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Michelle Monaghan

Monaghan at the Mission: Impossible III premiere, April 2006
Born Michelle Lynn Monaghan
March 23, 1976 (1976-03-23) (age 33)
Winthrop, Iowa, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1996–present
Spouse(s) Peter White (2005–present)

Michelle Lynn Monaghan (born March 23, 1976) is an American actress, known for her roles in Mission: Impossible III, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Gone Baby Gone, Made of Honor and Eagle Eye.


Early life

Monaghan was born in Winthrop, Iowa, the daughter of Sharon Monaghan (who ran a day care center in the family's home), and Bob Monaghan (a factory worker and part time farmer).[1][2] She has two older brothers, Bob and John[3] and her family frequently fostered and adopted children. She graduated from East Buchanan High School, Class of 1994, where she was class president and acted in several plays. After graduation, she moved to Chicago to study journalism at Columbia College Chicago. While studying, she began modeling in the United States and in Milan, Singapore, Tokyo and Hong Kong, with one semester remaining in her journalism degree when she left for New York to pursue an acting career.


Monaghan's first notable, though minor parts were in episodes of Young Americans (in which she appeared twice), and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, both 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 in 2002 when she co-starred in the television series Boston Public in 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. She also had scenes deleted from both Constantine and Syriana. Her audition tape from Constantine, however, earned her an audition for Mission Impossible III and within 20 minutes she had the role of Julia, opposite Tom Cruise.

In 2007, she starred in the remake of The Heartbreak Kid, opposite Ben Stiller, as Miranda, the role originally played by Cybill Shepherd. 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.

Personal life

Monaghan met Australian graphic artist Peter White at a party in 2000. They were married in August 2005 and live in New York. She gave birth to daughter Willow Katherine White on November 5, 2008.[4]


Year Film Role Other notes
2001 Perfume Henrietta
2002 Unfaithful Lindsay
2003 It Runs in the Family Peg Maloney
2004 Winter Solstice Stacey
The Bourne Supremacy Kim
2005 Constantine Ellie uncredited
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Harmony
Mr.& Mrs. Smith Gwen
North Country Sherry
2006 Mission: Impossible III Julia
2007 The Heartbreak Kid Miranda
Gone Baby Gone Angela "Angie" Gennaro
2008 Trucker Diane Ford San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Made of Honor Hannah
Eagle Eye Rachel Holloman
2010 Due Date TBA filming
Somewhere TBA post-production


  1. ^ Tucker, Reed (2006-05-07). "Michelle moves up". USA Weekend. Retrieved 2008-10-28.  
  2. ^ "Michelle Monaghan Interview". 2006. Retrieved 2008-10-28.  
  3. ^ "Michelle Monaghan Biography". Retrieved 2008-10-28.  
  4. ^ Leonard, Elizabeth (2008-06-02). "Michelle Monaghan Expecting First Child". People.,,20203863,00.html. Retrieved 2008-10-28.  

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