Maggie Lawson

Margaret Cassidy "Maggie" Lawson (born August 12, 1980) is an American actress who is best known for her role as Detective Juliet "Jules" O'Hara in the TV show Psych. She can currently be seen as Nathalie Flynn on Fox's Lethal Weapon. Lawson was born in Louisville, Kentucky to Judy, a homemaker and Mike Lawson, a hotel manager. She attended St. Stephen Martyr School, a Catholic grade school and then Assumption High School, an all-girls Catholic School in Louisville. Lawson started her career at the age of 8 in local community and dinner theater productions. She later became a youth TV host on WDRB Fox 41 Kid's Club in Louisville, and moved to Los Angeles for her first pilot at 15.

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Maggie Lawson
Lawson at Comic Con, San Diego, July 18, 2013
Born
Margaret Cassidy Lawson

(1980-08-12) August 12, 1980 (age 38)
OccupationActress
Years active1996–present
Spouse(s)Ben Koldyke (m. 2015-2017)[1][2]

Margaret Cassidy "Maggie" Lawson (born August 12, 1980) is an American actress who is best known for her role as Detective Juliet "Jules" O'Hara in the TV show Psych. She can currently be seen as Nathalie Flynn on Fox's Lethal Weapon.

Early life

Lawson was born in Louisville, Kentucky to Judy, a homemaker and Mike Lawson, a hotel manager. She attended St. Stephen Martyr School, a Catholic grade school and then Assumption High School, an all-girls Catholic School in Louisville.

Career

Lawson started her career at the age of 8 in local community and dinner theater productions. She later became a youth TV host on WDRB Fox 41 Kid's Club in Louisville, and moved to Los Angeles for her first pilot at 15.[3]

In 2011, Lawson briefly returned to her roots in theater to star in the play Greedy, directed by James Roday, which played for a few weekends in Los Angeles.[4]

Lawson starred in various sitcoms like Cybill, Boy Meets World and Home Improvement throughout her early career in both guest starring and supporting roles. She also made guest appearances on television series such as Smallville and Fear Itself, and co-starred in It's All Relative and Crumbs.

For Disney Channel, Lawson starred in a double role in Model Behavior featuring Justin Timberlake, and in the 2002 instalment of Nancy Drew in the title role. Other film credits include Pleasantville, Nice Guys Sleep Alone and Cleaner.

From 2006 to 2014, Lawson co-starred in the USA Network original series, Psych, as Detective Juliet O'Hara. She reprised her role in 2017 in Psych: The Movie and will do so again in the upcoming sequel.[5]

Following Psych, she scored leading roles in ABC's 2013 sitcom Back In The Game, CBS's 2014 sitcom pilot Save the Date and CBS's 2016 fantasy sitcom Angel from Hell. She also had short arcs on Two And A Half Men, The Great Indoors, and Netflix's The Ranch'’.

Also for Netflix, Lawson starred in the recurring role of Christa on the second season of horror-comedy series Santa Clarita Diet as well as the movie Spivak in 2018.

For Hallmark Channel, Lawson has starred in My Favourite Wedding and Christmas Encore in 2017, and can be seen in the upcoming movie The Story of Us airing February 9, 2019.[6]

Lawson is currently starring in a recurring role as Dr. Natalie Flynn on the 3rd season of Lethal Weapon, and will be featured in Treehouse, the 6th episode of Hulu's monthly horror movie anthology Into The Dark, airing March 1, 2019.

Personal life

Lawson is an avid animal lover and co-founder of the Tiger Frances Foundation, an animal rescue organization based in Los Angeles, California.

She dated her Psych co-star, James Roday, from 2006-2013.

Lawson was engaged to Back in the Game co-star Ben Koldyke on November 14, 2014[7], and married him on August 8, 2015 on his family's ranch in New Mexico. In early 2017, Lawson filed for divorce from Koldyke [8].

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1996–1997Unhappily Ever AfterMadelyn4 episodes
1996Hang TimeKim1 episode
1997Step by StepAlana Mills1 episode
Boy Meets WorldDebbie1 episode
MeegoBrooke1 episode
CybillJennifer12 episodes
1998Home ImprovementSamantha Hayes1 episode
Kelly KellyAlly1 episode
PleasantvilleLisa AnneTheatrical film
I've Been Waiting for YouDebbie MurdockTelevision film (NBC)
1999Party of FiveAlexaRecurring role
Nice Guys Sleep AloneMeghan
ERShannon Mitchell1 episode
Family RulesHope Harrison6 episodes
WorkingJulie1 episode
FelicityRebecca1 episode
2000Model BehaviorAlex Burroughs/Janine AdamsTelevision film (Wonderful World of Disney)
2001Inside SchwartzEveSeries regular
2002Nancy DrewNancy DrewTelevision film (Wonderful World of Disney)
CheatsJulie MerkelTelevision film (HBO)
Heart of a StrangerAmanda MaddoxTelevision film (Lifetime)
SmallvilleChrissy/Missy Parker1 episode
2003Winter BreakMichelle Casper
2003–2004It's All RelativeLiz Stoddard-BanksSeries regular
2004Spellbounda mortal womanTelevision film
Love RulesKellyTelevision film (ABC Family)
Revenge of the Middle-Aged WomanRachelTelevision film (CBS)
2005Tru CallingMegan Roberts1 episode
2006CrumbsAndrea MaloneSeries regular
2006–2014 PsychJuliet O'HaraMain Cast 119 Episodes
2007CleanerCherie
Rules of EngagementJesse1 episode
2008Fear ItselfSamantha1 episode
2009Still Waiting...AllisonDirect to DVD
Killer HairLacey SmithsonianTelevision film (Lifetime Movies)
Hostile MakeoverLacey SmithsonianTelevision film (Lifetime Movies)
GamerFemale News Host #1
2010A Date with DianaDianaShortfilm
2012JustifiedLayla1 episode
2013Back in the GameTerry Gannon, Jr.Series regular
2014–2015Two and a Half MenMs. McMartin12 episodes
2016Angel from HellAllisonSeries regular
2017The Great IndoorsRachel4 episodes
My Favorite WeddingTess HarperTelevision film (Hallmark)
Psych: The MovieJuliet O'HaraTV movie
Christmas EncoreCharlotte LacyTelevision film (Hallmark)
The RanchJen7 episodes
2018SpivakJeanine MulhollandNetflix film
Santa Clarita DietChrista3 episodes
Lethal WeaponNatalie FlynnRecurring
2019The Story of UsJamieTelevision film (Hallmark)
TreehouseEpisode 6 of Hulu anthology Into The Dark
Psych: The Movie 2Juliet O'Hara

References

  1. Angel from Hell case – Maggie Lawson CBS
  2. Nicole Smith [@nicole_msmith] (2015-10-10). "Simply stunning. Congrats to @maggielawson and @BenjaminKoldyke! #LoveChangesEverything Photo credit: Maggie Lawson" (Tweet). Retweeted by Maggie Lawson. Retrieved 7 January 2016 via Twitter.
  3. "Kevin Pollak Chat Show with James Roday and Maggie Lawson". April 19, 2010. Retrieved February 10, 2018.
  4. Stoudt, Charlotte (January 12, 2011). "The Spotlight: James Roday". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 15, 2013.
  5. https://tvline.com/2018/08/07/psych-sequel-second-movie-reunion-usa-network/
  6. http://www.hallmarkchannel.com/the-story-of-us
  7. https://celebrityxyz.com/actress/maggie-lawson
  8. https://variety.com/2018/dirt/real-estalker/ben-koldyke-santa-monica-craftsman-bungalow-1202694244/
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