Maura Tierney biography
Date of Birth: February 3, 1965
Known to many television viewers as Lisa Miller from the hit series
NewsRadio, Tierney was born in Boston and started her education in an
all-girls Catholic school.
She continued her schooling at New York
University and Circle-in-the-Square Theatre School.
After graduating, Tierney thought she'd give L.A. a whirl so she moved to
the coast with three friends. "I was just going to spend two months out
here, then go back to New York.
But I got a job, met an agent and then ended up
Stage work followed in productions of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead,
The Bald Soprano, Baby with Bathwater, and Danny and the Deep Blue Sea.
Though television and film work followed, it wasn't until 1994 that the
young actress had her first starring role on television in the comedy series
704 Hauser. A year later she landed the starring role in NewsRadio,
the series that launched her career.
During her four-year stint on the show alongside Canada's own David Foley,
Tierney kept herself busy with multiple film roles during her off season.
Major roles in Primal Fear (1996) and Liar Liar (1997) playing Jim Carrey's
wife, were followed by starring roles in Primary Colors (1998), Forces of
Nature (1999) and Instinct (1999).
In 2000 she was recruited onto the popular television series ER to play Nurse Abby
By year's end, she had already earned her first Emmy and
TV Guide Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama
While working on ER, she continued to land starring roles in
features like Scotland, P.A. (2001) with husband actor/writer/director Billy
Morrissette, Insomnia (2002) and Welcome to Mooseport (2004).
Maura Tierney Filmography