Wendy Moniz

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Wendy Moniz
Born (1969-01-19) January 19, 1969 (age 48)
Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Occupation Actress
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) David Birsner (m. 1991–96)
Frank Grillo (m. 2000)
Children 2

Wendy Moniz Grillo (born January 19, 1969) is an American television actress, best known for her roles as Dinah Marler in the CBS soap opera Guiding Light, as Rachel McCabe in Nash Bridges, and as Louisa Archer in The Guardian. From 2013 to 2014, Moniz starred as Elaine McAllister in ABC drama series Betrayal.


Moniz made her television debut in the CBS daytime soap opera Guiding Light as Dinah Marler. She starred as a series regular from 1995 to 1999, and was nominated for two Soap Opera Digest Awards. Moniz later returned as a guest star in 2000 and 2002. In April 2004, it was announced that Moniz would return to the soap. However, she taped for only one day before leaving for undisclosed personal reasons, and the role was recast with Gina Tognoni.[1]

In 1999, Moniz landed a role in the primetime CBS drama pilot Partners.[2] In the same year, she starred as the female lead in the critically acclaimed television film adaptation of Mitch Albom's book Tuesdays with Morrie.[3] She later was a series regular in the short-lived NBC comedy series Battery Park opposite Elizabeth Perkins.[4] In fall of 2000, Moniz was cast as a series regular in the role of Rachel McCabe in the sixth and final season of the CBS series Nash Bridges. She later starred as Louisa "Lulu" Archer on the CBS series The Guardian opposite Simon Baker.[5] The series aired from 2001 to 2004. Moniz guest starred in an episode of the NBC legal drama Law & Order in 2005, and had a recurring role as Stacey Walker in the ABC short-lived comedy-drama Big Shots in 2007. She later appeared as Jill Burnham on the FX series Damages from 2009 to 2010. In 2010 she was cast as Tom Selleck's love interest in the CBS police drama Blue Bloods, but the role was recast with Andrea Roth.[6][7] She later appeared in the recurring role of Llanview Mayor Finn - who succeeds the exiting Mayor Dorian Lord on the ABC daytime soap opera One Life to Live in 2011.[8] She also appeared in the ABC series 666 Park Avenue in 2012.[9]

In March 2013, Moniz was cast opposite Stuart Townsend, James Cromwell and Hannah Ware of the ABC drama series Betrayal directed by Patty Jenkins and based on the Dutch drama series Overspel.[10] In 2014, Moniz was cast as lead in the independent drama film The Grief of Others directed by Patrick Wang.[11] She later has appeared in Netflix series Daredevil and House of Cards. In 2016, she was cast in a recurring role as a love interest for her real-life husband, Frank Grillo, in the DirecTV drama Kingdom.[12]

Moniz has appeared in more than 50 commercials.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Moniz, of Portuguese and Irish descent, was born in Kansas City, Missouri.[5] She attended Siena College in Loudonville, New York in 1991.[13] She married David Birsner in 1991, but the couple divorced without issue in 1996. Since October 28, 2000, she has been married to her former Guiding Light co-star, Frank Grillo. The couple have two boys, Liam (born August 2004) and Rio Joseph Grillo (born January 25, 2008).[14]


Year Title Role Notes
1995–1999, 2000, 2002 Guiding Light Dinah Marler Series regular
Nominated – Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Female Newcomer (1996)
Nominated – Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Younger Lead Actress (1997)
1999 Partners Maggie Spivak TV Pilot
1999 Tuesdays with Morrie Janine Television movie
2000 Battery Park Maria DiCenzo Series regular, 7 episodes
2000 The Others Eva Episode: "Life Is for the Living"
2000–2001 Nash Bridges Insp. Rachel McCabe Series regular, 22 episodes
2001–2004 The Guardian Louisa "Lulu" Archer Series regular, 58 episodes
2005 Law & Order Arlene Tarrington Episode: "House of Cards"
2007 Big Shots Stacey Walker Recurring role, 4 episodes
2009–2010 Damages Jill Burnham Recurring role, 7 episodes
2011 One Life to Live Mayor Kathleen Finn Recurring role
2012 666 Park Avenue Ingrid Weismann Episode: "Hero Complex"
2013–2014 Betrayal Elaine McAllister Series regular, 13 episodes
2015 The Grief of Others Ricky Ryrie
2015 Daredevil Jennifer Fisher Episode: "Rabbit in a Snowstorm"
2016 House of Cards Laura Moretti Recurring role, 3 episodes
2016 Kingdom Roxanne Dunn Recurring role


  1. ^ Kroll, Dan J. (April 30, 2004). "OLTL vet to take on GL's Dinah Marler". Soapcentral. Retrieved August 18, 2016. 
  2. ^ Jenny Hontz (1999-03-14). "Col, CBS book their Partners". Variety. Retrieved 2014-02-18. 
  3. ^ Ray Richmond (1999-12-02). "Oprah Winfrey Presents: Tuesdays With Morrie". Variety. Retrieved 2014-02-18. 
  4. ^ Gallo, Phil (2000-03-21). "Battery Park". Variety. Retrieved 2014-02-18. 
  5. ^ a b "Wendy Moniz Biography". Buddytv.com. 1969-01-19. Retrieved 2013-07-09. 
  6. ^ Li, Shirley (2010-07-22). "CBS recast shocker: Damages star out, Rescue Me actress in as Tom Selleck's GF". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2013-12-20. 
  7. ^ "Roth replaces Moniz on Blue Bloods". Digital Spy. 2010-07-23. Retrieved 2013-12-20. 
  8. ^ "Wendy Moniz Joins One Life To Live". Soaps.com. Retrieved 2013-07-09. 
  9. ^ "Exclusive: Enrique Murciano, Wendy Moniz Move Into ABC's 666 Park Avenue". TV Guide. 2012-08-14. Retrieved 2013-07-09. 
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Matthew Lillard To Co-Star In NBC Pilot I Am Victor, Trio Added To ABC's Betrayal". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2013-07-09. 
  11. ^ "Rachel Dratch, Wendy Moniz, Trevor St. John in Grief of Others". Variety. Retrieved 2014-02-18. 
  12. ^ Ausiello, Michael. "Kingdom: Wendy Moniz Joins Season 2B as Love Interest for Frank Grillo". TVLine. Retrieved 26 April 2016. 
  13. ^ a b "Wendy Moniz Biography". Tvguide.com. Retrieved 2013-12-20. 
  14. ^ "Biography". Frank-Grillo.com. Archived from the original on March 3, 2011. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 

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