DEIRDRE LOVEJOY was born in Abilene, Texas, and grew up in Elkhart, Indiana - home of Alka Seltzer, RV’s, Band Instruments and (by author Meredith Wilson’s own admission), the "river city" of Music Man fame. Deirdre tagged along with her mother, Marcia Fulmer, to the Elkhart Civic Theatre, and fell in love with acting from the moment she stepped on stage in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof as a fifth grader. She received her BFA from the University of Evansville, and her MFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Deirdre appeared most recently on Broadway in the sold out run of Nora Ephron’s Tony Award winning Lucky Guy, starring Tom Hanks, directed by George C. Wolfe, (Broadhurst Theatre). Her other Broadway credits include John Guare’s Six Degrees of Separation (at Lincoln Center Theatre, as well as on tour in the First National Touring Company), Getting and Spending, (Helen Hayes Theatre) and The Gathering, (The Cort Theatre).
Deirdre portrayed States Attorney Rhonda Pearlman on HBO’s critically acclaimed David Simon odyssey The Wire. Often sited as one of the most influential and realistic television dramas of all time,
Deirdre has appeared, in addition the the upcoming Netflix Super-Hero story Raising Dion and Big Dogs; Steven Spielberg's The Post, NCIS New Orleans, The Blacklist, Elementary, The Good Fight, GIRLS, Orange is the New Black, American Horror Story, Body of Proof, Private Practice, The Medium, Criminal Minds, Lie to Me, The Closer, Nip/Tuck, Close to Home, Shark, The West Wing, Law & Order, Law & Order Special Victims Unit, Law & Order Criminal Intent, Cold Case, Close to Home, Numbers, Without a Trace, Brothers and Sisters, Eli Stone, NYPD Blue, Ed, Third Watch, Perfect Murder Perfect Town: The Jon Benet Ramsey Story, The Kennedys of Massachusetts, and so many many more.
Bones fans know her as the brilliant/evil lawyer/serial killer, Heather Taffett, aka “The Gravedigger”. Deirdre’s played murderers, mothers, detectives, doctors, lawyers, social workers, and weeping versions of all of the above. She’s been lobotomized, arrested, jailed, killed by cars and peanut oil, witnessed successful face transplants and had her head exploded off of her body by sniper fire (one of the most popular GIFS to date). Soon she may have superpowers...
Film: The Post Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (directed by Ang Lee), and Thirsty. Other film credits include Step Up, Bad Teacher, The Stepfather, Lionhead, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Gloria and Eric, Thirteen Conversations About One Thing, Random Hearts, Sour Grapes, Shaft, and The Freshman, with directors Ang Lee, Sydney Pollack, Stanley Donan, Anthony Minghella, Jake Kasdan, Anthony Hemingway, Timothy Van Patten, Mark Platt, Mark Tinker, Nelson McCormick, Andrew Bergman, Anne Fletcher, Larry David and John Singleton.
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Deirdre spent five seasons at New York Stage and Film developing new plays and musicals with Tony, Emmy, and Oscar Award winning actors, playwrights and directors and designers, as well as five seasons with The New Harmony Project, and a season at the Ojai Playwrights Conference. She has developed work with new playwrights at The Lark, Playwrights Horizons, New Dramatists, Primary Stages, The Vineyard Theatre, The Mark Taper Forum, The Geffen Playhouse and The Public Theatre, to name a few.
As a writer, Deirdre is developing her solo piece Bird Elephant China, which premiered at the Chautauqua Theatre Company’s Solo Festival Readings Series.
Deirdre lives in New York City.