Kim Dickens

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Kim Dickens
Kim Dickens by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Dickens in 2015.
Born Kimberly Jan Dickens
(1965-06-18) June 18, 1965 (age 50)
Huntsville, Alabama. U.S
Occupation Actress
Years active 1995–present

Kimberly Jan "Kim" Dickens (born June 18, 1965) is an American actress whose film debut was a supporting role in the 1995 film comedy Palookaville. She later had lead roles in the movies Truth or Consequences, N.M. (1997), Zero Effect, and Mercury Rising (both 1998). Dickens has had several other supporting film roles, including in Hollow Man (2000), House of Sand and Fog (2003), The Blind Side (2009), and Gone Girl (2014).

On television, she had regular roles in the HBO dramas Deadwood (2004–06) and Treme (2010–13), and currently stars as Madison Clark in the AMC horror-drama series, Fear the Walking Dead (2015).

Early life[edit]

Dickens was born in Huntsville, Alabama, the daughter of Pam (Clark) Howell and Justin Dickens,[1] a country-western singer.[2] She graduated from that city's Lee High School and attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in communication. Dickens soon moved to New York City, where she worked as a waitress, to continue her studies at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute and graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.[2]In the late 1990s she moved to Los Angeles.[3]



Dickens made her stage debut in a student production of David Mamet's Sexual Perversity in Chicago, at Vanderbilt University.[4] In 1995, she made her professional screen debut in the Alan Taylor's comedy film Palookaville, playing Vincent Gallo's character's girlfriend.[5] She spent the following year playing supporting roles in the made-for-television films Voice from the Grave and Two Mothers for Zachary. In 1997, Dickens returned to film, playing female leading role opposite Vincent Gallo again in neo-noir thriller Truth or Consequences, N.M. directed by Kiefer Sutherland. Film received negative reviews from critics.[6] In 1998, she appeared in Great Expectations, a film adaptation of the Charles Dickens's novel, and had the female leading roles in Zero Effect with Bill Pullman, Ben Stiller, and Ryan O'Neal, and Mercury Rising with Bruce Willis and Alec Baldwin. In 1999, she starred alongside Antonio Banderas in the comedy film The White River Kid.[7]


In 2000, Dickens had co-starring roles in films Committed opposite Heather Graham, Hollow Man with Elisabeth Shue and Kevin Bacon, and The Gift starring Cate Blanchett. The following year, she played the lead in the independent film, Things Behind the Sun. Dickens received critical acclaim for her performance, and Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead nomination.[8][9] Later that year, she was regular cast member in the short-lived CBS police drama series, Big Apple.[5] In 2003, she co-starred opposite Felicity Huffman and Eric Stoltz in the Showtime miniseries Out of Order.[10]

In 2000s, Dickens basically worked on television, playing Joanie Stubbs, the madam, in the HBO western Deadwood from 2004 to 2006. She was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2007 for this role. She was regular cast member in the unaired HBO comedy series, 12 Miles of Bad Road starring Lily Tomlin and Mary Kay Place.[11][12] She had the recurring roles on Lost and Friday Night Lights. In film, Dickens co-starred in House of Sand and Fog (2003) with Jennifer Connelly and Ben Kingsley, Thank You for Smoking (2005), Wild Tigers I Have Known (2006), Red (2008) and The Blind Side (2009).[13]


From 2010 to 2013, Dickens was a regular on the HBO ensemble drama series, Treme, as Janette Desautel. From 2013 to 2014, she had the recurring role as Colette Jane in the FX crime drama, Sons of Anarchy.[14] In 2015, she had the recurring role in the Netflix political drama House of Cards. In film, she co-starred in Footloose (2011) and At Any Price. In 2014, she had major supporting role as Detective Rhonda Boney in the critically acclaimed psychological thriller film Gone Girl directed by David Fincher.[15][16] She later was cast in Tim Burton's film Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.[17]

In 2015, Dickens began playing star-billing role as Madison Clark in the The Walking Dead companion series, Fear the Walking Dead.[18][19][20] The series premiered on AMC on August 23, 2015.



Year Title Role Notes
1995 Palookaville Laurie
1997 Truth or Consequences, N.M. Addy Monroe
1998 Zero Effect Gloria Sullivan
1998 Great Expectations Maggie
1998 Mercury Rising Stacey
1999 The White River Kid Apple Lisa
2000 Committed Jenny
2000 Hollow Man Sarah Kennedy Nominated — Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Best Supporting Actress - Science Fiction
2000 The Gift Linda
2001 Things Behind the Sun Sherry Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead
2003 House of Sand and Fog Carol Burdon
2004 Goodnight, Joseph Parker Muriel
2005 Thank You for Smoking Jill Naylor
2006 Wild Tigers I Have Known The Counselor
2007 Waiting John's Wife Short film
2008 Red Carrie
2009 One Way to Valhalla Jenny
2009 The Blind Side Mrs. Boswell
2011 Footloose Lulu Warnicker
2012 At Any Price Irene Whipple
2014 Gone Girl Detective Rhonda Boney Nominated — Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated — Georgia Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
2016 Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children


Year Title Role Notes
1995 New York News Episode: "Cost of Living"
1996 Swift Justice Annie Peters Episode: "Out on a Limb"
1996 Voice from the Grave Terry Deveroux Television film
1996 Two Mothers for Zachary Nancy Television film
1997 Spin City Veronica Episode: "Kiss Me, Stupid"
1997 Heart Full of Rain Susan Doyle Television film
2001 Big Apple Sarah Day Series regular, 8 episodes
2003 Out of Order Danni Miniseries
2004–2006 Deadwood Joanie Stubbs Series regular, 34 episodes
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
2006 Numb3rs Crystal Hoyle Episode: "Spree" and "Two Daughters"
2006–2009 Lost Cassidy Phillips 4 episodes
2008 12 Miles of Bad Road Jonelle Shakespeare Series regular, 6 episodes
2008 1% Rhonda TV pilot
2008–2009 Friday Night Lights Shelby Saracen 11 episodes
2009 FlashForward Kate Stark Episode: "137 Sekunden"
2010 Reviving Ophelia Le Anne Television film
2010–2013 Treme Janette Desautel Series regular, 38 episodes
2013 Second Sight Samantha Wilde TV pilot
2013–2014 Sons of Anarchy Colette Jane 7 episodes
2013 White Collar Jill Episode: "Quantico Closure"
2014 Red Zone Helen Weller TV pilot[21]
2015 House of Cards Kate Baldwin 6 episodes
2015–present Fear the Walking Dead Madison Clark Lead Role (6 episodes)


  1. ^ "Lee High School - Huntsville Alabama Alumni". Retrieved 23 December 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Hollywood Life
  3. ^ "Kim Dickens". Filmbug. Retrieved 2011-07-30. 
  4. ^ "Kim Dickens biography and filmography". 1965-06-18. Retrieved 2014-05-08. 
  5. ^ a b
  6. ^ "Truth or Consequences, N.M.". 2 May 1997. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  7. ^ "The White River Kid". 12 November 1999. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  8. ^ "Things Behind the Sun". 19 January 2001. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  9. ^ "BBC News - FILM - Paedophile film leads awards race". Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  10. ^ "Out of Order -". Entertainment Weekly's Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  11. ^ "HBO ready for 'Road' show, 'Treatment'". IMDb. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  12. ^ "HBO won't run '12 Miles'". IMDb. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  13. ^ "Kim Dickens". Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  14. ^ Michael Ausiello (2013-05-10). "‘Sons of Anarchy’ Season 6 Cast: Kim Dickens to Play Madame". TVLine. Retrieved 2014-05-08. 
  15. ^ Fleming, Mike. "David Fincher, Fox Set 'Gone Girl' Cast; Tyler Perry To Play Defense Attorney". Retrieved 2014-05-08. 
  16. ^ "Gone Girl". 3 October 2014. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  17. ^ Justin Kroll. "‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’: Kim Dickens Joins Cast - Variety". Variety. Retrieved 19 August 2015. 
  18. ^ Nellie Andreeva. "Kim Dickens To Star In AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’ Companion Series - Deadline". Deadline. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 
  19. ^ "Walking Dead Spinoff: Kim Dickens Cast as Female Lead - Variety". Variety. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 
  20. ^ "'Gone Girl' actress Kim Dickens cast in 'Walking Dead' spinoff". Retrieved 23 December 2014. 
  21. ^ "Kim Dickens Lands Female Lead In CBS Drama Pilot 'Red Zone'". Retrieved 2014-05-08. 

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