Dr. Tara Grace Knowles-Teller is a fictional character on the FX drama Sons of Anarchy, played by Maggie Siff.
Maggie Siff (born June 21, 1974) is an American actress. She is best known for her television roles as department store heiress Rachel Menken Katz on the AMC drama Mad Men and Dr. Tara Knowles-Teller on the FX drama Sons of Anarchy. She also had roles in the films Push (2009) as Teresa Stowe and Leaves of Grass (2010) as Rabbi Renannah Zimmerman.
Siff was born in The Bronx, New York City. Her father is Jewish, and Siff identifies as half-Jewish. She is an alumna of The Bronx High School of Science and of Bryn Mawr College, where she majored in English and graduated in 1996. She later completed an M.F.A. in acting at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting Program.
Siff worked extensively in regional theater before acting in television. She won a Barrymore Award for Excellence in Theater in 1998 for her work in Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts at Lantern Theater Company
In Sons of Anarchy Tara is a native of Charming, California. (She said her heritage was half-Irish.) Tara's mother died when she was nine years old. According to ATF Agent Stahl, she had a “drunk daddy”, whom Tara described as a “bit of a packrat.” She was Jax Teller's high-school girlfriend, and during this era she had a crow tattooed on her lower back representing her connection to SAMCRO. Tara was arrested in Jax's company at least three times in 1996. Tara left town when Jax was 19, trying to get away from small-town life and the influence of the club. According to his mother Gemma, this all but broke Jax's heart.
After leaving Charming, Tara moved in with a cousin of her father's who lived in San Diego, studied at UC San Diego where she graduated with honors, attended medical school in Chicago (Feinberg Medical School at Northwestern University according to her file in “Fun Town” but “Loyola Med” according to Agent Stahl in “Better Half”) where she was at the top of her class, and then went on to her internship in Chicago Presbyterian.
While in Chicago, Tara dated ATF agent Joshua Kohn, and got pregnant by him, but had an abortion at six weeks. Kohn became intimidating, violent and obsessive, so she took out a restraining order against him several months before she returned to Charming, after an absence of 11 years.