Character: J.K. Rowling
Poppy Montgomery will star in “Unforgettable” this fall on CBS, as a former police detective who possesses a rare condition that allows her to remember everything — every conversation, moment of joy and heartache forever embedded in her mind. For seven seasons, Montgomery graced the small screen as FBI agent Samantha Spade in the CBS hit drama “Without a Trace,” alongside Anthony LaPaglia, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Eric Close and Enrique Murciano. Montgomery received critical acclaim for her edgy breakout performance as Marilyn Monroe in the 2001 CBS movie “Blonde.” Montgomery recently starred in the Lifetime Original Movies “Lying to Be Perfect” and “Murder in the Hamptons.” Additionally, she starred in the CBS telefilms “Snow Wonder” and “Raising Waylon.” Some of Montgomery’s feature credits include the independent film “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover,” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, and “Between,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
A native of Sydney, Montgomery moved to Los Angeles at 18 with a copy of the book “How to Make It in Hollywood.” Having read in the book about Julia Roberts’ first manager, she tracked him down and, after persistent efforts on her part, he finally agreed to introduce her to an agent. Soon after, Montgomery was guest-starring in “NYPD Blue” and “Party of Five.” Following this success, she was cast in Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz’s drama series “Relativity” and then in the Barry Levinson cop series “The Beat.”
Born Joanne Kathleen Rowling, the author was raised in England. As a child, J.K. Rowling had an active imagination and excelled in school. Her passion for writing began at a young age. She moved to Portugal to teach after graduating from college. It was there that Rowling met and married her first husband. After their divorce, she was a single mother in Scotland living on welfare, but she was determined to provide for her daughter. With nothing to lose, she sent a novel she penned to various publishers, hoping for a break. Rowling’s books about a boy wizard, Harry Potter, were famously rejected repeatedly before she landed a deal. The popularity of the Harry Potter books lead to a blockbuster movie franchise, merchandise and a theme park. Rowling’s rags-to-riches story is an inspiring testament to the power of a mother’s perseverance and a writer’s resolve.