November 6, 1974
La Jolla, California, U.S.
J. P. Gillain|
(m. 2012; div. 2016)
Zoe McLellan (born November 6, 1974) is an American television actress, known for her roles as Petty Officer Jennifer Coates in the CBS procedural JAG, as Lisa George in the ABC comedy-drama soap Dirty Sexy Money, and as Meredith Brody in the CBS series NCIS: New Orleans (2014–2016). In 2017, she became a series regular in the second season of Designated Survivor as White House Counsel Kendra Daynes.
Life and career
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. 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 upped 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. In 2017, McLellan was cast in a series regular role in the second season of Designated Survivor as White House Counsel Kendra Daynes.
McLellan married actor J. P. Gillain in February 2012 and gave birth to a son in 2013. McLellan and Gillain separated in 2014, with McLellan filing for custody of their son. Their divorce was finalized in 2016.
|1994||Imaginary Crimes||Edgemont Girl #4|
|1995||Mr. Holland's Opus||Girl 4|
|1997||Inventing the Abbotts||Sandy|
|2000||Dungeons & Dragons||Marina Pretensa|
|2006||Conversations with God||Zoe – waitress|
|2008||Person, Place or Thing||Alexis||Short film|
|2010||Inside Out||Katherine Taylor||Short film|
|2011||One Fall||Julie Gardner|
|2014||Back to L.A.||Alice||Voice role|
|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"|
|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, Season 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–present||Designated Survivor||Kendra Daynes||Main role: Season 2|
- "Zoe McLellan". TV Guide. Retrieved 20 October 2014.
- Lesley Goldberg (3 February 2014). "'NCIS' New Orleans Spinoff Sets 'JAG' Alum as Female Lead - Hollywood Reporter". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 20 October 2014.
- "'NCIS: New Orleans' casts 'JAG' actress". EW.com. Retrieved 20 October 2014.
- "NCIS: New Orleans Scoop: Original Cast Member Exits Ahead of Season 3". tvline.com. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
- Pedersen, Erik (July 18, 2017). "'Designated Survivor': Zoe McLellan Joins Season 2 Of ABC's Kiefer Sutherland Drama". Deadline.com. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
- "NCIS New Orleans: Zoe McLellan's Divorce Prompted Her Exit". Retrieved 12 September 2017.