Born in New York City on February 25, 1966, Tea Leoni spent her formative years growing up in Manhattan. She attended Sarah Lawrence college but, never finished.
She auditioned for Aaron Spelling‘s remake of Charlie’s Angles on a dare and landed the part, but the show never aired due to conflicts with a writer’s strike. Leoni continued to pursue acting and her break came when she appeared in the movie Switch; she next appeared with a minor role in A League of Their Own. From 1996-1998 Leoni had the staring role in NBC sitcom The Naked Truth.
In 1997 Leoni married actor David Duchovny of The X-Files fame. This was the second marriage for Leoni; she was married to director Neil Tardio from 1993-1995. After wedding Duchovny, Leoni went on to land starring roles in movies such as The Family Man, Spanglish and Fun With Dick and Jane.
In between filming the actress had two children: a daughter, Madeleine West, and a son, Kyd Miller. In June 2011, she and Duchovny announced they were separating after 14 years of marriage. (Their marriage had been on the rocks since Duchovny sought help for sex addiction in 2008).