Robin Tunney(Actress Mentalist 2008-2014)

Date of Birth     19 June 1972 , Chicago, Illinois, USA
Height     5' 4" (1.63 m) is an American actress. She is known for her role as Teresa Lisbon in the television series The Mentalist (2008–present), as well as previous roles in the films Encino Man (1992), Empire Records (1995), The Craft (1996), End of Days (1999), Supernova and Vertical Limit (2000), and the television series Prison Break (2005–2006)
Early life
Tunney was born in Chicago, Illinois to a car salesman father, and a bartender mother.Tunney is Irish American; her father was born in Straide, County Mayo, Ireland, while her maternal grandparents were from Clare Island. Tunney grew up in Orland Park, a southwest suburb of Chicago. She was raised Roman Catholic,[4] attended Carl Sandburg High School in Orland Park and the Chicago Academy for the Arts in Chicago, and resided in Palos Heights, also in the Chicago area. She is a cousin of Chicago Alderman Tom Tunney.
At the age of 19, Tunney moved to Los Angeles, California and obtained several recurring television roles on Class of '96, Law & Order, Dream On, and Life Goes On. She gave her breakthrough performance as a suicidal teenager in Empire Records and attracted further attention by playing a witch in The Craft.
In 1997, Tunney starred in (her husband at the time) Bob Gosse's Niagara, Niagara with Henry Thomas in a performance which garnered her the Best Actress award Volpi Cup at the 1997 Venice International Film Festival. Tunney also was featured opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1999 supernatural action film End of Days.
She starred in the pilot episode of House as a kindergarten teacher who collapses before her class and descends into aphasia; she was credited as a "special guest star". She portrayed Veronica Donovan on the first season of Prison Break, credited third after two main characters, and left the show after the premiere episode of the second season. She had a minor role in the film August released on July 11, 2008. Tunney is currently starring opposite Simon Baker in the CBS drama series The Mentalist, playing Teresa Lisbon.
Personal life
Tunney married producer and director Bob Gosse on October 4, 1997 they divorced in 2006. In 2009, Tunney was engaged to Australian writer and director Andrew Dominik but they called off their engagement by August 2010. Tunney became engaged to interior designer Nicky Marmet on December 25, 2012 while on vacation in Rio de Janeiro.
On June 28, 2006, Tunney won the fifth table of Bravo's Celebrity Poker Showdown's eighth season, finishing ahead of Christopher Meloni, Macy Gray, Joy Behar, and Andy Dick, moving on to the final cut. The finale aired on July 5, 2006, where she competed against Jason Alexander, Michael Ian Black, Ida Siconolfi, and Keegan-Michael Key. Tunney came in second, behind Alexander. She played for The Children's Health Fund, which received $200,000 for her efforts. In August 2006, Tunney played in the World Series of Poker after having her entrance fee covered by the online cardroom
Film and television Year     Title     Role     Notes
1992     Encino Man     Ella    
1992     Perry Mason: The Case of Reckless Romeo     Sandra Turner     TV movie
1993     JFK: Reckless Youth     Kathleen 'Kick' Kennedy     TV movie
1993     Cutters     Deborah     TV series
1994     Law & Order     Jill Templeton     Episode: "Mayhem"
1995     Empire Records     Debra    
1996     The Craft     Sarah Bailey    
1996     Riders of the Purple Sage     Elizabeth 'Bess' Erne, Oldring's Masked Rider/Daughter    
1997     Julian Po     Sarah    
1997     Niagara, Niagara     Marcy    
1998     Montana     Kitty    
1998     Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Families     Melvina 'Malka' Csizmadi    
1999     End of Days     Christine York    
2000     Vertical Limit     Annie Garrett    
2000     Supernova     Danika Lund    
2001     Investigating Sex     Zoe    
2002     The Secret Lives of Dentists     Laura    
2002     Cherish     Zoe    
2003     Abby Singer     Herself (Cameo)    
2003     The In-Laws     Angela Harris    
2003     The Twilight Zone     Edie Durant     Episode: "Developing"
2004     Paparazzi     Abby Laramie    
2004     House     Rebecca Adler     Pilot episode
2004     Shadow of Fear     Wynn French    
2005     The Zodiac     Laura Parish    
2005     Runaway     Carly    
2005–2006     Prison Break     Veronica Donovan     Season 1, and the season 2 episode "Manhunt"
2006     Hollywoodland     Leonore Lemmon    
2006     The Darwin Awards     Zoe    
2006     Open Window[    Izzy    
2008     August     Melanie    
2008     The Burning Plain     Laura    
2008     The Two Mr. Kissels     Nancy Kissel    
2008–present     The Mentalist     Teresa Lisbon     TV series
2009     Passenger Side     Theresa    
2012     See Girl Run     Emmie    
2014     My All American     Gloria Steinmark    
Awards and nominations
Year     Nominated work     Award     Category     Result
1997     The Craft     MTV Movie Awards     Best Fight (shared with Fairuza Balk)     Won
1997     Niagara, Niagara     Volpi Cup     Best Actress     Won
1999     Niagara, Niagara     Independent Spirit Awards     Best Female Lead     Nominated
2001     Vertical Limit     Blockbuster Entertainment Awards     Favorite Actress – Action     Nominated
2006     Open Window     Boston Film Festival     Festival Prize     Won
2009     The Mentalist     People's Choice Awards     Best New Series (shared with Simon Baker, Amanda Righetti, Owain Yeoman and Tim Kang)     Won