|Date of Birth
||16 November 1964
|Place of Birth
||Chicago, Illinois, USA
Named after the first queen of Ireland, there is more to Maeve Quinlan than just a moniker. In Gaelic, ‘Maeve’ means intoxicating and ‘Quinlan’ means strength. When you see her work, you will realize that her name could, in fact, say it all.
There is an industry buzz about her performance in the much-awaited Ken Park (Spring 2004) from controversial filmmaker Larry Clark. Clark was greatly impressed with her portrayal of ‘Rhonda,’ a conflicted woman who medicates her need for love and approval by having an affair with her teenage daughter’s boyfriend. “Quinlan gives a brilliant performance. She illuminates the screen and brings a specific sadness and a distinctive soulfulness to Rhonda that stays with you long after the movie has ended,” says Clark.
Quinlan is quickly becoming known for her range and versatility, choosing roles that are both risky and identifiable. Her chameleon-like ability as an actress enables her to deliver performances running the gambit from broad comedies to gritty dramas. Fall 2004, she can be seen in Steven Soderbergh’s Criminal (starring John C. Reilly, Diego Luna and Maggie Gyllenhal) playing the target of a con by Reilly and Luna. In The Nickel Children, she transforms herself into a broken, alcoholic mother vacantly awaiting the return of her runaway daughter, all the while living in denial over her husband’s abuse of their daughter. She also stars in the feature film The Drone Virus based upon the novel by the same name. In this leading role, Quinlan portrays ‘Colleen O'Brian,’ a brilliant oncologist who teams together with ‘Stephen Roland’ (played by Billy Wirth) to try and solve a series of mysterious cancer patient deaths, most notably his daughter’s. She just wrapped Hallmark’s A Boyfriend for Christmas, and additionally stars in the romantic comedy, Totally Blonde (co-starring Krista Allen and Michael Buble), Heart of America (co-starring Maria Conchita Alonso and Michael Pare), Net Games (co-starring C. Thomas Howell and Ed Begley, Jr.) and A Perfect Husband (co-starring Mark Dacascos). Quinlan also enjoyed a supporting role in Hank Azaria’s directorial debut Nobody’s Perfect (starring Maria Bello and Ellen Pompeo).
Quinlan earned critical praise for her performance as ‘Claire’ in Francis Ford Coppola’s production of The Florentine. Starring in an ensemble cast that includes the likes of Jeremy Davies, Hal Holbrook, Jill Hennessey, Tom Sizemore, Chris Penn and Mary Stuart Masterson, she plays an alluring but depressed coffee shop waitress who moves to a small town to find herself. “Quinlan brings some potent female energy to the guy-heavy drama,” said Daily Variety.
Up until now, Quinlan has been best known, not only in the U.S. but internationally, for her role as ‘Megan Conley’ on the most watched television show in the world, “The Bold and the Beautiful.” Recently named one of Soap’s Most Beautiful People her other television credits include “J.A.G.,” “LA Heat,” “The Young and the Restless” and “General Hospital.”
When Quinlan isn’t on the silver and television screens, she dedicates her time to many non-profit organizations. She passionately supports and lends her time to all charities involved with ovarian cancer (her mother is a five-year survivor!) and is also dedicated to charities assisting women and children who are victims of domestic violence, as well as causes helping abandoned and abused animals, particularly SPCA. Lastly, Quinlan joins Paul and Heather Mills McCartney in their fight to abolish land mines worldwide with Adopt-a-Mine-Field and is ten-year member of Best Buddies, a charity that directly benefits those suffering from mental retardation and developmental disabilities.
Quinlan is blonde and blue-eyed and enjoys hiking and of course, tennis. The All-American not only had a stellar junior and collegiate career (a former US Amateur Champion), she played professionally and was ranked 95 in the world, playing Wimbledon, The US Open, French Open and Australian Open. Maeve is single and resides in Beverly Hills with her Golden Retriever, Seamus.