Michelle Monaghan

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Michelle Monaghan
Michelle Monaghan TIFF 2011.jpg
Monaghan at the premiere of Machine Gun Preacher at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival
Born Michelle Lynn Monaghan
(1976-03-23) March 23, 1976 (age 39)
Winthrop, Iowa, U.S.
Residence New York, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2000–present
Spouse(s) Peter White (m. 2005)
Children 2

Michelle Lynn Monaghan (born March 23, 1976)[1] is an American actress known for her roles in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005), Mission: Impossible III (2006), Gone Baby Gone (2007), Made of Honor (2008), Eagle Eye (2008), Source Code (2011), and True Detective (2014).

Early life[edit]

Monaghan was born in Winthrop, Iowa to parents Sharon Monaghan,[2] who ran a day care center in the family's home for forty years,[3] and Robert Monaghan, a factory worker.[4][5] She has two older brothers, Bob and John.[6] Her parents brought up twelve foster children over a period of twelve years.[3] Monaghan has Irish and German ancestry, and was raised Catholic.[7][8][9]

She graduated from East Buchanan High School in 1994,[5] where she was class president and acted in several plays.[10] After graduation, she moved to Chicago to study journalism at Columbia College Chicago and began to model.[11] She modeled in Milan, Singapore, Tokyo and Hong Kong, as well as in the United States. With one semester remaining to complete her journalism degree in 1999, she left for New York to pursue an acting career, where she appeared as a model in several magazines and catalogs before making her acting debut.[12]


Monaghan at the Mission: Impossible III premiere, April 2006

Monaghan's first notable appearances, though minor roles, were in episodes of Young Americans (in which she appeared twice), and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, came in 2001. She made her big screen debut that year in the small role of "Henrietta" in the movie Perfume. This was followed by another small role in Unfaithful in 2002.

Monaghan got a big-break role in 2002 when she co-starred in the television series Boston Public playing the role of Kimberly Woods. After guest-starring for a season, she returned to film, appearing in It Runs in the Family in 2003, Winter Solstice in 2004, and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang in 2005.

In 2007, she starred in The Heartbreak Kid as Miranda, opposite Ben Stiller. She also starred in Gone Baby Gone receiving excellent notices for her performance as the female protagonist, Angie Gennaro, opposite Casey Affleck. In 2008, she appeared as "Hannah" alongside Patrick Dempsey in Made of Honor, and co-starred in Eagle Eye with Shia LaBeouf. She also starred in the movie Trucker as Diane Ford.[citation needed]

Monaghan starred in the critically acclaimed HBO anthology series True Detective.

Personal life[edit]

Monaghan met Australian graphic artist Peter White at a party in 2000. They married in Sydney five years later in August 2005 and live in New York.[13] She gave birth to their daughter Willow Katherine White in 2008[14] and son Tommy Francis White on October 30, 2013.[15]

In 2011, Monaghan had a mole on the back of her calf, which she had examined then removed. It was diagnosed as skin cancer.[16]


Monaghan at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Perfume Henrietta
2002 Unfaithful Lindsay
2003 It Runs in the Family Peg Maloney
2004 Winter Solstice Stacey
2004 Bourne Supremacy, TheThe Bourne Supremacy Kim
2005 Constantine Ellie Uncredited[citation needed]
2005 Mr. & Mrs. Smith Gwen
2005 North Country Sherry
2005 Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Harmony Faith Lane
2006 Mission: Impossible III Julia Meade
2007 Gone Baby Gone Angie Gennaro
2007 The Heartbreak Kid Miranda
2008 Trucker Diane Ford
2008 Made of Honor Hannah
2008 Eagle Eye Rachel Holloman
2010 Somewhere Rebecca
2010 Due Date Sarah Highman
2011 Source Code Christina Warren
2011 Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Julia Meade-Hunt Uncredited cameo[citation needed]
2011 Machine Gun Preacher Lynn Childers
2012 Tomorrow You're Gone Florence Jane
2013 Penthouse North Sara
2013 Expecting Andie
2014 Fort Bliss Maggie Swann
2014 Better Living Through Chemistry Kara Varney
2014 Playing It Cool Her
2014 Justice League: War Diana Prince/Wonder Woman Voice role
2014 The Best of Me Amanda Collier
2015 Pixels Violet van Patten
2016 Sleepless Night In post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Young Americans Caroline Busse 2 episodes
2001 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dana Kimble Episode: "Consent"
2002 Hack Stacy Kumble Episode: "Favors"
2002–03 Boston Public Kimberly Woods 8 episodes
2013 American Dad! Gina (voice) Episode: "Max Jets"
2014 True Detective Maggie Hart Season 1 regular (8 episodes)
2015 Comedy Bang! Bang! Herself Episode: "Michelle Monaghan Wears a Burnt Orange Dress and White Heels"
2016 The Path Sarah Cleary Series, filming

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2005 Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actress Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Nominated
Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actress Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Nominated
2007 Critics' Choice Movie Awards Best Acting Ensemble Gone Baby Gone Nominated
2009 San Diego Film Critics Society Best Actress Trucker Won
2014 Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film True Detective Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film True Detective Nominated


  1. ^ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/extras/2012/03/23/march-23-reagans-star-wars-missile-defense-1983/
  2. ^ "Michelle Monaghan" Hollywood.com
  3. ^ a b Paton, Maureen (April 19, 2008). "Michelle Monaghan: The new romcom queen". Mail Online (Daily Mail). Retrieved November 14, 2010. 
  4. ^ Palmer, Martyn (2006). "Michelle Monaghan Interview". Madeinatlantis.com. Retrieved November 12, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Haugen, Dan (November 10, 2005). "Small-town girl Michelle Monaghan hitting it big in Hollywood". Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier. Retrieved November 13, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Michelle Monaghan biography at". Movies.yahoo.com. Retrieved October 28, 2008. 
  7. ^ O' Doherty, Cahir. "Michelle Monaghan practices and preaches in ‘Machine Gun Preacher’". IrishCentral. 
  8. ^ Scheller, Christine (September 19, 2011). "‘Machine Gun Preacher’ Poses Tough Questions". Urban Faith. Retrieved June 12, 2013. 
  9. ^ http://www.boomsbeat.com/articles/21395/20150612/50-fun-facts-missed-actress-michelle-monaghan.htm
  10. ^ "Michelle Monaghan" Retrieved June 8, 2015
  11. ^ Monaghan, Michelle (February 18, 2014). Michelle Monaghan's Big Moment. Michigan Avenue. (Interview) (online ed.) (Chicago: Niche Media, LLC). Retrieved October 14, 2014. 
  12. ^ "michelle monaghan begins modeling". askmen.com. Retrieved November 13, 2013. 
  13. ^ Freydkin, Donna (April 28, 2008). "Michelle Monaghan was 'Made' to be an actress". USA Today. 
  14. ^ Leonard, Elizabeth (June 2, 2008). "Michelle Monaghan Expecting First Child". People. Retrieved October 28, 2008. 
  15. ^ http://celebritybabies.people.com/2013/11/01/michelle-monaghan-welcomes-son-tommy-francis/
  16. ^ Monaghan, Michelle (September 26, 2011). How Michelle Monaghan Stays Grounded and Gorgeous. Health.com. Interview with Laurie Sandell (Time Inc.). Retrieved October 14, 2014. 

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Preceded by
Vanessa Marshall (2010–2011)
Actress to voice Wonder Woman
Succeeded by
Cobie Smulders