Her father was a civil engineer from Oregon.
She postponed her acting career in 1996 in order to concentrate on motherhood. She went back to acting in 1998.
She and her husband own a ranch in Texas.
She has a son with Brian Benben.
She replaced Faith Hill in the role of Julian Moore in the movie We Were Soldier.
She is married with Brian Benben since 1982.
While she was in high school, she was extremely shy.
She studied cinema and journalism at the University of Southern California but she dropped out without completing a degree.
Because she wanted to become a concert pianist, she began taking piano lessons at the age of 10. Her music teacher was Sergei Tarnowsky.
She has a daughter named May.
She is half British, from her father side, and half-Costa Rican, from her mother side.
Her height is 5' 6½" (1.69 m).
In 1999, she was chosen by Empire magazine as one of the "100 Sexiest Stars in film history."
Madeleine Stowe: I love the life of an actor because you spend brief amounts of time with other people and then you just leave. I need to be alone a lot, and I need the outdoors.
Madeleine Stowe ( on the link between movies and school violence): A lot of people in the movie industry tend to run and hide from it like ostriches. Movie industry people are definitely in denial right now, but you do become desensitized to violence when you see it on the screen so often. Let's face it, violence exists for one reason in movies, and that's to get an effect, create an emotion, sell tickets.