18 February 1959 |
Bournemouth, Hampshire, England
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Jayne Atkinson (born 18 February 1959) is an English-born film, theatre and television actress. She is perhaps best known for the role of Karen Hayes on 24 as well as her Tony Award-nominated roles in The Rainmaker and Enchanted April. She was also known for appearing in the CBS drama, Criminal Minds as BAU Section Chief Erin Strauss.
Jayne Atkinson was born in Bournemouth, Dorset, England, but her family moved to the United States when she was 9 years old. She grew up in Hollywood, Florida and graduated from Pine Crest School where she was elected Homecoming Queen in 1977. She attended Northwestern University (BA Communications, 1981), where she was initiated as a member of Alpha Chi Omega and a sorority sister of Laura Innes; and the Yale Drama School.
After working in regional theatres, Atkinson appeared off-Broadway in the Manhattan Theatre Club's production of Bloody Poetry in 1987. She made her Broadway debut the same year in a revival of Arthur Miller's All My Sons. Subsequently, she landed title roles in more stage productions, which include Henry VIII, Tru, and The Art of Success. She earned a Drama Desk Award for Best Actress in a Play for her performance in The Skriker in 1996. Atkinson's work in the Roundabout Theatre Company's 1999 production of The Rainmaker earned her a Tony Award nomination, and her performance in the 2003 play Enchanted April earned her an Outer Critics Circle Award, another Tony Award nomination and a Drama Desk nomination. In 2009, she starred as Ruth Condomine in a Broadway revival of Noël Coward's Blithe Spirit, which co-starred Rupert Everett, Christine Ebersole, and Angela Lansbury, who won her record-breaking 5th Tony Award for her role as Madame Arcati.
Her television acting credits include A Year in the Life, Parenthood, The X-Files, Law & Order, The Practice, Criminal Minds and 24, opposite Kiefer Sutherland and James Morrison. Her performance in the made-for-TV movie Our Town garnered her a Satellite Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
- House of Cards (2013) - Secretary of State Catherine Durant
- The Following (2013) - Jacob's mother
- Perception (2012) - episode 9 wife of the senator
- White Collar (2011) - Helen Anderson
- Gossip Girl (2010) - Dean Reuther
- Handsome Harry (2009) - Kelly's Wife
- Recount (2008) - Theresa LePore
- Law & Order (2008) - Senator Melanie Carver
- Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2008) - Assistant U.S. Attorney Marion Springer
- Criminal Minds (2007–2013) - Erin Strauss, 22 episodes
- 24 (2006–2007) - Karen Hayes, 30 episodes
- 12 and Holding (2006) - Ashley Carges
- Joan of Arcadia (2004) - Fran Montgomery
- Syriana (2005) - Division Chief
- The Village (2004) - Tabitha Walker
- Our Town (2003) - Mrs. Gibbs
- The Education of Max Bickford (2003) - Lyla Ortiz
- Law & Order (2002) - Dr. Claire Snyder
- The Practice (1997) - Ruth Gibson
- Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home (1995) - Annie Greenwood
- The X-Files (1995) - Willa Ambrose
- Blank Check (1994) - Sandra Waters
- Free Willy (1993) - Annie Greenwood
- Parenthood (TV series) (1990) - Karen Buckman
- A Year in the Life (TV series) (1987–1988) - Lindley Gardner Eisenberg
- A Year in the Life (miniseries) (1986) - Lindley Gardner Eisenberg
- Blithe Spirit (15 Mar 2009 – 19 Jul 2009) - Ruth
- Enchanted April (29 Apr 2003 – 31 Aug 2003) - Lotty Wilton
- Our Town (4 Dec 2002 – 26 Jan 2003) - Mrs. Gibbs
- The Rainmaker (11 Nov 1999 – 23 Jan 2000) - Lizzie Curry
- Ivanov (20 Nov 1997 – 4 Jan 1998) - Anna Petrovna
- Tru (14 Dec 1989 – 1 Sep 1990) - Voice of Jan (Recorded voice only)
- All My Sons (22 Apr 1987 – 17 May 1987) - Ann Deever
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- "Noel Coward's 'BLITHE SPIRIT' Goes On Sale 12/20/08". broadwayworld.com. Retrieved 14 August 2010.
- "'I became obsessed with Beethoven's obsession'". signonsandiego.com. Retrieved 14 August 2010.
- "A getaway that takes us nowhere near their souls - The Record (Bergen County, NJ)". Retrieved 14 August 2010 – via HighBeam Research.
- The Official Jayne Atkinson Website
- Jayne Atkinson at the Internet Movie Database
- Jayne Atkinson at the Internet Broadway Database
- Jayne Atkinson at Lortel Archives: The Internet Off-Broadway Database