January Jones

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January Jones
Mad Men at the 67th Annual Peabody Awards - January Jones.jpg
Jones in 2008 at the Peabody Awards
Born January Kristen Jones
(1978-01-05) January 5, 1978 (age 38)
Sioux Falls, South Dakota, U.S.
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 1999–present
Children 1
Website January Jones on Instagram[1]

January Kristen Jones (born January 5, 1978) is an American actress and model. She is best known for playing Betty Draper in the television series Mad Men (2007–15), as well as for notable roles in American Wedding (2003), We Are Marshall (2006), and in the 2011 films Unknown, Seeking Justice, and X-Men: First Class. Since 2015, Jones has been starring as Melissa Chartres in the Fox series The Last Man on Earth.[2]

For her work on Mad Men she received two Golden Globe nominations and one Emmy nomination.

Early life[edit]

Jones was born in South Dakota,[3][4][5] the daughter of Karen, who manages a Scheels sporting goods store, and Marvin Jones, a coach, gym teacher, and fitness director.[3][6][7] She is of Czech, Danish, English, Welsh, and German descent.[8][9][10][11][12] She is named after January Wayne, a character in Jacqueline Susann's Once Is Not Enough.[13] She has two sisters, Jacey and Jina.[14] She spent much of her childhood in Hecla, South Dakota, where her family moved in 1979.[3]


Jones has had supporting roles in Anger Management (2003), Love Actually, and Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights. In 2005, she appeared as a U.S. border guard's wife in the film The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, directed by and starring Tommy Lee Jones. In We Are Marshall (2006), she played the role of Carol Dawson, wife of American football coach William "Red" Dawson.

She played the lead female role in the movie Love's Enduring Promise as a pioneer family's oldest child. Her character falls in love with a mysterious man who saves her father's life.

She also appeared in the AMC original television drama series Mad Men for seven seasons as young suburban housewife and mother Betty Draper Francis. She received two Golden Globe nominations and one Emmy nomination for her performances.

Jones is also known for her role as Cadence Flaherty, the love interest of both Steve Stifler and Paul Finch in the 2003 comedy film American Wedding, the third installment of the American Pie film series.

She played a con artist in the Law & Order episode "Quit Claim" who, as a lone surviving suspect connected to a real estate scam involving organized crime, frustrates the efforts of Assistant District Attorney Michael Cutter.[15] She also appeared in The Boat That Rocked, a British film about offshore pirate radio in the 1960s, renamed Pirate Radio for North American release in 2009.

Jones was ranked No. 82 on the Maxim Hot 100 Women of 2002.[16] She appeared on the cover of "The Hot Issue" of British GQ magazine in May 2009.[17] She appeared on the cover of the November 2009 issue of American GQ magazine, and has been a 'topic' in the magazine several times.[18] On November 14, 2009, Jones hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live which featured the musical guest The Black Eyed Peas.[19]

In 2011, Jones starred in two thriller films, first in Unknown alongside Liam Neeson and Diane Kruger, directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, and later in Seeking Justice alongside Nicolas Cage and Guy Pearce.[20] She portrayed Emma Frost in X-Men: First Class.[21]

She appears in the Fox television show The Last Man on Earth, playing the character of Melissa Chartres.

Personal life[edit]

Jones announced in Vanity Fair magazine in 2009 that she has joined Oceana as a celebrity spokesperson, working to save endangered sharks.[22]

Jones gave birth to a son, Xander Dane Jones, on September 13, 2011.[23][24] She has not revealed his father's identity.[25]



Year Title Role Notes
1999 All the Rage Janice Taylor
2001 Glass House, TheThe Glass House Girl
2001 Bandits Claire / Pink Boots
2002 Taboo Elizabeth
2002 Full Frontal Tracy
2003 Anger Management Gina
2003 American Wedding Cadence Flaherty
2003 Love Actually Jeannie
2004 Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights Eve
2005 Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, TheThe Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada Lou Ann Norton Limited release
2006 Swedish Auto Darla Limited release
2006 We Are Marshall Carole Dawson
2009 Boat That Rocked, TheThe Boat That Rocked Elenore aka Pirate Radio
2011 Unknown Elizabeth Harris
2011 X-Men: First Class Emma Frost
2011 Seeking Justice Laura Gerard Direct-to-VOD
2013 Sweetwater Sarah Ramírez Direct-to-VOD
2014 Good Kill Molly Egan Limited release


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Get Real Jane Cohen Episode: "Pilot"
1999 Sorority Number One Pilot
2002 In My Life Diane St. Croix Pilot
2004 Love's Enduring Promise Missie Davis Television film
2005 Huff Marisa Wells 2 episodes
2007–2015 Mad Men Betty Draper 67 episodes
2008 Law & Order Kim Brody Episode: "Quit Claim"
2015–present The Last Man on Earth Melissa Chartres 27 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2005 Character and Morality in Entertainment Awards Camie Love's Enduring Promise Won
2008 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Mad Men Nominated
2009 Won
2009 Golden Nymph Award Outstanding Actress – Drama Series Nominated
2009 Golden Globe Award Best Actress – Television Series Drama Nominated
2010 Nominated
2010 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Won
2010 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
2010 Golden Nymph Award Outstanding Actress – Drama Series Nominated
2010 Satellite Award Best Actress – Television Series Drama Nominated
2011 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2013 Nominated


  1. ^ Miller, Matt (November 5, 2015). "January Jones Shares a Series of Naked Bathtub Selfies on Instagram". esquire. 
  2. ^ O'Connell, Michael; Goldberg, Lesley (December 1, 2014). "January Jones Joins Fox Comedy 'The Last Man on Earth'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c Bahr, Jeff (March 20, 2011). "Hecla revisited: Actress' family recounts time in South Dakota". The American News. Aberdeen, South Dakota. Retrieved October 14, 2015. 
  4. ^ "People Magazine Celebrity Central – January Jones Biography". People. Retrieved October 8, 2014. 
  5. ^ Inside the Actors Studio – The Cast and Creator of Mad Men. Episode aired May 14, 2012.
  6. ^ 'Mad Men' mom wears D.M. dress to 'Oprah'. Pqasb.pqarchiver.com (September 18, 2009). Retrieved May 27, 2011.
  7. ^ Winds of change are blowing for AMC's 'Mad Men'. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (July 28, 2008). Retrieved May 27, 2011.
  8. ^ Genealogy of January Jones http://freepages.family.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nelliswebsite/p_787.html#45919
  9. ^ January’s paternal grandfather, Roger Maurice Jones, on the 1930 U.S. Census https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XQV7-LCM
  10. ^ Genealogy of January’s paternal grandmother, Emma Christine Sejnoha http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=PED&db=bonhommesd&id=I27367
  11. ^ Obituary of January’s paternal grandmother, Emma Christine (Sejnoha) Jones http://www.wcsfc.com/memsol.cgi?user_id=1054924
  12. ^ January’s paternal great-grandparents, Rudolph Sejnoha and Emma F. Pavlish, on the 1930 U.S. Census https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XQJP-BCD
  13. ^ January Jones; The Anger Management Actress Wants to Be More Than a Flavor of the Month, People, April 21, 2003. Retrieved August 18, 2008.
  14. ^ Wilson, Benji (January 22, 2010). "'If I met Betty, I'd say, "Leave your husband!'": actress January Jones on her prim-and-proper alter ego". MailOnline. London, England: Associated Newspapers. Retrieved December 8, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Quit Claim". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved September 8, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Maxim Magazine Hot 100 Women of 2002". Maxim. Retrieved September 8, 2012. 
  17. ^ "January Jones on the Cover of UK GQ". May 26, 2009. Retrieved September 8, 2012. 
  18. ^ "january jones". GQ. Retrieved May 6, 2013. 
  19. ^ Stanhope, Kate. "January Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Host SNL". TV Guide. 
  20. ^ Dark Castle Casts Up 'Unknown White Male'. Bloody-disgusting.com (October 26, 2009). Retrieved May 27, 2011.
  21. ^ Lesnick, Silas (August 18, 2010). "January Jones Joins X-Men: First Class". Superhero Hype!. Retrieved August 18, 2010. 
  22. ^ "Miss January". Vanity Fair. February 2009.
  23. ^ "January Jones Son Born". People. September 15, 2011. Retrieved September 15, 2011. 
  24. ^ "January Jones". People. Retrieved December 21, 2012. 
  25. ^ Schafer, Jenny (January 15, 2013). "January Jones & Xander: Baby Steps". Celebrity Baby Scoop, LLC. Retrieved March 15, 2013. 

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