Margaret Grace Denig professionally known as Maggie Grace was born on September 21, 1983 in Worthington, Ohio; one of three children of parents Valinn and Rick Denig, who ran a family jewellery business.
She attended Worthington Christian Schools from kindergarten through ninth grade and briefly attended Thomas Worthington High School, where she began acting in school plays and community theatre, including a 2000 Gallery Players production of The Crucible, at a local Jewish Community Centre (though she is not Jewish).
As a kid Grace was a big reader and a self described Shakespeare nerd. Her parents divorced when she was 16 years old, and her mother sought a fresh start. Grace dropped out of high school to move to Los Angeles, California with her mother, while her younger siblings Ian Denig and Marissa Palatas (married to Nick Palatas) continued to live with their father.
She still has the car which she bought when she was 18, she also has a feral cat named Roo which she found on the sets of Lost (2004). She also has been writing journal since the age of 12 years. Grace often credits her mother as her source of inspiration. She considers her mother to be her closest friend, they are more like sisters and that she is lucky to have an exceptionally cool mum. She is a self-proclaimed Anglophile, having written to a pen pal in the Lake District from the age of eight, having first visited England at 13 years old, and admiring a number of English poets as well as William Shakespeare.
She landed her first role in Rachel’s Room, a 2001 web-based video series about the affairs inside a teenage girl’s bedroom that was created by Dawson’s Creek executive producer Paul Stupin. Her next role was on the 2002 television series Septuplets, which was cancelled. Her breakout role was on 2002’s television movie Murder in Greenwich, based on the true story of 15-year-old Martha Moxley’s murder.
She had played some good roles in movies like: Suburban Girl (2007), Knight and Day (2010), The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part-2 and many more. She also made her first appearance as a guest star in the Showtime Series Californication in January 2013 where she plays a groupie and muse to the rock and roll world as well as the personal interest of Hank Moody, starring David Duchovny.
Apart from getting nominated for a number of awards, she won the – Outstanding performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series award for Lost (2004).