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Monica Potter

Monica Potter
Potter at Paleyfest 2013
Born Monica Gregg Brokaw
(1971-06-30) June 30, 1971
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1994–present
Spouse(s) Tom Potter (m. 1990–98)
Daniel Christopher Allison (m. 2005)
Children 3

Monica Potter (born Monica Gregg Brokaw;[1] June 30, 1971) is an American actress, best known for her roles in films Con Air (1997), Patch Adams (1998), Along Came a Spider (2001), and Saw (2004). She recently appeared as Kristina Braverman in the NBC drama series Parenthood, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Filmography 4
    • Film 4.1
    • Television 4.2
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

Monica was born on June 30, 1971, in Cleveland, Ohio to Nancy and Paul Brokaw. Her mother was a secretary in a hospital, and her father invented the first flame-resistant car wax.[2] Potter is the eldest of four (Kerry, Jessica, and Brigette). Her maternal grandparents were Irish immigrants, and she was raised Catholic.[3][4]

During her childhood, she was part of the St. Jerome Parish in Cleveland, and attended the local elementary, as well as Villa Angela Academy, before graduating from Euclid High School.[5] She also spent part of her early years in Arab, Alabama.[5] Potter had wanted to be an actress since childhood.[3] She began acting at the Cleveland Play House when she was in elementary school.[5] Starting at age 12, she worked at a flower shop, and did some modeling for newspaper and magazine ads and some local commercials.[6] She also did a few commercials in Chicago, went to Miami to film a Seinfeld pilot, and then moved to Los Angeles in 1994.[5]


Potter made her screen debut in 1994, on CBS soap opera James Patterson best-seller.

In 2004, Potter played the role of Alison Gordon in the first Saw film. Later Potter worked on television. She was a cast member of the ABC legal drama Boston Legal but left during the second season. In 2009, Potter became a cast member of the new TNT series Trust Me which was cancelled after the first season due to low ratings. Potter plays the role of Kristina Braverman in NBC's comedy-drama Parenthood as of 2014. She received critical acclaim for her performance in the fourth season.[8][9][10] In 2013, she won the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Drama Supporting Actress and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film for her role in the show.[11][12]

Personal life

Potter was married to Tom Potter from 1990 to 1998; together they have two sons. In 2005, Potter married Daniel Allison, an orthopedic surgeon.[13] Potter and Allison have one child, a daughter born in 2005.[14]

Potter has sometimes been satirically described in the media as the "poor man's Julia Roberts," with some fans using the phrase in articles debunking the comparison.[15]

Her father died in 2004 of cardiovascular disease.[16]



Year Title Role Notes
1996 Bulletproof Biker's Woman
1997 Con Air Tricia Poe
1998 A Cool, Dry Place Kate Durrell
1998 Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence Martha Alternative title: The Very Thought of You
1998 Without Limits Mary Marckx
1998 Patch Adams Carin Fisher
1999 Heaven or Vegas Lilli
2001 Head Over Heels Amanda Pierce
2001 Along Came a Spider Jezzie Flannigan
2002 I'm with Lucy Lucy
2004 Saw Alison Gordon
2008 Lower Learning Laura Buchwald
2009 The Last House on the Left Emma Collingwood


Year Title Role Notes
1994 The Young and the Restless Sharon Newman #1
2003 The Lunchbox Chronicles Kate TV pilot
2004 Reversible Errors Muriel Wynn Miniseries
2004–2005 Boston Legal Lori Colson Series regular, 21 episodes
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2005)
2007 Protect and Serve Lizzie Borelli TV pilot
2009 Trust Me Sarah Krajicek-Hunter Series regular, 13 episodes
2010–2015 Parenthood Kristina Braverman Main Cast; 90 episodes
Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Drama Supporting Actress (2013)
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (2013)
Nominated — TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Drama (2013)


  1. ^ "Monica Potter Biography (1971-)". FilmReference. 
  2. ^ Hobson, Louis B. (December 19, 1998). "Payback time for Potter".  
  3. ^ a b "Potter, Monica: Potter has planted her roots". CANOE - JAM! Movies - Artists.  
  4. ^ The Full Monica Article on :: Hot Girls, Babes, Sex, Photos, Videos, Gear, Entertainment
  5. ^ a b c d Urbancich, John (May 29, 1997). """Ex-Clevelander Soars In "Con Air. Sun Newspapers, Cleveland. Retrieved November 13, 2007. 
  6. ^ Hobson, Louis B. (April 5, 2001). "Along came Monica".  
  7. ^ "Monica Potter On 'The Young And The Restless': 'Parenthood' Actress Opens Up About Getting Fired".  
  8. ^ "'"Emmy Hopeful: Monica Potter - 'Parenthood. April 29, 2013. Retrieved October 9, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Deserving And Early Emmy Award Prospects For A Perfect World". January 22, 2013. Retrieved October 9, 2013. 
  10. ^ Busis, Hillary (July 18, 2013). "Emmy nominations: The biggest snubs".  
  11. ^ Bierly, James (December 12, 2013). "Golden Globes nominations TV shocks and snubs". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 12, 2013. 
  12. ^ Busis, Hillary (June 11, 2013). "Critics' Choice Television Awards winners: 'Big Bang,' HBO".  
  13. ^ "Monica Potter Biography".  
  14. ^ Gee, Alison; Silverman, Stephen M. (August 11, 2005). "Monica Potter Has a Baby Girl".  
  15. ^ Gallagher, Kona. "Maybe Monica Potter isn’t just a poor man’s Julia Roberts". CliqueClack. CliqueClack. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  16. ^ Marrone, Kelly (January 13, 2011). "Interview with 'Parenthood's Monica Potter". Retrieved January 8, 2014. 

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