Janet Montgomery Bio: In Her Own Words – Video Exclusive, News, Photos, Age
Janet Mongtomery is an English actress best known for her roles as Ames in the Fox series The Human Target and as Eric Murphy’s assistant on the HBO hit show, Entourage. Originally trained as a dancer, she has had roles across film and television, and most currently stars as the lead, witch Mary Sibley, in the WGN America series, Salem.
Janet Montgomery Bio: AGE, EARLY LIFE & EDUCATION
Montgomery was born Janet Ruth Montgomery on October 29, 1985 (now age 36) in Bournemouth, England. She has a younger brother, Jason Montgomery, who is also an actor. Her uncle, Mike “Monty” Montgomery, was the bass player of Zoot Money’s Big Roll Band. Born into a working class family, Montgomery did not have the luxury of attending a high-end university or immediately pursuing the arts as a profession. In fact, as a thirteen-year-old she worked under the minimum age at a local café, she recently revealed to The Wall Street Journal. “I loved earning my own money,” said Montgomery. “I loved being treated as an adult around other people and having a life outside of school and being friends with people older than me.” She also revealed that her family was fairly relaxed about her activities, allowing her to be out-and-about during the day, so long as she returned promptly at night.
At sixteen, she received a scholarship to study ballet at the Stella Mann College of Performing Arts school in Bedford, just outside of London, and left high school. Although training as a dancer during her three years at school, Montgomery found herself gravitating towards acting, she exclusively told uInterview. “[I] started moving towards musical theater, and like, enjoyed the acting and the singing,” she said. “When I left I decided that, you know, acting was something I wanted to pursue.”
Janet Montgomery Bio: BREAKOUT PERFORMANCES
Montgomery admitted that the switch from dancer to actress made landing an agent difficult, due to her lack of training in the latter. After no initial success, Montgomery produced and acted in a play alongside future Game Of Thrones actor, Gethin Anthony. Her work caught the eye of an agent, leading to her first major role in 2008: Nicholas Hoult’s love interest in the British teen comedy-drama Skins. Prior to that role, Montgomery also began to appear as E’s assistant Jennie on the hit HBO show, Entourage.
She moved to Los Angeles shortly after. “I went out to L.A. on a whim,” she told uInterview. “And ended up getting a great manager and testing on a TV show.” In 2009, Montgomery starred in two straight-to DVD horror films: The Hills Run Red and Wrong Turn 3: Left For Dead. She also starred in the Lifetime TV-movie, Accused At 17, playing murderer Fallyn Werner.
In 2010, following another appearance in a low-budget horror flick, Dead Cert, Montgomery landed a supporting role in the Academy-Award nominated film Black Swan, using her dance background to play Madeline. Versatile in her acting, she followed up Darren Aronofsky’s psycho-thriller with a turn in her first comedy film, Our Idiot Brother, starring opposite Paul Rudd.
Continuing in comedy, her role was as Ambrosia the stripper on The League, a semi-improvised comedy show about fantasy football. She soon booked a part on season two of the Fox series Human Target, playing thief, Ames. Despite the show being canceled shortly after, Montgomery was given positive reviews for her performance, with MTV praising her for having, “a great screen presence.” In 2011, Staying with network television, Montgomery appeared as a love interest to King Arthur on the BBC fantasy drama Merlin.
In 2012, Montgomery was given a leading role on the new CBS show, Made In Jersey, playing young lawyer Martina Garretti, who has come from a working-class background to a high-powered New York law firm. The show was unfortunately canceled after airing only two episodes.
She soon was offered the part of Sarah Peters on British playwright Stephen Poliakoff‘s BBC period mini-series, Dancing On The Edge. Following the story of a black jazz band in 1930s London, Montgomery played a wealthy photographer. This led to a role in another BBC mini-series, Spies Of Warsaw.
As of 2014, Montgomery has has a leading role on WGN America’s first scripted series, Salem. She plays witch Mary Sibley, who aims to exaggerate witch hunt panic among the Puritans, while enacting a magic ritual to cause destruction and revenge. Her performance on the show has led to two nominations for the Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Actress on Television.
Montgomery has also appeared on Downtown Abbey, Black Mirror, and has the lead of the role of Grace Van Helsing in an unsold vampire-themed TV pilot, titled Gothica.
Her most recent film work includes comedy Amateur Night a film with Jason Biggs and Ashley Tisdale, where Montgomery plays a prostitute whom Biggs’ character must chauffeur to various “appointments.”
Referring to her resumé thus far, Montgomery told uInterview that she is, “One of those actors that learns on the job and learns from the people they are working with.”
Janet Montgomery Bio: DATING, PERSONAL LIFE
Montgomery is currently single. She previously dated Daredevil star Charlie Cox until 2015.