Zoe McLellan

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Zoe McLellan
Zoe McLellan

(1974-11-06) November 6, 1974 (age 46)
J. P. Gillain
(m. 2012; div. 2016)

Zoe McLellan (born November 6, 1974) is an American television actress, known for roles in JAG, Dirty Sexy Money, NCIS: New Orleans (2014–2016) and Designated Survivor.

Early life and education[edit]

McLellan was born in La Jolla, California, and raised in Washington. In 1992, she was homecoming queen at South Kitsap High School in Port Orchard, Washington.[1]


In 1995, she began her career on television, appearing in later years on Sliders, Diagnosis: Murder, and Star Trek: Voyager. In 2000, McLellan had her first major movie role, in the fantasy film Dungeons & Dragons.

In 2001, McLellan joined the cast of CBS procedural JAG, in a recurring role as Navy Petty Officer Jennifer Coates. For the final season of the show she was elevated to series regular. After the series ended, McLellan was cast as the wife of Peter Krause's character, in the ABC soapy comedy-drama series Dirty Sexy Money. The series was canceled after two seasons in 2009. McLellan later guest-starred on House and The Mentalist, and also had roles in Lifetime TV movies. In 2014, she began playing the female leading role in the CBS procedural drama NCIS: New Orleans. In July 2016, it was reported that she would not return for season three.[2] In 2017, McLellan was cast in a series regular role in the second season of ABC's Designated Survivor as White House Counsel Kendra Daynes.[3]

Personal life[edit]

McLellan married actor J. P. Gillain in February 2012 and gave birth to a son, Sebastian, in 2013.[4] McLellan and Gillain separated in 2014, with McLellan filing for custody of their son. Their divorce was finalized in 2016.[5] Gillain was arrested on first-degree rape and aggravated crime against nature charges against their then-three year old son in January 2020[6] (charges were dropped for insufficient evidence in May 2020[7]).


Film performances
Year Title Role Notes
1994 Imaginary Crimes Edgemont Girl #4
1995 Mr. Holland's Opus Girl 4
1997 Inventing the Abbotts Sandy
1999 Stonebrook Londyn
2000 Dungeons & Dragons Marina Pretensa
2006 Conversations with God Zoe – waitress
2008 Person, Place or Thing Alexis Short film
2009 Reunion Averil
2010 Inside Out Katherine Taylor Short film
2011 One Fall Julie Gardner
2014 Back to L.A. Alice Voice role
Television performances
Year Title Role Notes
1995 Under Suspicion Martha Swail Episode: "Holy Suspect"
Medicine Ball Episode: "Wizard of Bras"
1996 Nowhere Man Mary Episode: "Forever Jung"
Sliders Logan St. Claire Episode: "Double Cross"
1997 Home Invasion Gia Television film
Silk Stalkings Marin Kennedy Episode: "Pink Elephants"
1999 The Wrong Girl Kelly Garner Television film
Diagnosis: Murder Detective Taylor Lucas Episode: "Blood Ties," a unsold pilot for a proposed spin-off series entitled "Whistlers."
Stranger in My House Lara Lipski Lewis Television film
2000 Star Trek: Voyager Tal Celes 2 episodes: "The Haunting of Deck Twelve", "Good Shepherd"
2000–01 The Invisible Man Kate Easton 2 episodes: "The Value of Secrets", "Frozen in Time"
2002 First Monday Emmie Episode: "Showdown"
2001–05 JAG Petty Officer Jennifer Coates Recurring role: Season 7–9
Main role: Season 10 (totals 63 episodes)
2005 Bitter Sweet Elizabeth Television film
2007–09 Dirty Sexy Money Lisa George Main role (23 episodes)
2009 House Rules Julia Rose Television film
2010 Deadly Honeymoon Gwen Merced Television film
House Sidney Merrick / Patient X Episode: "Baggage"
Royal Pains Kim the winemaker Episode: "In Vino Veritas"
The Mentalist Marie Jarret Bajoran Episode: "Red Hot"
The Whole Truth Stephanie Concolino Episode: "Liars"
2014, 2016 NCIS Agent Meredith Brody 2 pilot episodes: "Crescent City"
Crossover: "Sister City" (Part 1)
2014–16 NCIS: New Orleans Main role, Seasons 1–2
2015 Perception Alice Pierce Episode: "Brainstorm"
2016–17 Suits Holly Cromwell 4 Episodes: "Quid Pro Quo", "The Statue", "Brooklyn Housing", "Donna"
2017 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dr. Fran Conway Episodes: "Chasing Theo", " Episode #18.13"
2017–2018 Designated Survivor Kendra Daynes Main role (Season 2)
2018 Mean Queen Julie Taylor TV film


  1. ^ "Zoe McLellan". TV Guide. Retrieved 20 October 2014.
  2. ^ "NCIS: New Orleans Scoop: Original Cast Member Exits Ahead of Season 3". tvline.com. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  3. ^ Pedersen, Erik (July 18, 2017). "'Designated Survivor': Zoe McLellan Joins Season 2 Of ABC's Kiefer Sutherland Drama". Deadline.com. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  4. ^ peoplestaff225 (2016-06-28). "Zoe McLellan Got Pregnant 'the First Time' She Had Sex with Her Ex". People. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  5. ^ "NCIS New Orleans: Zoe McLellan's Divorce Prompted Her Exit". Archived from the original on 2016-10-20. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  6. ^ "Former NCIS actor speaks out after abuse charges filed against ex-husband in JP". Retrieved 23 January 2020.
  7. ^ "Charges dropped against Los Angeles actor accused of raping child in Metairie". Retrieved 8 May 2020.

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