Jun. 19th, 1975
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Poppy Montgomery's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2004 - 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover
1999 - Life
1999 - The Other Sister
1998 - Dead Man on Campus
1995 - Devil in a Blue Dress
Guest TV Roles
Poppy Montgomery has found success and prominence by playing the dramatic role of FBI agent Samantha Spade in the popular TV series Without a Trace (2002). Her gorgeous image can often be found in many men's magazines.
Montgomery was born with the name Poppy Petal Donahue. She was raised in her native Sydney, Australia. Since the age of 12, Poppy had a near obsession with cultural icon 'Marilyn Monroe'.
Her parents had named each of their five daughters after a flower and, after a time, the name "Poppy Petal" attracted so much derision from fellow students that she left school at the age of 14. At 16, she left home to travel abroad and, at 18, she traveled to America.
In Los Angeles, penniless and with a copy of "How to Make it in Hollywood", Poppy adopted her mother's maiden name as a stage name and made daily contact with 'Julia Roberts' agent who told her he did not handle unknowns but arranged for her to be signed with another agent.
After various minor roles, Montgomery got several breaks in 1996. She had guest appearances on TV series NYPD Blue (1993) and Party of Five (1994), she got a regular part in the TV series Relativity (1996), and she won a starring role in the TV movie The Cold Equations (1996). Her career has been on an upward climb ever since.
In 2001, Montgomery won the dream role of her lifetime. CBS was looking to create a TV mini-series based on author 'Joyce Carol Oates' novelization of the life of 'Marilyn Monroe' (the series was titled Blonde (2001). Poppy's greatest wish was fulfilled when she got cast as her childhood idol. When she told her family that she'd won the role, Poppy's mother blithely commented "Well, you've been rehearsing for it your whole life". Montgomery gained weight for the part to more closely resemble Monroe. Her portrayal won critical claim.
In 2002, Montgomery joined the original cast of the soon-to-be-successful TV series Without a Trace (2002). She has a lead role portraying FBI agent Samantha Spade. Montgomery shared the cast's 2004 SAG Award nomination for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series.
She now plays the lead in the television series Unforgettable, a police procedural drama about Carrie Wells, a former Syracuse NYPD homicide detective with perfect recall as a result from having hyperthymesia, who is convinced to rejoin the department by her ex-boyfriend, after leaving because of her sister's murder. She uses her unusually detailed memory to solve crimes.
Montgomery met actor 'Adam Kaufman', in 2005 in Mexico while working on the independent film Between and in 2010, they worked together again in the TV movie Lying to be Perfect. Kaufman began a recurring role on Without a Trace, making his first appearance in March 2007 with season 5: episode 19 titled "At Rest", playing Brian Donovan, Spade's love interest for the rest of the series. In June 2007, Montgomery announced her pregnancy with Kaufman, which was written into the sixth season. On December 23, 2007, Montgomery gave birth to their son Jackson Phillip Deveraux Montgomery Kaufman in Los Angeles. It was reported on October 10, 2011, through Life & Style, that Montgomery and Kaufman broke up due to the distance between them when working.
Since late 2011, Montgomery has been in a relationship with Shawn Sanford, director of lifestyle marketing for Microsoft, whom she met at an event in Puerto Rico. On 22 April 2013, she gave birth to their daughter Violet Grace Deveraux Sanford.
Montgomery moved from Los Angeles to New York City in 2013.
- Named #45 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2005 list.
- Poppy chose her mother's maiden name, Montgomery, as her stage name.
- Her brother is named Jethro Tull.
- Poppy's sisters are named Rosie Thorn, Daisy Yellow, Lily Belle and Marigold Sun - all named after flowers
- Step-sister of former Australian Hockeyroo's player Claire Mitchell-Taverner
- Enjoys board games, horseback riding, photography, snowboarding, traveling and yoga.
- In an Australian news channel interview, she announced that she is having a boy.
- Arrived in Hollywood at age 18 carrying a copy of "How to Make It In Hollywood".