Patty Jenkins

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Patty Jenkins
Born Patricia Lea Jenkins
(1971-07-23) July 23, 1971 (age 44)
George Air Force Base, Victorville, California, USA
Occupation Film director, screenwriter
Years active 2001–present
Spouse(s) Sam Sheridan (m. 2007)

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

Life and career[edit]

Jenkins, a native of California, grew up around the world and lived in 15 different countries before she was 6 and 4 different states before college. Patty has two sisters, Elaine Roth and Jessica Jenkins Murphy. Jessica worked with Patty on Monster. 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, she 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 2007, Jenkins married Sam Sheridan, author of the books A Fighter's Heart and The Fighter's Mind.[2]

In April 2015, it was revealed that Jenkins will 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.



Year Film Director Writer
2001 Just Drive Yes Yes
2003 Monster Yes Yes
2011 Five Yes No
2017 Wonder Woman Yes No

Television series[edit]

Year TV Series Director Note
2004 Arrested Development Yes Season 2 Episode 2: "The One Where They Build a House"
2006 Entourage Yes Season 3 Episode 5: "Crash and Burn" and Episode 8: "The Release"
2011 The Killing Yes Pilot episode and Episode 26: "What I Know"
2013 Betrayal Yes Pilot episode


  1. ^ "Patty Jenkins signs on to direct Wonder Woman movie, report". CBC. April 16, 2015. Retrieved July 4, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Patty Jenkins, Sam Sheridan". Weddings/Celebrations. The New York Times. Retrieved September 2, 2007. 

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