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Emily Deschanel played Dr. Temperance Brennan in Season Three's "Dead Men Tell No Tales", the latter half of the Bones/Sleepy Hollow crossover that aired on October 29, 2015. Emily is the older sister of actress Zooey Deschanel, who is best known as the star of the Fox sitcom, New Girl. She has played Temperance "Bones" Brennan on the Fox series, Bones, since 2005.


Deschanel was born in Los Angeles, California, to cinematographer and director Caleb Deschanel and actress Mary Jo Deschanel (née Weir). Her younger sister is actress and singer-songwriter Zooey Deschanel.[1] Her paternal grandfather was French, from Oullins, Rhône; her roots also include Swiss, Dutch, English, Irish, and other French ancestry.[2][3] Deschanel attended Harvard-Westlake and Crossroads School in Los Angeles[4] before graduating from Boston University's Professional Actors Training Program with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater.[5]

In 1994, Deschanel made her feature film debut in It Could Happen to You. Her next notable role was in Stephen King's Rose Red in 2002. Then she appeared in Cold Mountain, The Alamo, and Glory Road and was named one of "six actresses to watch" by Interview Magazine in 2004. In 2005, Deschanel won the role of Dr. Temperance Brennan with David Boreanaz as FBI agent Seeley Booth on the Fox crime procedural comedy-drama Bones, based on the novels and the career of forensic anthropologist and author Kathy Reichs that premiered on September 13, 2005. For her performance, she received a 2006 Satellite Award nomination and a 2007 Teen Choice Award nomination. Deschanel and Boreanaz served as co-producers at the start of the show's third season, before becoming producers in the middle of the show's fourth season. Deschanel, with Alyson Hannigan, Jaime King, Minka Kelly, and Katharine McPhee made a video slumber party featured on to promote regular breast cancer screenings for the organization Stand Up 2 Cancer.[6] In recent years, her passion for animal welfare has led her to providing the narration for My Child Is a Monkey and serving as an associate producer on the documentary film How I Became an Elephant.[7] Deschanel ranked number 72 in The 2012 Hot 100 on AfterEllen.[8]


Year Series Role Notes
1994 It Could Happen to You Animal rights activist
2000 It's a Shame About Ray Maggie Short film
2003 Easy Laura Harris
2003 Cold Mountain Mrs. Morgan
2004 The Alamo Rosanna Travis
2004 Spider-Man 2 Receptionist
2004 Old Tricks Woman Short film
2005 Boogeyman Kate Houghton
2005 Mute Claire Short film
2005 That Night Annie Short film
2006 Glory Road Mary Haskins
2007 The Diagnosis Maggie Short film
2009 My Sister's Keeper Dr. Farquad
2011 The Perfect Family Shannon Cleary
2014 Unity Narrator Documentary
Year Series Role Notes
2001 The Heart Department Maude Allyn
2002 Rose Red Pam Asbury TV mini-series
2002 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Cassie Germaine Episode: "Surveillance" Season 3 Episode 17
2002 Providence Annie Franks Episodes: "Cloak & Dagger" and "The Eleventh Hour"
2003 The Dan Show Sam
2004 Crossing Jordan Michelle Episode: "All the News Fit to Print"
2005–present Bones Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan Lead role, also producer, 234 episodes
2009 Tit for Tat Emily
2010–11 The Cleveland Show Julia Roberts (voice)
Herself (voice)
Episodes: "Cleveland Live!", "Hot Cocoa Bang Bang"
2012 American Dad! Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan Episode: "Less Money, Mo' Problems"
2014 Drunk History Babe Didrikson Zaharias, pro golfer/LPGA founder Episode: "Sports Heroes"
2015 Sleepy Hollow Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan Episode: "Dead Men Tell No Tales"
2016 BoJack Horseman Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan Episode: "Love And/Or Marriage"


Season Three
"I, Witness" "Whispers in the Dark" "Blood and Fear" "The Sisters Mills" "Dead Men Tell No Tales"
"This Red Lady from Caribee" "The Art of War" "Novus Ordo Seclorum" "One Life" "Incident At Stone Manor"
"Kindred Spirits" "Sins of the Father" "Dark Mirror" "Into the Wild" "Incommunicado"
"Dawn's Early Light" "Delaware" "Ragnarok"


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