NCIS: This is what the show’s leading actress’ look like in real life

NCIS: This is what the show’s leading actress’ look like in real life

The hugely successful series has seen many faces over the years, including some great and empowering female roles. NCIS, which stands for Naval Criminal Investigative Service see Leroy Gibbs lead a group of bright personalities who between them investigate some of the most notorious crimes. First beginning in 2003, the show has reached maximum success and today is on its 17th series, soon to be starting this September. As with all actors, they can look completely different in real life to what they do on screen.

Liza Lapira as Michelle Lee

During seasons three and four, this character was definitely aloof and mysterious. She was often seen sneaking around the NCIS team undetected in her suits.

Liza Lapira as Michelle Lee

Michelle was originally employed by the legal team for the force, but she was actually working as a spy. Frequently trying to blend into the crowd, Michelle did this by wearing plain clothing trying to be inconspicuous.

Liza Lapira in real life

Since her time on the show, Liza has had a plethora of opportunities both on the small screen and in well-known movies. She has made appearances in popular shows and movies such as Dexter and Super Fun Night.

Liza Lapira in real life

She also appeared in Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life, Fast and Furious, and Repo Men. She is often papped on the red carpet, in beautiful dresses and is certainly glamorous when she goes out.

Jennifer Esposito as Alexandra Quinn

Alexandra’s time on the show was short but definitely sweet as she left a lasting impression on the members of her team and audiences of the show. As she was only part of the NCIS group for one season, so there wasn’t much diversity with Alexandra’s dress sense or hairstyles as she often opted for smart casual.

Jennifer Esposito as Alexandra Quinn

Her shirts were usually accompanied by her light brown mid-length hair being worn down, but she quickly exited the show when she needed to leave to take care of her mother who had developed Alzheimer’s.

Jennifer Esposito in real life

Since her exit last year, 44-year-old Jennifer decided to take her color darker as she is now seen with a dark ombre look. Her change is a noticeable difference from her time as Jenny, but we haven’t had a chance to see her back on our screens just yet.

Jennifer Esposito in real life

However, that could all change soon as she is credited as one of the leads in the film Cigarette that is reportedly in the post-production phases. We look forward to seeing what direction her career takes.

Stephanie Mello as Cynthia Sumner

She featured in 13 episodes on NCIS, as a personal secretary for a member of the U.S. Navy. Cynthia’s style was predominantly smart chic attire, mostly suits.

Stephanie Mello as Cynthia Sumner

Her character only had a small amount of time on air, however it was clear to viewers that she had a turbulent relationship with Leroy Gibbs as he would constantly just barge into the office unannounced. Fans loved her character and she was a believable character.

Stephanie Mello in real life

It has now been over fourteen years since she appeared on the show, and since then Stephanie hasn’t left the spotlight, she has featured in over 100 television commercials, and still continues to do so.

Stephanie Mello in real life

Although she hasn’t had such a big break since NCIS, however in 2009 she worked on Big Time Rush. She still has the same hairstyle, we just love those curls.

Scottie Thompson as Dr. Jeanne Benoit

During 2006 Jeanne came onto the scene as the new girlfriend of Tony DiNozzo but, it came out later on, that her father was Rene Benoit, a renowned arms dealer.

Scottie Thompson as Dr. Jeanne Benoit

Nevertheless, Jeanne used her good looks to charm the team. The die hard fans were patiently waiting for her to rekindle the love of Tony as the two split before her first departure from the show in 2008.

Scottie Thompson in real life

The 35-year-old actress made a comeback as Jeanne in 2015 for only two episodes,  but it delighted the fans. Aside from acting, Thompson has even appeared on the music video for a song ‘What do you got’ by Bon Jovi.

Scottie Thompson in real life

Thompson also made a debut in popular movies such as ‘Star Trek’ in 2009 as Nero’s wife, ‘Skyline’ as Elaine, and ‘The Funhouse Massacre’ as Sheriff Kate. She is focusing on other big acting projects at the moment.

Nina Foch as Mrs. Victoria Mallard

Ducky Mallard’s mother, Victoria, is introduced on the show in 2005, but only appears in two episodes.  Victoria is also accompanied by her corgis but leaves the show during 2006 when her son confesses she moved away after developing Alzheimer’s.

Nina Foch as Mrs. Victoria Mallard

The reality was that his mother had passed away which is discovered after Abby follows Ducky where she uncovers that he was, in fact, visiting her grave.

Nina Foch in real life

Before appearing on the show, Nina starred in many black and white films, especially during the ‘40s, but continued to act until 2007. Nina led a glamorous lifestyle as she was often seen all dolled up with her smart blonde hairstyles and stylish dress sense.

Nina Foch in real life

In later life, Nina was still rocking the blonde look but had cut her once long hair short. Tragically, Nina passed away in 2008 at 84 years old. She will be missed and her legacy will live on through her work.

Tamara Taylor as Cassie Yates

Cassie entered the show in 2005 where she went on to appear in two episodes. She was a strong character that was working as a special agent for NCIS who wasn’t afraid of wearing her memorable red dress during her first episode.

Tamara Taylor as Cassie Yates

The character mostly wore her hair tied back with her bangs down stylishly, but when she did it was a little past her shoulders. As well as her red dress, Cassie also wore the standard NCIS suit on the show.

Cote de Pablo as Agent Ziva David

Cote de Pablo is an American-Chilean actress who played the role of ex-Mossad operative turned NCIS agent Ziva David. Cote played the role of Ziva from the 3rd to the 11th season and the character was an integral part of the NCIS team dynamic.

In her role, Cote masterfully portrayed the dangerous tough-talking, and strong-willed Ziva and the romantic undertones between Ziva and Tony’s (played by Michael Weatherly) interactions quickly became a fan favorite. In the show, it was hinted that Ziva had been an assassin during her time in the Mossad. Cote left the series when the characters’ storyline ended but made a surprise reappearance in season 17.

Cote de Pablo in real life

In real life, Cote is less like her NCIS character and friends who know her describe her as softer and more loving than the tough Israeli she played on screen. The actress was born María José de Pablo Fernández but when she attended middle school in the US she was so frustrated that her fellow students mispronounced her name that she made a bold move.

Coté is the Chilean nickname for Maria Jose and the future actress insisted that her school mates call her by this name. Since then the name has stuck!

Tamara Taylor in real life

Tamara did a lot of modeling work before her time on NCIS, so is used to life in front of the camera. Following from her exit, she landed a role on Bones where she chopped all her hair short. Since then she has been spotted with longer hair than ever before, as well as continuing to look as elegant as ever.

Tamara Taylor in real life

At red carpet events, she is always able to steal the show with her sophisticated yet straightforward dress style. She continues to act and has more projects in the works.

Jessica Steen as Paula Cassidy

Paula’s first appearance to the show was in 2003 during the first season. She appeared in six episodes, overall, with her last appearance in 2015. Paula played a strong female role as she wore power suits with her short strawberry blonde hair pulled back out of her face.

Jessica Steen as Paula Cassidy

She was working as a police interrogator initially but was asked to join the NCIS team as a criminal profiler after there was an accident on her original team that ended in their deaths.

Jessica Steen in real life

Before landing her role on the show, Jessica had been in a large string of movies and television shows, including Homefront, Earth 2, Monk, and The Outer Limits. Since then she has gone on to star in Heartland as one of the leading roles where she plays the character, Lisa Stillman.

Jessica Steen in real life

The 51-year-old now opts for a blonde do, but life off-screen sees the actress donning a more feminine wardrobe opposed to her usual suit pants and shirts.

Maria Bello as Jackie Sloane

The latest season of the show is still currently airing, but after appearing in the fourth episode, Jackie has already managed to make quite an impression on the team. Jackie joined her fellow NCIS colleagues as a special agent on the major case response team.

Maria Bello as Jackie Sloane

The rumors are, that she will be made part of the main cast very soon. We will just have to watch and see.

Maria Bello in real life

Maria has appeared in films such as The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, Grown Ups 2, and Lights Out over the years, and is quite a regular on screen.

Maria Bello in real life

Her love life is often written about in the press, but she keeps a good job of laying low and not letting rumors affect her. She is very involved in events for women’s rights and is a strong activist.

Alicia Coppola as Lieutenant Commander Faith Coleman

Alicia Coppola began her career as the host of MTV’s Remote Control, and her career quickly shot up from then onwards, playing a role on the soap opera Another World for three years.

Alicia Coppola as Lieutenant Commander Faith Coleman

She would go on to appear in the television show NCIS, following roles in Trinity, Bull, Star Trek: Voyager, and even played a cannibal on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. She was tapped to play the role of Lieutenant Commander Faith Coleman while on NCIS.

Alicia Coppola in real life

Alicia Coppola has continued to act and build her film and television reputation. She has since, followed down the crime drama route, gaining roles in Jericho, Lie to Me, Common Law, and others.

Alicia Coppola in real life

She has also appeared in Two and a Half Men, The Young and the Restless, and even on Teen Wolf. Alicia Coppola is married to writer/producer/actor Anthony Michael Jones. Jones is known to fans of General Hospital as Father Coates.

Jamie Lee Curtis as Dr. Samantha Ryan

Jamie Lee Curtis is a world famous actress. She got her first role in a movie in the cult classic Halloween and found fame in her first starring role on television in the show Anything But Love.

Jamie Lee Curtis as Dr. Samantha Ryan

She also was seen acting in Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, as well as The Drew Carey Show. While on NCIS, Jamie Lee Curtis played the role of Dr. Samantha Ryan, one of the show’s principal love interests.