them especially pretty — perhaps even more conventionally beautiful than Cinderella herself. Megan Dodds’ Marguerite is scarier than any ugly stepsisters that came before her, especially as it appears, briefly, that she has a legitimate shot at winning the prince. 
  11. ^ a b c Simmons, Jim; Kaplan, Michael; Sanborn, John et al. (1995). Psychic Detective: About the Movie (PDF) (game/film production notes). (Colossal)Picture, producer. San Matteo, CA: 3DO/Electronic Arts. p. 8, of 13. ID No. 726315. Retrieved 27 January 2017.  See also the main article for this game.

Further reading[edit]

  • N'Duka, Amanda (9 November 2016). "Renee Olstead Joins 'Bachelor Lions'; Megan Dodds Cast In 'Wonderwell'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 26 January 2017 – via Deadline.com. [Quote:] Megan Dodds has joined indie fantasy film Wonderwell, directed by Vlad Marsavin with a script from William Brookfield. Set against the commercially driven world of high fashion and modeling, the story centers on a 12-year-old girl who travels through a magic portal and gets her wish to grow up. Principal photography begins this month in Rome and Tuscany. Orian Williams II, Elena Baranova and Roberto Bessi produce, with William Sharp, Fred Roos and Alexander Roos exec producing. Dodd’s film credits include Ever After: A Cinderella Story, Urbania, and The Contract. She is repped by APA, Silver Lining Entertainment and Independent in the UK. 
  • Healy, Patrick (11 February 2015). "'My Name Is Rachel Corrie' to Be Staged Off Broadway in April". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 January 2017 – via artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com. 
  • Broadway.com Staff (28 August 2006). "Broadway Buzz, Star Files: Megan Dodds". NYTimes.TheatreDirect.com. Archived from the original (online db entry) on 8 October 2007. Retrieved 27 January 2017 – via Broadway.com. 
  • SOLT Staff (30 March 2006). "The Big Interview: Megan Dodds". London Theatre Guide. London: Society of London Theatre (SOLT). Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 27 January 2017 – via OfficialLondonTheatre.co.uk. 

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