Michaela Conlin

Michaela Conlin (born June 9, 1978) is an American actress, best known for her role as Angela Montenegro on the Fox crime procedural comedy-drama Bones.

Michaela Conlin
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Michaela Conlin in 2008.
Born (1978-06-09) June 9, 1978 (age 42)
Alma mater
Years active2001–present
Michaela Conlin in 2012.

Early lifeEdit

Conlin was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania,[1] to a Chinese mother, an accountant,[2] and a father of Irish descent, a contractor.[3]

She performed in her first play at the age of seven, and continued to appear on stage in numerous Pennsylvania community and regional productions. She attended Parkland High School, where she starred in productions of Bye Bye Birdie and The Crucible. After graduating from high school in 1996, she moved to New York City to study acting and was accepted into New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.[1] While working toward her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater, she appeared in several productions at the Atlantic Theater Company, the Playwrights Horizons Theater School, and Stonestreet Studios Conservatory, and she traveled to Amsterdam to study with the Experimental Theatre Wing's International Training Program.[citation needed]

Acting careerEdit

Television workEdit

Following her graduation from NYU, Conlin was chosen to be a part of the cable documentary series The It Factor, which focused on the lives of young actors in New York City. Soon after, she relocated to Los Angeles, California, where she landed her first starring role in the ABC drama series MDs, playing an idealistic young intern taken under the wing of the hospital's two renegade doctors, played by William Fichtner and John Hannah. She followed that with a leading role in the ABC drama series The D.A., playing an outspoken political consultant to Steven Weber's district attorney.

Conlin played Angela Montenegro on the popular Fox drama Bones, which stars Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz. In the series, Angela is married to Dr. Jack Hodgins (T. J. Thyne), while her father is ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, who plays a fictionalized version of himself. Angela's full name is Angela "Pookie Noodlin" Pearly Gates Montenegro, with Pearly Gates also being the name of Gibbons' Les Paul guitar. In 2008, Conlin was nominated for an Asian Excellence Award in the category of Supporting Television actress for her role on Bones.[4]


In addition to her television work, Conlin portrayed Detective Heidi Sobel in the 2011 drama film The Lincoln Lawyer. She also appeared in Open Window, opposite Robin Tunney, and Love the Hard Way, which starred Adrien Brody.

Personal lifeEdit

Conlin is best friends with Bones co-star Emily Deschanel, who played her best friend Temperance "Bones" Brennan on the show.[5][6]

Conlin has a son, Charlie.[7]



Year Title Role Notes
2001 Love the Hard Way Cara
2002 Pipe Dream TV reporter
2002 Garmento Marcy
2006 Open Window Miranda
2007 Enchanted May
2011 The Lincoln Lawyer Heidi Sobel
2015 Baby, Baby, Baby Courtney Lee
2016 The Disappointments Room Jules
2021 Bad Trip Maria Li


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Law & Order Rocky Episode: "Swept Away - A Very Special Episode"
2002 The Division House director Episode: "Illusions"
2002 MDs Dr. Maggie Yang Main role
2003 JAG Lt. Mary Nash Episode: "Posse Comitatus"
2003 The D.A. Jinette McMahon 4 episodes
2005–2017 Bones Angela Montenegro Main role
2016 Casual Claire Episode: "Death And Taxes"
2018 Here and Now Sharon Episode: "It's Here"
2018–2019 Yellowstone Sarah Nguyen Recurring role
2020- For All Mankind Helena Webster Recurring Role


  1. ^ a b Amy Longsdorf (November 1, 2009). "Allentown native Michaela Conlin: The 'girl next door' is an irreverent crime-solver on the hit show 'Bones'". The Morning Call. Retrieved April 9, 2018.
  2. ^ "Chinese New Year". People. November 21, 2007. Retrieved April 9, 2018.
  3. ^ Nalea J. Ko. "Michaela Conlin Makes No 'Bones' About It". pacificcitizen.org. Archived from the original on September 28, 2013. Retrieved August 18, 2013.
  4. ^ "Icelandic Soccer Legend Dating Hollywood Star". January 30, 2014. Retrieved April 9, 2018.
  5. ^ "Bones: How Will Babies, Both Real-Life and Otherwise, Impact the Season Finale? | TV Guide". TVGuide.com. 2011-05-19. Retrieved 2019-08-29.
  6. ^ Hrabkovska, Silvia (2015-06-29). "50 facts from life of actress Emily Deschanel: she is vegan". BOOMSbeat. Retrieved 2019-08-29.
  7. ^ Michaela Conlin. "Haven't posted in a while because this happened! We had a baby boy and his name is Charlie 💘💘 2.3.19". Instagram. Retrieved 2019-08-29.

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