Jun. 19th, 1975
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Poppy Montgomery (born Poppy Petal Donahue; June 19 1975). She was raised in her native Sydney, Australia. Since the age of 12, Montgomery 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", Montgomery 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.
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
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). Montgomery's greatest wish was fulfilled when she got cast as her childhood idol. When she told her family that she'd won the role, Montgomery'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. Montgomery gave birth to their son, Jackson Phillip Deveraux Montgomery Kaufman (December 23,2007) 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. She gave birth to their daughter, Violet Grace Deveraux Sanford (April 22, 2013).
Montgomery moved from Los Angeles to New York City in 2013.
- Poppy chose her mother's maiden name, Montgomery, as her stage name.
- Arrived in Hollywood at age 18 carrying a copy of "How to Make It In Hollywood".
- Poppy's sisters are named Rosie Thorn, Daisy Yellow, Lily Belle and Marigold Sun - all named after flowers
- Her mother, Nicola, is a market researcher and father, Phil, a restaurateur.
- She and 'Adam Kaufman (II)' (qv) became the parents of a boy, Jackson Phillip Deveraux Montgomery Kaufman, on December 23, 2007, in Los Angeles. Jackson weighed in at 7 lbs. 4 oz.
- Enjoys board games, horseback riding, photography, snowboarding, traveling and yoga.
- Step-sister of former Australian Hockeyroo's player Claire Mitchell-Taverner
- Named #45 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2005 list.