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Emily Deschanel

Emily Deschanel
Deschanel at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International
Born Emily Erin Deschanel
(1976-10-11) October 11, 1976 [1]
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma mater
  • Actress
  • producer
Years active 1994–present
Spouse(s) David Hornsby (m. 2010)
Children 2
Relatives Zooey Deschanel (sister)

Emily Erin Deschanel (; born October 11, 1976) is an American actress and producer. She is best known for starring in the Fox crime procedural comedy-drama series Bones[2] as Dr. Temperance Brennan since 2005.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Filmography 4
    • Film 4.1
    • Television 4.2
  • Awards and nominations 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life

Deschanel was born in Los Angeles, California, to Academy Award–nominated cinematographer and director Caleb Deschanel and actress Mary Jo Deschanel (née Weir). Her younger sister is actress and singer-songwriter Zooey Deschanel.[3] Her paternal grandfather was French, from Oullins, Rhône; her ancestry also includes Swiss, Dutch, English, Irish, and other French roots.[4][5]

Deschanel attended Harvard-Westlake and Crossroads School in Los Angeles[6] before graduating from Boston University's Professional Actors Training Program with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater.[7]


In 1994, Deschanel made her feature film debut in It Could Happen to You. Her next notable role was in Stephen King's Rose Red in 2002. Then she appeared in Cold Mountain, The Alamo, and Glory Road and was named one of "six actresses to watch" by Interview Magazine in 2004.

In 2005, Deschanel won the role of Dr. Temperance Brennan with David Boreanaz as FBI agent Seeley Booth on the Fox crime procedural comedy-drama Bones, based on the novels and the career of forensic anthropologist and author Kathy Reichs that premiered on September 13, 2005. For her performance, she received a 2006 Satellite Award nomination and a 2007 Teen Choice Award nomination. Deschanel and Boreanaz served as co-producers at the start of the show's third season, before becoming producers in the middle of the show's fourth season.

Emily Deschanel at 23rd Genesis Awards, March 2009

Deschanel, with

External links

  1. ^ "Monitor".  
  2. ^ Star Emily Deschanel"Bones"Exclusive Interview: . October 2, 2007. Retrieved August 15, 2011. 
  3. ^ Miller, Sarah (April 2007). "Interview with Emily Deschanel". Retrieved February 12, 2011. 
  4. ^ Powell, Kimberly. "Interesting Ancestors of Emily & Zooey Deschanel". Retrieved 2012-10-28. 
  5. ^ Olsen, Mark (February 16, 2003). "A scene stealer steps off the sidelines". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 10, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Los Angeles natives". Retrieved August 19, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Emily Deschanel Biography". Retrieved August 15, 2011. 
  8. ^ Stanhope, Kate (October 1, 2009). "Deschanel, Hannigan and Others Cop a Feel for a Cause". Retrieved October 1, 2009. 
  9. ^ "How I Became an Elephant: Film Crew". Rattle the Cage Productions. Retrieved 25 September 2011. 
  10. ^ "Emily Deschanel". 
  11. ^ "Interview with Access Hollywood". 
  12. ^ "Emily Deschanel promotes vegan diet," Winnipeg Free Press, 9 May 2013.
  13. ^ "In the News". Farm Sanctuary. Retrieved October 25, 2015. 
  14. ^ MacVean, Mary (September 30, 2014). "L.A.'s Crossroads restaurant hosts Farm Sanctuary event". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 25, 2015. 
  15. ^ DeSalvo, Robert (May 4, 2012). "Q&A: Emily Deschanel on Playing a 'Perfect' Catholic Lesbian". Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  16. ^ Zuckerman, Suzanne (September 25, 2010). "Actress Emily Deschanel Weds". Retrieved September 26, 2010. 
  17. ^ Dyball, Rennie; Raferty, Liz (September 21, 2011). "Emily Deschanel Has a Baby Boy". People. Retrieved September 21, 2011. 
  18. ^ Paskin, Willa (November 3, 2011). "Bones Creator Hart Hanson on the Show’s New Season, Booth and Brennan’s Future Make-Outs". nymag. Retrieved November 4, 2011. 
  19. ^
  20. ^ "A Heart to Heart with Bones Star Emily Deschanel". Organic Spa Magazine. 24 September 2015. 
  21. ^ "‘Bones’ Cast Champions David Boreanaz For Directing 200th Episode [INTERVIEW]/". 
  22. ^ "Emily Deschanel to Star in Perfect Family". May 7, 2010. Retrieved August 15, 2011. 
  23. ^ "It's Evening in America". Vanity Fair. May 2012. Page 152.


Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2006 Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Bones Nominated
2007 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Drama Bones Nominated
2011 People's Choice Awards Favorite TV Crime Fighter Bones Nominated
2011 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Drama Bones Nominated
2012 People's Choice Awards Favorite TV Drama Actress Bones Nominated

Awards and nominations

Year Series Role Notes
2001 Heart Department, TheThe Heart Department Maude Allyn
2002 Rose Red Pam Asbury TV mini-series
2002 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Cassie Germaine Episode: "Surveillance" Season 3 Episode 17
2002 Providence Annie Franks Episodes: "Cloak & Dagger" and "The Eleventh Hour"
2003 Dan Show, TheThe Dan Show Sam
2004 Crossing Jordan Michelle Episode: "All the News Fit to Print"
2005–present Bones Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan Lead role, also producer, 200+ episodes
2009 Tit for Tat Emily
Cleveland Show, TheThe Cleveland Show Julia Roberts (voice),[23] Herself (voice) Ep. "Cleveland Live!"; Ep. "Hot Cocoa Bang Bang"
2014 Drunk History Babe Didrikson Zaharias, pro golfer/LPGA founder Episode: "Sports Heroes"


Year Film Role Notes
1994 It Could Happen to You Animal rights activist
2000 It's a Shame About Ray Maggie Short film
2003 Easy Laura Harris
2003 Cold Mountain Mrs. Morgan
2004 Alamo, TheThe Alamo Rosanna Travis
2004 Spider-Man 2 Receptionist
2004 Old Tricks Woman Short film
2005 Boogeyman Kate Houghton
2005 Mute Claire Short film
2005 That Night Annie Short film
2006 Glory Road Mary Haskins
2007 Diagnosis, TheThe Diagnosis Maggie Short film
2009 My Sister's Keeper Dr. Farquad
2011 Perfect Family, TheThe Perfect Family Shannon Cleary[22]
2014 Unity Narrator Documentary



Deschanel is best friends with her Bones co-star Michaela Conlin, who plays her best friend Angela Montenegro on the show; she is also friends with her Bones co-star David Boreanaz with whom she has a strong working relationship.[21]

On September 25, 2010, Deschanel married It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia actor and writer David Hornsby in a small private ceremony in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles.[16] On September 21, 2011, Deschanel gave birth to their son Henry Lamar Hornsby.[17][18] On June 8, 2015, she gave birth to their second son,[19] Calvin.[20]

Deschanel was raised Roman Catholic, but is no longer practicing, and has expressed agnostic views, saying "I am more of a spiritual person, if anything, and I am of the belief that we don't know, and I'm not going to pretend that I do."[15]

Deschanel is a vegan and a committed supporter of animal rights causes. She can be seen in an Access Hollywood video at the book launch event of Karen Dawn's Thanking the Monkey: Rethinking the Way We Treat Animals, discussing how vegetarian and vegan diets help the environment, and a video on the homepage of the book's website talking about the importance of animal rights.[11] She collaborated with PETA on a video encouraging mothers to raise their children as vegans.[12] In September 2014 she joined board of directors at Farm Sanctuary.[13][14]

Personal life

[10] Deschanel ranked number 72 in The 2012 Hot 100 on AfterEllen.[9].How I Became an Elephant and serving as an associate producer on the documentary film My Child Is a Monkey In recent years, her passion for animal welfare has led her to providing the narration for [8]

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