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.

Life and career

Lawson was born in Louisville, Kentucky, the daughter of Judy, a homemaker, and Mike Lawson, a hotel manager.[3] She attended Assumption High School, an All-Girls Catholic school. Early on, she co-hosted WDRB Fox 41 Kid's Club in Louisville. In 2000, she starred in Model Behavior, a Disney Channel movie featuring Justin Timberlake. She also made guest appearances on television series such as Smallville and Fear Itself.

She co-starred in the USA Network original series, Psych, as Detective Juliet O'Hara. Lawson dated Psych co-star James Roday for eight years; the show ended its run in 2014.[4]

In 2011 she was the star of a play called Greedy, directed by Roday, which played for a few weekends in Los Angeles.[5]

In 2011, she performed a short skit called "A Date with Diana" for Funny or Die. In it, she played Wonder Woman and went on a date with a fan.

Lawson starred in the ABC sitcom Back In The Game, which was picked up for the 2013 fall season. She played Terry Gannon, a single mother and former college softball player who reluctantly agrees to coach her son's little league team.[6] On November 1, 2013, ABC canceled Back in the Game.[7] The tenth episode was aired on December 11, 2013. ABC has not aired the remaining three episodes of its original 13-episode order, but may do so at a later date.[8]

Lawson was engaged to Back In The Game co-star Ben Koldyke on November 14, 2014.[9] They were married on August 8, 2015 on their ranch in New Mexico. Lawson filed for divorce from Koldyke in early 2017, quickly stopped wearing her wedding ring to public events, and in late 2017 removed "wife" from her Twitter bio and changed her Instagram username from @maggielawsonkoldyke to @magslawslawson.

In 2014, it was announced that Lawson would topline the CBS comedy pilot Save the Date.[10]

In 2016, Lawson starred in the CBS fantasy sitcom Angel from Hell. She played Allison Fuller, a dermatologist who knows Amy, a mysterious woman who reveals herself to be an angel. On February 8, 2016, CBS canceled the series after the first five episodes had aired.

In May 2017, it was announced that Psych: The Movie would air in December 2017, which Lawson would also reprise her character, Juliet O'Hara.


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 Series regular
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 Movie Network)
Hostile Makeover Lacey Smithsonian Television film (Lifetime Movie Network)
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)
Spivak Jeanine Mulholland
The Ranch Jen


  1. ^ Angel from Hell case – Maggie Lawson CBS
  2. ^ "Maggie Lawson on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 7 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "Maggie Lawson Biography (1980–)". Retrieved May 22, 2012. 
  4. ^ "USA cancels 'Psych' after 8 seasons". Chicago Tribune. February 5, 2014. Retrieved December 3, 2014. 
  5. ^ Stoudt, Charlotte (January 12, 2011). "The Spotlight: James Roday". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 15, 2013. 
  6. ^ West, Kelly (May 14, 2013). "Maggie Lawson And James Caan Get Back In The Game In New ABC Comedy". Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  7. ^ Seidman, Robert (November 1, 2013). "'Back In The Game' Canceled by ABC; 'Trophy Wife' & 'The Goldbergs' Get Full Seasons; More Episodes for 'Super Fun Night'". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved November 2, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Back in the Game Not Finishing Its Run on ABC; Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of December 9, 2013)". December 6, 2013. Retrieved December 6, 2013. 
  9. ^ . November 14, 2014 Retrieved May 26, 2016.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 11, 2014). "Maggie Lawson To Topline CBS Comedy Pilot 'Save The Date'". Retrieved December 3, 2014. 

External links

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