Monica Potter

Monica Potter Biography

Monica Potter (born Monica Gregg Brokaw; June 30, 1971) is an American film and television actress.

Early life and education

Potter, one of four daughters, was born on June 30, 1971 in Euclid, Ohio, to an Irish American Catholic family. Her father, Paul Brokaw, was the inventor of the first flame-resistant car wax, and her mother, Nancy, was a secretary. During her childhood, she was part of the St. Jerome Parish in Cleveland, and attended the local elementary school, as well as Villa Angela Catholic School for Girls, before graduating from Euclid High School. She also spent part of her early years in Arab, Alabama. Potter had wanted to be an actress since childhood.


She has appeared in several feature films, including Con Air (playing the wife of Nicolas Cage's character) and starring opposite Robin Williams in Patch Adams. In 1998, she played the love interest of doomed distance runner Steve Prefontaine in the movie Without Limits.

In 2001, she had two major roles, co-starring with Freddie Prinze Jr. in Head Over Heels, and in the thriller Along Came a Spider with Morgan Freeman, based on the James Patterson best-seller. She was a cast member of the television series Boston Legal but left during the second season. In 2004, Potter played the role Alison Gordon in the first Saw film. In 2009, Potter became a cast member of the new TNT series Trust Me which was cancelled after the first season due to low ratings. Potter currently plays the role of Kristina Braverman in NBC's comedy-drama Parenthood.

Potter was named "Best Movie Star Loyal to Cleveland" by for her insistence on keeping her family in the Ohio city even after Hollywood success.

Personal life

Potter was married to Tom Potter from 1990 to 1998, and they have two sons: Daniel Potter (b. 1990) and Liam Potter (b. 1994).

She married Daniel Christopher Allison, an orthopedic surgeon, on June 1, 2005. Potter and Allison had a daughter named Molly Brigid Allison, on August 3, 2005.

In popular culture

  • Adam Duritz of the rock band Counting Crows wrote the song "Mrs. Potter's Lullaby" after seeing her in a film; they did not meet until after the song was recorded. It became the second single from the album This Desert Life (1999). The song peaked at number 40 on the Billboard Adult Top 40.



Year Title Role Notes
1996 Bulletproof Biker's Woman
1997 Con Air Tricia Poe
1998 A Cool, Dry Place Kate Durrell
Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence Martha Alternative title: The Very Thought of You
Without Limits Mary Marckx
1998 Patch Adams Carin Fisher
1999 Heaven or Vegas Lilli
2001 Head Over Heels Amanda Pierce
Along Came a Spider Jezzie Flannigan
2002 I'm With Lucy Lucy
2004 Saw Alison Gordon
2008 Lower Learning Laura Buchwald
2009 The Last House on the Left Emma Collingwood


Year Title Role Notes
1994 The Young and the Restless Sharon Newman #1 Unknown episodes
2003 The Lunchbox Chronicles Kate Television movie
2004 Reversible Errors Muriel Wynn Miniseries
2004"2005 Boston Legal Lori Colson 21 episodes
Nominated"?Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2005)
2007 Protect and Serve Lizzie Borelli Television movie
2009 Trust Me Sarah Krajicek-Hunter 13 episodes
2010"present Parenthood Kristina Braverman Main Character
Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Drama Supporting Actress (2013)
Nominated"?TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Drama (2013)

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