Megan Lynne Dodds is an American actress best known for playing Kate in the television sitcom ‘Not Going Out’ alongside Tim Vine and Lee Mack. She also gained fame for starring as Christine Whitney in the police procedural drama ‘CSI: NY’. She is known for her performances in the movies ‘The Contract’, ‘Chatroom’ and ‘Ever After’ as well. The talented actress is also recognized for her stage work, most notably in ‘My Name is Rachel Corrie’ for which she earned London Theatregoers' Choice Award for Best Actress. Born in Sacramento, California, Dodds enrolled in a community college following her graduation from high school. She later went to Juilliard School and then spent two years appearing in off-Broadway and Broadway productions before landing roles on the small and the big screen. After leaving USA for England in 1997, Dodds met fashion photographer Oliver Pearce. They got married and moved to Battersea, London. They have one child together. Besides acting, the actress likes travelling and cooking.
Megan Dodds’ first acting role was in John Guare's play ‘The House of Blue Leaves’ while she was in a community college. Following her graduation, she went on to act in a number of off-Broadway and Broadway productions including ‘The School for Scandal’, ‘Popcorn’, ‘Hamlet’ and ‘As You Like It’.
She made her film debut in 1998 when she portrayed Marguerite, a stepsister to Cinderella, in the romantic drama flick ‘Ever After’. Following appearances in the films ‘Urbania’ and ‘Bait’, the actress was cast as Christine Dale in BBC’s series ‘Spooks’, a role she played from 2002 to 2004. During this time, Dodds also starred in the stage production of ‘Up for Grabs’ at Wyndham's Theatre.
In 2006, she featured in six episodes of BBC’s sitcom ‘Not Going Out’ and also played Sandra in ‘The Contract’, a German-American movie starring John Cusack as the teacher, Ray Keene, and Morgan Freeman as the assassin, Frank Carden. That year, Dodds also appeared in the titular role in a one-woman show titled ‘My Name is Rachel Corrie’ and earned London Theatregoers' Choice Award for Best Actress for her performance.
The actress next guest-starred in an episode each of ‘Hotel Babylon’, ‘Lie to Me’ and ‘House.’ In 2010, she acted in ‘Chatroom’, a British thriller drama about five teenagers who meet each other on the internet and promote each other's bad behaviour. Soon after this, she appeared in the series ‘Detroit 1-8-7’. From 2012 to 2013, Dodds played the role of Christine Whitney in the crime drama ‘CSI: NY’. She then had a role in the adventure sci-fi short film ‘Oceanus: Act One’.
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Megan Lynne Dodds was born on February 15, 1970 in Sacramento, California, USA. She attended high school and then studied at a community college where she got her first acting role as Bananas in John Guare's off-Broadway production of ‘The House of Blue Leaves’. She next attended Juilliard School where she was a part of Drama Division's Group 24. After going to England in 1997, the actress met advertising and fashion photographer Oliver Pearce. The couple later married and settled in Battersea, London. They have a daughter named Isabella who was born in 2001.