Poppy Montgomery (born Poppy Petal Emma Elizabeth Deveraux Donahue; 15 June 1972, height 5' 4" (1,63 m))is an Australian actress. She is known for playing FBI agent Samantha Spade on the CBSmystery drama Without a Trace from 2002 to 2009 and for her latest television role since 2011 as Det. Carrie Wells on the CBS police dramaUnforgettable. Montgomery was born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, to Nicola (née Montgomery), an executive and market researcher, and Phil Donahue, a restaurateur.She is one of six children and her parents named her and her sisters (Rosie Thorn, Daisy Yellow, Lily Belle, and Marigold Sun) after flowers, and their brother after the rock band Jethro Tull.Montgomery hated school, being expelled from six private academies before finally dropping out at the age of fifteen to pursue stage actingand to also travel around Bali with her boyfriend at the timeMontgomery emigrated to the United States at the age of eighteen, arriving in Florida to meet a boyfriend whom she had met when he was an exchange student. After five days, she realized that "[she] couldn't stand him" and then took a bus to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career.