Anne Dudek

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Anne Dudek
Anne Dudek (cropped).jpg
Born(1975-03-22) March 22, 1975 (age 39)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Years active2000–present
Spouse(s)Matthew Heller
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Anne Dudek
Anne Dudek (cropped).jpg
Born(1975-03-22) March 22, 1975 (age 39)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Years active2000–present
Spouse(s)Matthew Heller

Anne Louise Dudek (born March 22, 1975) is an American actress. She is best known for portraying Tiffany Wilson in the 2004 film White Chicks, Dr. Amber Volakis on the Fox series House, Lura Grant on Big Love, and Francine Hanson on the AMC series Mad Men. She has also starred in the British television series The Book Group.

Early life[edit]

Dudek was born in Boston, Massachusetts and grew up in Newton, Massachusetts.[1] Her father was an architect.[2] She attended Northwestern University. She is of Polish descent.


From the mid-1990s (while at Northwestern University) through 2001, Dudek appeared in various theater productions and on Broadway. She made her Broadway debut in Wrong Mountain in 2000,[3] and won the Connecticut Critics Circle Award for outstanding performance in The Glass Menagerie.[4]

After success on Broadway, she made the jump to television. Her first starring role on television came when she was cast as the lead in the British comedy drama The Book Group. The show aired on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom to rave reviews. In her native United States, Dudek has since guest starred on other TV shows, including Desperate Housewives (as Karl Mayer's girlfriend in Season 1), How I Met Your Mother (as Ted's Krav Maga-trained ex-girlfriend), Friends (as 'Precious', Mike Hannigan's girlfriend), ER (as a mother who accidentally shot her son), Charmed, Bones (as Seeley Booth's lawyer girlfriend), Numb3rs and Six Feet Under. She also played Lucinda Barry in the pilot episode of Psych, and a teacher who has a sexual relationship with one of her students (based on the case of Debra Lafave) on Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

Dudek had a recurring role on House (from season 4 onwards) as Dr. Amber Volakis, one of 40 physicians under consideration by Dr. Gregory House for permanent positions on his team. Her character, nicknamed "Cutthroat Bitch" by House, continued to the end of season 4 but was killed off in the two-part season finale, "House's Head" and "Wilson's Heart". She would later reappear as a hallucination by House in the season 5 episode "Saviors", appearing in this form for the remainder of the season.

Dudek later appeared in Mad Men as next-door neighbor Francine Hanson, and on Big Love as one of antagonist Alby Grant's wives, both recurring roles. In 2010, Dudek joined the cast of Covert Affairs. She played Anthony Hopkins' daughter in the 2003 film The Human Stain, and cruise line heir Tiffany Wilson in the 2004 comedy film White Chicks. In 2012, she played an ISS astronaut in one episode of the TV show Touch. She also reprised her role as Amber Volakis for the House series finale "Everybody Dies".

Personal life[edit]

Dudek is married to artist Matthew Heller. They have a son, Akiva, born on December 14, 2008,[5] and a daughter, Saskia, born in February 2012.[6]



2003Human Stain, TheThe Human StainLisa Silk
2004White ChicksTiffany Wilson
2004Educating LewisJackie
2004Naughty Lady, TheThe Naughty LadySaraShort film
2005Coat of Snow, AA Coat of SnowAnna Marie
2006And then it BreaksGirlfriend
200610 Items or LessLorraine
2007Speed DatingAmyShort film
2013Shadaw PeopleEllen


2001ERPaula GambleEpisode: "I'll Be Home for Christmas"
2002For the PeopleJennifer CarterEpisode: "Pilot"
2002–2003Book Group, TheThe Book GroupClare Pettengill12 episodes
2003Judging AmyCandace HurleyEpisode: "Marry, Marry Quite Contrary"
2003Six Feet UnderAllison WillimanEpisode: "Twilight"
2003FriendsPreciousEpisode: "The One After Joey and Rachel Kiss"
2004Desperate HousewivesBrandiEpisode: "Pretty Little Picture"
2004Less than PerfectAnnie2 episodes
2005CharmedDeniseEpisode: "Ordinary Witches"
2005InvasionKatie Paxton2 episodes
2005BonesTessa Jankow2 episodes
2005–2010How I Met Your MotherNatalieEpisodes: "Return of the Shirt" and "Say Cheese"
2006PsychLucindaEpisode: "Pilot"
2006Law & Order: Criminal IntentDanielle McCaskinEpisode: "Tru Love"
2006–2007Big DayBrittany3 episodes
2007Numb3rsEmmanueline KirtlandEpisode: "Nine Wives"
2007–2012HouseDr. Amber Volakis19 episodes
2007–2010, 2014Mad MenFrancine Hanson16 episodes
2007–2011Big LoveLura Grant19 episodes
2009CastleEmma CarnesEpisode: "The Fifth Bullet"
2010–2012Covert AffairsDanielle Brooks32 episodes
2012TouchISS AstronautEpisode: "Zone of Exclusion"
2012Private PracticeLoriEpisode: "Drifting Back"
2012Criminal MindsEmma KerriganEpisode: "The Good Earth"
2012The MentalistSloan DietzEpisode: "Cherry Picked"
2013Masters of SexTest SubjectEpisode: "Fallout"
2014Those Who KillBenedicte Schaeffer9 episodes
2014GrimmProf. Vera Gates, Ph.D.Episode: "Once We Were Gods"
2014Grey's AnatomyEliseEpisode: "Do you know?"
2015NCIS: New OrleansDawn LinEpisode: "The Walking Dead"


  1. ^ Dudek, Anne (April 11, 2013). "The Past". The Anne Dudek Mama Blog. Blogspot. Retrieved August 30, 2014. 
  2. ^ Dudek, Anne (October 3, 2010). "My architect". The Anne Dudek Mama Blog. Blogspot. Retrieved August 30, 2014. 
  3. ^ Bio at American Rep. Theatre web site
  4. ^ "Anne Dudek Shows Off Baby Bump on 'Big Love' " Buddy, August 10, 2008
  5. ^ Mad Men's Anne Dudek Welcomes a Son People Magazine, December 23, 2008
  6. ^ "Anne Dudek Welcomes Baby No. 2: Saskia". March 2, 2012. Retrieved September 8, 2012. 

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