Piper Perabo is the brilliant actress who gave life to the role of Agent Annie Walker in Covert Affairs, the highly-rated drama series by the USA Network. Her career has spanned across television and film, although she got her early start on the stage. She belonged to the La Mama Experimental Theatre Club where she partook in several productions of old and new plays. Piper broke into the big screen in 1999 with a role in the movie Whiteboyz and she has since become a household name.
Over the years, the actress has gained recognition and acclaim for the way she has embodied a myriad of characters on films and TV series such as Lost and Delirious, Coyote Ugly, The Prestige, Notorious, Cheaper by the Dozen, Looper, The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, and Imagine Me & You. The accomplished performer has also taken her talent Off-Broadway in stage productions of Lost Girls and Reasons To Be Pretty. Her breakout role in the show Covert Affairs won her a Gracie Award for Outstanding Female Actor, as well as a Golden Globe nomination.
Aside from acting, Piper is also a businesswoman who co-owns several small businesses, including a restaurant in Lower Manhattan, called Jack’s Wife Freda and a prohibition-themed bar called Employees Only which is located in the West Village. Piper is an avid supporter and advocate for LGBTQ rights, as well as other social justice issues.
Piper Perabo’s Early Life and Background
Piper Perabo is the oldest of three children birthed by her parents George William Perabo and Mary Charlotte Ulland. She was born on October 31, 1976, in Dallas, Texas. Her mother worked as a physical therapist while her father was a poetry lecturer. She is of Italian, Norwegian, German, English, and Irish descent. Her siblings are named Noah and Adam Perabo.
She completed her early education at Toms River High School North. After graduating with the class of 1994, Piper went on to enroll in Honors Tutorial College at Ohio University where she majored in Theatre. In her final year in college, she accompanied her boyfriend to an audition and the casting director took notice of her and asked her to audition as well. Although she didn’t get the part, he helped her find an agent, laying the foundation for what would soon become a successful acting career.
Upon graduating from college, Piper Perabo relocated to New York in the hopes of becoming a professional actress. While auditioning for roles, she worked as a waitress to pay her bills. Barely a month after arriving in the city, she landed a role in the 1999 comedy Whiteboyz. She then went on to star in Coyote Ugly and Lost and Delirious. Her astonishing and revelatory performance in the latter received glowing reviews and helped push her farther into the spotlight.
In the years that followed, Piper would feature in Slap Her… She’s French, Cheaper By the Dozen, George and the Dragon, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, The I Inside, Imagine Me & You, The Cave, The Prestige, Covert Affairs, and Turn Up Charlie.
Relationship with Stephen Kay
Piper Perabo is happily married to the American actor and director Stephen Kay. He is a well-known name in Hollywood as a writer of films and TV shows. His most notable directorial efforts include Friday Night Lights, Get Carter, Saved, The Punisher, Yellowstone, Boogeyman, Quantico, The Shield, and Sons of Anarchy. As an actor, Stephen has appeared in General Hospital, Quantum Leap, Party of Life and Murder, She Wrote, among others.
It is not known when exactly the pair began dating but they met on the set of Covert Affairs which Stephen Kay directed and produced. Piper was the lead on the show and they soon developed a close bond. The couple decided to take their relationship to the next level by getting engaged in 2013. They didn’t wait too long before heading down the altar.
Piper Perabo and Stephen tied the knot on July 26, 2014, in a beautiful ceremony that was attended by friends and family. They remain happily married to date. As of this writing, the couple are yet to welcome any children and are enjoying their lives together as man and wife.