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Bonnie Somerville
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Somerville attending the premiere of Walk of Death in 2007
Born (1974-02-24) February 24, 1974 (age 50)
Education Boston College
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1996–present
Spouse(s)
Dave McClain
(m. 2023)

Bonnie Somerville (born February 24, 1974) is an American actress and singer. She has had roles in a number of movies and television series, most notably as Mona in Friends, NYPD Blue, Grosse Pointe, The O.C., Cashmere Mafia, Without a Paddle, and Golden Boy. She starred as Dr. Christa Lorenson in season one of the CBS medical drama Code Black.

Early life

Somerville was born and grew up in Brooklyn. She started acting and singing at a young age, appearing in high school plays at Poly Prep Country Day School in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Somerville studied Musical Theater at Boston College. At age 22 she moved to Los Angeles, assembled a band and got an agent.

Career

Somerville's first acting job was as an extra in the 1996 film City Hall. She had a lead role as Lyne Danner in the CBS miniseries Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story (1999), in which she also sang. In 2000, Somerville starred in the series Grosse Pointe which aired on The WB from September 2000 to February 2001. The series followed the set of a fictitious WB nighttime soap, also called Grosse Pointe, and several characters were based on real-life actors. Somerville played Ross Geller's girlfriend, Mona, for seven episodes in the eighth season of the NBC sitcom Friends. She had small roles in films Bedazzled (2000), Spider-Man 2 (2004) and Without a Paddle (2004).

In 2003, Somerville landed a recurring role as Rachel Hoffman, a former colleague of Sandy Cohen, in the first season of Fox's teen drama series The O.C.. She appeared on the cover of Stuff magazine's May 2004 issue titled, "Girls of The O.C." and later on the cover of the magazine's November 2005 issue. In 2005, Somerville starred in the short-lived sitcom Kitchen Confidential opposite Bradley Cooper. During the final season of NYPD Blue, she had a supporting role as Det. Laura Murphy, appearing in fifteen episodes. Her song "Winding Road" was included on the Garden State soundtrack, a film written and directed by Zach Braff. She sang backup vocals on Joshua Radin's first album, We Were Here (2006). Somerville was a singer in the charity cover band Band from TV with Greg Grunberg, Bob Guiney, James Denton, Hugh Laurie among others.

In 2008, portrayed Caitlin Dowd in ABC's comedy-drama series Cashmere Mafia, her third Darren Star-produced television show. Cashmere Mafia followed the lives of four ambitious women as they try to balance their glamorous and demanding careers with their complex personal lives in New York City. ABC decided not to renew the series for a second season. She portrayed Suzie Cavandish in the ABC Family romantic comedy film Labor Pains (2009) starring Lindsay Lohan. She also appeared in films Shades of Ray(2008), The Ugly Truth (2009), The Search for Santa Paws (2010), Seven Below (2012), Fire with Fire (2012) and Treasure Buddies (2012). Somerville portrayed Sam in the comedy film The Best and the Brightest (2010) opposite Neil Patrick Harris.

She had guest roles on several television shows, including Gary Unmarried, Royal Pains, The Mentalist and Motive. In 2011, Somerville starred in the Hallmark Channel Christmas television film A Holiday Engagement, in which she sings the song "Angels We Have Heard On High". In 2013, Somerville played Detective Mackenzie on CBS's crime drama series Golden Boy which aired for one season. She played Dr. Christa Lorenson, a mature first-year resident, in the first season of the medical drama series Code Black. She filmed a cameo for the musical drama film A Star Is Born (2018) but her scenes were deleted.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Crime and Punishment in Suburbia Stuck Up Girl
Bedazzled Girl at Beer Garden
Sleep Easy, Hutch Rimes Julie Proudfit
2004 Spider-Man 2 Screaming Woman
Without a Paddle Denise
2006 Jump Sam Boyd
2008 Shades of Ray Noelle Wilson
2009 Labor Pains Suzi Cavendish
The Ugly Truth Elizabeth Chadway
Nobody Fiona
2010 Chasing Zero Dr. Diane Rider Short
The Best and the Brightest Sam
The Search for Santa Paws Kate Hucklebuckle Video
2012 Treasure Buddies Mala (voice)
Seven Below Brooklyn
Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups Mrs. Paws (voice)
Fire with Fire Karen Westlake
2014 The Prince Susan
2015 Pearly Gates Sharon
2016 Pup Star Emily Rose Video
2018 A Star Is Born Sally Cummings Deleted scenes

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Two Guys and a Girl Cindy "Two Guys, a Girl and a Homecoming"
1999 Beverly Hills, 90210 Mary "Dog's Best Friend"
Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story Lyne Danner Television film
2000–2001 Grosse Pointe Courtney Scott Main role (17 episodes)
2001 Tikiville Television film
This Could Work
Count Me In Emmy
2001–2002 Friends Mona Recurring role (7 episodes)
2002–2003 In-Laws Alex Pellet Landis Main role (15 episodes)
2003 Jack's House Wendy Television film
The Twilight Zone Donna Saicheck "How Much Do You Love Your Kid?"
The O.C. Rachel Hoffman Recurring role
2004–2005 NYPD Blue Det. Laura Murphy Main role
2005–2006 Kitchen Confidential Mimi Main role (13 episodes)
2006 Jake in Progress Laura Wiles "Notting Hell"
The Danny Comden Project SAM Television film
Wedding Wars Maggie Welling
2008 Cashmere Mafia Caitlin Dowd Main role (7 episodes)
2009 Gary Unmarried Leah "Gary Shoots Fish in a Barrel"
Off Duty Kim Roberts Television film
2010 Royal Pains Mindy "Medusa"
2011 Holiday Engagement Hillary Burns Television film
Other People's Kids Michelle
2012 The Mentalist Eve Mulberry "At First Blush"
2013 Golden Boy Det. Deb McKenzie Main role (13 episodes)
2014 Mom's Day Away Laura Miller Television film
2015 Motive Erica Grey "Calling the Shots"
Criminal Minds Colleen Sullivan "Beyond Borders"
2015–2016 Code Black Christa Lorenson Main role
2016 Love You Like Christmas Maddie Duncan Television film
2017 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Heidi Sorenson "The Newsroom"
2020 Blue Bloods Paula Hill 3 episodes
2021 Heels Vicky Rabies "Cheap Heat"

Discography

  • Songs from Another Life EP (2009)

See also

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