Emily Deschanel made her debut in 1994 film It Could Happen To You
but then took several years off to study at Boston University.
In 2002 she starred in Stephen King's Red Rose
before also starring in Oscar-nominated Cold Mountain
, and being named an actress to watch.
It was in 2005 though when Emily found success as the lead in Fox's hit TV show Bones.
She starred as Dr. Temperance Brennan, a forensic anthropologist and kinesiologist, alongside Buffy The Vampire Slayer
star David Boreanaz
The show was loosely based on Kathy Reichs, a forensic anthropologist who turned to writing crime novels which featured Dr. Brennan.
The show has been Emmy
-nominated and is still running after nine years.
Emily is a vegan and passionate animal welfare supporter. She has collaborated with PETA and also starred alongside Alyson Hannigan
, Jaime King and others in a comedy sketch promoting regular breast cancer screenings.
The actress married her husband David Hornsby in 2010, and the pair have one son, three-year-old Henry.