Michelle Lynn Monaghan born March 23, 1976) is an American actress, best known for her starring roles in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005), Gone Baby Gone (2007), Made of Honor (2008), Eagle Eye (2008), Trucker (2008), Source Code (2011), Pixels (2015), and Patriots Day (2016). She also received recognition for her starring role as Julia Meade in the action spy film series Mission: Impossible, and her appearances in Mission: Impossible III (2006), Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011), Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018), and Echoes (2022).
Monaghan was born in the small town (then a population of about 750) of Winthrop, Iowa, the daughter of Sharon (Hammel) and Robert Monaghan, a factory worker. She has two older brothers, Bob and John. She has mostly Irish and German ancestry, and was raised Catholic.
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After graduation she moved to Chicago to study journalism at Columbia College Chicago and began to model. She modeled in Milan, Singapore, Tokyo and Hong Kong, as well as in the United States. With one semester remaining to complete her journalism degree in 1999, she left for New York to pursue an acting career. She worked as a model, appearing in several magazines and catalogs, before making her acting debut.
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