Amy Carlson

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Amy Carlson
Amy Carlson at PaleyFest 2014.jpg
Carlson at the 2014 New York PaleyFest
Born (1968-07-07) July 7, 1968 (age 46)
Glen Ellyn, Illinois, U.S.
Years active 1992–present
Partner(s) Syd Butler
Children Lyla Butler (b. 2006)
Nigel Butler (b. 2009)

Amy Lynn Carlson (born July 7, 1968) is an American television actress, best known for her roles as Josie Watts in the NBC daytime soap opera Another World, as Alex Taylor on the NBC drama Third Watch, and as Linda Reagan in the CBS police procedural Blue Bloods.

Life and career[edit]

Carlson was born in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.[1] When Carlson was 13, her family (consisting of her parents, three siblings and her) moved for a year to Amman, Jordan, 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.[1] 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.[2]

Carlson made her soap opera debut in 1993 on Another World as Josie Watts. She was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 1998 for this role and later left the show.[1] She guest-starred in a number of prime time shows and in 2000 won a series regular role on the NBC series Third Watch, where she starred from 2000 to 2003. She later had leading roles in the short-lived dramas Peacemakers and Law & Order: Trial by Jury. In 2010, Carlson began starring as Linda Reagan on Blue Bloods.[3]

Carlson currently resides in Chinatown in Manhattan with her daughter, born in 2006, her son, born in August 2009 and her husband, Syd Butler,[1] bass guitar player of Les Savy Fav and owner of the independent label Frenchkiss Records.


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Babe, TheThe Babe Girl on Stairs
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 Untouchables, TheThe Untouchables Former Prostitute Episodes: "Pilot - Part 1", "Cuba: Part 2"
1993–1998 Another World Josephine Watts Series regular
Nominated — Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (1998)
Nominated — Soap Opera Digest Award for Hottest Female Star (1995)
1994 Untouchables, TheThe Untouchables Nurse Hardy Episode: "Mind Games"
1998 Thanks of a Grateful Nation Tammy Boyer TV miniseries
1999 St. Michael's Crossing Kelly McGloin TV pilot
1999 Martial Law Cassie McGill Episode: "Big Trouble"
1999 Get Real Dr. Sedgwick Episodes: "Sexual Healing", "Anatomy of a Rumor", "Prey"
2000 Everything Put Together Jane
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 Series regular, 9 episodes
2000–2003 Third Watch Alex Taylor Series regular, 60 episodes
2002 ER Alex Taylor Episode: "Brothers and Sisters"
2002 Winning Girls Through Psychic Mind Control Kathy
2002 Get Real Dr. Sedgwick Episode: "The Last Weekend"
2003 Peacemakers Katie Owen Series regular, 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 Series regular, 13 episodes
2006 Drift Lauren TV pilot
2007 Anamorph Alexandra Fredericks
2007 Kidnapping, TheThe Kidnapping Rachel McKenzie TV pilot
2007 NCIS Karen Sutherland Episode: "Corporal Punishment"
2008 Criminal Minds Cece Hillenbrand Episode: "Tabula Rasa"
2010 Fringe Maureen Donovan Episode: "Unearthed"
2010 Trio Short film
2010–present Blue Bloods Linda Reagan Series regular
2011 Too Big to Fail Erin Callan TV film
2014 Hits Christina Casserta


  1. ^ a b c d "Amy Carlson Biography". Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  2. ^ Amy Carlson Official Web Site
  3. ^ "Carlson to be a regular on 'Blue Bloods' - US TV News". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 

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