Born In: Winthrop, Iowa, United States
Michelle Monaghan is an American actress, who has been appearing in numerous films and television series and has been active for more than two decades. As a child, she enjoyed acting in school plays and quickly developed an ability to figure out what the script actually demanded and also a knack for getting into her character, adding a personal flair to it. Raised in a small town, Michelle never dreamed of becoming an actress. However, she began modeling while in her high school, eventually leaving home to study journalism in Chicago. Later she moved to New York City, where she continued to model, doing stints on the runways in Milan, Singapore, Tokyo, and Hong Kong, concurrently appearing on magazines and catalogs. Eventually in 2000, she debuted on screen, starring in an array of commercially successful films and television series since then.
Also Known As: Michelle Lynn Monaghan
Spouse/Ex-: Peter White (m. 2005)
father: Robert John Monaghan
mother: Sharon Hammel Monaghan
siblings: Bob Monaghan, John Monaghan
children: Tommy Francis White, Willow Katherine White
Born Country: United States
U.S. State: Iowa
education: East Buchanan High School, Columbia College Chicago
Michelle Lynn Monaghan was born on March 23, 1976, in Winthrop, a small town in the US state of Iowa. Her father, Robert John Monaghan, worked at a local factory, while her mother, Sharon Hammel Monaghan, ran a children’s day care center from their family home.
Born youngest of her parents’ three children, she has two brothers, Rob and John. At the dinner table, the family discussed the current events around the world. Listening to such chitchats, Michelle became interested in how different people led their lives, soon growing a desire to tell their stories.
As a child, Michelle Monaghan enjoyed taking part in all kinds of extracurricular activities, winning blue ribbons as a hog wrestler at the age of thirteen. For her high school education, she entered East Buchanan High School, where she was on the student council and was elected as the class president.
At East Buchanan, she also participated in the speech team and acted in the school's plays. Her coach and theatre director Cheryl Beatty remembered her as "respectful, kind and hardworking, especially when it came to the arts".
Michelle began modeling while still in her high school, intending to save money for her college education, spending the summer just before her senior year working in Japan. Eventually she graduated from school and entered Iowa State University, studying there for one semester before moving to Chicago.
In Chicago, she enrolled at Columbia College Chicago to study journalism, hoping to make her mark as a newscaster or even an investigative reporter. Concurrently, she continued to model, appearing in catalogues, earning the tuition fees with it.
Disheartened by learning that she would have to start working in small towns before making it big, she left her college in 1999, one semester remaining to complete her journalism degree. Already established as a model, she then moved to New York City, where she entered Circle in the Square Theatre School.
In New York City, concurrently with studying, Michelle Monaghan continued to pursue her career in modeling, appearing in several magazines and catalogues. In 2000, she debuted on screen appearing as Caroline Busse in two episodes of Young Americans.
In January 2001, she made her second television appearance; as Dana Kimble in Consent episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. In the same year, she debuted on big screen, appearing as a model, Henrietta, in Perfume. But unfortunately, it went unnoticed.
In May 2002, she got her next film role, appearing as Lindsay in Unfaithful. Later in the same year, she got her first real break when she was chosen to play Kimberly Woods, a young and somewhat naive woman in eight episodes (2002-2003) of the Fox television series, Boston Public.
Returning to films, she continued to appear in supporting roles in movies like It Runs in the Family (2003), Winter Solstice (2004) and The Bourne Supremacy (2004). Soon, she began to be noticed and in 2005 joined Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in the romantic action-comedy film Mr and Mrs Smith.
In 2005, she received her first star roles, appearing as Harmoni in black-comedy film, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and as Sherri in North Country. Their success led to her next project, being selected to play Julia Meade against Tom Cruise in the 2006 blockbuster Mission Impossible III.
In 2007, she starred as Angie Gennaro in Gone Baby Gone and Miranda in The Heartbreak Kid. They were followed in 2008 by Trucker, Made of Honor, and Eagle Eye; in 2010 by Due Date and Source Code. Debuting as an executive producer with Trucker is another of her achievements of this period.
In 2011, she reprised the role of Julia Meade Hunt in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, a sequel to her earlier film, Mission: Impossible III. Thereafter, she continued to appear in leading roles in array of films like Machine Gun Preacher (2011), Tomorrow You're Gone (2012), Penthouse North (2013) etc.
In 2013, after a gap of ten years, Monaghan returned to the television, giving voice to Gina in the Max Jets episode of American Dad. It was followed in 2014 by the HBO Crime drama series, True Detective, in which she played Maggie Hart, the season’s main female character.
Her next television series, The Path, was launched on March 30, 2016 on the subscription streaming service Hulu, appearing in it as Sarah Lane, the main role, in its thirty-six episodes till March 2018. It was followed in 2020 by Messiah, appearing in its ten episodes as Eva Geller.
All through, she continued to appear on big screen, starring in five drama films, i.e. Fort Bliss, Better Living Through Chemistry, Justice League: War, Playing It Cool and The Best of Me, in 2014. They were followed in 2015 by a science-fiction comedy film, Pixels and in 2016 by the action-thriller film, Patriots Day.
In 2017, she starred in a mystery drama film, The Vanishing of Sydney Hall. Next in 2018, she appeared in another blockbuster, reprising the role of Julie Mead in Mission Impossible – Fallout. Playing immigration attorney Judy Wood in Saint Jude is another of her important works of the year.
In 2020, she had only one film, The Craft: Legacy, released. It was followed in 2021 by Every Breath You Take and in 2022 by Nanny and Black Site.
As of August 2022, she has two more films, Spinning Gold and Blood, in hand. There are also two upcoming television series, Echoes and Bad Monkey, in which she also plays the main role.
While Michelle Monaghan has an array of hit films to her credit, she is possibly best known for her work in Gone Baby Gone, in which she plays the role of Angie Gennaro, a private investigator trying to rescue an abducted baby girl. Highly rated by critics, the film grossed a total of $34.6 million.
She has also been praised for her work in the Mission Impossible film series, starring as Julia Meade against Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible III (2006) and Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018). Apart from these two, she also made a brief uncredited appearence in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011).
In 2000, Michelle Monaghan met her would-be husband, Australian graphic artist Peter White at a party, eventually tying the knot with him on August 12, 2005. The couple has two children; a daughter named Willow Katherine, born in 2008 and a son named Tommy Francis, born in 2013.
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