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Madeleine Stowe
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Character Victoria Grayson
Season(s) 1 - 2 - 3 - 4
Date of Birth August 18, 1958
Birthplace Los Angeles, California, USA
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Madeleine Mora Stowe (born August 18, 1958) is an American actress, best known for roles in films such as Stakeout, Revenge, Unlawful Entry, The Last of the Mohicans, Blink, 12 Monkeys, The General's Daughter and We Were Soldiers. She currently stars as Victoria Grayson in the ABC drama series Revenge.


Stowe was born in Portland, Oregon and raised in Eagle Rock, a suburb of Los Angeles. She is the first of three children born to Mireya (née Mora) — who had come from a prominent family in Costa Rica, and Robert Stowe, a civil engineer who was a native of Oregon. Stowe's father suffered from multiple sclerosis.

Between the ages of 10 and 18, Stowe took piano lessons. She originally aspired to become a concert pianist. Stowe would later explain that piano was an escape of not having to socialize with other children her age. She also accompanied her father on medical treatments. Her Russian-born music teacher Sergei Tarnowsky had faith in Stowe, even teaching her from his deathbed. Following his death at the age of 96, she quit. She later commented: "I just felt it was time to not be by myself anymore." She then studied cinema and journalism at the University of Southern California. Not overly interested in her classes, Stowe volunteered to do performances at the Solaris, at Beverly Hills theater, where a movie agent saw her in a play and got her several offers of appearances in TV and films.

In 1982, Stowe married Brian Benben, whom she met on the set of a television movie the previous year. Together the couple have a daughter.

In 2008, Stowe traveled to Haiti and helped found Artists For Peace And Justice. She is on the advisory board of this foundation.


For nearly fifteen years, Stowe appeared mostly in minor or supporting roles in movies and on TV. A few of her performances from this period are Stakeout, where she played with Richard Dreyfuss, and Revenge, which co-starred Kevin Costner. In 1992, she appeared in a supporting role as the wife of Kurt Russell in the gritty crime drama, Unlawful Entry. Also that year, Stowe played Cora Munro in The Last of the Mohicans, which also starred Daniel Day-Lewis.

The next year, director Robert Altman cast Stowe in Short Cuts, in which she gave one of her most acclaimed screen performances as the wife of a compulsive lying and adulterous police officer played by Tim Robbins. The following year, Madeleine played a blind musician in the thriller Blink, co-starring Aidan Quinn. The year after that, she was a sympathetic psychiatrist in the science-fiction movie Twelve Monkeys.

In 1995, Stowe was chosen by Empire magazine as one of the "100 Sexiest Stars in film history". Stowe postponed her acting career in 1996 to concentrate on motherhood. In 1998, she came back with The Proposition, then The General's Daughter in 1999.

In 2001 she starred in the box office bomb science fiction film Impostor. In 2002 she starred in the movies We Were Soldiers with Mel Gibson and Avenging Angelo with Sylvester Stallone. In 2003 she starred in the thriller Octane.

In 2007 she appeared in the Jeff Goldblum detective drama Raines on NBC, a 2007 mid-season replacement. The series was canceled after two months. In 2009 she starred in the Lifetime movie The Christmas Hope.

As of 2011, she stars as Victoria Grayson on the ABC's television drama series Revenge.


Year Title Role Notes
1978 Baretta Anna 1 episode
The Amazing Spider-Man Maria Calderon 1 episode
The Nativity Mary TV movie
The Deerslayer Hetty Hutter TV movie
1979 Barnaby Jones Diane 1 episode
1980 Beulah Land Selma Kendrick Davis TV miniseries
Little House on the Prairie Annie Crane 1 episode
1981 Trapper John, M.D. Cassie 1 episode
The Gangster Chronicles Ruth Lasker TV series
1982 Gangster Wars Ruth Lasker
1984 Amazons Dr. Sharon Fields TV movie
1986 Blood & Orchids Hester Ashley Murdoch TV movie
1987 Stakeout Maria McGuire
1988 Tropical Snow Marina
1989 Worth Winning Veronica Briskow
1990 Revenge Miryea
The Two Jakes Lillian Bodine
1991 Closet Land Victim
1992 Unlawful Entry Karen Carr
The Last of the Mohicans Cora Munro
1993 Another Stakeout Maria McGuire cameo appearance
Short Cuts Sherri Shepard
1994 China Moon Rachel Munro
Blink Emma Brody
Bad Girls Cody Zamora
1995 12 Monkeys Kathryn Railly
1998 The Proposition Eleanor Barret
Playing by Heart Gracie
1999 The General's Daughter Warr. Off. Sara Sunhill
2001 Impostor Maya Olham
2002 We Were Soldiers Julie Moore
Avenging Angelo Jennifer Barrett Allieghieri
The Magnificent Ambersons Isabel Amberson Minafer TV movie
2003 Octane Senga Wilson
2005 Saving Milly Milly TV movie
2006 Southern Comfort Charlotte TV movie
2007 Raines Dr. Samantha Kohl 6 episodes
2009 The Christmas Hope Patricia Addison TV movie
2011-2015 Revenge Victoria Grayson TV series; Main Role (89 episodes)