Scottie Thompson grew up in Richmond, Virginia. With a love for dance and performing, Thompson started ballet at an early age. In 1994 she played the role of Clara in Richmond Ballet's The Nutcracker. After graduating from Collegiate School in 2000, she took a year off to dance with the Richmond Ballet.
Thompson graduated from Harvard University in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in Performance Studies and Literature, focusing on French and Postcolonial works. It was during her time at Harvard that she discovered her love for acting. She performed in a number of plays, including Macbeth, Marisol and The Oresteia. She also choreographed several other performances.
After graduating, Thompson moved to New York to start her acting career. She has since made several guest appearances on TV shows, including a recurring role in Showtime's “Brotherhood.” She appeared regularly on the CBS show “NCIS” as Jeanne Benoit and most recently appeared in the NBC show “Trauma” as Diana Van Dine. She’s also had guest starring roles on “Drop Dead Diva” and “Rizzoli and Isles.” Thompson’s feature credits include the UK production of “Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda” and the hit film “Star Trek.” She was also seen as one of the female leads for the Universal/Relativity film “Skyline,” which opened in 2010.
In 2011, Thompson starred in the TNT holiday mystery movie “Deck the Halls” as Detective Regan Reilly. The film is based on the first book in Mary Higgins Clark and daughter Carol Higgins Clark’s series of holiday mystery novels.