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July 7, 1968 |
Glen Ellyn, Illinois, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Syd Butler (?-present) 2 children|
|Children||Lyla Butler (b. 2006)
Nigel (b. 2009)
Amy Lynn Carlson (born July 7, 1968, in Glen Ellyn, Illinois) is an American actress best known for playing Josie Watts on Another World and Alex Taylor on Third Watch. More recently, she played Kelly Gaffney on the short-lived NBC courtroom drama, Law & Order: Trial by Jury. She currently plays Linda Reagan on the CBS drama Blue Bloods.
When Carlson was 13, her family (consisting of her parents, herself, and three siblings) moved to Amman, Jordan, for one year, where her parents had been hired to teach at the American Community School. After returning to the United States, Carlson attended Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. While in college, Carlson was active in the school’s theatre department, appearing in Fifth of July, Noises Off, A Lie of the Mind, and School for Scandal. Carlson graduated cum laude.
Carlson is represented by Karen Foreman on behalf of the The Domain Agency. She is managed by Estelle Lasher and Principal Entertainment.
Carlson currently resides in Chinatown in Manhattan with her daughter, born in 2006, her son, born in August 2009 and her husband, Syd Butler, bass guitar player of Les Savy Fav and owner of the independent label Frenchkiss Records.
In 2010, Carlson's first starring role in a feature film, Sight Unseen, will be completed, with no further details of a release date.
Awards and nominations 
- 1998 – Carlson was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award in the category of "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Daytime Drama Series."
- 1997 – Amy Carlson and Timothy Gibbs were nominated for “Hottest Romance” for their portrayal of Josie and Gary Sinclair on the NBC drama, Another World.
- 1995 – Carlson was nominated for “Outstanding Newcomer” at the Soap Opera Awards for her role as Josie Watts on Another World.
|1992||The Babe||Girl on Stairs|
|2000||Everything Put Together||Jane|
|2002||Winning Girls Through Psychic Mind Control||Kathy|
|2002||Stella Shorts||Hippy Girl||Video|
|1992||Legacy of Lies||Marianna Nania||TV film|
|1993||Missing Persons||Helena Brusich||Episodes: "Pilot", "I'm Gonna Miss Him Too...", "Right Neighborhood... Wrong Door"|
|1993||The Untouchables||Former Prostitute||Episodes: "Pilot - Part 1", "Cuba: Part 2"|
|1993-1998||Another World||Josephine Watts||TV series|
|1994||The Untouchables||Nurse Hardy||Episode: "Mind Games"|
|1998||Thanks of a Grateful Nation||Tammy Boyer||TV miniseries|
|1999||St. Michael's Crossing||Kelly McGloin||TV series|
|1999||Martial Law||Cassie McGill||Episode: "Big Trouble"|
|1999||Get Real||Dr. Sedgwick||Episodes: "Sexual Healing", "Anatomy of a Rumor", "Prey"|
|2000||NYPD Blue||Lisa Marantz||Episode: "Along Came Jones"|
|2000||If These Walls Could Talk 2||Michelle||Segment, "1972"|
|2000||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Kate Armstrong||Episode: "Friends & Lovers"|
|2000||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Patricia Andrews||Episode: "Asunder"|
|2000||Falcone||Maggie Pistone Egan||TV series|
|2000-2003||Third Watch||Alex Taylor||Main role (50 episodes)|
|2002||ER||Alex Taylor||Episode: "Brothers and Sisters"|
|2002||Get Real||Dr. Sedgwick||Episode: "The Last Weekend"|
|2003||Peacemakers||Katie Owen||Main role (9 episodes)|
|2004||Law & Order||Collette Connolly||Episode: "Dead Wives Club"|
|2005||Franklin Charter||Maggie Keeler||TV film|
|2005-2006||Law & Order: Trial by Jury||A.D.A. Kelly Gaffney||Main role (13 episodes)|
|2007||The Kidnapping||Rachel McKenzie||TV film|
|2007||NCIS||Karen Sutherland||Episode: "Corporal Punishment"|
|2008||Criminal Minds||Cece Hillenbrand||Episode: "Tabula Rasa"|
|2010||Fringe||Maureen Donovan||Episode: "Unearthed"|
|2010-2013||Blue Bloods||Linda Reagan||Main role (57 episodes)|
|2011||Too Big to Fail||Erin Callan||TV film|