Poppy Montgomery

  • Birth Name: Poppy Petal Emma Elizabeth Deveraux Donahue
  • Birth Place: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • Profession: Actor


Primarily a small-screen player, this native Australian reportedly arrived in Los Angeles as a teen clutching a copy of How to Make It in Hollywood under her arm. After a handful of bit parts, Montgomery landed a plum role on the critically lauded TV drama Relativity in 1996. Unfortunately the show was canceled after its freshman year. Slowly, this pretty actress made a name for herself with starring roles in short-lived series and a succession of parts in TV-movies, notably her turn as Marilyn Monroe in the miniseries Blonde. Her role as an FBI agent on Without a Trace was what earned her wide exposure.

Fast Facts

  • Mother named some of her daughters after names she found in The Flower Fairy Book.
  • Came to Hollywood at age 18 carrying a copy of How to Make It in Hollywood.
  • Chose Montgomery, her mother's maiden name, as her stage name.
  • Once lost an audition because it was thought that her Australian accent sounded fake.


  • 2003, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee


  • Gus Monroe Deveraux Sanford — Son
  • Adam Kaufman — Ex-significant Other
  • Lily Belle Donahue — Sister
  • Daisy Yellow Donahue — Sister
  • Marigold Sun Donahue — Sister
  • Jethro Tull Donahue — Brother
  • Phil Donahue — Father
  • Rosie Thorn Donahue — Sister
  • Jackson Phillip Kaufman — Son
  • Shawn Sanford — Husband
  • Violet Grace Devereux Sanford — Daughter
  • Nicola Donahue — Mother