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
Children 1

Kimberly Jan "Kim" Dickens (born June 18, 1965) is an American actress. She is best known for her roles in the HBO dramas Deadwood (2004–06) and Treme (2010–13). In 2015, she began starring as Madison Clark in the AMC drama series, Fear the Walking Dead. Dickens also had supporting roles in films Mercury Rising (1998), Hollow Man (2000), House of Sand and Fog (2003), The Blind Side (2009), and Gone Girl (2014).

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 BA in communication. Soon after graduation, she went to New York City to continue her studies at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute and graduated at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She is also active in Open Stage Theatre. While living in New York City, she worked as a waitress.[3]In the late 1990s she moved to Los Angeles.[4]


Dickens made her stage debut in a student production of David Mamet's Sexual Perversity in Chicago, at Vanderbilt University.[5] She has appeared in several Independent movies including Palookaville, Voice from the Grave, Truth or Consequences, N.M., Heart Full of Rain, Zero Effect with Bill Pullman, Ben Stiller, and Ryan O'Neal, and Great Expectations. Dickens later has starred in several big movies, including Mercury Rising with Bruce Willis and Alec Baldwin, Committed, Hollow Man, The Gift, House of Sand and Fog with Ben Kingsley, and Thank You for Smoking. In recent years, she appeared in The Blind Side and Gone Girl.[6] She was cast in Tim Burton's film Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.[7]

On television, Dickens starred in short-lived CBS drama Big Apple in 2001, and later on Showtime miniseries Out of Order opposite Felicity Huffman and Eric Stoltz. From 2004 to 2006 she starred as Joanie Stubbs in HBO western series, Deadwood. From 2010 to 2013, Dickens was a regular on the HBO drama Treme, as Janette Desautel. She also had a recurring roles on Friday Night Lights, Lost, and Sons of Anarchy.[8] In 2015, she had the recurring role in the Netflix political drama House of Cards. She later was cast as lead actress in the The Walking Dead companion series, Fear the Walking Dead.[9][10][11]

Personal life[edit]

Dickens married Alexandre Rockwell in 1986, but they divorced after 10 years of marriage. Her second husband is Canadian entrepreneur Ken Dixon, with whom she had a daughter, in October 2000.[12]



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 Post-production


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[13]
2015 House of Cards Kate Baldwin 6 episodes
2015–present Fear the Walking Dead Madison Clark Series regular


  1. ^ "Lee High School - Huntsville Alabama Alumni". Retrieved 23 December 2014. 
  2. ^ Hollywood Life
  3. ^ Hollywood Life
  4. ^ "Kim Dickens". Filmbug. Retrieved 2011-07-30. 
  5. ^ "Kim Dickens biography and filmography". 1965-06-18. Retrieved 2014-05-08. 
  6. ^ Fleming, Mike. "David Fincher, Fox Set 'Gone Girl' Cast; Tyler Perry To Play Defense Attorney". Retrieved 2014-05-08. 
  7. ^ Justin Kroll. "‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’: Kim Dickens Joins Cast - Variety". Variety. Retrieved 19 August 2015. 
  8. ^ Michael Ausiello (2013-05-10). "‘Sons of Anarchy’ Season 6 Cast: Kim Dickens to Play Madame". TVLine. Retrieved 2014-05-08. 
  9. ^ Nellie Andreeva. "Kim Dickens To Star In AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’ Companion Series - Deadline". Deadline. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 
  10. ^ "Walking Dead Spinoff: Kim Dickens Cast as Female Lead - Variety". Variety. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 
  11. ^ "'Gone Girl' actress Kim Dickens cast in 'Walking Dead' spinoff". Retrieved 23 December 2014. 
  12. ^ "Kim Dickens". Hollywood Life. Retrieved August 24, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Kim Dickens Lands Female Lead In CBS Drama Pilot 'Red Zone'". Retrieved 2014-05-08. 

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