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Short Info

Net Worth$2.5 million
Date Of BirthJune 15, 1972
SpouseShawn Sanford
FactPoppy's sisters are named Rosie Thorn, Daisy Yellow, Lily Belle and Marigold Sun - all named after flowers
PaymentsEarned $85,000 per episode (2011-2012) from Unforgettable (2011)

Poppy Montgomery is an Australian actress who has starred in several American television series. She is best known for her role as FBI agent Samantha Spade on the CBS drama Without a Trace from 2002 to 2009.

Montgomery was born Poppy Petal Emma Elizabeth Deveraux Donohoe in Sydney, Australia, on 15 June 1972. Her mother, Nicola (née Montgomery), is a former model, and her father, Anthony Donohoe, is a restaurateur. She has two older sisters, Rosie and Lily, and a younger brother, Jethro. Montgomery’s parents divorced when she was five years old, and she was subsequently raised by her mother.

Montgomery began her acting career with a small role in the Australian television film The Man Who Sued God (1991). She later appeared in episodes of the Australian soap opera Home and Away (1991–1993) and the police drama Blue Heelers (1994). In 1996, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career in Hollywood.

Montgomery’s first major role in an American television series was as Marilyn Monroe in the NBC miniseries Blonde (2001). She subsequently starred as FBI agent Samantha Spade in the CBS drama Without a Trace (2002–2009). During her seven-year tenure on the show, Montgomery earned two Saturn Award nominations for Best Actress on Television.

In 2010, Montgomery starred in the ABC drama series True Blue. The following year, she starred in the short-lived CBS drama Unforgettable. From 2013 to 2016, she starred in the A&E crime drama Longmire. More recently, she has appeared in episodes of the CBS procedural dramas NCIS: Los Angeles (2017) and Hawaii Five-0 (2018).

Montgomery’s film credits include the romantic comedy The Other Guy (2002), the action thriller S.W.A.T. (2003), and the independent drama Fifty Dead Men Walking (2008).

Montgomery has been married twice. Her first marriage was to actor Adam Kaufman from 2007 to 2014; the couple have one child together. Her second marriage is to actor Shawn Sanford, with whom she has two children.

As of 2020, Montgomery’s net worth is estimated to be $4 million.

General Info

Full NamePoppy Montgomery
Net Worth$2.5 million
Date Of BirthJune 15, 1972
Height1.63 m
EducationAscham School


SpouseShawn Sanford
ChildrenJackson Phillip Deveraux Montgomery Kaufman, Violet Grace Deveraux Sanford
ParentsPhil Donahue, Nicola Montgomery
SiblingsLily Belle Donahue, Daisy Yellow Donahue, Jethro Tull Donahue, Rosie Thorn Donahue, Marigold Sun Donahue
PartnerAdam Kaufman


NominationsScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, Canadian Screen Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
MoviesLying to Be Perfect, Magic Beyond Words: The JK Rowling Story, Dead Man on Campus, The Other Sister, Murder in the Hamptons, Snow Wonder, Life, Devil in a Blue Dress, The Cold Equations, Blonde, How to Lose Your Lover, This Space Between Us, Tammy and the T-Rex, Between, Lassiter: To Speak for the D...
TV ShowsUnforgettable, Without a Trace, Glory Days, The Beat, Relativity, True Blue

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Unforgettable (2011)$85,000 per episode (2011-2012)


1[on gaining 67 pounds during her pregnancy] I ate everything. I would have eaten my desk if I could have fit it.
2[about her family] We have halves and steps [sisters], and they have babies. We're like rabbits. My parents divorced each other and remarried other people and then had more kids, so my mom actually had five children.
3When it comes to guys, make sure you are treated like a princess, always.


1Gave birth to her 3rd child at age 42, a son Gus Monroe Deveraux Sanford on November 11, 2014 who weighed 7 lbs., 4 oz. and measured 20.5 inches long. Child's father is her husband, Shawn Sanford.
2Six months pregnant with her third child, a boy [July 9, 2014].
3(January 31, 2014) Married her boyfriend of 3 years & father of her 7-month-old daughter Violet Shawn Sanford.
4Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 40, a daughter Violet Grace Deveraux Sanford on April 22, 2013. Child's father is her boyfriend (now husband), Shawn Sanford.
5Gave birth to her 1st child at age 35, a son Jackson Phillip Deveraux Montgomery Kaufman on December 23, 2007. Child's father is her now ex-boyfriend, Adam Kaufman.
6Was in a relationship with Adam Kaufman from 2005 to 2011. They have one son together.
7Step-sister of former Australian Hockeyroo's player Claire Mitchell-Taverner
8Named #45 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2005 list.
9Poppy's sisters are named Rosie Thorn, Daisy Yellow, Lily Belle and Marigold Sun - all named after flowers
10Her brother is named Jethro Tull.
11Her mother, Nicola, is a market researcher and father, Phil, a restaurateur.
12Enjoys board games, horseback riding, photography, snowboarding, traveling and yoga.
13Arrived in Hollywood at age 18 carrying a copy of "How to Make It In Hollywood".
14Poppy chose her mother's maiden name, Montgomery, as her stage name.




A Surrogate's Nightmare2017TV MovieAngela
Unforgettable2011-2016TV SeriesCarrie Wells
Furst Born2016TV MovieBess
Signed, Sealed, Delivered: From Paris with Love2015TV MovieHolly
Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story2011TV MovieJoanne K. Rowling
True Blue2010TV MovieKatherine Miller
Lying to Be Perfect2010TV MovieNola Devlin
Without a Trace2002-2009TV SeriesSamantha Spade
Snow Wonder2005TV MoviePaula
Murder in the Hamptons2005TV MovieGenerosa Rand
Between2005/IDianne Roberts
50 Ways to Leave Your Lover2004Allison
Raising Waylon2004TV SpecialJulia
Glory Days2002TV SeriesEllie Sparks
Going to California2001TV SeriesPenelope
Blonde2001TV Mini-SeriesNorma Jean Baker Marilyn Monroe
The Beat2000TV SeriesElizabeth Waclawek
Men Named Milo, Women Named Greta2000ShortBarri Noodleman
The Wonder Cabinet1999TV MovieDr. Sarah Coleman
This Space Between Us1999Arden Ansfield
Life1999/IOlder Mae Rose Abernathy
The Other Sister1999Caroline Tate
Dead Man on Campus1998Rachel
Desert's Edge1997TV ShortMary
Relativity1996-1997TV SeriesJennifer Lukens
Peacock Blues1996TV Short
The Cold Equations1996TV MovieMarilyn 'Lee' Cross
NYPD Blue1996TV SeriesLisa
Party of Five1996TV SeriesAllison
Devil in a Blue Dress1995Barbara's Sister
Jake Lassiter: Justice on the Bayou1995TV MovieCindy
Tammy and the T-Rex1994Party Girl #1
Silk Stalkings1994TV SeriesAngel


UnforgettableTV Series producer - 13 episodes, 2014 executive producer - 12 episodes, 2015 - 2016
An Amish Murder2013TV Movie executive producer


The Talk2011-2016TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself - Guest Co-Hostess
The Meredith Vieira Show2015TV SeriesHerself
Sidewalks Entertainment2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Unforgettable Moments: Inside Season 32015Documentary shortHerself
Extra2014TV SeriesHerself
The View2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Late Show with David Letterman2005-2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Queen Latifah Show2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
CBS This Morning2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Hollywood Game Night2014TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
Live with Kelly and Michael2004-2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2012-2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Big Brother2013TV SeriesHerself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2005-2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Wendy Williams Show2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Rachael Ray2008-2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Entertainment Tonight2007-2009TV SeriesHerself
43rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards2008TV SpecialHerself
Fashion Rocks2006TV MovieHerself
2006 ALMA Awards2006TV SpecialHerself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2004-2006TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Fashion Rocks2005TV MovieHerself
The 31st Annual People's Choice Awards2005TV SpecialHerself
10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2004TV SpecialHerself
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn2002-2004TV SeriesHerself - Guest
CBS Cares2004TV SeriesHerself
The 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards2003TV SpecialHerself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2003TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Last Call with Carson Daly2003TV SeriesHerself - Guest


Nominated Awards

2013Canadian Screen AwardCanadian Screen Awards, CABest Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-SeriesMagic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story (2011)
2004ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesWithout a Trace (2002)
2001OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Actress in a Motion Picture or MiniseriesBlonde (2001)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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