PROFILE
Name:
Paula Devicq
Birth Date:
July 7, 1965
Birth Place:
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Nationality:
Canadian
Famous for:
Her role as Kirsten Bennett Thomas on the TV drama Party of Five (1994-2000)
BIOGRAPHY
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Party of Five

Background:

Canadian model-turned-actress Paula Devicq is familiar among TV viewers while playing Kirsten Bennett (later Kirsten Bennett Thomas Salinger; 1994-2000) in the hit Fox teen drama series "Party of Five" and portraying ADA/private attorney Cynthia Bennington in the short-lived A&E Network's courtroom television drama series "100 Centre Street" (2001-2002). She also had a recurring role as Sondra (2004-2005) in the FX Network's drama/comedy series "Rescue Me."

Meanwhile, moviegoers could catch her starring in the films "Dinner and Driving" (1997), "Kill the Man" (1999), "The Breakup Artist" (2004), and "Mr. Gibb" (2006). She will next be seen playing the lead role in an upcoming thriller film called "Pinion."

As for her stage works, Devicq, who made her stage debut in New York City's Ensemble Studio Theatre's production of “The Wild Goose” (directed by John Patrick Shanley), recently has completed two plays during her summer hiatus, an Off-Broadway production of “The Stumbling Tongue” and “Bob Funk” at the Tamarand Theatre in Los Angeles.

More personally, 5' 8" former model with 34-24-35 measurements who once appeared on the package of L'Oreal Excellence Ash Blonde hair color, lived with her "Party of Five" co-star actor Scott Wolf during 1996-February 1997. She married her "100 Centre Street" co-star actor Joseph Lyle Taylor in late 2001, but they have now divorced.


Canada Native

Childhood and Family:

In Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Paula Michelle Devicq was born on July 7, 1965. She was a fan of curling and used to practice figure skating two hours before and after school everyday. She currently splits her time between New York and Los Angeles.

From 1996 to February 1997, Devicq lived with her “Party of Five” co-star actor Scott Wolf, but they have since broken up. On December 12, 2001, she married actor Joseph Lyle Taylor, whom she met on the set of the TV series “100 Centre Street.” Unfortunately, their marriage ended in divorce.


100 Centre Street

Career:

Standing at 5' 8" with 34-24-35 measurements, Paula Devicq entered the showbiz as a model and has appeared on the package of L'Oreal Excellence Ash Blonde hair color. She began acting in 1994 when she snagged the role of Kirsten Bennett (later Kirsten Bennett Thomas Salinger), the former nanny who became the love interest and eventual wife of Matthew Fox's Charlie Salinger, in the hit Fox teen drama series "Party of Five." She stayed on the show for six years, during which she starred in the dramatic made-for-television movie "Wounded Heart" (1995), as a ruthless businesswoman named Tracy Lance who plans to sell her inheritance ranch to an unscrupulous land developer.

She also began appearing in films, started with a supporting turn as the girlfriend of an English teacher and struggling writer (played by Joey Slotnick), in Lawrence Trilling's independent romantic comedy "Dinner and Driving" (1997). She followed it up with her second film, "Kill the Man" (1999), an indie romantic comedy by Tom Booker and Jon Kean in which she co-starred with Luke Wilson and Joshua Malina.

After "Party of Five" came to end in 2000, Devicq went on to play the regular role of ADA/private attorney Cynthia Bennington who has a romantic relationship with ADA/PI Bobby Esposito (played by future husband Joseph Lyle Taylor), in the short-lived A&E Network's courtroom television drama series "100 Centre Street" (2001-2002), which was created by Sidney Lumet and starring Alan Arkin.

Two years later, Devicq landed a recurring role as Sondra, Billy's (played by Ed Sullivan) ex-wife who was seeing Lt Shea (played by John Scurti), during the first and second seasons (2004-2005) of the FX Network's drama/comedy series "Rescue Me." Meanwhile, she starred in the TV movies "The Coven" (2004) and "His and Her Christmas" (2005), with Dina Meyer and David Sutcliffe. She also co-starred with Dylan McDermott and Julianna Margulies in the Golden Globe-nominated action/drama/thriller miniseries "The Grid" (2004) and was spotted as a guest in an episode of the hit NBC cop drama "Law & Order." On the big screen, she could be seen teaming up with then-husband Joseph Lyle Taylor in Vincent Rubino's romantic comedy movie "The Breakup Artist" (2004).

Recently, Devicq was cast alongside Tim Daly for David Ostry's comedy movie "Mr. Gibb" (2006) and appeared as a guest in a November 2007 episode of NBC/USA Network's cop/crime drama series "Law & Order: Criminal Intent." She is currently working on her upcoming film project, "Pinion," a thriller helmed and written by Melanie Lee in which Devicq plays the lead role of a thirty-something chef who has it all, except the man of her dreams.

Meanwhile, on stage, Devicq, who made her stage debut in New York City's Ensemble Studio Theatre's production of “The Wild Goose” (directed by John Patrick Shanley), recently has completed two plays during her summer hiatus, an Off-Broadway production of “The Stumbling Tongue” and “Bob Funk” at the Tamarand Theatre in Los Angeles.


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