Last Updated: July 6, 2020
Born as Angela Michelle Harmon on August 10, 1972, she is an American actress and model.
Her foray into the world of acting happened by chance after she was discovered on a plane by David Hasselhoff. Soon the stunning beauty had a leading role in Baywatch Nights and a short lived series C-16: FBI. Harmon was also a part of the film Lawn Dogs (1998) which had a limited release in theatres. During the later half of the 1990s, she became renowned by playing ADA Abbie Carmichael on the NBC series Law & Order from 1998 to 2001. In the meanwhile, she also gave her voice to Barbara Gordon in an animated film Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker.
After leaving Law & Order, Harmon decided to concentrate on her career as a film actress saying that she preferred working in films over TV. She appeared in the 2001 direct-to-video film Good Advice and also played a supporting role in Agent Cody Banks (2003) where she played the CIA handler of a teenage agent. In the year 2006, she co-starred with Cuba Gooding Jr and James Woods in a direct-to-DVD political thriller drama End Game. In 2006 and 2007, Harmon starred in various ABC pilots such as Secrets of a Small Town, Inconceivable and Women’s Murder Club which did air for 13 episodes.
She discreetly posed nude for May 2008 issue of Allure magazine alongside Gabrielle Union, Zoe McLellan, Jill Scott and Ana Ortiz. From the year 2010 to 2016, she appeared alongside Sasha Alexander in a TNT crime-drama series Rizzoli & Isles where she played a Boston, Massachusetts police detective named Jane Rizzoli. She also directed the 100th episode of the show.
Harmon received an Outstanding Female Actor in a Leading Role in a Drama Series award for Rizzoli & Isles at the 2012 Gracie Allen Awards. In July 2012, while she was promoting a new season of the show, Harmon disclosed on Conan O’Brien’s Late Night Series that she loved the Marvel Comics character of She-Hulk and would be keen to play the role if such a film is made.