Michelle Monaghan
Monaghan in 2018
Michelle Lynn Monaghan

(1976-03-23) March 23, 1976 (age 47)
EducationEast Buchanan Community School
Alma materColumbia College Chicago
Years active2000–present
Peter White
(m. 2005)

Michelle Lynn Monaghan (/ˈmɒnəhən/ MON-ə-hən;[1] born March 23, 1976)[2] is an American actress. She has starred in the films Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005), Gone Baby Gone (2007), Made of Honor (2008), Eagle Eye (2008), Trucker (2008), Source Code (2011), Pixels (2015), and Patriots Day (2016). She also received recognition for her role as Julia Meade in the action spy film series Mission: Impossible, making appearances in Mission: Impossible III (2006), Ghost Protocol (2011), and Fallout (2018).

On television, Monaghan starred as Maggie Hart in the first season of the HBO anthology crime drama series True Detective (2014), for which she was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress. She starred as Sarah Lane in the drama series The Path (2016–18). She played the role of Eva Geller in Netflix thriller series Messiah (2020),[3] and subsequently appeared in the miniseries Echoes (2022).

Early life

Monaghan was born in the small town (then a population of about 750) of Winthrop, Iowa, the daughter of Sharon (Hammel)[4] and Robert Monaghan, a factory worker.[5][6] She has two older brothers, Bob and John.[7] She has mostly Irish and German ancestry, and was raised Catholic.[8][9][10]

She graduated from East Buchanan High School in 1994.[6] After graduation, she moved to Chicago to study journalism at Columbia College Chicago and began to model.[11] She modelled in Milan, Singapore, Tokyo 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. She worked as a model, appearing in several magazines and catalogs, before making her acting debut.[12]


Monaghan's first two credited television appearances, in a supporting role, were as Caroline Busse in episodes of Young Americans, which aired in 2000. She also performed on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in "Consent", an episode that was broadcast on January 19, 2001, and she made her big-screen debut that same year in Perfume, playing the part of Henrietta. Her next film, again in a supporting role, was in 2002 in Unfaithful, starring Richard Gere and Diane Lane.

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 film appearing in It Runs in the Family in 2003, Winter Solstice in 2004, and starring with Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang in 2005. She also appears in Constantine in 2005, but her role in that film was essentially cut, with her scenes viewable on the DVD under "deleted scenes".

In 2007 she co-starred with Ben Stiller in The Heartbreak Kid remake, and with Casey Affleck in Gone Baby Gone. In 2008, she co-starred with Patrick Dempsey in Made of Honor, and co-starred with Shia LaBeouf in Eagle Eye. She starred alongside Jake Gyllenhaal in Source Code.[13] She played the role of Diane Ford in Trucker.[14]

Monaghan at the Mission: Impossible III premiere, April 2006

In 2014, Monaghan starred in the first season of HBO anthology series True Detective.[15]

In April 2016 Monaghan joined the principal cast of Shawn Christensen's independent feature film The Vanishing of Sidney Hall, which began filming later that month.[16] Nine months later, on January 25, 2017, the film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.[17]

In May 2018 it was announced that Monaghan had been cast in the main role of CIA operative Eva Geller in the Netflix thriller Messiah.[18][19] The series premiered on Netflix on January 1, 2020[20] and was cancelled after one season.[3]

In 2024, Monaghan is set to have a supporting role in the horror film MaXXXine[21] and is set to star in the upcoming third season of Emmy award winning show The White Lotus, filming is set to take place in Thailand on February 2024. [22]

Personal life

Monaghan met Australian graphic artist Peter White at a party in 2000. They married in Port Douglas, Queensland in August 2005 and live in New York.[23] She gave birth to their daughter in 2008,[24] and their son on October 30, 2013.[25]


Monaghan at the Mission: Impossible – Fallout European Red Carpet, Paris, July 12, 2018


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
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 cameo [26]
Mr. & Mrs. Smith Gwen
North Country Sherry
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Harmony Faith Lane
2006 Mission: Impossible III Julia Meade
2007 Gone Baby Gone Angie Gennaro
The Heartbreak Kid Miranda
2008 Made of Honor Hannah
Eagle Eye Rachel Holloman
Trucker Diane Ford Also executive producer
2010 Somewhere Rebecca
Due Date Sarah Highman
2011 Source Code Christina Warren
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Julia Meade-Hunt Uncredited cameo [27]
Machine Gun Preacher Lynn Childers
2012 Tomorrow You're Gone Florence Jane
2013 Penthouse North Sara Frost
Expecting Andie
2014 Fort Bliss Maggie Swann
Better Living Through Chemistry Kara Varney
Justice League: War Diana Prince / Wonder Woman Direct-to-video
Playing It Cool Her
The Best of Me Amanda Collier
2015 Pixels Violet van Patten
2016 Patriots Day Carol Saunders
2017 Sleepless Jennifer Bryant
The Vanishing of Sidney Hall Velouria Hall
2018 Mission: Impossible – Fallout Julia Meade
Saint Judy Judy Wood
2020 The Craft: Legacy Helen Schechner
2021 Every Breath You Take Grace
2022 Nanny Amy
Black Site Abigail "Abby" Trent
Blood Jess
2023 Spinning Gold Beth Bogart
The Family Plan Jessica Morgan [28]
TBA The Price of Admission TBA Filming [29]
MaXXXine TBA Post-production
Denotes films that have not yet been released


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2000 Young Americans Caroline Busse 2 episodes
2001 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dana Kimble Episode: "Consent"
2002 Hack Stacy Kumble Episode: "Favors"
2002–03 Boston Public Kimberly Woods Recurring role; 8 episodes
2013 American Dad! Gina Voice role; Episode: "Max Jets"
2014 True Detective Maggie Hart Main role (season 1); 8 episodes
2015 Comedy Bang! Bang! Herself Episode: "Michelle Monaghan Wears a Burnt Orange Dress and White Heels"
2016–18 The Path Sarah Lane Main role, 36 episodes
Also producer
2020 Messiah Eva Geller Main role, 10 episodes [18]
2022 Echoes Leni and Gina McCleary Main role
TBA Bad Monkey Bonnie Main role, upcoming series
Denotes television series that have not yet been released


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Preceded byVanessa Marshall (2010–2011) Voice of Wonder Woman 2014 Succeeded byCobie Smulders