Poppy Montgomery is an American actress who played the recurring role of Samantha Spade in 160 episodes of CBS mystery television drama Without a Trace. She began her career in the 90s and has built an impressive filmography over the years. Her works include commercially successful productions like NYPD Blue, Murder in the Hamptons which is also known as Million Dollar Murder and several others.
Beyond her onscreen characters, Poppy has a personality and life story which has not been scripted and acted out. Find out here, more about the actress’ background, how she ventured into acting, who her husband and children are, including how much dollars Poppy Montgomery has racked up over the years as a screen diva.
Poppy Montgomery Bio, Age
Poppy Petal Emma Elizabeth Deveraux Donaghue who we simply know as Poppy Montgomery was born on the 15th day of June 1972 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Her parents are Nicola (née Montgomery) a business executive and market researcher and dad – Phil Donaghue a restaurateur. Poppy has as her siblings, 4 sisters who were named after flowers: Lily Belle Donahue, Rosie Thorn Donahue, Daisy Yellow Donahue, and Marigold Sun Donahue, and a brother named Jethro Tull Donahue, after the rock band star – Jethro Tull.
Growing up, Poppy Montgomery loathed school and did everything she could to be sent packing whenever she got enrolled in a new school. This saw her briefly attending a total of 6 private schools from which she got expelled in all till she finally dropped out at the age 15. This is not to say that the girl was making a mess of her young life, no, rather she had so much energy and passion for acting that the conventional schools she was getting enrolled in and expelled from didn’t offer what she needed to express herself.
Following her last expulsion and subsequent decision not to go back to school, Poppy embarked on a trip to the island of Bali; in the province of Indonesia, with her then boyfriend. Three years later, she set course for the USA and arrived in Florida where she hoped to meet an exchange student she became friends with while trying out schools. As time passed, it dawned on Poppy Montgomery that hoping to see her supposed friend was a wild goose chase. Having been stood up by the only one she possibly knew in the US but still determined to make the best out of her arrival in the land of opportunities, she left for Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting and the rest, as they say, is history.
After her arrival in LA, the future screen star found shelter with two of her brother’s friends and at the same time fervently sent headshots to Bob McGowan who previously worked as Julia Roberts manager. In the course of time, Bob signed Poppy Montgomery and she featured in some television roles at the time one of which was NYPD Blue (1996) as Allison in episode: “Burnin Love”. The actress starred in a couple of works prior to having her big break in the CBS miniseries Blonde (2001) where she portrayed the character of Marilyn Monroe. Without a Trace which is one of her most successful works came next and ran from 2002–2009, Poppy acted alongside Anthony LaPaglia, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Enrique Murciano, Roselyn Sánchez and Eric Close in the series. Her other works include Raising Waylon (2004), Between (2005), True Blue (2010), Unforgettable (2011-2016), A Surrogate’s Nightmare (2017) and a couple of others.
No doubt, Poppy Montgomery’s career has seen good times, she has featured in a lot of commercially successful works and there is obviously no telling how much farther her career will soar. For all she has done, the Without a Trace star has a net worth of about $8 million with a salary of more than $85, 000 per film episode. With more works to come her way, provided they are successful, the actress should see her salary and even net worth increasing.
Family – Husband, Children
The Austrian actress is not one who has a long list of men she has dated or even gotten married to. From what we know, she has only been in two relationships with the first ending in a separation while the second is waxing in stronger than ever.
Poppy Montgomery was previously married to Adam Kaufman who she first met in 2015 while working on the film Between, the two worked again on Lying to be Perfect in 2010 but earlier in 2007, Poppy got pregnant for Adam. In December of that same year, she bore their son named Jackson Phillip. Almost four years later, it was reported on the American celebrity magazine – Life & Style on October 10, 2011, that the two were no longer together.
Before the end of 2011, Poppy found love with Shawn Sanford who works as a director of lifestyle marketing with Microsoft. The duo had previously met in Puerto Rico before beginning their relationship. In April of 2013, the actress bore their first child named Violet Grace (daughter). After Violet came Gus Monroe (son) in November 2014. Though it was not publicly known when they got married, Poppy Montgomery disclosed that she and Shawn Sanford got married on Chinese New Year Day at Disneyland with their children present.
Poppy Montgomery in addition to having a pretty face also has an amazing body to go with. She stands at a height of 5 feet 4 inches or about 1.63m and weighs 62kg which is the equivalent of 137lbs. The Australian born American actress has a conspicuous bust that measures 38 inches, while her waist is 28 inches and complementing hips of 37 inches.