July 7, 1968 |
Glen Ellyn, Illinois, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Syd Butler (?–present) 2 children|
|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 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
Carlson was born in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. 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. 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 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. 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.
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 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.
|1992||Babe, TheThe Babe||Girl on Stairs|
|2000||Everything Put Together||Jane|
|2002||Winning Girls Through Psychic Mind Control||Kathy|
|2002||Stella Shorts 1998-2002||Hippy Girl||Video|
|2011||Green Lantern||Jessica Jordan|
|2015||Sight Unseen||Rachel Sampson|
|1992||Legacy of Lies||Marianna Nania||TV film|
|1993||Missing Persons||Helena Brusich||"Pilot", "I'm Gonna Miss Him Too...", "Right Neighborhood... Wrong Door"|
|1993-1994||Untouchables, TheThe Untouchables||Various||"Pilot: Parts 1 & 2", "Mind Games"|
|1993-1998||Another World||Josephine Watts||Regular role|
|1998||Thanks of a Grateful Nation||Tammy Boyer||TV miniseries|
|1999||Martial Law||Cassie McGill||"Big Trouble"|
|1999||Get Real||Dr. Sedgwick||Recurring role|
|1999||St. Michael's Crossing||Kelly McGloin||TV film|
|2000||NYPD Blue||Lisa Marantz||"Along Came Jones"|
|2000||If These Walls Could Talk 2||Michelle||TV film|
|2000||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Kate Armstrong||"Friends & Lovers"|
|2000||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 film|
|2005-2006||Law & Order: Trial by Jury||A.D.A. Kelly Gaffney||Recurring role|
|2007||Kidnapping, TheThe Kidnapping||Rachel McKenzie||TV film|
|2007||NCIS||Karen Sutherland||"Corporal Punishment"|
|2008||Criminal Minds||Cece Hillenbrand||"Tabula Rasa"|
|2010-Present||Blue Bloods||Linda Reagan||Main role|
|2011||Too Big to Fail||Erin Callan||TV film|
|2013||This One Time||"Amy Carlson"|
- "Amy Carlson Biography". Tvguide.com. Retrieved 2014-04-01.
- Amy Carlson Official Web Site
- "Carlson to be a regular on 'Blue Bloods' - US TV News". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2014-04-01.