Michelle Lynn Monaghan is an actress from America. Born on March 23, 1976, in Iowa, she is the only daughter of Sharon and Robert L. Monaghan. She is half German half Irish. After studying in a high school at her birthplace, she did a journalism course at Chicago's Columbia College. She had to model to pay for her college expenses. Eventually, she left college in 1999 and started working as a full-time model in
New York. She modeled across the world which included cities like Milan, Singapore, Tokyo, and Hong Kong, and also appeared on covers of magazines. In 2000, she debuted on television with two episodes of
Young Americans in 2000, later appearing in the show Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. She finally made her movie debut with the tiny act of Henrietta in Perfume in the year 2001.
However, she achieved instant fame when she starred as Kimberley Woods in the TV series Boston Public in 2000. After playing supporting characters in many movies, she was cast alongside
Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer in the big ticket black comedy movie Kiss Kiss Bang Bang in 2005. Later she played the female lead in the third installment of the super hit franchise Mission: Impossible, opposite heartthrob
Tom Cruise. She has also made a few other movies namely Made of Honor, Eagle Eye and The Heartbreak Kid. She also starred in the first season of the highly acclaimed HBO TV series True Detective. She was diagnosed with skin cancer, and she quit smoking after treatment. She married Peter White in 2005 who is a graphic designer in New York, and they have two children together; a daughter and a son.