Bonnie Somerville is an American actress who has had roles in a number of movies and television series, most notably NYPD Blue, Grosse Pointe, The O.C. and Kitchen Confidential.
She also has a starring role as homicide detective Deb McKenzie, Arroyo's partner and illicit lover, in the police procedural television series Golden Boy.
Her very first acting job was as an extra in the 1996 film, City Hall.
Somerville starred on NYPD Blue for its last season, and drama The O.C. She also played the role of Mona, girlfriend to Ross on Friends.
Somerville also starred in the comedy Kitchen Confidential, created by Darren Star and based on the New York Times bestseller of the same name. She also starred opposite John Stamos and Eric Dane in A&E's Wedding Wars.
Somerville's first major acting role was as Lynn Danner, a singer/songwriter during the 1950s and 60s, in the CBS mini-series Shake, Rattle and Roll, in which she also sang.
Her very first series was starring as Courtney Scott on Darren Star's critically acclaimed comedy, Grosse Pointe, which aired on the WB. She went on to star in the NBC comedy In-Laws, opposite Dennis Farina, Jean Smart and Elon Gold.
In 2004 she starred in the Paramount comedy Without a Paddle. Other feature film credits include Bedazzled, Sleep Easy Hutch Rimes, Crime and Punishment in Suburbia and Spiderman 2.
Somerville is also a singer with the group Band from TV, which had its big debut at TV Guide's Emmy after-party. Joining her in the lineup are Greg Grunberg of Heroes, Hugh Laurie of House, James Denton of Desperate Housewives and Bob Guiney of The Bachelor.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Somerville grew up in a large and close-knit Irish Catholic Family. She developed a desire to perform at a very young age through singing and acting in school and community theatre productions.
She attended Boston College as a Musical Theatre major, and then went on to study at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York.
At the age of 18, Somerville was discovered singing in a nightclub in New York City, and won a development deal with RCA records as a singer/songwriter.
She continues to perform in Los Angeles, and wrote and performed the original song Winding Road on the Garden State soundtrack, which won the Grammy for Best Soundtrack of The Year in 2005.