Who is Michaela McManus

Michaela McManus is an American actress, possibly best recognized for her roles in TV series such as “One Tree Hill” (2008) as Lindsey Strauss, and as Grace Karn in “Aquarius” (2015-2016), among many other roles, she’s had so far in her career.

Michaela McManus Wiki: Age, Childhood, and Education

Michaela McManus was born on 20 May 1983, in Warwick, Rhode Island, USA. The daughter of James McManus and his wife Patricia, Michaela grew up in Warwick, where she attended Toll Gate High School. During her school years, McManus was involved in a variety of extra-curricular activities, including theater, dance and sports. She was also a member of the National Honor Society and graduated with honors.

After high school, McManus went on to study at Fordham University, and eventually New York University’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts, from which she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in acting, and during her time there honed her skills as an actress, and appeared in numerous stage productions.

Other than that, she also studied Shakespeare at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, England.

Career Beginnings

Michaela started her career with a string of short-film roles, making her debut in the short “Cosa Bella” in 2006, followed by “The Beautiful Lie” in the same year, while in 2007, she appeared in the short film “I Graduated, But…”.

Early Success

In 2008, Michaela McManus landed the recurring role of Lindsey Strauss in the popular CW drama “One Tree Hill”, appearing in a total of 17 episodes during the show’s fifth season. Lindsey was a book editor who became romantically involved with Lucas Scott, played by Chad Michael Murray, one of the show’s main characters. The relationship caused tension between Lucas and his former high school sweetheart, Peyton Sawyer, played by Hilarie Burton, who was still in love with him.

Michaela’s performance in the show was well-received by critics, and helped raise her profile in the entertainment industry.

The same year she landed the role of A.D.A. Kim Greylek in the 10th season of the popular crime-drama series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”, portraying a driven and determined prosecutor who is not afraid to take on challenging cases. Her character was introduced as a replacement for A.D.A. Casey Novak, played by Diane Neal, who left the series after the ninth season.

McManus’s co-stars on the show included Mariska Hargitay, Ice-T, and Christopher Meloni, among others. Her character’s dynamic with the SVU team and the cases they worked on were an integral part of the season’s storyline. McManus appeared in 13 episodes of the show’s 10th season, after which her character was written out of the series.

In addition, McManus appeared in several other TV shows and films during the late 2000s and early 2010s. In 2009, she was Caroline Berston in an episode of the crime drama series “CSI: Miami” titled “Kill Clause”. Her character was a wealthy woman who becomes the victim of a hit-and-run accident, which leads to the discovery of a larger conspiracy.

The following year, McManus played Donna in the TV film “Nomads”, which follows a group of backpackers who encounter a mysterious stranger during a trip to the Australian outback.

In 2011, McManus landed a recurring role on the popular supernatural drama series “The Vampire Diaries”. She portrayed Jules, a werewolf who comes to town seeking revenge against the vampires. McManus appeared in six episodes of the show’s second season, sharing the screen with the show’s main stars, including Ian Somerhalder.

McManus continued to make her mark on television with a recurring role in the drama series “Awake” in 2012, playing Tara, the wife of Detective Michael Britten’s partner, Rex, played by Jason Isaacs. Michaela appeared in three episodes of the show’s only season, which followed Britten’s experiences after surviving a car accident that left him living in two different realities.

That same year, McManus also appeared in four episodes of the sports drama series “Necessary Roughness”, playing Noelle Sarris. Her character was a sports reporter who becomes romantically involved with one of the main characters, Nico, played by Scott Cohen.

Rise to Stardom, Continued Success

Michaela McManus’s career reached a new height in 2015, when she landed a series regular role in the NBC crime drama series Aquarius. She portrayed Grace Karn, the mother of kidnapped teenager Emma by Charles Manson, co-starring David Duchovny, Grey Damon, Gethin Anthony among others.

The popularity of the series and McManus’s role in it helped raise her profile in the industry, leading to more significant opportunities in both television and film.

McManus played the recurring role of Alana Hayes on the CBS military drama series “SEAL Team” in 2017-2018 and 2022. Alana is the wife of Jason Hayes, the lead character of the show and, a member of the Navy SEALs.

Then in 2019, Michaela landed the leading role on the NBC drama series “The Village”, which revolves around the residents of an apartment building in Brooklyn, where everyone has a unique story but are connected by their shared experiences. She played the role of Sarah, a nurse and single mother, navigating the challenges of raising her teenage daughter, while also caring for her aging mother and balancing her career.

McManus starred alongside a talented ensemble cast that included Moran Atias, Warren Christie, Frankie Faison, Jerod Haynes, Daren Kagasoff, Lorraine Toussaint, and Grace Van Dien.

To speak further of her accomplishments, Michaela appeared as Natalie Engler in two episodes of the Netflix psychological thriller series “You”. Based on a series of novels by Caroline Kepnes, it follows the story of Joe Goldberg, a charming and obsessive bookstore owner who becomes fixated on the women he encounters, starring Penn Badgeley.

Most recently, Michaela has been seen in several episodes of the TV action thriller series “9-1-1: Lone Star” as Kendra Harrington, which follows the story of a New York firefighter who relocates to Austin, Texas with his son.

Net Worth

According to authoritative sources, Michaela McManus’s net worth is estimated at $1.5 million, as of early 2023.

Personal Life, Dating, Married, Husband, Children

When it comes to her personal life, Michaela has been married to writer/producer Mike Daniels since 3 June 2011, since when the couple has welcomed three children. Their first son was born on 3 April 2014, and their second son on 13 September 2016. Since then, she’s given birth to their third child and first daughter, Indigo Irene Daniels, on 12 May 2021.

Appearance and Body Measurements

Michaela McManus has blonde hair and green eyes. She stands at a height of 5ft 9ins (1.75m), weighs approximately 125lbs (56kgs), with vital statistics of 29-24-31, and bra size 34A.