Monica Raymund is an American actress best known for her starring role as Ria Torres, a "natural" at deception detection, in the television drama series Lie to Me, from 2009-2011.
She currently stars as Gabriella Dawson, the fast-thinking, fearless paramedic who, along with her partner, faces harrowing situations, in the procedural firefighting drama series Chicago Fire, since 2012.
Raymund was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida. She is a graduate of the acting program at The Juilliard School, where she won the coveted John Houseman Award for Commitment and Dedication to the Development of Young American Actors.
Upon graduation, Monica guest-starred on the 200th episode of Law & Order: SVU and was shortly thereafter cast in Lie to Me, her first series starring role.
During this time, she also became a founding member of The Mechanical Theatre Group, has been on faculty and co-head of the Communications Department at The Heifetz Institute, served as faculty for The Broadway Theatre Project, served on the faculty of the Performing Arts Project and is a board member for The Hollywood Arts Organization in Los Angeles.
Her credits include a supporting role in the feature Arbitrage opposite Richard Gere, a starring role in the Sundance Lab musical production of Like Water for Chocolate and a recurring role in The Good Wife.
Raymund is married to writer and director Neil Patrick Stewart. She resides in both Los Angeles and New York City.