Amy Carlson

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Amy Carlson
Born(1968-07-07) July 7, 1968 (age 45)
Glen Ellyn, Illinois, U.S.
Years active1992–present
Spouse(s)Syd Butler (?-present) 2 children
ChildrenLyla Butler (b. 2006)
Nigel (b. 2009)
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Amy Carlson
Born(1968-07-07) July 7, 1968 (age 45)
Glen Ellyn, Illinois, U.S.
Years active1992–present
Spouse(s)Syd Butler (?-present) 2 children
ChildrenLyla Butler (b. 2006)
Nigel (b. 2009)

Amy Lynn Carlson (born July 7, 1968) is an American actress best known for playing Josie Watts on Another World and Alex Taylor on Third Watch. More recently, she played Kelly Gaffney on the short-lived NBC courtroom drama, Law & Order: Trial by Jury. She currently plays Linda Reagan on the CBS drama Blue Bloods.


When Carlson was 13, her family (consisting of her parents, herself, and three siblings) moved to Amman, Jordan, for one year, where her parents had been hired to teach at the American Community School. After returning to the United States, Carlson attended Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. While in college, Carlson was active in the school’s theatre department, appearing in Fifth of July, Noises Off, A Lie of the Mind, and School for Scandal. Carlson graduated cum laude.[1]

Carlson is represented by Karen Foreman on behalf of the The Domain Agency. She is managed by Estelle Lasher and Principal Entertainment.

Carlson currently resides in Chinatown in Manhattan with her daughter, born in 2006, her son, born in August 2009 and her husband, Syd Butler, bass guitar player of Les Savy Fav and owner of the independent label Frenchkiss Records.

In 2013, Carlson's first starring role in a feature film, Sight Unseen (filmed in 2005), will be completed, with no further details of a release date.

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1992Babe, TheThe BabeGirl on Stairs
2000Everything Put TogetherJane
2002Winning Girls Through Psychic Mind ControlKathy
2002Stella ShortsHippy GirlVideo
2007AnamorphAlexandra Fredericks
2010TrioShort film


1992Legacy of LiesMarianna NaniaTV film
1993Missing PersonsHelena BrusichEpisodes: "Pilot", "I'm Gonna Miss Him Too...", "Right Neighborhood... Wrong Door"
1993Untouchables, TheThe UntouchablesFormer ProstituteEpisodes: "Pilot - Part 1", "Cuba: Part 2"
1993–1998Another WorldJosephine WattsTV series
1994Untouchables, TheThe UntouchablesNurse HardyEpisode: "Mind Games"
1998Thanks of a Grateful NationTammy BoyerTV miniseries
1999St. Michael's CrossingKelly McGloinTV series
1999Martial LawCassie McGillEpisode: "Big Trouble"
1999Get RealDr. SedgwickEpisodes: "Sexual Healing", "Anatomy of a Rumor", "Prey"
2000NYPD BlueLisa MarantzEpisode: "Along Came Jones"
2000If These Walls Could Talk 2MichelleSegment, "1972"
2000CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationKate ArmstrongEpisode: "Friends & Lovers"
2000Law & Order: Special Victims UnitPatricia AndrewsEpisode: "Asunder"
2000FalconeMaggie Pistone EganTV series
2000–2003Third WatchAlex TaylorMain role (60 episodes)
2002ERAlex TaylorEpisode: "Brothers and Sisters"
2002Get RealDr. SedgwickEpisode: "The Last Weekend"
2003PeacemakersKatie OwenMain role (9 episodes)
2004Law & OrderCollette ConnollyEpisode: "Dead Wives Club"
2005Franklin CharterMaggie KeelerTV film
2005–2006Law & Order: Trial by JuryA.D.A. Kelly GaffneyMain role (13 episodes)
2006DriftLaurenTV film
2007Kidnapping, TheThe KidnappingRachel McKenzieTV film
2007NCISKaren SutherlandEpisode: "Corporal Punishment"
2008Criminal MindsCece HillenbrandEpisode: "Tabula Rasa"
2010FringeMaureen DonovanEpisode: "Unearthed"
2010–2013Blue BloodsLinda ReaganMain role (76 episodes)
2011Too Big to FailErin CallanTV film


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