Emily Deschanel Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Anusuya Mukherjee
Sep 04, 2022 By Anusuya Mukherjee
Originally Published on May 13, 2022
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Emily Deschanel is a popular American TV personality.
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About Emily Deschanel

Emily Deschanel is an American actress who is known for playing Dr. Temperance Brennan in the series 'Bones'.
She has starred in a number of movies and television series. She has also gained several nominations for awards due to her portrayal of Dr. Temperance Brennan in ‘Bones.’
After finishing her graduation from Boston University with a degree in Fine Arts, this American actress started to work in Hollywood. She gained widespread attention after being cast in 'Bones' and playing a complex character who lacked social skills.
Deschanel is also a passionate advocate for animal welfare. Her husband is a cinematographer and director and she has also been an associate producer for many documentary series as well.

Emily Deschanel's Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Emily Deschanel’s net worth?

It has been estimated that Emily Deschanel has a net worth of $30 million.

How much does Emily Deschanel earn per year?

Emily Deschanel earned $250,000 per episode while acting in the TV procedural investigative comedy-drama series 'Bones'. However, there is no information available about how much this actress earns annually at the moment.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Emily Deschanel?

Emily Deschanel is 5 ft 7 in (175 cm) tall.

How old is Emily Deschanel?

Emily Deschanel was born on 11 October 1976. She is currently 45 years old and will turn 46 in October 2022.

Childhood And Education

Emily Deschanel was born in Los Angeles, California. Her father is the famous Oscar-nominated cinematographer and director, Caleb Deschanel. Her mother is the actress, Emily Jo Deschanel, who is famous for acting in the crime TV drama series, 'Twin Peaks', directed by David Lynch. She is the older sister of the popular actress, Zooey Deschanel. Zooey Deschanel is popular for starring in the hit comedy-drama series 'New Girl' as well as the romantic-comedy movie '500 Days of Summer'.
In her childhood, Emily Deschanel attended Harvard-Westlake School. She also went to Crossroads School. After graduating high school, she enrolled in an Actor's Training Program at Boston University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Emily Deschanel’s partner?

Emily Deschanel is married to fellow American actor, David Hornsby. They have two children together, born in 2011 and 2015.

Career And Professional Highlights

During the start of her career, she starred in a miniseries titled 'Rose Red' based on a Stephen King novel. She also went on to star in shows 'Crossing Jordan', 'Providence', and 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit'.
Emily has had a number of guest appearances and cameos in many popular TV shows such as 'Sleepy Hollow', 'American Dad', and 'Bojack Horseman'. There, she reprised the role of her legendary character Dr. Temperance Brennan. These voice roles are a humorous reference to the character she has played for 12 seasons. She has also had a cameo in the TV series 'The Rookie'. In addition to that, she has had a recurring role in the drama series 'Animal Kingdom'. Critics appreciated her dramatic turn to play Angela in the series who was quite different to Dr. Temperance Brennan.
She will be starring in the upcoming Netflix miniseries titled 'Devil in Ohio'.
She has also had a number of roles in various movies. She starred in the Academy award-winning movie 'Cold Mountain' as Mrs. Morgan. She also starred in the historical war drama film 'Glory Road' where she played the character of Mary Haskins. She played the role of Dr. Farquad in the emotional drama movie 'My Sister's Keeper'. In addition to that, she has also acted in the movies 'The Alamo', 'Easy', 'Boogeyman', and 'The Perfect Family'.

Best Known For…

Emily Deschanel is best known for playing Dr. Temperance Brennan in the crime procedural drama, 'Bones'. Her character was based on the career of forensic scientist Kathy Reichs. The series focused on Dr. Temperance Brennan who would solve crimes with the help of FBI agent Seeley Booth, portrayed by David Boreanaz. The FBI would often reach out to Dr. Temperance Brennan for her expertise whenever they found old bones that needed to be investigated to solve a crime.
Emily Deschanel gained nationwide fame and appreciation for playing the character of the stoic and serious Dr. Temperance Brennan. Temperance Brennan was not very good with crowds and often struggled to express her emotions due to her lack of social skills. In addition to that, she was also clueless about popular culture and could not catch the jokes or metaphors. She is also deeply atheist and often pokes fun at people who are religious. However, she softened up over the course of the series as she started to become friends with other people in the FBI including Agent Booth. Over time, she becomes closer to Seeley Booth and eventually marries him.

Charity Work

Emily Deschanel is a staunch vegan and does not eat any food item that is sourced from animals. Deschanel is a supporter of animal rights and has worked with PETA as well.
She has also collaborated with the organization Stand Up 2 Cancer. With this organization, she has collaborated with other actresses to advocate the importance of getting regular cancer screenings among women. She advocated for increasing awareness about breast cancer.

What awards has Emily Deschanel won?

Emily Deschanel has been nominated for six People's Choice Awards, but has not yet won any. She has been nominated under the categories of Favorite TV Crime Fighter, Favorite TV Drama Actress, Favorite Crime Drama TV Actress, and Favorite Dramatic TV Actress. She was also nominated for the People's Choice Award for Favorite TV Duo along with her co-star David Boreanaz.
Miss Deschanel has also been nominated for a Teen Choice Award and Satellite Award. She was nominated for the Best TV Actress Satellite Award and the Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress.

Emily Deschanel’s Hobbies And Interests

Emily Deschanel has always been interested in architecture even as a child. She says she loves the unique combination of arts and science that architecture entails.

Other Interesting Emily Deschanel's Facts And Trivia

  • Often, real-life pregnancies of actors can cause a hindrance to the show that they are starring in and the character that they are playing. However, for Emily Deschanel, both her pregnancies were accommodated and written in the show so she could continue shooting, even during her pregnancy.
  • Like every sibling relationship, Emily and her sister Zooey would fight quite often. Emily would also bully her sister by pretending that she was an alien instead of her real sister! However, they have now resolved all their differences and the sisters are quite close.
  • Emily Deschanel is best friends with her 'Bones' co-star Michaela Conlin. Coincidentally, Michaela Conlin played the role of Angela Montenegro in the show, who was also Dr. Temperance Brennan's best friend.
  • After graduating from college, Emily had a completely different life planned for herself. She fell in love with the theater and doing stage shows. Thus, she had planned to act in off-Broadway shows.
  • Emily is extremely fond of her character, Dr. Temperance Brennan, who she played in the drama series 'Bones'. She thinks it is important that younger people who watch the show are inspired by a woman scientist who is brilliant at her job and manages a difficult career.
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Emily Deschanel Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Birth Name

Emily Erin Deschanel

Date of Birth




Place of Birth

Los Angeles



175 cm

Eye Color

Hazel Blue

Child Star?



Actor, Film Producer, Film Actor, Television Producer


Harvard-Westlake School, Crossroads School, Boston University

Net Worth



David Hornsby


Mary Jo Deschanel, Caleb Deschanel


Zooey Deschanel
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Written by Anusuya Mukherjee

Bachelor of Arts and Law specializing in Political Science and Intellectual Property Rights

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Anusuya MukherjeeBachelor of Arts and Law specializing in Political Science and Intellectual Property Rights

With a wealth of international experience spanning Europe, Africa, North America, and the Middle East, Anusuya brings a unique perspective to her work as a Content Assistant and Content Updating Coordinator. She holds a law degree from India and has practiced law in India and Kuwait. Anusuya is a fan of rap music and enjoys a good cup of coffee in her free time. Currently, she is working on her novel, "Mr. Ivory Merchant".

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