A former successful model, Michelle Hicks switched to acting and made her professional debut with a starring role in the independent film “Twin Falls Idaho” (1999). She has since appeared in such films as “Everything Put Together” (2000), “Ropewalk” (2000), “Deadly Little Secrets” (2001), “Mulholland Dr.” (2001), “Northfork” (2003), “Distress” (2003), “Messengers” (2004), and “What We Do Is Secret” (2007). She will play the title role in the upcoming film “The Adventures of Beatle Boyin,” a dark comedy which also stars Sarah Shahi, Orlando Jones and Ever Carradine.
On the small screen, the 5' 8” model-turned-actress was best remembered as Mara Sewell Vendrell (2003-2006), the wife of Detective Shane Vendrell (played by Walton Goggins), on FX Networks' smash hit police-drama television series “The Shield,” and as Amy Sykes, the lead detective for LAPD’s Robbery Division who becomes love interest of a professional thief (played by Dougray Scott), on NBC's short-lived action/drama series “Heist” (2006).
Childhood and Family:
On June 4, 1973, Michelle Hicks was born in New Jersey. An avid practicer of pilates, she co-owned a pilates gym in New York called re:AB with friend/author Brooke Siler.
Twin Falls Idaho
Sporting a 5' 8” figure, Michelle Hicks started out as a model before eventually turned to acting. She was in popular alternative rock band “Bush”'s music video for “Cold Contagious” (1997) and later appeared as a mute woman in their music video for “Letting the Cables Sleep” (2000), directed by Joel Schumacher. Meanwhile, she appeared in the Pirelli Calendar for 1999 as the month of March.
In 1999, Hicks made her professional acting debut with a starring role as an eccentric young prostitute named Penny torn between shy conjoined twins played by real-life identical twins Mark and Michael Polish, in the independent film “Twin Falls Idaho,” directed by Michael Polish. She followed it up with roles in two independent films, Marc Forster's drama “Everything Put Together” (2000), starring Radha Mitchell and Justin Louis, and writer/director Matt Brown's ensemble romantic comedy “Ropewalk” (2000), opposite Peter Facinelli.
2001 saw Hicks as the sister of Dina Meyer's character in Fiona MacKenzie's “Deadly Little Secrets,” which also stars Craig Sheffer and Dylan Walsh, and shared the screen with Naomi Watts, Laura Harring and Justin Theroux in writer/director David Lynch's Academy Award-nominated genre-defying film “Mulholland Dr.” Additionally, she was spotted as a guest in an episode of the popular crime drama “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.”
From 2003 to 2006 Hicks played Mara Sewell Vendrell, the wife of Detective Shane Vendrell (played by Walton Goggins), on FX Networks' smash hit police-drama television series known for its controversial portrayal of corrupt police officers, “The Shield.” Meanwhile, she continued acting in films, reuniting with Mark and Michael Polish for the Sundance-premiered “Northfork” (2003; with James Woods, Nick Nolte, Darryl Hannah and Peter Coyote) and starred as an executive in charge of a corporate move who finds herself locked on the roof of her workplace with her estranged lover (played by Chris Meyer), in Blue Kraning's desert island movie with a twist, “Distress” (2003).
Hicks also played the leads in Steven Sebring's 18-minute film “New York Stories” (2003) and in Philip Farha's mystery/thriller “Messengers” (2004), as the cool and logical Dr. Sarah Chapel who returns home and embarks on a quest to find out the cause of her father's unexpected death. Her performance in the latter film won her an Outstanding Achievement Award at the New York VisionFest.
On the small screen, besides appearing in “The Shield,” Hicks could be seen in an episode of CBS' police procedural television series “CSI: NY” and “Cold Case.” She also starred in the made-for-television movie “Slogan” (2004), opposite Mark Kassen.
After her contract with “The Shield” ended, Hicks landed another TV series role, as Amy Sykes, the lead detective for LAPD’s Robbery Division who becomes love interest of a professional thief (played by Dougray Scott), on NBC's short-lived action/drama series “Heist” (2006). Premiered on March 22, 2006, the show was almost immediately canceled due to low ratings.
Recently, in 2007, Hicks supported Shane West and Bijou Phillips in Rodger Grossman's biopic of punk legend and “The Germs” singer Darby Crash, “What We Do Is Secret.” She is currently filming writer/director Donna Robinson's upcoming dark comedy film titled "The Adventures of Beatle Boyin," in which she will play the title role of a beautiful, incorrigible loner who refuses to live by the rules that society has set up. Sarah Shahi, Orlando Jones and Ever Carradine will also star.
New York VisionFest: Outstanding Achievement Award, Acting - Female, “Messengers,” 2004