Ladies of Anarchy: Tara Knowles-Teller

Jax & Tara

It’s the installment of our Ladies of Anarchy series that you’ve all been waiting for! Tara Knowles-Teller, portrayed by Maggie Siff, was the SOA “Doctor”. We first met Tara in Season 1, when Wendy (Drea De Matteo) had given birth to Jax (Charlie Hunnam)’s first son, Abel Teller (Ryder and Evan Londo) at St. Thomas.

Tara was Jax’s high school sweetheart. They’d had a long-standing history until Tara left Charming when Jax was 19 to study medicine at the University of California, San Diego. She went on to finish her education in Chicago, and after an 11-year absence from Charming, she returned as a pediatric resident at St. Thomas Hospital.

Tara’s mother died when she was just nine years old, and her father was a drunk. She’d been arrested three times, on account of Jax, in 1996. Her charges included public intoxication, disorderly conduct, and possession of stolen property. Even as kids, Jax was her “bad influence”.

Upon her return to Charming, Tara’s relationship with Jax was tentative at best. She didn’t fall for him again entirely until he killed her ex, ATF Agent Josh Kohn (Jay Karnes) for stalking and bullying her. They’d had a seemingly healthy relationship until Wendy returned from her stint in rehab following Abel’s birth.

They were married at the beginning of Season 5, in a spontaneous ceremony at Diosa. Up to that point, they’d dealt with Abel’s kidnapping, Opie Winston (Ryan Hurst)’s death, Clay Morrow (Ron Pearlman) having destroyed her hand, Otto Delaney (Kurt Sutter) killing US Marshal Lee Toric (Donal Logue) with an item Tara had brought him, and an epic power battle with Gemma, plus much more.

Tara is killed at the end of Season 6 by Gemma (Katey Sagal), who knew she was planning to divorce Jax and get his boys out of Charming. Gemma was unaware that Tara had Jax’s blessing to do so. Maggie Siff is an amazing actress, and Tara would not have been Tara without her. We’ve put together a gallery to show our appreciation for her! Tell us in the comments which one is your favorite!

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