Michelle Lynn Monaghan (born March 23, 1976) is an American actress known for her roles in Mission: Impossible IIIMission: Impossible – Ghost ProtocolKiss Kiss Bang BangGone Baby GoneMade of HonorThe Heartbreak KidEagle Eye, and Source Code.


 [hide*1 Early life

Early life[edit]Edit

Monaghan was born in Winthrop, Iowa to a German American mother, Sharon (née Hammel), who ran a day care center in the family's home, and an Irish-American father, Robert Monaghan, a factory worker and part-time farmer.[1][2] She has two older brothers, Bob and John,[3] and her family brought up twelve foster children over a period of twelve years.[4] Monaghan was raised Catholic.[5][6]

She graduated from East Buchanan High School in 1994, where she was class president and acted in several plays. After graduation, she moved to Chicago to study journalism at Columbia College Chicago and began to model.[7] She modeled in MilanSingaporeTokyo and Hong Kong, as well as in the United States. With one semester remaining to complete her journalism degree in 1999, she left for New York to pursue an acting career, where she appeared as a model in several magazines and catalogs before making her acting debut.[8]


[1][2]Monaghan at the Mission: Impossible III première, April 2006

Monaghan's first notable appearances, though minor roles, were in episodes of Young Americans (in which she appeared twice), and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, came in 2001. She made her big screen debut that year in the small role of "Henrietta" in the movie Perfume. This was followed by another small role in Unfaithful in 2002.

Monaghan got a big break role in 2002 when she co-starred in the television series Boston Public playing the role of Kimberly Woods. After guest-starring for a season, she returned to the silver screen, appeared in It Runs in the Family in 2003, Winter Solstice in 2004, and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang in 2005. Her scenes in Constantine and Syriana do not appear in the final films. However, her audition tape from Constantine earned her an audition for Mission Impossible III, which led to her role playing Julia opposite Tom Cruise.[citation needed]

In 2007, she starred in The Heartbreak Kid, opposite Ben Stiller, as Miranda. She also starred in Gone Baby Gone receiving excellent notices for her performance as the female protagonist, Angie Gennaro, opposite Casey Affleck. In 2008, she appeared as "Hannah" alongside Patrick Dempsey in Made of Honor, and co-starred in Eagle Eye with Shia LaBeouf. She also starred in the movie Trucker as Diane Ford.[citation needed]

Monaghan is currently starring in the critically acclaimed HBO anthology series True Detective.

Personal life[edit]Edit

Monaghan met Australian graphic artist Peter White at a party in 2000. They married five years later in August 2005 and live in New York.[9] She gave birth to a daughter named Willow Katherine White in 2008[10] and a son, Tommy Francis White, on October 30, 2013.[11]

In October 2011, Monaghan revealed that she had had skin cancer. Her husband spotted a new mole on the back of her calf which turned out to be cancerous when she had it examined. She is in remission and has had no recurrence of the cancer since her surgery.[12]


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Young Americans Caroline Busse Episode: "Cinderbella"

Episode: "Free Will"

2001 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dana Kimble Episode: "Consent"
2001 Perfume Henrietta
2002 Unfaithful Lindsay
2002 Hack Stacy Kumble Episode: "Favors"
2002–2003 Boston Public Kimberly Woods 8 episodes (recurring character)
2003 It Runs in the Family Peg Maloney
2004 Winter Solstice Stacey
2004 The Bourne Supremacy Kim
2005 Constantine Ellie Uncredited
2005 Mr. & Mrs. Smith Gwen
2005 North Country Sherry
2005 Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Harmony Faith Lane Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress

Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress: Musical or Comedy

2006 Mission: Impossible III Julia Meade
2007 Gone Baby Gone Angie Gennaro Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Acting Ensemble
2007 The Heartbreak Kid Miranda
2008 Trucker Diane Ford San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
2008 Made of Honor Hannah
2008 Eagle Eye Rachel Holloman
2010 Somewhere Rebecca
2010 Due Date Sarah Highman
2011 Source Code Christina Warren
2011 Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Julia Hunt Uncredited
2011 Machine Gun Preacher Lynn Childers
2012 Tomorrow You're Gone Florence Jane
2013 Penthouse North Sara
2013 Expecting Andie
2013 Blindsided Sara
2014 Fort Bliss Maggie Swann Post-production
2014 True Detective Maggie Hart Television series (season 1 regular)
2014 Better Living Through Chemistry Kara Varney Post-production
2014 A Many Splintered Thing Post-production
2014 Justice League: War Princess Diana/Wonder Woman Direct-to-video
2015 Pixels Voice
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