She was born February 15, 1970 and spent two years in Broadway and Off Broadway productions, before being spotted by British comedian Ben Elton, and came to London in 1997 to play a bunny girl in Elton's play Popcorn. As a result of meeting her photographer husband Oliver Pearce, she became a resident in London: "I love it here, I really feel like I learn a lot. There’s a lot of variety in terms of work." She has appeared in television shows such as Love in a Cold Climate, the BBC One series Spooks, and Viva Blackpool. Her stage roles have included As You Like It in 1999 and Up for Grabs in 2006.
Dodds won the London Theatregoers' Choice Award for Best Actress in the one woman show My Name is Rachel Corrie. The show opened at the Royal Court Theatre in London, but a planned transfer to the New York Theatre Workshop was cancelled, with rumors of the theater being afraid of the show's Gaza Strip-based political content. Dodds fought against the imposed indefinite delay, and the debate of censorship on such a sensitive issue at the time of the post-Iraq war debate became publicized by the New York Times. After a successful run in London's West End, the show eventually played to a sellout audience at the off-Broadway Minetta Lane Theatre in early 2006.
In 2006, Dodds joined the cast of the British sitcom Not Going Out as Kate, but she left the show after the first series. Her best known film role is perhaps the spoiled and selfish stepsister Marguerite in the 1998 romance film Ever After
After going to England in 1997, Dodds met fashion and advertising photographer Oliver Pearce and later married, also has one daughter named Isabella (born 2001).