Emily Erin Deschanel (pronounced /deɪʃəˈnɛl/; born October 11, 1976) is an American actress and television producer, best known for playing Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan in the comedy-crime drama Bones.
Deschanel was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Academy Award-nominated cinematographer and director Caleb Deschanel and actress Mary Jo Deschanel (née Weir). Her mother is Irish American and her grandfather is French. She has one younger sister: actress, songwriter and musician Zooey Deschanel. She grew up in Canada, Yugoslavia, England and South Africa.
Deschanel made her feature film debut in 1994's It Could Happen to You. Her next notable role was in Stephen King's Rose Red in 2002. She then appeared in Cold Mountain, The Alamo and Glory Road and was named one of "six actresses to watch" by Interview Magazine in 2004.