Jamie Clayton

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Jamie Clayton
Jamie Clayton in 2018
Born (1978-01-15) January 15, 1978 (age 42)
Years active2010–present
Known forSense8

Jamie Clayton (born on January 15, 1978)[1][2] is an American actress and model. Jamie is best known for starring as Nomi Marks in the Netflix original series Sense8 and as Sasha Booker in the third season of Designated Survivor.

Early life[edit]

Clayton was born and raised in San Diego, California. Her father, Howard Clayton, was a criminal defense attorney, and her mother, Shelley, is an event planner. Clayton moved to New York City to pursue a career as a makeup artist when she was 19.[3][4][5]


In 2010, Clayton was the makeup artist and co-host on VH1's first makeover show TRANSform Me.[6][7][8] The following year she played the recurring role of Kyla in the third season of the HBO series Hung. In 2012, Clayton played the lead role of Michelle Darnell on the Emmy Award winning interactive web series Dirty Work and the role of Carla Favers on the TV series Are We There Yet?[9][10][11] She also narrated the audiobook for the young adult novel George about a transgender girl.[12]

Clayton starred as one of the eight main characters in the Netflix original television series Sense8 that premiered on June 5, 2015.[13] In Sense8 she played Nomi Marks, a trans woman, political blogger, and hacker living in San Francisco.[14] Sense8 was inclusive both in and in front of the camera with co-creators sisters Lilly and Lana Wachowski being both transgender.[15] Clayton said that she was primarily interested in Sense8 because of the opportunity to play a transgender character written by a transgender filmmaker and to be on set with this person, while it was being a fan of science fiction and J. Michael Straczynski in particular that also attracted her to this project.[16]

Clayton appeared in the 2016 film The Neon Demon,[17] and the 2017 thriller film The Snowman.[18]

In 2019, Clayton starred as Sasha Booker in the third season of the Netflix's Designated Survivor.[19]

In 2020, Clayton stars in The L Word: Generation Q, a long awaited sequel to the ground breaking Showtime Original, The L Word, which aired for six seasons, starting in 2004. Season 2 of The L Word:Generation Q was announced by Showtime in January 2020. She is also guest starring in The CW’s Roswell: New Mexico.

Personal life[edit]

Clayton is transgender.[5] In 2011, she was honored by Out magazine as part of their annual "Out 100" awards.[20]


Film, television and video games roles
Year Title Role Notes
2010 TRANSform Me Herself Reality TV series
2011 Hung Kyla 2 episodes (season 3)
2012 Dirty Work Michelle Lead role
Are We There Yet? Carla Favers Episode: "The Wrong Way Episode"
2013 Hustling Nadya Episode: "Sugar"
2015–2018 Sense8 Nomi Marks Main role
2016 The Neon Demon Casting Director Film
Motive Avery Bowman Episode: "The Dead Name"
Bojack Horseman Mom Donkey Episode: "Best Thing That Ever Happenned"
Same Same Niamh Episode: "Scissr"
2017 Mass Effect: Andromeda Jien Garson Video game
The Snowman Edda Film
The Chain Dr. Ryan Film
2018 Same Same Niamh Web series
2019 Designated Survivor Sasha Booker Recurring role (season 3)[19]
2019–2020 The L Word: Generation Q Tess Van De Berg 6 episodes
2020 Roswell, New Mexico Agent Grace Powell/Charlie Cameron Recurring
Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen Herself Documentary film
Equal Christine Jorgensen Docuseries


  1. ^ "Jamie Clayton on Twitter: ""@Puckguy14: @Jamie_Clayton your birthday is in January?" Yes! The 15th. :)"". Twitter. October 30, 2011. Archived from the original on December 17, 2016. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  2. ^ Morgan, Spencer (July 20, 2010). "Has Fame Changed Jamie Clayton?". New York Observer. Retrieved July 23, 2015.
  3. ^ Morgan, Spencer (August 26, 2008). "The Second Most Beautiful Girl in New York". New York Observer. Retrieved August 3, 2015.
  4. ^ "Jamie Clayton – Filmography". The New York Times. Archived from the original on October 7, 2014. Retrieved January 19, 2012.
  5. ^ a b Harrison, Raef (November 11, 2011). "Catching Up With Jamie Clayton". Out. Retrieved January 19, 2012.
  6. ^ "TRANSform Me". VH1. Retrieved January 19, 2012.
  7. ^ Anderson-Minshall, Diane (November 4, 2011). "Hung's Transgender Actress Just Wants Respect". The Advocate. Retrieved January 19, 2012.
  8. ^ Malkin, Marc (November 3, 2011). "Hung's New Transgender Actress: "It's All Really Good the More People See Us"". E!. Retrieved January 19, 2012.
  9. ^ "Awards & Nominations". Emmy Awards. 2012.
  10. ^ "I Can Hardly Wait For Jamie Clayton's New TV Show "Dirty Work"". Pam's House Blend. April 24, 2012. Retrieved April 25, 2012.
  11. ^ Fritz, Ben (April 15, 2012). "Fourth Wall does the 'Dirty Work' of innovation". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 25, 2012.
  12. ^ Swanson, Clare (July 10, 2015). "July 2015 Audio Books: In the Studio". Publishers Weekly.
  13. ^ Lloyd, Robert (June 5, 2015). "Wachowskis' 'Sense8' on Netflix is a stylish if still murky vision". Los Angeles Times.
  14. ^ "Everything You Need To Know About The Eight Main Characters In "Sense8"". BuzzFeed. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  15. ^ "Actress Jamie Clayton of "Sense8" on show's LGBTQ-inclusiveness". NBC News. Retrieved September 9, 2020.
  16. ^ Jamie Clayton (June 3, 2015). "SENSE8: Jamie Clayton Talks Working with The Wachowskis, Her Character, and More". Collider (Interview). Interviewed by Christina Radish. Verizon Hearst Media Partners. Archived from the original on June 11, 2016. Retrieved June 11, 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |subjectlink= (help)
  17. ^ "Who Is Jamie Clayton? 7 Things To Know About The 'Sense8' Star : The Eye". Fashion Times. July 15, 2015. Archived from the original on May 1, 2016. Retrieved August 3, 2015.
  18. ^ Young, Sage (May 4, 2017). "Defining People By Their Differences Is Dangerous, Says 'Sense8' Star Jamie Clayton". Bustle.
  19. ^ a b Andrew, Stephen (May 3, 2019). "'Designated Survivor' Season 3 Trailer Released by Netflix". Pop Culture. Retrieved May 4, 2019.
  20. ^ "17th Annual Out100". Out. December 11, 2011. Retrieved August 3, 2015.

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