Atkinson at the 73rd Peabody Awards, May 2014
18 February 1959 |
Bournemouth, Dorset, England, United Kingdom
|Spouse(s)||Michel Gill (1998-present)|
|Official Blog: Jayne Sez|
Jayne Atkinson (born 18 February 1959) is an English 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 and in the Netflix political drama House of Cards as US Secretary of State Catherine Durant.
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, 24, and House of Cards, opposite Kevin Spacey and husband Michel Gill. Her performance in the made-for-TV movie Our Town garnered her a Satellite Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
Atkinson is married to actor Michel Gill, with whom she has one son, and with whom she acts in the American TV series House of Cards. They met when they appeared together in a 1989 production of The Heiress at the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, Connecticut.
|1993||Free Willy||Annie Greenwood|
|1994||Blank Check||Sandra Waters|
|1995||Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home||Annie Greenwood|
|2003||Our Town||Mrs. Gibbs||Television movie
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
|2004||The Village||Tabitha Walker|
|2006||12 and Holding||Ashley Carges|
|2008||Recount||Theresa LePore||Television movie|
|2009||Handsome Harry||Kelly's wife|
|1986||A Year in the Life||Lindley Gardner Eisenberg||3 episodes|
|1987–1988||A Year in the Life||Lindley Gardner Eisneberg||22 episodes|
|1989||Moonlighting||Robin Fuller||Episode: "Shits and Skins"|
|1990–1991||Parenthood||Karen Buckman||12 episodes|
|1995||The X-Files||Willa Ambrose||Episode: "Fearful Symmetry"|
|1997||The Practice||Ruth Gibson||Episode: "Part 1"|
|2001–2002||The Education of Max Bickford||Lyla Ortiz||7 episodes|
|2002||Law & Order||Dr. Claire Snyder||Episode: "Dazzled"|
|2004||Joan of Arcadia||Fran Montgomery||Episode: "Friday Night"|
|2006–2007||24||Karen Hayes||30 episodes
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
|2007–2013, 2014||Criminal Minds||Erin Strauss||22 episodes|
|2008||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Marion Springer||Episode: "Savant"|
|Law & Order||Senator Melanie Carver||Episode: "Political Animal"|
|2010||Gossip Girl||Dean Reuther||4 episodes|
|2011||White Collar||Helen Anderson||Episode: "Deadline"|
|2012||Perception||Helen Paulson||2 episodes|
|2013||The Following||Jacob's mother||2 episodes|
|2013-2015||House of Cards||Catherine Durant||14 episodes|
|1987||All My Sons||Ann Deever|
|1999–2000||The Rainmaker||Lizzie Curry||Nominated—Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play|
|2002–2003||Our Town||Mrs. Gibbs|
|2003||Enchanted April||Lotty Wilton||Nominated—Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play
Nominated—Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play
- "Jayne Atkinson". tv.com. Retrieved 14 August 2010.
- "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