Amy Carlson

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Amy Carlson
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Amy Lynn Carlson

(1968-07-07) July 7, 1968 (age 51)
Years active1992–present
Partner(s)Syd Butler (2004–present)
ChildrenLyla Butler (b. 2006)
Nigel Butler (b. 2009)

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

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 continued in the role of Linda through the seventh season of Blue Bloods, but after seven years on the series, Carlson elected to leave her contract and move on from the show permanently.[4] On the eighth-season premiere episode, which aired on September 29, 2017, it was revealed that Linda—who was a nurse—had died in a helicopter crash while transporting a patient. The following season, it was then revealed that a cartel hitman had been responsible for the aforementioned helicopter crash.

Personal life[edit]

Carlson currently resides in New York City with her daughter, born on October 4, 2006; her son, born on August 27, 2009; and her long-time partner Syd Butler,[1] bass guitar player of the 8G Band on Late Night with Seth Meyers, and of indie rock band Les Savy Fav and owner of the independent label Frenchkiss Records.



Year Title Role Notes
1992 The Babe Girl on Stairs
2000 Everything Put Together Jane
2002 Winning Girls Through Psychic Mind Control Kathy
Stella Shorts Hippy Girl Video
2007 Anamorph Alexandra Fredericks
2010 Trio N/A Short film
2011 Green Lantern Jessica Jordan
2014 Hits Christina Casserta
2015 Sight Unseen Rachel Sampson
2016 Natural Selection Laura
2017 ‘’The Landline’’ Carla
2018 ‘’A Bread Factory, Part One’’ Grace


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Legacy of Lies Marianna Nania TV movie
1993 Missing Persons Helena Brusich "Pilot", "I'm Gonna Miss Him Too...", "Right Neighborhood... Wrong Door"
1993–1994 The Untouchables Various "Pilot: Parts 1 & 2", "Mind Games"
1993–1998 Another World Josephine "Josie" Watts Main role
1998 Thanks of a Grateful Nation Tammy Boyer TV miniseries
1999 Martial Law Cassie McGill "Big Trouble"
Get Real Dr. Sedgwick Recurring role
St. Michael's Crossing Kelly McGloin TV movie
2000 NYPD Blue Lisa Marantz "Along Came Jones"
If These Walls Could Talk 2 Michelle TV movie
Falcone N/A "Windows"
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Kate Armstrong "Friends & Lovers"
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Patricia Andrews "Asunder"
2000–2003 Third Watch Alex Taylor Main role
2002 ER Alex Taylor "Brothers and Sisters"
2003 Peacemakers Katie Owen Main role
2004 Law & Order Collette Connolly "The Dead Wives Club"
2005 Franklin Charter Maggie Keeler TV movie
2005–2006 Law & Order: Trial by Jury A.D.A. Kelly Gaffney Main role
2006 Drift Lauren TV movie
2007 The Kidnapping Rachel McKenzie
NCIS Karen Sutherland "Corporal Punishment"
2008 Criminal Minds Cece Hillenbrand "Tabula Rasa"
2010 Fringe Maureen Donovan "Unearthed"
2010–2017 Blue Bloods Linda Reagan Main role
2011 Too Big to Fail Erin Callan TV movie
2013 This One Time N/A "Amy Carlson"
2016 A Midsummer’s Hawaiian Dream Helen TV movie
2019 The Village Julie Tucker Episode: “In Your Bones”
The Society Amanda Pressman Recurring role


  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.
  4. ^ Matt Webb Mitovich (September 29, 2017). "Blue Bloods Bombshell: Amy Carlson Opens Up About That Premiere Twist - US TV News". TVLine. Retrieved 2017-09-30.

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