Jennifer Morrison is an American actress, producer, director, and former child model. She is known for her roles as Dr Allison Cameron in the medical drama series House (2004–2012) and Emma Swan in the ABC adventure-fantasy series Once Upon a Time (2011–2017, 2018). She has also portrayed Zoey Pierson, one of Ted Mosby’s love interests on the comedy series How I Met Your Mother; Winona Kirk, mother of James T. Kirk in the 2009 science-fiction film Star Trek; and Tess Conlon in the 2011 sports drama film Warrior. She made her feature film directorial debut with Sun Dogs (2017).
Morrison was born in Chicago, Illinois, and grew up in Arlington Heights, Illinois. She is the oldest of three children; her sister, Julia, is a singer-songwriter and music therapist, and her brother, Daniel, is a high school band director. Her father, David L. Morrison, is a retired music teacher and high school band director who was named Teacher of the Year by the Illinois State Board of Education in 2003.
Morrison attended South Middle School, and then graduated from Prospect High School (where her parents worked) in 1997. She was friends with writer Ian Brennan. Moreover, she was an All-State clarinet player in the school’s marching band, sang in the choir, and was a cheerleader in the school pep squad. Likewise, she attended Loyola University Chicago, where she majored in Theatre and minored in English, graduating in 2000. She studied at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company before moving to Los Angeles, California to pursue a career in acting.
Career in 1990s
Morrison started her career as a child model, appearing in print advertisements for JCPenney and Montgomery Ward, and commercials for Rice Krispies and Mondo. She was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated for Kids with basketball star, Michael Jordan, in May 1992. Morrison made her feature film debut at the age of 14 in the 1994 film Intersection and later appeared as Samantha in Stir of Echoes (1999).
Career in 2000s
Morrison’s first leading role came in the 2000 film Urban Legends: Final Cut, and she has since gone on to appear in films including Grind (2003), Surviving Christmas (2004), and Mr. & Mrs Smith (2005).
In 2004, Morrison won the role of immunologist Dr Allison Cameron on House. She played this role for the first six seasons of the show, from 2004 to 2009. Morrison’s character left in 2009 in the episode “Teamwork”, but returned in the 2010 episode “Lockdown” to conclude Cameron’s story. Morrison returned for the series finale “Everybody Dies” in 2012.
Morrison began dating her House co-star, Jesse Spencer, in 2004. Spencer proposed to Morrison at the Eiffel Tower on December 23, 2006, but in August 2007 they called off their engagement. Morrison started dating Prison Break star Amaury Nolasco in 2009; the relationship reportedly lasted three years. In summer 2012, Morrison and Sebastian Stan began dating, having met on the Once Upon A Time set. They dated for a year, breaking up in mid-2013.
- Full Name: Jennifer Marie Morrison
- Date of Birth: April 12, 1979
- Age: 40
- Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
- Alma mater: Loyola University Chicago
- Occupation: Actress, Producer, Director
- Years active: 1994–present
- Known for: Allison Cameron on House M.D., Emma Swan on Once Upon a Time
- Height: 1.66 m
- Partners: Jesse Spencer (since 2004–2007), Amaury Nolasco (2009—2011), Sebastian Stan (2012–2013)
- Nominations: Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, etc.
- Siblings: Daniel Morrison, Julia Morrison
- Net Worth: $6 Million
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