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Pauley Perrette
Pauley Perrette 2014.jpg
Perrette at the 2014 AHA Hero Dog Awards
Born (1969-03-27) March 27, 1969 (age 49)[1]
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Other names Pauley P.
Alma mater

Valdosta State University

John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Occupation Actress, singer, writer, entrepreneur[2]
Years active 1994–present
Coyote Shivers
(m. 2000; div. 2004)

Pauley Perrette (born March 27, 1969)[1] is an American actress, best known for playing Abby Sciuto on the U.S. TV series NCIS. She is also a published writer,[4] singer and civil rights advocate.[5]

Early life[edit]

Perrette was born in New Orleans and raised throughout the southern United States.[5] On The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, she told host Craig Ferguson that she lived in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, New York, New Jersey, and California.[6] In a 2011 interview with the Associated Press, Perrette confessed her early ambitions were to work with animals, be in a rock and roll band or be an FBI agent.[7]

Perrette attended Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia, where she studied criminal justice,[8] and later moved to New York City to study at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. In New York, she held a variety of jobs: "Not only was I bartending in the club kids scene, with a bra and combat boots and a white Mohawk, but I also wore a sandwich board on roller skates passing out flyers for Taco Bell in the Diamond District." Perrette also worked as a cook on a Manhattan dinner cruise boat.[7]


Perrette at the NOH8 Campaign in 2009

Perrette has worked in television and film, mostly doing commercials, voice-overs, music videos and short films. She worked as a bartender in New York City.[5] While working odd jobs in New York, she was introduced by a friend to an advertising agency director. From then on, according to Perrette, "I started booking commercials like crazy!"[citation needed]This prompted her move to Los Angeles, where she had a variety of bit parts and made several guest appearances.[7] She appeared as a waitress at Cafe Nervosa on the sitcom Frasier during season four (in the episode "Three Dates and a Break Up"), and she guest starred in season one of 24. She has made appearances in several films, including The Ring and Almost Famous.

In 2001, as a recurring character introduced in season two of Special Unit 2, she played Alice Cramer, the Unit's public relations person. She landed her most prominent role, playing Abby Sciuto, an eccentric forensic scientist, on NCIS, a TV series based on the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Perrette's initial appearances as the character were on two episodes of JAG aired in spring of 2003 that served as a backdoor pilot and introduced the characters. She has since appeared as Abby in two 2009 episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles, as well as in two episodes of NCIS: New Orleans in 2014 and 2016.

The character Abby Sciuto was created by Donald P. Bellisario, who "wanted to create ... a character who was seemingly an 'alternafreak,' while portraying her as perhaps the smartest, most capable person on television. Not a junkie, killer, loser, or television stereotype." Perrette added some of her own "contributions" to the character, and also conferred with her friend Clint Catalyst, the "author of Cottonmouth Kisses [who is] often brought in as a guest on TV shows when they are doing pieces on goth or alternative culture." Perrette explained that "Clint and I and our 3,000 closest friends all play together ... We've never sat around and labeled each other. Sure, there are nights when a certain event leans more towards one style than the other, but it's not like some turf war with gang colors." Like her character, Perrette has often been asked if she's goth or punk, to which her response is "Who cares?" Consequently, she told her employers that her character isn't the type to seek out a label; Abby "wouldn't call herself anything but Abby ... What she represents is a smart, capable chick that cannot be reduced to a stereotype."[9]

In addition to acting, Perrette is a published poet, writer (her short story "Cheers..." appears in the anthology Pills, Thrills, Chills, and Heartache: Adventures in the First Person), photographer, and spoken-word artist, a lover of music of all kinds, and a passionate advocate for civil rights. In 2007, she began production on a documentary about U.S. civil rights attorney and author Mark Lane.[5][10] Entitled Citizen Lane, it was completed in 2013.[11]

In a 2005 interview with Craig Ferguson (host of The Late, Late Show), Perrette said she has a lifelong crime obsession. She was an undergrad student in sociology, psychology, and criminal science. She started her master's degree in criminal science before ending up in the entertainment industry.[6]

In the January/February 2010 Performer Q Score, Perrette tied in the top 3 alongside Tom Hanks and Morgan Freeman. She was also the only woman to make the top 10.[12]

On October 4, 2017, TV Guide reported Perrette would be leaving the series at the end of the 15th season; she made her final appearance in the episode "Two Steps Back."[13]

As of Winter of 2018, her Q Score is 44, giving her the highest score of all current female TV actresses.[14]

Perrette started appearing in television commercials for in late 2010. She made a guest appearance as a judge on season four, episode six of RuPaul's Drag Race.


Perrette recorded her song "Fear" (co-written with Tom Polce) under the name "Stop Making Friends". The song was recorded for NCIS: The Official TV Soundtrack which was released on February 10, 2009. "Fear" was featured in the NCIS episode "Aliyah" (season 6 episode 25), according to the soundtrack's website.[15]

Prior to this, Perrette was the lead singer in the Los Angeles-based, all-female band Lo-Ball, using the stage name "Pauley P."[16] The song "Can't Get Me Down" by Lo-Ball is heard in the movie Legally Blonde. Perrette appeared in "The Unnamed Feeling" video for heavy metal band Metallica from their album St. Anger. In 2011, Perrette was the featured vocalist on a song called "Fire in Your Eyes" by B. Taylor, a Las Vegas-based hip-hop artist.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Perrette in October 2009

Perrette was married for three years to actor and musician Coyote Shivers. She was granted restraining orders against him after leaving him; she has alleged that Shivers subjected her to physical, emotional, and sexual abuse during and after their marriage.[3]

Perrette supports many charitable organizations, including animal rescue organizations, the American Red Cross, civil rights organizations, and LGBT rights organizations. During the fall of 2008, Perrette opposed the California ballot initiative Proposition 8, writing a public letter urging Californians to vote against the measure.[18] She is a member of the Hollywood United Methodist Church.[19]

She was engaged to cameraman Michael Bosman; however, the two were not legally married, saying they would wait until everyone can get married in the United States. They instead filed for all the legal protections that are available to same-sex couples. The couple had dated for four years, but Bosman did not propose until the legalization of same-sex marriage in California in June 2008. The couple then campaigned very publicly against California's Prop. 8.[20] Perrette and Bosman later split, and in December 2011, she announced her engagement to former British Royal Marine Thomas Arklie.[21] She had again announced that the couple would not marry until Proposition 8 is invalidated.[22]

Perrette toured the real NCIS offices on September 30, 2005, accompanied by an Entertainment Tonight camera crew. During the tour, NCIS Regional Forensic Lab director Dawn Sorenson (Abby's real life counterpart) told Perrette, "You make us all look good, so we're grateful."[23]

Perrette worked with America's Most Wanted in February 2004 to present the city of Prattville, Alabama, with a check for $10,000, which will be used to supplement the reward offer for information leading to the arrest of the person who killed Shannon Paulk.[24] Paulk was from Prattville, Alabama, near where Perrette had once lived as a child. Perrette also donated $10,000 to Detroit law enforcement officials in 2007 to be used as a reward for information regarding the disappearance/murder of Raven Jeffries,[25] a 7-year-old Detroit girl. (Perrette's then husband was from Detroit.)[26] The story originally aired on America's Most Wanted on September 8, 2007 on Fox. She also asked them for help in finding the person(s) who killed her friend, Lisa Williamson, who was murdered in 2007 after her Detroit home was set on fire. In 2009, Perrette worked with America's Most Wanted on the case of Tammy Vincent.[27]

Perrette, who is a natural blonde, was hospitalized in 2014 after "a severe allergic reaction to her [character's] trademark ink-black [hair] color." She told CBS News in Los Angeles that her face had swollen to twice its size and warned that "anyone out there [who] dyes their hair, particularly black, you need to be aware of the symptoms."[28]

On November 12, 2015, Perrette was assaulted by a homeless man outside of her Hollywood Hills home.[29] Los Angeles Police arrested David Merck, 45, and charged him with suspicion of making criminal threats and felony assault.[29] Perrette later told Entertainment Tonight that she does not blame her attacker nor does she hold ill will against him.[29]

Perrette co-owns Donna Bell's Bake Shop, named for her mother, in Manhattan, New York City.[2]



Year Title Role Notes
1997 The Price of Kissing Renee
1998 Hand on the Pump Hi-Girl
Hoofboy Short film
2000 Civility Carolyn
Almost Famous Alice Wisdom
2001 My First Mister Bebe
2002 The Ring Beth
Red Skies Patty Peirson
Hungry Hearts Cokie Conner
2003 Ash Tuesday Gina Mascara
Brother Bear Female Lover Bear Voice
2004 Cut and Run Jolene
A Moment of Grace Dr. Grace Peters
2005 Potheads: The Movie LuLu
2008 The Singularity Is Near Ramona
2010 Satan Hates You Marie Flowers
2011 Pride Angela[30] Short Film
2012 I Am Bad Mom [31]
Superman vs. The Elite Lois Lane Voice; straight-to-video
2013 Citizen Lane Self Documentary on Mark Lane
Director, writer, executive producer
2015 Scooby-Doo! and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery Delilah Domino / The Crimson Witch Voice; straight-to-video


Year Title Role Notes
1994 Magical Make-Over Shannon ABC Afterschool Specials
1996–97 Murder One Gwen 10 episodes
1996 Frasier Rebecca 2 episodes (credited as: Pauley P)
1997 Early Edition Theresa Laparco Episode: "Mob Wife" (credited as: Pauley P)
That's Life Lisa 6 episodes
The Naked Truth Ilana Episode: "The Seer and the Sucker"
The Drew Carey Show Darcy 4 episodes
1999 Batman Beyond Cop (voice) Episode: "Golem"
Jesse Gwen 3 episodes
Veronica's Closet Nicole Episode: "Veronica's Little Ruse"
Batman Beyond: The Movie Police officer Voice
1999–2000 Time of Your Life Cecilia Wiznarksi 21 episodes
2001 Smash Charley Unknown episodes
Dead Last Erica Episode: "Death Is in the Air"
Philly Angela Episode: "Light My Fire"
Dawson's Creek Rachel Weir, Ph.D. 2 episodes
The American Shame Associate producer
2001–02 Special Unit 2 Alice Cramer 4 episodes
2002 24 Tanya 2 episodes
Haunted Nadine Episode: "Fidelity"
2003 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Candeece Episode: "Lady Heather's Box"
JAG Abby Sciuto 2 episodes: "Ice Queen", "Meltdown"
2003–2018 NCIS 352 episodes: Series regular
2009 NCIS: Los Angeles 2 episodes: "Random on Purpose", "Killshot"
2014, 2016 NCIS: New Orleans 2 episodes: "Carrier", "Sister City (Part II)"
2017 When We Rise Robin Miniseries, 1 episode

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Blade Runner Lucy Devlin

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2014 People's Choice Awards Favorite Dramatic TV Actress[32] NCIS Nominated
2016 People's Choice Awards Favorite Crime Drama TV Actress[33] NCIS Nominated
BTVA Special/DVD Voice Acting Award Best Female Vocal Performance in a TV Special/Direct-to-DVD Title or Theatrical Short[34] Scooby-Doo! And Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery Nominated
2017 People's Choice Awards Favorite Crime Drama TV Actress[35] NCIS Nominated


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