Actress and singer Bonnie Somerville was born on February 24, 1974 in New York City. At a young age, she already was singing and acting at a young age, being an active participant in school plays. She eventually studied at Boston College, where she majored in musical theater; upon graduation, she returned to her hometown to pursue acting opportunities.
She launched her career in 1999, appearing as a guest in Beverly Hills 90210. After work in several films, she took her first regular television role, appearing in the comedy series Grosse Pointe—a behind-the-scenes satire of programs such as Beverly Hills 90210. The following year, she took a recurring role on the eighth season of Friends, playing Ross’ (David Schwimmer) girlfriend Mona, during the time Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) was pregnant with his child. This was followed by the lead role in the short-lived comedy, In-Laws.
In 2003, she appeared in several episodes of the prime time soap The O.C., appearing as Sandy Cohen’s (Peter Gallagher) colleague at the district attorney’s office, Rachel Hoffman. The following year, she joined the cast of the long-running police drama NYPD Blue, the long-term replacement for Connie McDowell (Charlotte Ross). The 12th season turned out to be the final season. She followed it up, however, with a role in the short-lived series Kitchen Confidential, which was based on Anthony Bourdain’s book. Her most recent television project was the series Cashmere Mafia, where she played cosmetics executive Caitlin Dowd. The series was cancelled after one season.
Somerville also starred in several films, including Bedazzled, Spider-Man 2 and Without a Paddle. She also made her name as a musician, notably contributing to the soundtrack of the film Garden State. She is also a member of Band from TV, a charity cover band whose members—including Greg Grunberg and Hugh Laurie—appear in several television programs.