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Robin Tunney (born in Chicago, Illinois on June 19, 1972) is an American actress, best known for her roles in film such as The Craft, Empire Records, and a few television programs such as The Mentalist and Prison Break. She portrays Sarah Bailey in The Craft.


Robin Tunney was born on June 19, 1972 in Chicago, Illinois. Her mother was a bartender and her father was a car salesman. She is of Irish descent. Tunney was raised Roman Catholic.


At age 19, Tunney moved to Los Angeles to become an actress. There, she landed a few roles in television shows like Law & Order, Dream On and Life Goes On. Her breakout performance was in 1995 when she played Debra in the film Empire Records. Her performance attracted the attention of producer Douglas Wick and was thus offered the part as teenage witch Sarah Bailey in The Craft. She has starred in the hit drama series The Mentalist since 2008 through 2015. In 2006, she earned critical acclaim for her portrayal of a victim of sexual assault in the independent drama Open Window. Her other notable film appearances include Cherish, The Secret Lives of Dentists (both 2002), The In-Laws (2003), Hollywoodland (2006), August, The Burning Plain (both 2008), Passenger Side (2009), and Looking Glass (2018).

Personal Life

Tunney married producer and director Bob Gosse on October 4, 1995 and divorced in 2006. Tunney was engaged to Australian writer and director Andrew Dominik from 2009 to 2010.

Tunney became engaged to Nicky Marmet on December 25, 2012, while on vacation in Rio de Janeiro. On June 23, 2016, she gave birth to their son Oscar Holly Marmet. On January 8, 2020, she gave birth to their daughter Colette Kathleen Marmet.

On June 28, 2006, Tunney won her table in the eighth tournament series of Bravo's Celebrity Poker Showdown, moving on to the final table. The finale aired on July 5, 2006, where she finished second to Jason Alexander, earning $200,000 for her charity of choice, The Children's Health Fund. In August 2006, Tunney played in the World Series of Poker after having her entrance fee covered by the online cardroom

She is a cousin of Chicago Alderman Tom Tunney.