The Untold Truth About Peter Gallagher’s Wife Paula Harwood

April 18, 2024
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Who is Paula Harwood?

Being a secretive person, Paula Harwood hasn’t shared her birthplace, although it’s known that she was born on 1 August 1955, in the USA, thus her zodiac sign is Leo and she holds American nationality. She is only known as the wife of the renowned actor, Peter Gallagher, who rose to prominence after his portrayal of Sandy Cohen in the series “The O. C.”

Early life, education, and career

Paula prefers to keep her personal matters for herself, thus she hasn’t spoken about her childhood, parents, or any siblings, so it’s assumed that she was raised by her parents, and that she’s their only child.

She attended a local high school, and upon matriculating in 1973, enrolled at Tufts University, in Medford, Massachusetts, from which she graduated with a BA degree in 1977.

Paula hasn’t disclosed any information regarding her occupation and career.

Marriage with Peter Gallagher

Paula and Peter met while they were both studying at Tufts University, and according to sources, it took Peter a few years of friendship before he asked her out on a date in the early ‘80s. They married on 7 May 1983, in the presence of their families and friends.


Paula gave birth to their first child, a son named James in 1990, while their daughter Kathryn was born on 23 July 1993; she is an actress and singer, and is perhaps known best for her role as Bella Fox in the Broadway musical “Jagged Little Pill”.

As of March 2022, Paula is still with Peter, living in New York City, and Peter once spoke about their long-term marriage, saying: ‘The secret to our marriage is…that we’re both extremely stubborn. I think there’s a sort of silent acknowledgment that the only way out of this union means one of us will be horizontal.’

Age, appearance, and net worth

Paula’s age is 66, with blonde hair and green eyes; she weighs around 145lbs (65kgs) and is 5ft 6ins (1.67m) tall.

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We couldn’t find information about Paula’s income and net worth, however, as of early 2022, her husband has a net worth estimated at $8 million.

Who is Peter Gallagher?

Peter Killian Gallagher was born under the zodiac sign of Leo on 19 August 1955, in New York City USA; he holds American nationality and his ethnicity is Irish. He is a writer and actor with over 100 credits to his name, perhaps known best for his roles in series such as “The O. C.”, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”, and movies such as “American Beauty”, “Mr. Deeds”, and “While You Were Sleeping”, among others.

Peter was raised in Armonk, New York alongside his two siblings, by their father Thomas Francis, who was an advertising executive, and mother Mary Ann, who was a bacteriologist.


Speaking about Peter’s educational background, he attended a local high school, and upon matriculating in 1973, he enrolled at Tufts University from which he graduated with a BA degree in 1977. While he was at college, he sang with the all-male a cappella group called Beelzebubs, and after graduation, he studied acting at the William Esper Studio in New York City.

Peter made his acting debut in 1979, portraying Chuck Haskell in the series “Guiding Light”, followed by his role as John Skagska in the series “Skag”, making his first appearance on the big screen in 1980, as Caesare in the Golden Globe-nominated musical comedy “The Idolmaker”, also starring Tovah Feldshuh and Ray Sharkey.

In the early ’80s, the audience saw him in movies such as “Dreamchild”, “My Little Girl”, and “Long Day’s Journey Into Night”, before he was cast to play Tommy Barron in the series “Private Eye” in 1987.

In the following years, Peter appeared in various movies and series, and one of his notable roles was his portrayal of John in the movie “Sex, Lies, and Videotape” also starring Andie MacDowell and James Spader; this drama written and directed by Steven Soderberg had 24 nomination awards, including one for the Oscar – Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, in 1990.


In the ‘90s, Peter was seen in the movies “Café Society”, “Last Dance”, and “The Man Who Knew Too Little”, before he was cast to play Michael in the series “The Secret Lives of Men” in 1999, and then he portrayed Buddy Kane in the five times Oscar-awarded “American Beauty”, starring Kevin Spacey, Thora Birch, and Annette Bening. The movie had 213 award nominations, and won 111, including five Oscars for Best Cinematography, Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, Best Director, Best Picture, and Best Actor in a Leading Role (Kevin Spacey).

In 2001, Peter was cast to play Guido in “Perfume”, followed by his most notable television role as Sandy Cohen in the series “The O. C.”, also starring Mischa Barton and Adam Brody; the series broadcast from 2003 until 2007, and attracted 22 award nominations winning 11, with Peter nominated for Prism Award Performance in a Drama Series Episode, in 2006.

In the following years, Peter was seen starring in the various movies, including “Adam” and “The War Boys”, before he portrayed Dean Stacy Koons in the series “Californication” and Father Phil in “Rescue Me”, in 2010.

In the same year, he was seen as Barry Scheck in the biographic crime drama “Conviction”, followed by his role as Vince in “Burlesque” a musical drama starring Cher, Christina Aguilera and Alan Cumming.


He then had several guest roles in series such as “How I Met Your Mother”, “Whitney”, and “Kroll Show”.

In the action crime drama series “Covert Affairs”, Peter had a recurring role as Arthur Campbell from 2010 until ’14, and then he had guest roles in various series such as “The Good Wife”, “Togetherness”, and “New Girl”, among others. In 2017, he was cast to play in movies “Literally, Right Before Aaron”, “Submission”, and “A Bad Moms Christmas”.

The following years saw him in series “The Gifted” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”, and in 2020 he portrayed Howard in the movie “Palm Springs”, followed by his role as Mitch in the series “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist”, and as Nick in “Grace and Frankie” in 2021.

Nowadays, we can see Peter as Doctor David Hamilton in the popular romantic drama series “Grey’s Anatomy”, alongside James Pickens Jr, Ellen Pompeo and Chandra Wilson.

Speaking about his personal life, Peter had numerous on-screen match-ups, however, in real life he hasn’t been the subject of any rumors concerning his love life.

This 66-year-old actor has black hair and piercing blue eyes which are his trademark beside his thick eyebrows; he weighs around 165lbs (75kgs) and is 5ft 9ins (1.75m) tall.

His fans can keep track of his work and life through his Instagram account, which is today followed by over 100,000 people, and he also has a Twitter account, which has gained over 80,000 followers.

Martha Clifford

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