Name:
Bonnie Somerville
Birth Date:
February 24, 1974
Birth Place:
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Height:
5' 8''
Nationality:
American
Famous for:
Her guest appearance in TV series The O.C.
Profession:
Actress, Model, Singer
Education:
Poly Prep High School in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
BIOGRAPHY
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Grosse Pointe Girl

Background:

“It's always fun to play the b****.” Bonnie Somerville.

Making her very first acting job as an extra in Harold Becker's movie starring Al Pacino and John Cusack, “City Hall” (1996), Bonnie Somerville became familiar among TV viewers while portraying Courtney Scott/Laura Johnson on The WB's satire show "Grosse Pointe" (2000-2001), and Mona, Ross' love interest in Season 8 (2001-2002) of NBC's hit sitcom "Friends." She also played Alex Landis, the newlywed, on NBC's sitcom "In-Laws" (2002-2003), and played Rachel Hoffman, Sandy Cohen's colleague in Season 1 (2003) of "The O.C." She was recently seen as Det. Laura Murphy (2004-2005) on "NYPD Blue," and as Mimi, the owner's gorgeous daughter, on "Kitchen Confidential" (2005). Next, she will star opposite Lucy Liu, Frances O'Connor, and Miranda Otto in an upcoming television dramedy for ABC, "Cashmere Mafia."

On the big screen, Somerville has appeared in the films "Crime and Punishment in Suburbia" (2000), "Bedazzled" (2000), "Spider-Man 2" (2004) and "Without a Paddle" (2004). She will star opposite Zachary Levi in an upcoming romantic drama comedy film titled "Shades of Ray."

Somerville is also a talented singer. She contributed the song "Winding Road" in the soundtrack of the movie “Garden State” (2004) and is currently a singer in a charity rock group called “Band from TV.” She also sang backup on acoustic-alternative singer Joshua Radin's very first record.

A former model in New York and Europe before starting acting, the 5' 8'' fresh-faced blonde was on the cover of Stuff magazine in May 2004, issue titled, “Girls of The O.C.” More personally, she was romantically linked to "Scrubs" star Zach Braff (born April 6, 1975) and "Firefly" star Nathan Fillion (born March 27, 1971).


Bonz

Childhood and Family:

In Brooklyn, New York, Bonnie Somerville was born on February 24, 1974. She was raised by her mother, and her mother's large and close-knit Irish Catholic family in Flatbush, Brooklyn. Her mother is one of 9 children.

Bonnie, nicknamed “Bonz,” attended Poly Prep High School in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, and studied Musical Theatre at Boston College in Boston, Massachusetts. After college she moved to New York City to study at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute.

During her offs, Bonnie enjoys singing in local clubs, playing volleyball and skiing. She now lives in Los Angeles.


Cashmere Mafia

Career:

“My Mom took me to see Annie on Broadway when I was little and I just wanted to be doing what those girls were doing. I was that annoying little girl who sang the (Annie) soundtrack all the time. My Mom would be like, 'please stop with the singing!'. All I've ever wanted was to do a musical.” Bonnie Somerville.

Since a young age, Bonnie Somerville has developed her passion in acting and singing, appearing in all the high school plays at Poly Prep Country Day School in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. After studying Musical Theater at Boston College, she returned to New York to try acting professionally. Meanwhile, she sang in various bands in the NYC music scene, and by the age of 17, she had a development deal to sing her own music.

While waiting tables in NYC, Somerville was spotted by a modeling scout and subsequently did some modeling in New York, and Europe. However, she decided to focus on acting and left for Los Angeles at age 22.

The newcomer immediately assembled a band and got an agent. She got her very first acting job as an extra in Harold Becker's movie starring Al Pacino and John Cusack, “City Hall” (1996). Three years later, she landed her first starring role, as Lyne Danner, a fictional lead singer of a 1950s rock band called "The Heartaches," in the epic-length CBS's mini-series, “Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story” (1999). That same year in May, she also made her first guest appearance on TV series in an episode of Fox's hit primetime teen soap opera "Beverly Hills, 90210."

Entering the new millennium, Somerville landed her first TV series regular on The WB's sitcom "Grosse Pointe." In the satire show, which depicts the behind-the-scenes drama on the set of a television show and was inspired mostly by the show's creator Darren Star's experiences as the creator and producer of the nighttime soap “Beverly Hills, 90210,” Somerville played Courtney Scott/ Laura Johnson, a parody of Jennie Garth and Tiffani-Amber Thiessen's “90210” character Valerie respectively. Debuted on September 22, 2000, the show was eventually canceled in March 2001 after 17 episodes.

Meanwhile, Somerville made her earliest big screen appearances with small roles in the 2000 films "Sleep Easy, Hutch Rimes," an independent thriller film directed by Matthew Irmas starring Steven Weber and Swoosie Kurtz, and "Crime and Punishment in Suburbia," Rob Schmidt's contemporary fable loosely based on Fyodor Dostoyevsky's "Crime and Punishment" starring Monica Keena. She also appeared as girl at beer garden in Harold Ramis' remake of the original 1967 film, "Bedazzled," starring Brendan Fraser and Elizabeth Hurley.

From 2001 to 2002, Somerville landed a recurring role on NBC's internationally successful sitcom "Friends," as Mona, the girl who dated David Schwimmer's Ross in Season 8. During that time, she also starred in two made-for-television movies, Fox's comedy "Tikiville" opposite Rob Estes and NBC's comedy "This Could Work" alongside Marc Goldsmith. Additionally, she starred in a failed TV series pilot for NBC titled "Count Me In" with Matt Letscher.

Somerville had another regular role, as Alex Landis, a newlywed who moves back in with her contrary parents so that she and her husband (played by Elon Gold) can save money, on NBC's sitcom "In-Laws" (2002-2003). Jean Smart and Dennis Farina portrayed her parents in the show. Afterwards, she played a recurring role on Fox's teen drama series "The O.C.," as Rachel Hoffman (2003), a colleague of Peter Gallagher's Sandy Cohen in Season 1. Meanwhile, she also could be seen in a February 2003 episode of the anthology series "The Twilight Zone" and on Fox's comedy TV movie "Jack's House," starring Will Friedle.

At the beginning of the twelfth and final season (2004-2005) of ABC's Emmy-winning, long-running cop drama "NYPD Blue," Somerville joined the show's cast an play Det. Laura Murphy, a long term replacement for Connie McDowell (played by Charlotte Ross) after the character left to have a baby. And after her contract with the show ended, Somerville went to co-star with Bradley Cooper on Fox's short-lived sitcom based on a non-fiction book written by American chef Anthony Bourdain, "Kitchen Confidential" (2005), as Mimi, the owner's gorgeous daughter.

During that time, Somerville had an uncredited role as a screaming woman in Sam Raimi's superhero film based on the fictional Marvel Comics character, "Spider-Man 2" (2004; starring Tobey Maguire), and supported Matthew Lillard, Seth Green and Dax Shepard in Steven Brill's adventure teen movie "Without a Paddle" (2004). She also starred in three 2006 made-for-television movies, "The Danny Comden Project" (The WB), "Jump" (The WB; opposite Scott Caan), and "Wedding Wars" (A&E Network), in which she co-starred as Maggie, the Governor's daughter and a gay marriage supporter, opposite John Stamos.

Somerville is currently busy filming "Cashmere Mafia," an upcoming television dramedy created by Kevin Wade. In the show, which centers the lives of four ambitious and sexy women who have been friends since college turn to each other for guidance as they juggle their careers with family in New York City, Somerville will play the lead role with Lucy Liu, Frances O'Connor, and Miranda Otto. Initially scheduled to air as a mid-season replacement, the show reportedly will make its premiere on December 4, 2007 on ABC.

Somerville now is also busy filming her upcoming film project, "Shades of Ray," a romantic drama comedy written/directed by Jaffar Mahmood and stars Zachary Levi in the title role.

As for her music career, Somerville contributed the song "Winding Road" in the soundtrack of the movie “Garden State” (2004), which was written, directed and starred by then-boyfriend, Zach Braff. She is currently a singer in a charity rock group called “Band from TV,” with Greg Grunberg, Bob Guiney, James Denton, Hugh Laurie, Barry Sarna, Brad Savage, Rich Winer, and Chris Kelley. She also sang backup on acoustic-alternative singer Joshua Radin's very first record.

“I'm always studying (acting).” Bonnie Somerville.


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