Maggie Lawson

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Maggie Lawson
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Lawson at Comic Con, San Diego, July 18, 2013
Born Margaret Cassidy Lawson
(1980-08-12) August 12, 1980 (age 37)
Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1996–present
Spouse(s) Ben Koldyke (m. 2015-2017)[1][2]

Margaret Cassidy "Maggie" Lawson (born August 12, 1980) is an American actress who is best known for her role as Detective Juliet "Jules" O'Hara in the TV show Psych. She also has starred in the sitcoms Inside Schwartz, It's All Relative, and Crumbs, as well as the television movie Nancy Drew. In late 2014 and early 2015, she had a supporting role as Miss McMartin in the 12th and final season of Two and a Half Men.


Lawson started her career at the age of 8 in local community and dinner theater productions. She later became a youth TV host on WDRB Fox 41 Kid's Club in Louisville, and moved to Los Angeles for her first pilot at 15.[3]

Lawson starred in various sitcoms like Cybill, Boy Meets World and Home Improvement throughout her early career in both guest starring and supporting roles. She also made guest appearances on television series such as Smallville and Fear Itself, and co-starred in It's All Relative and Crumbs.

For Disney Channel, Lawson starred in a double role in Model Behavior featuring Justin Timberlake, and in the 2002 instalment of Nancy Drew in the title role. Other film credits include Pleasantville, Nice Guys Sleep Alone and Cleaner.

From 2006 to 2014, Lawson co-starred in the USA Network original series, Psych, as Detective Juliet O'Hara. She reprised her role in 2017 in Psych: The Movie.

Following Psych, she scored leading roles in ABC's 2013 sitcom Back In The Game, CBS's 2014 sitcom pilot Save the Date and CBS's 2016 fantasy sitcom Angel from Hell. She also had short arcs on Two And A Half Men, The Great Indoors, and Netflix's The Ranch. Also for Netflix, she stars in the upcoming 2018 movie Spivak and in the second season of Santa Clarita Diet.

In 2017, Lawson starred in two Hallmark Channel movies, My Favourite Wedding and Christmas Encore.

In 2011, Lawson briefly returned to her roots in theater to star in the play Greedy, directed by James Roday, which played for a few weekends in Los Angeles.[4]

Personal life

Lawson was born in Louisville, Kentucky to Judy, a homemaker and Mike Lawson, a hotel manager. She attended Assumption High School, an all-girls Catholic School in Louisville.

Lawson is an avid animal lover and co-founder of the Tiger Frances Foundation, an animal rescue organization based in Los Angeles, California.

She dated her Psych co-star, James Roday for the duration of filming the show. She married Back in the Game co-star Ben Koldyke on August 8, 2015 on his family's ranch in New Mexico. In early 2017, Lawson filed for divorce from Koldyke.


Lawson at the 2009 Comic-Con in San Diego.
Year Title Role Notes
1996–1997 Unhappily Ever After Madelyn 4 episodes
1996 Hang Time Kim 1 episode
1997 Step by Step Alana Mills 1 episode
Boy Meets World Debbie 1 episode
Meego Brooke 1 episode
Cybill Jennifer 12 episodes
1998 Home Improvement Samantha Hayes 1 episode
Kelly Kelly Ally 1 episode
Pleasantville Lisa Anne Theatrical film
I've Been Waiting for You Debbie Murdock Television film (NBC)
1999 Party of Five Alexa Recurring role
Nice Guys Sleep Alone Meghan
ER Shannon Mitchell 1 episode
Family Rules Hope Harrison 6 episodes
Working Julie 1 episode
Felicity Rebecca 1 episode
2000 Model Behavior Alex Burroughs/Janine Adams Television film (Wonderful World of Disney)
2001 Inside Schwartz Eve Series regular
2002 Nancy Drew Nancy Drew Television film (Wonderful World of Disney)
Cheats Julie Merkel Television film (HBO)
Heart of a Stranger Amanda Maddox Television film (Lifetime)
Smallville Chrissy/Missy Parker 1 episode
2003 Winter Break Michelle Casper
2003–2004 It's All Relative Liz Stoddard-Banks Series regular
2004 Spellbound a mortal woman Television film
Love Rules Kelly Television film (ABC Family)
Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman Rachel Television film (CBS)
2005 Tru Calling Megan Roberts 1 episode
2006 Crumbs Andrea Malone Series regular
2006–2014 Psych Juliet O'Hara Main Cast
2007 Cleaner Cherie
Rules of Engagement Jesse 1 episode
2008 Fear Itself Samantha 1 episode
2009 Still Waiting... Allison Direct to DVD
Killer Hair Lacey Smithsonian Television film (Lifetime Movies)
Hostile Makeover Lacey Smithsonian Television film (Lifetime Movies)
Gamer Female News Host #1
2010 A Date with Diana Diana Shortfilm
2012 Justified Layla 1 episode
2013 Back in the Game Terry Gannon, Jr. Series regular
2014–2015 Two and a Half Men Ms. McMartin 12 episodes
2016 Angel from Hell Allison Series regular
2017 The Great Indoors Rachel 4 episodes
My Favorite Wedding Tess Harper Television film (Hallmark)
Psych: The Movie Juliet O'Hara
Christmas Encore Charlotte Lacy Television film (Hallmark)
The Ranch Jen 6 episodes
2018 Spivak Jeanine Mulholland
Santa Clarita Diet Christa 2 episodes


  1. ^ Angel from Hell case – Maggie Lawson CBS
  2. ^ "Maggie Lawson on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 7 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "Kevin Pollak Chat Show with James Roday and Maggie Lawson". April 19, 2010. Retrieved February 10, 2018. 
  4. ^ Stoudt, Charlotte (January 12, 2011). "The Spotlight: James Roday". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 15, 2013. 

External links

  • Maggie Lawson on IMDb
  • USA Network's web site about Maggie Lawson
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