Born September 21, 1983 in Columbus, Ohio, Margaret Grace Denig is an American actress. At an early age, she was already in a number of local theatre productions. One of these is the Jewish Community Center’s Gallery Players’ production of The Crucible in 2000. The director complimented her on her work. She then left Ohio when she was 16 and moved with her mother to Los Angeles.
Maggie Grace’s acting career began when she landed a role in 2001’s Rachel’s Room, which was in the form of a video journal. This led her to appear in a series of short videos which featured her as the lead. The next year, she became recognized for her performance in the TV movie Murder in Greenwich. She continued to appear on several television shows. In 2003 she was given a minor role in CSI: Miami, The Lyon’s Den, and Miracles. That year she was also cast as the estranged child in 12 Mile Road. Maggie Grace appeared in other television episodes of Like Family, and Cold Case, and was cast as the character Elke in eight episodes of Oliver Beene. She was also in an episode of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit in 2004.
Maggie Grace is best known for portraying the self-centered and spoiled Shannon Rutherford on the fantasy-thriller Lost, a series created by J.J. Abrams. This big break of hers came in 2004, and when Lost was picked up by the ABC network, Grace relocated to Hawaii to film it. The hiatus that occurred between the first and second seasons of Lost allowed her to play the role of Elizabeth Williams in the John Carpenter film The Fog. She starred alongside Tom Welling and Selma Blair, though the film was not particularly successful. She returned to Hawaii to film the next season of Lost. In 2007, Grace co-starred in the movies Suburban Girl, as well as The Jane Austen Book Club.
Most recently, she was cast in movies such as Knight and Day, Faster and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn. She also appeared on the FOX crime drama series The Following, which stars Kevin Bacon.
- Maggie still has the same car she bought when she was 18.
- Maggie was offered a role in X-Men 3 as Shadowcat, which she turned down because of scheduling conflicts with Lost. Months later, her character on the ABC drama was killed off.
- Maggie likes to practice her screaming while idled at stop lights to see if she can freak people out.
- Won a SAG Award in 2006 along with her Lost castmates for "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series"
- Nominated for a Teen Choice Award in 2005 for "Choice TV Breakout Performance - Female" for Lost
- Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for Lost (2004)
- Nominated for a Young Artist Award in 2003 for "Best Performance in a TV Movie, Mini-Series or Special - Leading Young Actress" for Murder in Greenwich
2001 - Rachel's Room as Rachel Reed
2002 - Murder in Greenwich as Martha Moxley
2003 - Twelve Mile Road as Dulcie Landis
2004 - Creature Unknown as Amanda
2005 - The Fog as Elizabeth Williams
2007 - Suburban Girl as Chloe
2007 - The Jane Austen Book Club as Allegra Avila
2008 - Taken as Kim Mills
2009 - Malice in Wonderland as Alice
2010 - The Experiment as Bay
2010 - Flying Lessons as Sophie Conway
2010 - Knight and Day as April
2010 - Faster as Lily
2011 - The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1 as Irina
2012 - The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 2
2002 - Septuplets as Hope Wilde
2003 - CSI: Miami as Amy Gorman
2003 - The Lyon's Den as Haley Dugan
2003 - Miracles as Hannah Cottrell
2004 - Like Family as Mary
2004 - Cold Case as Rene
2004 - Oliver Beene as Elke
2004 - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Jessie Dawning
2004–2005, 2007 and 2010 - Lost as Shannon Rutherford
2013 - The Following
- I don't usually get hit on that much; maybe my height is intimidating or something.
- I'm very different person than my character, I should hope. But I'm always coming from a place of knowing where she's been and why she does what she does.
- I used to trip over my legs and get detention for my too-short shorts because none fit. I still trip, but now I like to show them off.
- I collect imported teas, I have a few cupboards full! It's like wine, each has it's own flavour and you get into their little nuances.
- The English accent is pretty damn cute, though. It makes anything sound intelligent. I really enjoy observing my British castmates like Dom and Naveen; they can get so much mileage out of the accent, it's ridiculous.