Patty Jenkins

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Patty Jenkins
Crop of Patty Jenkins by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Born Patricia Lea Jenkins
(1971-07-23) July 23, 1971 (age 45)
George Air Force Base, Victorville, California, USA
Occupation Film director, screenwriter
Years active 2001–present
Spouse(s) Sam Sheridan (m. 2007)
Children 1

Patricia Lea "Patty" Jenkins is an American film director and screenwriter. She is known for directing Monster (2003).[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Jenkins was born in California, USA, to William T. Jenkins, an Air Force captain and fighter pilot who won a silver star in Vietnam, and Emily Roth, who worked in San Francisco as an environmental scientist.[2] She has two sisters, Elaine Roth and Jessica Jenkins Murphy.

Jenkins grew up around the world and lived in 15 different countries before she was six, and four different states before college. She spent kindergarten through her junior year of high school living in Lawrence, Kansas. She attended the AFI Conservatory. She graduated from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in 1993.


The most famous film she has directed to date is Monster, a docudrama about Aileen Wuornos.

On July 14, 2011, Jenkins received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for the pilot of The Killing. She received two nominations for the 2012 DGA Awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement, one for "Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series" for The Killing and "Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television/Mini-Series" for Five. On January 28, 2012, she won the DGA award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement for a Dramatic Series for the pilot of The Killing.

In April 2015, it was revealed that Jenkins would direct Wonder Woman, the fourth movie in the DC Extended Universe for a 2017 release. Jenkins was hired after the original director, Michelle MacLaren, left the project due to creative differences. She was previously attached to direct Thor: The Dark World but left the project due to creative differences.

Personal life[edit]

In 2007, Jenkins married Sam Sheridan, author of the books A Fighter's Heart and The Fighter's Mind.[2] They have a son together.[3]



Year Film Director Writer Other Notes
1996 A Modern Affair No No Yes Second Assistant Camera
2003 Monster Yes Yes No
2011 Five Yes No No Segment: "Pearl"
2016 Frank & Lola No No Yes Special Thanks
2017 Wonder Woman Yes No No

Television series[edit]

Year TV Series Director Producer Actor Note
2004 Arrested Development Yes No No Season 2 Episode 2: "The One Where They Build a House"
2006 Entourage Yes No No Season 3 Episode 5: "Crash and Burn" and Episode 8: "The Release"
2008 The Sarah Silverman Program No No Yes Jill Talley
Season 2 Episode 19: "Fetus Don't Fail Me Now"
2011-12 The Killing Yes No No Pilot episode and Episode 26: "What I Know"
2013 Betrayal Yes Yes No Pilot episode
Also executive producer


  1. ^ "Patty Jenkins signs on to direct Wonder Woman movie, report". CBC. April 16, 2015. Retrieved July 4, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Patty Jenkins, Sam Sheridan". New York Times. 
  3. ^ Rosen, Lisa. "Natural-Born Director". 

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