Zoe McLellan (born November 6, 1974) is an American television actress, known for her roles as Petty Officer Jennifer Coates in the CBS procedural JAG, as Lisa George in the ABC comedy-drama soap Dirty Sexy Money, and as Meredith Brody in the CBS series NCIS: New Orleans from 2014 to 2016. She also played as Kendra Daynes in ABC political drama series Designated Survivor in 2017.
McLellan was born in La Jolla, California, and raised in Washington. She is of Irish descent. In 1992, she was homecoming queen at South Kitsap High School in Port Orchard, Washington. In 1995, she began her career on television, appearing in later years on Sliders, Diagnosis: Murder, and Star Trek: Voyager. In 2000, McLellan had her first major movie role, in the fantasy film Dungeons & Dragons.
In 2001, McLellan joined the cast of CBS procedural JAG, in a recurring role as Navy Petty Officer Jennifer Coates. For the final season of the show she was upped to series regular. After the series ended, McLellan was cast as the wife of Peter Krause's character, in the ABC soapy comedy-drama series Dirty Sexy Money. The series was canceled after two seasons in 2009. McLellan later guest-starred on House and The Mentalist, and also had roles in Lifetime TV movies. In 2014 she began playing the female leading role in the CBS procedural drama NCIS: New Orleans. In July 2016, it was reported that she would not return for season three. In 2017, she recently began the leading role in ABC drama series Designated Survivor.
Personal life Edit
She is married to J.P. Gillian in February 2012 and gave birth to a son in 2013. McLellan and Gillain separated in 2014, with McLellan filing for custody of their son. Their divorce was finalized in 2016.