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Bonnie Somerville

During the past two years, Bonnie Somerville starred on two of television's biggest shows, ABC's groundbreaking series NYPD Blue for its last season, and FOX's hip drama The O.C. Audiences will also remember her as Mona, girlfriend to Ross on Friends. Somerville was last seen starring in FOX's comedy Kitchen Confidential, created by Darren Star and based on the New York Times bestseller of the same name. She also starred opposite John Stamos and Eric Dane in A&E's Wedding Wars.

Somerville's first major acting role was as Lynn Danner, a singer/songwriter during the 1950s and 60s, in the CBS miniseries Shake, Rattle and Roll, in which she also sang. Her very first series was starring as Courtney Scott on Darren Star's critically acclaimed comedy, Grosse Pointe, which aired on the WB. She went on to star in the NBC comedy In-Laws, opposite Dennis Farina, Jean Smart and Elon Gold.

Last year she starred in the Paramount comedy Without a Paddle. Other feature film credits include Bedazzled, Sleep Easy Hutch Rimes, Crime and Punishment in Suburbia and Spiderman 2.

Somerville is also working hard as a singer with her new group, Band from TV, which had its big debut at TV Guide's Emmy after-party this past year. Joining her in the lineup are Greg Grunberg of Heroes, Hugh Laurie of House, James Denton of Desperate Housewives and Bob Guiney of The Bachelor.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Somerville grew up in a large and close-knit Irish Catholic Family. She developed a desire to perform at a very young age through singing and acting in school and community theatre productions. She attended Boston College as a Musical Theatre major, and then went on to study at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York.

At the age of 18, Somerville was discovered singing in a nightclub in New York City, and won a development deal with RCA records as a singer/songwriter. She continues to perform in Los Angeles, and wrote and performed the original song Winding Road on the Garden State soundtrack, which won the Grammy for Best Soundtrack of The Year in 2005.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2008.
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Bonnie Somerville Facts

OccupationActress, Musician
BirthdayFebruary 24, 1974 (49)
BirthplaceBrooklyn, New York, USA
Height5' 8" (1m73)  How tall is Bonnie Somerville compared to you?

Selected Filmography

The Ugly Truth
Without A Paddle
Code Black: Season 1
The Search for Santa Paws
Holiday Engagement
Mom's Day Away
Grosse Pointe
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