Carlson at the 2014 New York PaleyFest.
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 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
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 Les Savy Fav and owner of the independent label Frenchkiss Records.
|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|
|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–present||Blue Bloods||Linda Reagan||Series regular|
|2011||Too Big to Fail||Erin Callan||TV film|
- "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.