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Margaret Grace Denig was born in Columbus, Ohio on September 21, 1983, but grew up in Worthington. She took to acting while there, starring in a number of regional productions. When she was 16, her mother, Valinn, amicably split with her father, Rick, and Maggie moved with Valinn to Los Angeles California. From there, she began making the audition rounds in order to be a professional actress.
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It took until she was 18, but Maggie finally landed her first role on the web-based series "Rachel's Room" in 2001. For the next several years, she continued to book minor gigs on such shows as "CSI: Miami" and "Cold Case" before starring in her first recurring role on the FOX series "Oliver Beene," where she played a Swedish exchange student. The very same year, she was cast on the immensely popular ABC show "Lost," which put her on the map in a big way.