Anne Dudek

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Anne Dudek
Anne Dudek (cropped).jpg
Dudek in 2011
Born (1975-03-22) March 22, 1975 (age 40)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2000–present
Spouse(s) Matthew Heller
Children 2

Anne Louise Dudek (born March 22, 1975) is an American actress. She is best known for portraying Tiffany Wilson in the 2004 film White Chicks, Dr. Amber Volakis on the Fox series House, Lura Grant on Big Love, and Francine Hanson on the AMC series Mad Men. She has also starred in the British television series The Book Group.

Early life[edit]

Dudek was born in Boston, Massachusetts and grew up in Newton, Massachusetts.[1] Her father was an architect.[2] She attended Northwestern University. She is of Polish descent.


From the mid-1990s (while at Northwestern University) through 2001, Dudek appeared in various theater productions and on Broadway. She made her Broadway debut in Wrong Mountain in 2000,[3] and won the Connecticut Critics Circle Award for outstanding performance in The Glass Menagerie.[4]

After success on Broadway, she made the jump to television. Her first starring role on television came when she was cast as the lead in the British comedy drama The Book Group. The show aired on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom to rave reviews. In her native United States, Dudek has since guest starred on other TV shows, including Desperate Housewives (as Karl Mayer's girlfriend in Season 1), How I Met Your Mother (as Ted's Krav Maga-trained ex-girlfriend), Friends (as 'Precious', Mike Hannigan's girlfriend), ER (as a mother who accidentally shot her son), Charmed, Bones (as Seeley Booth's lawyer girlfriend), Numb3rs and Six Feet Under. She also played Lucinda Barry in the pilot episode of Psych, and a teacher who has a sexual relationship with one of her students (based on the case of Debra Lafave) on Law & Order: Criminal Intent. In both "Friends" and "How I Met Your Mother", her character was dumped on her birthday. [5]

Dudek had a recurring role on House (from season 4 onwards) as Dr. Amber Volakis, one of 40 physicians under consideration by Dr. Gregory House for permanent positions on his team. Her character, nicknamed "Cutthroat Bitch" by House, continued to the end of season 4 but was killed off in the two-part season finale, "House's Head" and "Wilson's Heart". She would later reappear as a hallucination by House in the season 5 episode "Saviors", appearing in this form for the remainder of the season.

Dudek later appeared in Mad Men as next-door neighbor Francine Hanson, and on Big Love as one of antagonist Alby Grant's wives, both recurring roles. In 2010, Dudek joined the cast of Covert Affairs. She played Anthony Hopkins' character's daughter in the 2003 film The Human Stain, and cruise line heir Tiffany Wilson in the 2004 comedy film White Chicks. In 2012, she played an ISS astronaut in one episode of the TV show Touch. She also reprised her role as Amber Volakis for the House series finale "Everybody Dies".

Personal life[edit]

Dudek is married to artist Matthew Heller. They have a son, Akiva, born in December, 2008,[6] and a daughter, Saskia, born in February 2012.[7]



Year Title Role Notes
2003 Human Stain, TheThe Human Stain Lisa Silk
2004 White Chicks Tiffany Wilson
2004 Educating Lewis Jackie
2004 Naughty Lady, TheThe Naughty Lady Sara Short film
2005 Coat of Snow, AA Coat of Snow Anna Marie
2006 And then it Breaks Girlfriend
2006 Park Meredith
2006 10 Items or Less Lorraine
2007 Speed Dating Amy Short film
2013 Shadow People Ellen
2015 House by the Lake Karen Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2001 ER Paula Gamble Episode: "I'll Be Home for Christmas"
2002 For the People Jennifer Carter Episode: "Pilot"
2002–2003 Book Group, TheThe Book Group Clare Pettengill 12 episodes
2003 Judging Amy Candace Hurley Episode: "Marry, Marry Quite Contrary"
2003 Six Feet Under Allison Williman Episode: "Twilight"
2003 Friends Precious Episode: "The One After Joey and Rachel Kiss"
2004 Desperate Housewives Brandi Episode: "Pretty Little Picture"
2004 Less than Perfect Annie 2 episodes
2005 Charmed Denise Episode: "Ordinary Witches"
2005 Invasion Katie Paxton 2 episodes
2005 Bones Tessa Jankow 2 episodes
2005–2010 How I Met Your Mother Natalie Episodes: "Return of the Shirt" and "Say Cheese"
2006 Psych Lucinda Episode: "Pilot"
2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Danielle McCaskin Episode: "Tru Love"
2006–2007 Big Day Brittany 3 episodes
2007 Numb3rs Emmanueline Kirtland Episode: "Nine Wives"
2007–2012 House Dr. Amber Volakis 19 episodes
2007–2010, 2014 Mad Men Francine Hanson 16 episodes
2007–2011 Big Love Lura Grant 19 episodes
2009 Castle Emma Carnes Episode: "The Fifth Bullet"
2010–2012 Covert Affairs Danielle Brooks 32 episodes
2012 Touch ISS Astronaut Episode: "Zone of Exclusion"
2012 Private Practice Lori Episode: "Drifting Back"
2012 Criminal Minds Emma Kerrigan Episode: "The Good Earth"
2012 The Mentalist Sloan Dietz Episode: "Cherry Picked"
2013 Masters of Sex Test Subject Episode: "Fallout"
2014 Those Who Kill Benedicte Schaeffer 9 episodes
2014 Grimm Prof. Vera Gates, Ph.D. Episode: "Once We Were Gods"
2014 Grey's Anatomy Elise Episode: "Do you know?"
2015 NCIS: New Orleans Dawn Lin Episode: "The Walking Dead"


  1. ^ Dudek, Anne (April 11, 2013). "The Past". The Anne Dudek Mama Blog. Blogspot. Retrieved August 30, 2014. 
  2. ^ Dudek, Anne (October 3, 2010). "My architect". The Anne Dudek Mama Blog. Blogspot. Retrieved August 30, 2014. 
  3. ^ Bio at American Rep. Theatre web site
  4. ^ "Anne Dudek Shows Off Baby Bump on 'Big Love' " Buddy, August 10, 2008
  5. ^ Friends Season 10, Episode 1; How I Met Your Mother Season Season 1 Episode 4
  6. ^ Mad Men's Anne Dudek Welcomes a Son People Magazine, December 23, 2008
  7. ^ "Anne Dudek Welcomes Baby No. 2: Saskia". March 2, 2012. Retrieved September 8, 2012. 

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