Apr. 12th, 1979
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Jennifer Morrison's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2009 - Table for Three
2009 - Star Trek
2007 - Big Stan
2005 - Mr. & Mrs. Smith
2004 - Surviving Christmas
2003 - Grind
2002 - Girl Fever
2000 - Urban Legends: Final Cut
1999 - Stir of Echoes
1994 - Miracle on 34th Street
1994 - Intersection
Guest TV Roles
Melanie Shea Thompson
Jennifer Marie Morrison (born April 12, 1979) is an American actress, model and film producer. She is best known for her role as Dr. Allison Cameron in House, whom she played for over five years.
Morrison was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Her father, David L. Morrison, is a retired music teacher who was named Teacher of the Year by the Illinois State Board of Education in 2003. Morrison's mother, Judy Morrison, was also a retired teacher. Morrison has two younger siblings, Julia and Daniel Morrison.
Morrison was graduated from Prospect High School in 1997, where her parents also worked. She played clarinet in the school's marching band, sang in the choir and was a cheerleader with the school's pep squad. She attended Loyola University Chicago where she majored in Theatre and minored in English, graduating in 2000. She studied with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film and television.
Morrison started her career as a child model, appearing in print advertisements for JCPenney and Montgomery Ward and commercials for Rice Krispies and Mondo. In May 1992, she was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated for Kids with basketball star Michael Jordan.
She made her film debut at the age of fifteen as the daughter of Richard Gere and Sharon Stone in the 1994 film, Intersection, and later appeared as Samantha in Stir of Echoes with Kevin Bacon in 1999. Her first leading role came in the 2000 film Urban Legends: Final Cut, and she has since gone on to appear in films including Grind with Adam Brody, Surviving Christmas with Ben Affleck and James Gandolfini, and Mr. & Mrs. Smith with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in 2003, 2004 and 2005, respectively.
On television, she has worked on several hit shows including Touched by an Angel and Dawson's Creek before landing the role of immunologist Dr. Allison Cameron on House in 2004 co-starring alongside Hugh Laurie. In 2006, she starred in and produced the independent film Flourish. Morrison is also one of the producers that found Glee during its early draft and brought it to attention of writer Ryan Murphy, who with Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, adapted it into a television series. Morrison did not stay involved creatively, but is credited as an associated producer on the first season for her involvement in finding it and helping it get into the right hands.
In 2007, Morrison appeared as Kirce James in the video game Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars, a character who frequently interacts with the player during the course of the GDI campaign.
Her film projects that year included Big Stan alongside Rob Schneider, and The Murder of Princess Diana, a television movie based on the book of the same name by Noel Botham. Produced by Lifetime and Working Title Television, Morrison portrays an American journalist, Rachel, who witnesses the car crash which took the life of Diana, Princess of Wales.
In 2009, Morrison returned to the big screen, appearing in the opening scene of J. J. Abrams' Star Trek reboot as James T. Kirk's mother, Winona.
Morrison has also appeared in music videos for Nick Lachey ("Shut Up"), and The Donnas ("Too Bad About Your Girl"). She has also appeared on two TV Guide covers with her House co-stars, and has been featured in photoshoots with In Style, Stuff, Entertainment Weekly and Premiere, among others. She is currently represented by Abrams Artists Agency. Morrison landed the cover of Health in the 2009 July/August issue.
After her contract on House was not renewed, it was announced on December 17, 2009 that Morrison had garnered the role of Kate Keller, Helen Keller's mother, in the Broadway-bound revival of The Miracle Worker. However in 2010, she did make a return to House for one last episode during the sixth season, in which she wrapped up her character's storyline.
In 2010, Morrison also appeared in in Warrior alongside Nick Nolte, a film about a young boxer. Morrison plays a mother struggling to keep her family together.
In the fall of 2010, Morrison appeared as a guest-star in the fourth episode of NBC's Chase. She will play the role of Faith, a single mother-turned-fugitive who embarks on a bloody killing spree across Texas with her daughter in tow. In addition, she has joined the cast of CBS's How I Met Your Mother as recurring character Zoey Van Smoot, a mischievous architecture nerd and love interest of main character Ted Mosby, and "the biggest female character we’ve maybe ever added to the show in Ted’s life", according to executive producer Craig Thomas.
In January 2007, People magazine reported that Morrison had become engaged to her former House co-star Jesse Spencer in Paris over the holidays. In a post-Golden Globes interview with E!, Morrison revealed that Spencer proposed on December 23, 2006, at the Eiffel Tower.
- Is friends with 'Ashlee Simpson-Wentz' (qv) and has guest-starred on the latter's show on MTV several times.
- Portrayed a Ball State University student in commercials for the school titled "Everything You Need," even though she wasn't then and never was a student at the university.
- Attended Prospect High School in Illinois (Class of 1997) and majored in Theatre with a minor in English at Loyola University Chicago (she received her B.A. in 3 years' time - Class of 2000).
- Appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated for Kids with 'Michael Jordan (I)' (qv) when she was around 10 or 11 years old.
- Former high school cheerleader.
- Is a Chicago Cubs fan.
- Grew up in Arlington Heights, Illinois -- an affluent village and suburb of Chicago.
- A former child model. She did print advertisements for JC Penney and Montgomery Ward and commercials for Rice Krispies and Mondo.