Pauley Perrette Biography

Pauley Perrette is a multi-talented American actress, singer, writer, and civil rights advocate. Best known for her role as Abby Sciuto on the hit TV series ‘NCIS’, she has also made appearances in movies such as ‘The Ring’ and has acted in various television series including ’24’ and ‘CSI’. Pauley is dedicated to independent films and has co-written a book called ‘Donna Bell’s Bake Shop: Recipes and Stories of Family, Friends and Food’, which tells the heartwarming story of her journey in starting a Southern style bake shop in Manhattan with her two best friends. She is also the co-owner of ‘Donna Bell’s Bake Shop’, named after her late mother. In addition to her successful acting career, Pauley is a passionate advocate for civil rights and has even produced a documentary on U.S. Civil Rights attorney and author Mark Lane. With her talent and dedication, Pauley has made appearances on numerous popular talk shows, including Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

Quick Facts

  • Age: 54 Years
  • Family: Spouse/Ex-: Coyote Shivers (m. 2000–2006)
  • Occupation: Actresses, Civil Rights Activists
  • Height: 5’10” (178 cm)
  • U.S. State: Louisiana
  • City: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Education: Valdosta State University, Crestwood High School

Childhood & Early Life

Pauley Jones was born on March 27, 1969 in New Orleans, Louisiana. She spent her childhood in various states including Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, New York, New Jersey, and California. During her childhood, she developed a fascination for animals and had aspirations of working with them or being in a rock and roll band. She also had a desire to become an FBI agent. Pauley was an honors student in sociology, psychology, and criminal science during her undergraduate studies. She attended Valdosta State University in Georgia where she studied criminal justice. She later moved to New York City and studied at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.


Pauley began her career in advertising and eventually started booking commercials, which led her to move to Los Angeles to pursue acting. She started by making guest appearances in popular shows and in 2011, she landed her current role as forensic scientist Abby Sciuto in the series ‘NCIS’. In 2003, she appeared on two episodes of ‘JAG’, which gained her attention in the industry. Pauley has also made appearances in movies such as ‘The Ring’ and ‘Almost Famous’. In addition to acting, she is also a poet, writer, photographer, and music lover. She is an advocate for civil rights and has directed a documentary on Mark Lane, a U.S. Civil Rights Attorney.

Major Works

One of Pauley’s major works is her role as Abby Sciuto in the series ‘NCIS’. She has received two nominations for the People’s Choice Awards for her performance in the show. She is also known for her activism and support of various causes, including charity organizations, animal rescue teams, and civil and LGBT rights. She serves on the board of several influential help groups and organizations.

Awards & Achievements

In 2010, Pauley won the best actress award at the Beverly Hills Film Festival for her performance in ‘To Comfort You’. She has also received nominations for the People’s Choice Awards for her role in ‘NCIS’ and was nominated for a BTVA Special/DVD Voice Acting Award for her vocal performance in ‘Scooby-Doo! And Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery’. She has been honored with several awards for her advocacy work, including the Community Advocate of the Year award from the Society of St. Vincent Paul and the Heart of Service Award from the Union Rescue Mission.

Personal Life & Legacy

Pauley was previously married to actor and musician Coyote Shivers, but the marriage ended due to physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. She was later engaged to cameraman Michael Bosman, but they split in 2011. In December 2011, she announced her engagement to former British Royal Marine Thomas Arklie. She is an active member of the Hollywood United Methodist Church. Pauley is known for her strong belief in being true to oneself and accepting new things easily. She has also played an active role in helping to catch a murderer and has made significant donations to assist in solving criminal cases. She has a tattoo on her finger that represents a Bible verse about overcoming evil with good.


Pauley has a tattoo on the side of her finger that reads ’12 21′, which stands for Romans, Chapter 12, Verse 21: ‘Never be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.’

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