Dudek in 2011
March 22, 1975 |
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
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.
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, and won the Connecticut Critics Circle Award for outstanding performance in The Glass Menagerie.
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. 
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".
|2003||Human Stain, TheThe Human Stain||Lisa Silk|
|2004||White Chicks||Tiffany Wilson|
|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||10 Items or Less||Lorraine|
|2007||Speed Dating||Amy||Short film|
|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||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"|
- Dudek, Anne (April 11, 2013). "The Past". The Anne Dudek Mama Blog. Blogspot. Retrieved August 30, 2014.
- Dudek, Anne (October 3, 2010). "My architect". The Anne Dudek Mama Blog. Blogspot. Retrieved August 30, 2014.
- Bio at American Rep. Theatre web site
- "Anne Dudek Shows Off Baby Bump on 'Big Love' " Buddy TV.com, August 10, 2008
- Friends Season 10, Episode 1; How I Met Your Mother Season Season 1 Episode 4
- Mad Men's Anne Dudek Welcomes a Son People Magazine, December 23, 2008
- "Anne Dudek Welcomes Baby No. 2: Saskia". CelebrityBabyScoop.com. March 2, 2012. Retrieved September 8, 2012.