Robin Jessica Tunney (born June 19, 1972) is an American actress. She is known for her role as Teresa Lisbon in the television series The Mentalist, as well as starring in Prison Break and the movies The Craft, End of Days, and Vertical Limit.Robin Tunney is proof that good things comes in small packages. This curvaceous 5’4” firecracker has repeatedly given moviegoers an eyeful thanks to revealing topless scenes in End of Days, Supernova and Investigating Sex (2001), an arousing comedy costarring Julie Delpy and Neve Campbell. "It was a blast -- kooky and fun and an amazing experience."
Robin has shared the screen with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars. She appeared alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in End of Days, she charmed Michael Douglas in The In-Laws (2003), she cracked up Sean Astin and Brendan Fraser in Encino Man (1992), and she romanced Henry Thomas in Niagara, Niagara for which she also received Best Actress honors from the Venice Film Festival and the Independent Spirit Awards.Robin has also lit up the small screen thanks to appearances in hit shows like Life Goes On, Law & Order, House M.D., and Prison Break.
At the age of 19, Tunney moved to Los Angeles, California and obtained several recurring TV roles on Class of '96, Law & Order, Dream On, and Life Goes On. She gave her breakthrough performance as a suicidal teenager in Empire Records and attracted further attention by playing a witch in The Craft.In 1997, Tunney starred in Bob Gosse's Niagara, Niagara with Henry Thomas in a performance which garnered her the Best Actress award Volpi Cup at the 1997 Venice International Film Festival. Tunney also was featured opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1999 supernatural action film End of Days.She starred in the pilot episode of House as a kindergarten teacher who collapses before her class and descends into aphasia; she was credited as a "special guest star". She portrayed Veronica Donovan on the first season of Prison Break, credited third after two main characters. She also appeared in the premiere episode of the second season, and in this episode, her character was killed off. She had a minor role in the film August released on July 11, 2008. Tunney is currently starring opposite Simon Baker in the CBS drama series The Mentalist.Tunney married producer/director Bob Gosse on October 4, 1997; they divorced in 2006. In 2009, Tunney was engaged to Australian writer/director Andrew Dominik but their relationship ended by August 2010. She got engaged to interior designer Nicky Marmet on December 25, 2012 while on vacation in Rio de Janeiro.On June 28, 2006, Tunney won the fifth table of Bravo's Celebrity Poker Showdown's eighth season, finishing ahead of Christopher Meloni, Macy Gray, Joy Behar, and Andy Dick, moving on to the final cut. The finale aired on July 5, 2006, where she competed against Jason Alexander, Michael Ian Black, Ida Siconolfi, and Keegan-Michael Key. Tunney came in second, behind Alexander. She played for The Children's Health Fund, which received $200,000 for her efforts. In August 2006, Tunney played in the World Series of Poker after having her entrance fee covered by the online cardroom PokerRoom.com.