Fast Facts

  • Father was a singing cowboy and rice farmer; older brother, Matthew, is also an actor.
  • Wrote an essay about acting titled "The Reality of Make Believe" that was published by Newsweek in 1995, when she was a senior at Cal State, Chico.
  • Made her TV debut in Stolen Innocence, a 1995 Tracey Gold TV-movie filmed in Chico.
  • Performed with Grey's Anatomy alum T.R. Knight in a 2001 production of Amadeus at the Tyrone Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis. (He played Mozart, she his wife, Costanze).
  • Made theatrical-film debut (as Miss Minneapolis) in the 2002 beauty-pageant mockumentary Drop Dead Gorgeous.
  • Was a regular on the short-lived NBC sitcoms M.Y.O.B. (2000) and A.U.S.A. ('03) and the '06-07 ABC relationship-drama series What About Brian? 
  • Has had recurring roles in Private Practice and Necessary Roughness.


  • Susan Thurman Detmer — Mother
  • Matthew Detmer — Brother
  • Bernardo Targett — Ex-husband
  • Melvin Lester Detmer — Father


  • Attended University of California, Santa Cruz, California, United States; California State University, Chico, California, United States (BA in Theatre, 1995); New York University, New York, New York, United States (MFA in Acting, 1998)


  • Birth Name: Amanda Jeannette Detmer
  • Birth Place: Contra Costa County, California, United States
  • Profession: Actor

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