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Poppy Montgomery (1975)

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Poppy Montgomery , is an Australian actress. She is best known for her role as Samantha Spade on Without a Trace. She currently stars as Det. Carrie Wells in the CBS television series Unforgettable (2011-present).


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Poppy Petal Emma Elizabeth Deveraux Donahue was born in Sydney, Australia, the daughter of Nicola (née Montgomery), an executive and market researcher, and Phil Donahue, a restaurateur. Her parents named her and her sisters after flowers, and their brother after Jethro Tull.

She hated school, being expelled from six private academies before finally dropping out at age 15 to pursue stage acting and to also travel around Bali with her then-boyfriend. Montgomery emigrated to the United States at age 18, arriving in Florida to meet a boy whom she'd met when he was an exchange student. After five days, she realized "I couldn't stand him" and then took a bus to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career.

Montgomery and boyfriend, actor Adam Kaufman, have a son together named Jackson Phillip Deveraux Montgomery Kaufman.

As reported on October 10th 2011 through Life & Style, Poppy Montgomery has split from her boyfriend Adam Kaufman. This news comes just at the time of Poppy’s new series starts on CBS called, Unforgettable. It was reported that the break-up was due to distance between both Poppy and Adam when working and their love for each other just wasn’t strong enough to hold the both together. Poppy, 36 and Adam met when working together on Between back in 2005.

On arriving in Los Angeles, she stayed with two friends of her brother while sending a head shot every day to Julia Roberts' former manager, Bob McGowan, until he signed her. She worked a string of television bit parts through the late-1990s, including NYPD Blue with the most visible being an appearance on Relativity, where Montgomery shared one of the first lesbian kisses on US network TV. Her first big break was when she snagged the role of Marilyn Monroe in the 2001 CBS mini-series Blonde, based on the novel by Joyce Carol Oates. The next role she was offered was Samantha Spade on Without A Trace, where she was picked out of over 100 women. On being offered the part, she later said "They called me up and said, 'Will you do it?' I said, 'Um' and they said, 'Anthony LaPaglia is in it' and I said, 'sure'. It was that simple."

As of April 2011, she has completed filming a biopic Magic Beyond Words, playing J. K. Rowling. She plays the lead in the television series Unforgettable, a police procedural drama about a former detective with perfect recall. Until the debut of ABC's new family-oriented, late-arriving, Sunday night fairy-tale drama Once Upon a Time, CBS had been airing promos that Unforgettable was the #1 new drama of the 2011-12 season. According to the prime-time Nielsen television ratings released through Sunday, November 6, 2011, season-to-date, Unforgettable has averaged 13.9 million viewers. For a snapshot rating, on Tuesday, November 1, 2011, the series was first in its regular timeslot, with 11.3 million viewers and ranked #24 overall for the week.

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