The Women of NCIS: In Character and in Real Life

The hit action series ‘NCIS’ (Naval Criminal Investigative Service) has featured many notable and strong female characters over the years. While some of the compelling female characters have come and gone, some have been on the show for many seasons. All of them have made an impression. So much so, that many of us wonder what they’re like in real life and where are they now?

The Women of NCIS
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Even with the plethora of options of crime dramas available on TV these days, ‘NCIS’ has managed to stand out and stand strong over the years. The show has been on the air since 2003, which says a lot in the cutthroat world of the television industry. Much of the show’s success is due to the plot itself, the setting (the ‘NCIS’ team focuses on crimes within the Navy and Marines), and of course, the characters. Viewers can connect to these women of ‘NCIS’ and this is why we all want to know what they’re up to now.

Scottie Thompson as Dr. Jeanne Benoit

In 2006, Dr. Jeanne came onto the show as the new girlfriend of Tony DiNozzo. As the show progressed, it was revealed that her father was Rene Benoit, a renowned arms dealer. Nonetheless, Jeanne still managed to charm the team despite that.

Scottie Thompson as Dr. Jeanne Benoit.
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The fans of ‘NCIS’ were eagerly waiting and hoping that she would go back to Tony since the two split up before her first departure from the show in 2008.

That’s her character. But in real life…

Scottie Thompson in the Real World

The 37-year-old actress did make a comeback as Jeanne in 2015, but for only two episodes. It still was fun for fans to see her though. But aside from acting, Thompson has done other stuff, like appear in the music video for the song ‘What do you got’ by Bon Jovi.

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Thompson also made a debut in popular movies such as ‘Star Trek’ in 2009 as Nero’s wife, ‘Skyline’ as Elaine, and ‘The Funhouse Massacre’ as Sheriff Kate. She’s also played Vivian in the series ’12 Monkeys.’ Right now, she’s doing some big acting projects that will be coming out sooner than later.

Stephanie Mello as Cynthia Sumner

Cynthia was featured in 13 episodes on ‘NCIS’, as a personal secretary for a member of the U.S. Navy. Cynthia was the smart secretary in her chic attire, mostly wearing suits. Her character only had a short amount of time on the show.

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Regardless of the short time span, she had the time to be in a stormy relationship with Leroy Gibbs, who would constantly barge into the office spontaneously. Fans really loved her and her believable character.

Stephanie Mello in Real Life

It’s been a while since she’s been on the show, about 12 years to be exact! And since then, Stephanie hasn’t left the spotlight. She actually has done a lot of commercial work, having been featured in over 100 television commercials.

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Stephanie isn’t walking around in real life in her suits every day but she has kept her hairstyle. Stephanie still has her short, extremely curly brown hair that sits about shoulder length.

The next ‘NCIS’ star also made a short but sweet appearance on the show.

Jennifer Esposito as Alexandra Quinn

Alexandra’s character on the show was short-lived but still sweet. She managed to leave a lasting impression on the members of her crime-fighting team as well as the viewers. She was only part of the group for one season.

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Alexandra’s style would wear mostly casual shirts and had light brown mid-length hair that she wore down. She left the show after one season as her character needed to leave to take care of her mother who had developed Alzheimer’s.

Next in real life, Jennifer Esposito…

Jennifer Esposito Off the Set

Since she left the show in 2017, the 46-year-old has appeared in a number of TV series. She also made her hair color darker, with a dark hombre look. Her look is quite different from her time as Jenny on the show.

We haven’t seen her back on TV just yet, but that could all change as she is credited as one of the leads in the film ‘Cigarette’ that was recently in the post-production phase. We look forward to seeing what she has to offer us next!

Tamara Taylor as Cassie Yates

Cassie came onto the show in 2005 and appeared in just two episodes. She was a strong character, though, who worked as a special agent for NCIS who wasn’t scared of wearing a memorable red dress in her first episode.

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Cassie was all about wearing her hair tied back most of the time with her bangs down stylishly. And when she did, it went a little past her shoulders. Apart from her red dress, Cassie also wore the standard NCIS suit on the show.

Tamara Taylor in Real Life

Tamara did quite a bit of modeling before her time on ‘NCIS’, so you can say that she’s used to being in the spotlight. After she left her short period on the show, Tamara landed a role on ‘Bones’ where she chopped all her hair off.

Tamara Taylor
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Since then, however, she has been spotted with longer hair but she’s still as elegant as ever. When we see her at red carpet events, she always steals the show with her sophisticated and chic style. She is still in the industry, continuing to act and has more projects in making.

Jessica Steen as Paula Cassidy

Paula’s first appearance on the show was in 2003 and it was in the first season. She appeared in six episodes in total but over a long-range, with her last appearance in 2015. Paula played a strong female role in the show.

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She wore lots of power suits that went well with her short strawberry blonde hair pulled back out of her face. She was the police interrogator at first but was asked to join the NCIS team as a criminal profiler after there was an accident on her team that ended badly.

Jessica Steen Off Set

Before she got the role on the show, Jessica had been in a bunch of movies and television shows, including ‘Homefront’, ‘Earth 2’, ‘Monk’, and ‘The Outer Limits’. Since then, she went on to do some leading roles.

Jessica Steen

Jessica Steen has gone on to star in ‘Heartland’ as one of the leading roles. She plays the character, Lisa Stillman. The 51-year-old actress is now sporting a blonde hairdo. But her life off screen is full of more or less feminine clothing styles.

Nina Foch as Mrs. Victoria Mallard

Remember Ducky Mallard’s mother, Victoria? She was introduced on the show in 2005 but was only in two episodes. Victoria was also accompanied by her dogs, her corgis, but she left the show in 2006 when her son confesses that she moved away after developing Alzheimer’s.

Nina Foch
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The truth of the story was different, though. The reality was that his mother had passed away, which was discovered after Abby follows Ducky. He was actually visiting her grave instead.

In real life, Nina Foch is up to…

Nina Foch in Real Life

Before she came on the show, Nina starred in many black and white films, but it was back in the day in the 1940s. And she continued to act until 2007. Nina had led quite a glamorous lifestyle, often seen all made up with her smart blonde hairstyles and stylish garb.

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In her later life, Nina was still rocking her blonde hairdo but had cut her hair short, as many older women tend to do. Sadly, Nina passed away back in 2008 at the age of 84. She will be missed and her legacy will live on.

Alicia Coppola as Lieutenant Commander Faith Coleman

Alicia Coppola’s career started when she was the host of MTV’s ‘Remote Control’, and her career soared after that. She played a role on the soap opera ‘Another World’ for three years. She then appeared on ‘NCIS.’

Alicia Coppola as Lieutenant Commander Faith Coleman
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She was Lieutenant Commander Faith Coleman while on NCIS. After the show, she went on to star in shows ‘Trinity’, ‘Bull’, ‘Star Trek: Voyager’, and even played a cannibal on ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.’

Let’s see what Alicia is like off-set!

Alicia Coppola in Real Life

Alicia Coppola has done her share of acting, building her film and TV repertoire. She has continued down the crime drama route, getting roles in ‘Jericho’, ‘Lie to Me’, ‘Common Law’, and others. She has also appeared in ‘Two and a Half Men’.

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The list goes on as she starred in ‘The Young and the Restless’, and even on ‘Teen Wolf’. Alicia Coppola is married to writer/producer/actor Anthony Michael Jones. Fans of ‘General Hospital’ will know Jones as Father Coates.

Maria Bello as Jackie Sloane

After appearing in the fourth episode a few seasons ago, Jackie Sloane has already managed to make an impression on the team as well as the viewers. Jackie joined her fellow colleagues as a special agent on the major case response team.

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Jackie has been a recurring character on the show and still is in the latest season. It looks like she’s here to stay, for now at least. But have you wondered what she’s up to today off the set? You probably recognize her from other things…

Maria Bello in Other Projects

Maria Bello has appeared in films like ‘The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor’, ‘Grown Ups 2’, and ‘Lights Out.’ She’s a regular on-screen. Even off-screen, Maria finds herself the subject of some celebrity gossip.

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Her love life is often talked about in the media, but she keeps a good job of laying low and not letting any rumors get the best of her. She is very involved in charity events for women’s rights and is a strong activist.

The next actress is quite the seasoned one!

Jamie Lee Curtis as Dr. Samantha Ryan

Jamie Lee Curtis, the world-famous actress, also had her stint on ‘NCIS.’ She got her first role in a movie in the horror classic ‘Halloween’ and found fame in her first starring role on TV on the show ‘Anything But Love.’

Jamie Lee Curtis as Dr. Samantha Ryan
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Jamie Lee Curtis played the role of Dr. Samantha Ryan. She was the head of the DoD PsyOps Division and for a time, was in a relationship with Leroy Jethro Gibbs, the Special Agent in charge of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.

Jamie Lee Curtis’s Real Life

Jamie Lee Curtis is not done acting. Remember her role as the mother in the movie ‘Freaky Friday’? She also had a main role in ‘New Girls’ and was the main character in ‘Scream Queens’. She did take a bit of a break at one point.

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Curtis took a break from acting when she was focusing on her love for writing children’s books. She actually wrote and published 10 books so far. She is multi-talented and would love to see what else she has up her sleeves!

Jacqueline Obradors as Paloma Reynosa

Jacqueline Obradors was in three episodes of ‘NCIS’ as Paloma Reynosa. Her character was the head of the Reynosa cartel and the daughter of the illegal substance dealer Pedro Hernandez. Hernandez was killed and Paloma took over for him.

Jacqueline Obradors as Paloma Reynosa
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Paloma sought revenge against his murderers. In the 8th season, she got her revenge against Shannon Gibbs by trying to harm her father but he escaped. ‘NCIS’ seems to ruin every plot that Reynosa tries to carry out and she was eventually killed at the hands of her brother.

Jacqueline Obradors in Real Life

Jacqueline Obradors is probably most known for her roles in the film ‘Six Days, Seven Nights’ and ‘Unstoppable.’ But it looks like she’s had more success in the television world and her longest-standing role was as Detective Rita Ortiz on ‘NYPD Blue.’

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Obradors was even nominated for an ALMA Award for that role. Since then, she’s been on a few shows, including ‘Cold Case’ and ‘Lopez.’ Obradors is married to Juan Garcia, who is a film producer.

Margo Harshman as Delilah Fielding

Margo Harshman began her acting career at a very early age, doing beauty pageants as a young girl. She then started doing full-on acting at the age of eight. Her first debut movie role was in ‘The Elf Who Didn’t Believe.’

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She then was the main star of the show ‘Even Stevens.’ Eventually, she went on to get the role on ‘NCIS’ as the character Delilah Fielding.

Curious to know what she’s up to now? See her on the next page…

Margo Harshman is Up to A Lot

Margo Harshman has had a pretty successful career for someone who once was a child actor. She starred in ‘Run of the House,’ ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘90210,’ ‘Bent,’ ‘Bones,’ and the made for TV movie ‘The Adventures of Big Handsome Guy and His Little Friend.’

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Margo might be the most recognized for her role as Sheldon’s assistant on ‘The Big Bang Theory.’ It goes to show that a child actor can go lengths and make it big in Hollywood, starring in hit shows like all the ones she’s been on.

Meredith Eaton as Carol Wilson

Meredith Eaton has been in a number of ‘NCIS’ episodes as Carol Wilson. She was the researcher employed at the Center for Disease Control. Wilson is also known as a friend of the forensic scientist Abigail Sciuto, where the two went to college together.

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‘NCIS’ fans were introduced to the character in the seventh season for the Christmas episode. In the episode, Wilson is a lab technician and her nephew is upset that his mother is deployed overseas during the holidays.

Meredith Eaton’s Life Off Set

Meredith Eaton made her appearances in a bunch of crime investigation shows before her first appearance in ‘NCIS.’ She was on ‘Family Law,’ ‘CSI,’ and ‘Boston Legal.’ After she played the role of Carol Wilson, Eaton was on other shows too.

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She played in shows like ‘Battle Creek’ and the remake of ‘MacGyver.’ She is focusing on acting mainly and her latest project, ‘The Ones’ was recently in post-production. Eaton refers to herself as a ‘short stature actress’ because she stands at 4 feet tall.

Sasha Alexander as Kate Todd

Kate Todd was one of the original members of the NCIS team, known for her very dark, mid-length hair. When she was working on cases, she pins all of her hair underneath her baseball cap to keep it out the way.

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During the show, Kate’s color went from dark brown to black, but the audience didn’t get to see enough of her. After eighteen months with the team, Kate was murdered, something that left the NCIS group truly devastated.

Sasha Alexander in the Real World

Sasha took her hair from her signature dark shade to a much lighter blonde. At 46 years old, Sasha has decided to go for a complete change from the look she had twelve years ago. And she’s been in a number of shows and movies.

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Since leaving ‘NCIS,’ the actress has gotten roles in both ‘He’s Just Not That Into You,’ and ‘Yes Man.’ Recently, Sasha has been bringing the character of Helene Runyon to life on the television show ‘Shameless.’

Diane Neal as CGIS Special Agent Abigail Borin

Diane Neal played the role of CGIS Special Agent Abigail Borin on ‘NCIS’ and ‘NCIS: New Orleans.’ Borin was a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. She was deployed to Iraq but retired from the military after losing her partner.

Diane Neal as CGIS Special Agent Abigail Borin
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Borin later joined CGIS and was quite successful, being frequently promoted until she was an agent. Borin is known for having lots of similarities with Gibbs.

Wanna know what her real life is like?

Diane Neal in the Real World

Diane Neal made many TV appearances before her time on the show. Before her role as Agent Abigail Borin, she played A.D.A. Casey Novak on ‘Law & Order.’ She also had minor roles on TV shows like ‘30 Rock’ and ‘My Fake Finance.’

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Since she appeared on ‘NCIS,’ her career slowed down a little bit. Her last role was in 2015 when she played Kelly Blake on ‘Blue Bloods.’ Neal got married to Marcus Fitzgerald in 2005 but they divorced in 2014.

Lauren Holly as Jenny Shepard

The character Jenny Shepard changed things up on ‘NCIS’ when she walked through the doors of the office with her flowing red hair during season three. It wasn’t long until she snipped all her hair off though after the producers of the show asked her to.

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The producers asked her to get a pixie cut so her character’s appearance would fit in with the storyline of the show. But Jenny didn’t last long on the NCIS team because she was fatally wounded by a hitman during the fifth season.

Lauren Holly in Real Life

After cutting off her hair in such a drastic way, Lauren eventually grew it all back. Apart from growing her hair back, it looks as though Lauren is embracing her natural beauty as a redhead.

Lauren Holly
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After leaving the show, she’s done a number of roles for movies and TV series, including ‘Motive,’ ‘The Town Christmas Forgot,’ and more recently ‘The Blackcoat’s Daughter.’

Remember Rachel Barnes? See what she’s up to…

Millie Bobby Brown as Rachel Barnes

Millie Bobby Brown was in one episode on ‘NCIS’ which was called “Parental Guidance Suggested.” Brown played the character of Rachel Barnes who was showing some sociopathic signs from a young age.

Millie Bobby Brown as Rachel Barnes

She was the daughter of Dr. Valarie Barnes and Ryan Barnes, who used to be a Navy SEAL. Her mother was concerned and looked for help for her at a treatment center. As crazy as it sounds, Rachel ended up shooting her mother in the back. She was the youngest killer to appear on the show.

Millie Bobby Brown’s Real Life

You’ve probably heard of Millie Bobby Brown because she’s the star of the popular Netflix series, ‘Stranger Things’ that just about everyone is talking about. Brown, 13 years old, earned an Emmy Award for her portrayal as Eleven on the show.

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Before her role in ‘Stranger Things,’ Brown was on other TV shows such as ‘Modern Family’ and ‘Grey’s Anatomy.’ She has been receiving a lot of attention and now she’s even a model for Calvin Klein.

Abigail Breslin as Sandy Watson

Abigail Breslin was in an episode of NCIS entitled “See No Evil.” She played the character Sandy Watson who was an 8-year-old blind piano prodigy. She was the daughter of a discredited Navy Captain named Mike Watson.

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In that episode, Sandy and her mother are captured and their kidnapper tries to blackmail the Navy Captain into giving him $2 million. Gibbs and the team try to save the hostages before their time runs out.

In real life…

Abigail Breslin is Now in Her 20s

Abigail Breslin is now 23 years old. She’s been in the spotlight from a young age. She’s probably the most recognized for her starring roles in ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ and ‘My Sister’s Keeper.’ Breslin continued to act into her teens and appeared in the movie ‘Zombieland’ and on the show ‘Scream Queens.’

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She’s still acting to this day and she’s meant to star as Baby in a TV movie remake of ‘Dirty Dancing.’ Breslin has won many awards, including the Screen Actors Guild Award.

Brigid Brannagh as Catherine Reynolds

Brigid Brannagh played the role of Catherine Reynolds in just one episode of ‘NCIS.’ Reynolds was a patient in a psych ward and it was thought that she was involved in the death of Jessica Smith who was a Navy Petty Officer.

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Gibbs and Kate met Reynolds when they went to a mental hospital to find out who was having an affair with one of the employees at the hospital. The team figured that Smith was killed by a woman with delusions, up until they discovered that she was also killed.

Brigid Brannagh in the Real World

Brigid Brannagh is an actress with an impressive list of acting credits. She has had roles in a number of other shows, including ‘CSI’ and ‘Legacy.’ She also had a recurring role as Pamela Moran on the show ‘Army Wives.’

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She was on ‘Army Wives’ from 2007 until 2012. She also recently appeared in a few made for TV movies and is set to play Stacey Yorkes in the upcoming show, ‘Runaways.’

Carla Gallo as Melissa Wheeler Fox

Carla Gallo played the role of Melissa Wheeler Fox on the episode titled “Silent Night.” Wheeler Fox is the daughter of former Navy Petty Officer Ned Quinn who they thought died in a fire 17 years earlier.

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But it was later revealed that Ned got into medical school and chose not to go, deciding to enlist in the Navy instead. The team then found out a shocking fact about the crime scene that shifted the whole investigation. And everyone was on the edge of their seats.

Carla Gallo’s Life Off Set

Carla Gallo has been an actor since the late 1990s and she has mostly played small TV roles. However, Gallo had some bigger roles in successful shows like ‘Californication,’ where she played the role of Daisy and ‘Bones,’ where she was Daisy Wick for over 30 episodes.

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Gallo has also acted in some popular movies including ‘Get Him to the Greek’ and ‘We Bought a Zoo’ with big-time celebs as her co-stars. You might also have seen her in the movie ‘Neighbors’ and she revealed that she was six months pregnant at the premiere of the movie. She gave birth to a baby girl.

China Anne McClain as Delilah Vance

In the episode called “Knockout,” China Anne McClain played the role of Delilah Vance. She was the daughter of Director Vance and she went by the nickname Lily. The episode revolved around the death of Leon Vance’s friend, Tyler Owens, and the team’s investigation of how it happened.

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We met Delilah when Director Vance came home and gave his children boxing gloves (that he got from a boxing gym during their investigation) and some chocolate.

China Anne McClain Off Set

China Anne McClain was a child actress who managed to get her very own Disney Channel show called ‘A.N.T. Farm’ where she played the character Chyna Parks.

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Before she starred in her own show, she appeared on other Disney shows including ‘Hannah Montana’ and ‘Jonas.’ China is now 22 and continues to follow her passion for acting. She is set to play in ‘Descendants 3’ and ‘Blood Brothers.’