Louise Lombard has long specialized in playing women who don't get by just on their looks but rely on intelligence and wiles as well. After acting in commercials as a teenager, she made a number of small screen appearances during the late '80s; however, it wasn't until the early '90s that she began receiving widespread notice thanks to a pair of British serials. One was "The House of Eliott", a drama about a pair of impoverished sisters who start a dressmaking business that they nurture into a success. During this time, she also appeared in "Chancer", a contemporary drama starring Clive Owen as a con man with an especially troubling past. Lombard played Anna, a petty criminal who finds herself caught between two powerful, not quite moral men--a situation that eventually ropes in Owen's main character. Following these two successes, she did more television and film work, her most high-profile movie role being Lady Anne Davenport, an aristocrat who assists Viggo Mortensen and his trusty horse in a race across a desert in the 2004 adventure epic "Hidalgo". Since then, she has become recognizable on television thanks to the hit series "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation", where she plays highly professional, but occasionally conflicted police detective Sofia Curtis, and the popular "NCIS", in which she played Special Agent Lara Macy.