Jamie Clayton

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Jamie Clayton
Born (1978-01-15) January 15, 1978 (age 39)
San Diego, California, United States
Nationality American
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 2010–present

Jamie Clayton (born January 15, 1978)[1][2] is an American actress and model. She is known for starring in the Netflix series Sense8.


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. She moved to New York City to pursue a career as a makeup artist when she was 19.[3][4][5][6] She is a transgender woman.

In 2011, she was honored by Out magazine as part of their annual "Out 100" awards.[7]


In 2010, Clayton was the makeup artist and co-host on VH1's first makeover show TRANSform Me.[8][9][10] 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?[11][12][13] She also narrated the audiobook for the young adult novel George about a young trans girl.[14]

Clayton starred as one of the eight main characters in the Netflix original television series Sense8 that premiered on June 5, 2015.[15] In Sense8 she played Nomi Marks, a San Francisco transgender female political blogger and hacker.[16] Clayton said that she was primarily interested in Sense8 because of the opportunity to play a transgender character that was written and directed by a transgender filmmaker, but that she was also a fan of science fiction and J. Michael Straczynski in particular.[17]

Clayton appears in the 2016 film The Neon Demon.[18]


Year Title Role Notes
2010 TRANSform Me Herself
2011 Hung Kyla 2 episodes (season 3)
2012 Dirty Work Michelle Lead role
2012 Are We There Yet? Carla Favers Episode: "The Wrong Way Episode"
2013 Hustling Nadya Episode: "Sugar"
2014 Scissr Niamh 1 episode
2015–present Sense8 Nomi Marks Main role
2016 The Neon Demon Casting Director
2016 Motive Avery Bowman Episode: "The Dead Name"
2017 Mass Effect: Andromeda Jien Garson Video game
2017 The Snowman Edda
2017 The Chain Dr. Ryan


  1. ^ "Jamie Clayton on Twitter: ""@Puckguy14: @Jamie_Clayton your birthday is in January?" Yes! The 15th. :)"". Twitter. 30 October 2011. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  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 2015-08-03. 
  4. ^ "Jamie Clayton – Filmography". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-01-19. 
  5. ^ "17th Annual Out 100". Out. Retrieved 2012-01-19. 
  6. ^ Harrison, Raef (2011-11-11). "Catching Up With Jamie Clayton". Out. Retrieved 2012-01-19. 
  7. ^ "17th Annual Out100". Out. Retrieved 2015-08-03. 
  8. ^ "TRANSform Me". VH1. Retrieved 2012-01-19. 
  9. ^ Anderson-Minshall, Diane (2011-11-04). "Hung's Transgender Actress Just Wants Respect". The Advocate. Retrieved 2012-01-19. 
  10. ^ Malkin, Marc (2011-11-03). "Hung's New Transgender Actress: "It's All Really Good the More People See Us"". E!. Retrieved 2012-01-19. 
  11. ^ "Awards & Nominations". Emmy Awards. 2012. 
  12. ^ "I Can Hardly Wait For Jamie Clayton’s New TV Show "Dirty Work"". Pam's House Blend. Retrieved April 25, 2012. 
  13. ^ Fritz, Ben (2012-04-15). "Fourth Wall does the 'Dirty Work' of innovation". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 25, 2012. 
  14. ^ Swanson, Clare (July 10, 2015). "July 2015 Audio Books: In the Studio". Publishers Weekly. 
  15. ^ Lloyd, Robert (June 5, 2015). "Wachowskis' 'Sense8' on Netflix is a stylish if still murky vision". Los Angeles Times. 
  16. ^ "Everything You Need To Know About The Eight Main Characters In "Sense8"". BuzzFeed. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  17. ^ Jamie Clayton (June 3, 2015). "SENSE8: Jamie Clayton Talks Working with The Wachowskis, Her Character, and More". Collider.com (Interview). Interview with Christina Radish. Complex Media. Archived from the original on June 11, 2016. Retrieved June 11, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Who Is Jamie Clayton? 7 Things To Know About The ‘Sense8’ Star : The Eye". Fashion Times. 2015-07-15. Retrieved 2015-08-03. 

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