Collins in 2013
|Born||Jessica Lynn Capogna
April 1, 1971
Schenectady, New York, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Robert Tyler (1996–2002)
Michael Cooney (m. 2016)
Jessica Collins (born Jessica Lynn Capogna; April 1, 1971) is an American actress. She is best known for portraying Dinah Lee Mayberry on the ABC soap opera Loving (1991-94) and Avery Bailey Clark on the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless (2011-15). She also starred as Meredith Davies on Fox's Tru Calling, and appeared in recurring and guest roles in many other shows.
Collins was born in Schenectady, New York. She attended Amsterdam High School in Amsterdam, New York. In 1988, she won the title Miss New York Teen USA and was the first runner-up for the Miss Teen USA Pageant in that same year. Collins later attended London's Royal National Theatre Studio and the Howard Fine Acting Studio in Los Angeles.
Collins starred in ABC daytime soap opera Loving as Dinah Lee Mayberry from 1991 to 1994. After leaving daytime, Collins appeared in films like Leprechaun 4: In Space (1996), Best of the Best: Without Warning (1998), and Beautiful (2000), and guest-starred in primetime shows such as Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Star Trek: Voyager, Beverly Hills 90210, and Dawson's Creek.
Collins played Meredith Davies on the Fox Network's Tru Calling from 2003 to 2004. She had a major recurring role in the NBC period drama, American Dreams, and later appeared in the short-lived series Unscripted and Scoundrels. She also starred in the short-lived ABC comedy-drama Big Shots from 2007 to 2008. In film, Collins played roles in Ritual (2002), Catch Me If You Can (2002), Dirty Love (2005), Live! (2007), and Open House (2010). Her other television credits include CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Two and a Half Men, Nip/Tuck, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and NCIS.
In 2011, Collins returned to soaps with a role as Avery Bailey Clark on CBS's The Young and the Restless. In 2013, she was nominated for Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role. In May 2015, Soap Opera Digest reported that Collins was leaving the show, with Avery's last appearance airing on July 21, 2015.
She married Robert Tyler on November 11, 1996. The couple divorced February 15, 2002, citing irreconcilable differences. Collins and writer/producer Michael Cooney welcomed daughter, Jemma Kate Collins Cooney, in January 2016. On May 4, 2016, she and Cooney married.
|1996||Leprechaun 4: In Space||Dr. Tina Reeves|
|1998||Best of the Best: Without Warning||Karina|
|2002||Catch Me If You Can||Peggy|
|2003||King for a Day||Mother||Short film|
|1991–94||Loving||Dinah Lee Mayberry Alden||Series regular|
|1992||All My Children||Dinah Lee Mayberry Alden||Guest Appearance|
|1994||M.A.N.T.I.S.||Corrine||Episode: "Through the Dark Circle"|
|1994||Coach||Bridget McDermott||Episode: "Working Girl"|
|1995||Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman||Mindy Church||Episodes: "Home is Where the Hurt Is", "We Have a Lot to Talk About"|
|1996||Diagnosis: Murder||Wendy Windsor||Episode: "A Model Murder"|
|1996||Life with Roger||Heather||Episode: "The Way We Was"|
|1997||Star Trek: Voyager||Linnis Paris||Episode: "Before and After"|
|1997||Beverly Hills 90210||Jody Carlisle||Episodes: "Deadline", "Child of the Night", "Friends, Lovers, and Children"|
|2000||Dawson's Creek||Sherry Eisler||Episode: "To Green, With Love"|
|2002||Off Centre||Kristi Lee||Episode: "The Good, The Bad, and The Lazy"|
|2002||Andy Richter Controls the Universe||Leslie||Episode: "Little Andy in Charge"|
|2002–03||American Dreams||Colleen||7 episodes|
|2003–04||Tru Calling||Meredith Davies||Main role (season 1), 15 episodes|
|2004||The Ranch||Kim||Television film|
|2005||Everwood||Cameron||Episode: "Giving Up the Girl"|
|2005||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Missy||Episode: "Dog Eat Dog"|
|2006||Two and a Half Men||Gloria||Episode: "Walnuts and Demerol"|
|2007–08||Big Shots||Marla||Main role, 11 episodes|
|2008||Gary Unmarried||Leslie||Episode: "Gary and Allison Brooks"|
|2009||Nip/Tuck||Tracy Pierce||Episode: "Lola Wlodkowski"|
|2010||Scoundrels||Valerie Bottoms||4 episodes|
|2010||CSI: Miami||Marcie Westerfield||Episode: "Happy Birthday"|
|2011||Memphis Beat||Margo||Episode: "Troubled Water"|
|2011, 2013||It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia||Jackie Denardo||Episodes: "The Storm of the Century", "The Gang Saves the Day"|
|2011–15||The Young and the Restless||Avery Bailey Clark||Series regular|
|2012||NCIS||Judy Ford||Episode: "Recovery"|
|2014||Perception||Special Agent Anne-Marie Bishop||Episode: "Prologue"|
Awards and nominations
||Soap Opera Digest Award||Hottest Female Star||Loving||Nominated|
||Soap Opera Digest Award||Outstanding Younger Lead Actress||Loving||Nominated|
||Daytime Emmy Award||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||The Young and the Restless||Nominated||
||Daytime Emmy Award||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||The Young and the Restless||Won||
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