Date of Birth : Jan 31st 1973
Portia DeRossi was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia on January 31, 1973. Originally named Mandy Rogers, at 15, she changed her name to Portia, saying that it was the most daring thing she had ever done at that point. After graduating from high school, she attended the University of Melbourne, and studied law. She had studied really hard to get into law. But in 1993, Portia found herself giving special notice to a casting director, who had seen her in commercial–and auditioned for Sirens, a low budget comedy, starring Hugh Grant. She got the role as Giddy, one of the three gorgeous models in the movie.
It wasn’t until 1997, that Portia finally started to be recognized. After her unforgettable role as Murphy in Scream 2, and then followed her ‘Ice Queen’ character Nelle, on Ally Mcbeal. In 1998, she joined the cast of Ally McBeal, and worked on such projects as Stigmata, Girl, and The Invisibles. Soon, she was starting to show up on magazine covers, such a Sharpe, and was also being recognized-not only for her long golden tresses, but also for her talent.