Connie Britton

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Connie Britton
Britton seen from a profile, smiling
BornConstance Elaine Womack
(1967-03-06) March 6, 1967 (age 47)[1]
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
ResidenceNashville, Tennessee, U.S.
OccupationActress, singer, producer
Years active1995–present
Spouse(s)John Britton (m. 1991; div. 1995)
Children1 (adopted)
 
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Connie Britton
Britton seen from a profile, smiling
BornConstance Elaine Womack
(1967-03-06) March 6, 1967 (age 47)[1]
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
ResidenceNashville, Tennessee, U.S.
OccupationActress, singer, producer
Years active1995–present
Spouse(s)John Britton (m. 1991; div. 1995)
Children1 (adopted)

Constance Elaine "Connie" Britton (née Womack; born March 6, 1967) is an American actress, singer and producer. Britton is most well known for her roles as Nikki Faber on the ABC sitcom Spin City (1996–2000); as Tami Taylor on the NBC/DirecTV sports drama Friday Night Lights (2006–2011), for which she was nominated for two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series;[2] and as Vivien Harmon in the FX horror-drama series American Horror Story (2011), for which she was nominated for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie.[3] Her most notable films are Friday Night Lights and A Nightmare on Elm Street. In 2012, she began playing the leading role of Rayna Jaymes in the ABC musical drama series Nashville, for which she was nominated for a Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama in 2012.[4]

Early life[edit]

Britton was born Constance Elaine Womack in Boston, Massachusetts, the daughter of Linda Jane (née Cochran) and Edgar Allen Womack, Jr., who was a physicist.[5][6][7] When she was seven years old, she moved with her parents and her fraternal twin sister Cynthia[8] to Lynchburg, Virginia where she attended E.C. Glass High School. She majored in Asian studies with a concentration in Chinese at Dartmouth College and studied in Beijing during her freshman summer with Kirsten Gillibrand.[9][10] After graduating in 1989, she moved to New York City, where she spent two years at the Neighborhood Playhouse studying with Sanford Meisner.

Career[edit]

Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler in 2008

While studying at the Neighborhood Playhouse, Britton (then Womack) made her New York theatrical debut in Caroline Kava's The Early Girl at The Courtyard Playhouse. Britton played seasoned prostitute Laurel opposite Cooper Lawrence, who played Joan. Britton's performance, while well received, nearly got her ousted from the Neighborhood Playhouse program, which prohibited students from taking professional employment during their course of study. After graduating, Britton spent two more years working in off-Broadway theatre productions. She moved to Los Angeles after the success of The Brothers McMullen.

Britton starred in Spin City as Nikki Faber from 1996 to 2000.[11] Her character was written out of the show when Charlie Sheen replaced Michael J. Fox as the main character. She had a recurring role on 24 during the fifth season as Diane Huxley, the landlady and girlfriend of protagonist Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland). She co-starred in the thriller film The Last Winter in 2006.

Britton co-starred opposite Kyle Chandler in the critically acclaimed NBC drama Friday Night Lights as Tami Taylor, the wife of a head football coach Eric Taylor (Chandler), who becomes a high school guidance counsellor.[12] The show ran for five seasons from October 3, 2006 to February 9, 2011. During that time, Britton developed a devoted following for her performance – described by The New York Times as "something of an icon, a 40-something sex symbol and role model."[12] She was first cast in the film version of the series, Friday Night Lights (2004).[13]

In 2001, Britton had a recurring role on the NBC drama The West Wing in the third season, appearing in the two-part premiere titled "Manchester" and the sixth episode titled "Gone Quiet" as Connie Tate, a member of Bruno Gianelli's team. She appeared in the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, portraying Dr. Gwendoline "Gwen" Holbrook.[14] She was also featured on This American Life's 429th episode, "Will They Know Me at Home?", in which she performed monologues from David Finkel's nonfiction book The Good Soldiers.[15]

In 2011, Britton starred in the horror drama American Horror Story on FX as Vivien Harmon, a woman who recently relocated with her family to California after a series of tragic marital and family issues.[16] Unfortunately for The Harmons, the new house they purchase quickly reveals itself to be haunted.

Britton had stated when she wrapped American Horror Story she would be taking a couple of months off to be with her new adopted son, but that she would then begin to re-focus on developing her FX drama collaboration with David O. Russell. The project has since been in "development hell".[17]

On March 6, 2012, Britton signed on to star and produce the ABC musical drama Nashville that premiered on October 10, 2012. The show centers on Rayna Jaymes (Britton), a renowned 40-year-old country music singer whose stardom is beginning to fade.[18][19][20] Britton's portrayal of the character received critical praise,[21][22][23] and she was nominated for a third time for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama for the first time for this role.[4][12]

Personal life[edit]

Britton uses her married name as her stage name. She met John Britton at Alpha Delta House at Dartmouth College. They moved to Manhattan together in 1989, married in 1991, and divorced in 1995.[24]

In 1993, Britton joined the New York Junior League and was a member of the 1993 provisional class of volunteers where she listed her occupation as "Actress".

She was in a relationship with comedian Jason Mantzoukas.[25] In November 2011, Britton adopted a son Eyob "Yoby" Britton from Ethiopia.[26]

Britton studied Chinese in college. In a 2012 interview on NPR she said of the experience: "I always wanted to be an actor. But when I went to college, I had to fulfill a language requirement and so I thought it would be really cool to do it speaking Chinese. My Chinese these days is real, real shaky. Let's put it this way: These days, my singing is better than my Chinese."[27]

Britton moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 2013 when she signed to star in the ABC musical drama Nashville.[28]

On 2 April 2014, Britton became the 10th Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations Development Programme, the anti-poverty agency of the UN. She joins celebrities such as Antonio Banderas, Maria Sharapova, Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldo in this role. She will focus her advocacy efforts on eradicating extreme poverty, fighting exclusion and empowering women.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1995Brothers McMullen, TheThe Brothers McMullenMolly McMullen
1996Escape ClauseLeslie BullardTelevision movie
1998No Looking BackKelly
2001Child Star: The Story of Shirley TempleGertrude TempleTelevision movie
2001One Eyed KingHelen Riley
2001Next Big Thing, TheThe Next Big ThingKate Crowley
2004Looking for KittyMarcie Petracelli
2004Friday Night LightsSharon Gaines
2005Special EdAbi
2005Life Coach, TheThe Life CoachConnie
2006Lather Effect, TheThe Lather EffectValinda
2006The Last WinterAbby Sellers
2009Women in TroubleDoris
2010Nightmare on Elm Street, AA Nightmare on Elm StreetDr. Gwendoline Holbrook
2011ConceptionGloria
2012Seeking a Friend for the End of the WorldDiane
2012The Fitzgerald Family ChristmasNora
2013Angels SingSusan Walker
2013The To Do ListMrs. Klark
2014This Is Where I Leave You[29]Tracy
2015American Ultra[30]Victoria Lasseter

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1995–1996EllenHeather3 episodes
1995Pins and NeedlesCammie BarbashUnsold TV pilot
1998CupidMadeleineEpisode: "Pilot"
1996–2000Spin CityNikki FaberSeries regular, 99 episodes
2000–2001Fugitive, TheThe FugitiveMaggie Kimble Hume3 episodes
2001The Fighting FitzgeraldsSophieSeries regular, 10 episodes
2001West Wing, TheThe West WingConnie Tate4 episodes
2003Lost at HomeRachel DavisSeries regular, 6 episodes
2005Life as We Know ItDianneEpisode: "Papa Wheelie"
200624Diane Huxley6 episodes
2006–2011Friday Night LightsTami TaylorSeries regular, 76 episodes
2011American Horror Story: Murder HouseVivien HarmonSeries regular, 12 episodes
2012–presentNashvilleRayna JaymesSeries regular, also co-executive producer
2013Drunk HistoryPatricia ShaheenEpisode: "Boston"

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardCategoryWorkResult
2007Television Critics Association AwardsIndividual Achievement in a Drama SeriesFriday Night LightsNominated
Gotham Awards 2007Best Ensemble CastThe Last WinterNominated
2008Television Critics Association AwardsIndividual Achievement in a Drama SeriesFriday Night LightsNominated
2010Satellite Awards 2010Best Actress – Television Series DramaFriday Night LightsWon
62nd Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesFriday Night LightsNominated
2011Satellite Awards 2011Best Actress – Television Series DramaFriday Night LightsNominated
1st Critics' Choice Television AwardsCritics' Choice Television Award for Best Drama ActressFriday Night LightsNominated
63rd Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesFriday Night LightsNominated
201264th Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a MovieAmerican Horror StoryNominated
Satellite Awards 2012Best Actress – Television Series DramaNashvilleNominated
Satellite Awards 2012Best Television Series – DramaNashville (as producer)Nominated
201370th Golden Globe AwardsBest Actress – Television Series DramaNashvilleNominated
65th Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesNashvilleNominated
New York Women in Film & Television AwardMuse AwardWon[31]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positions[32]
US
US Country
US
Soundtracks
The Music of Nashville: Season 1 Volume 11431
The Music of Nashville: Season 1 Volume 21352

Singles[edit]

YearSinglePeak chart
positions
Album
US Country
[33]
US
[34]
2012"No One Will Ever Love You" (with Charles Esten)A36117The Music of Nashville: Season 1 Volume 1
"Wrong Song" (with Hayden Panettiere)39
2013"Stronger Than Me"42The Music of Nashville: Season 1 Volume 2
"The Best Songs Come from Broken Hearts"48N/A
2014"He Ain't Gonna Change" (with Hayden Panettiere)50
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Prudom, Laura (July 19, 2012). "'American Horror Story' Earns 17 Emmy Nominations". The Huffington Post. Retrieved July 19, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b First Golden Globe Nominations Announced
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  15. ^ "Will They Know Me Back Home?". This American Life. Retrieved 2012-10-22. 
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  17. ^ Michael Ausiello (February 4, 2011). "Exclusive: Connie Britton Developing FX Drama with The Fighter's David O. Russell". TVLine. 
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  20. ^ Michael Ausiello (March 6, 2012). "Scoop: Connie Britton Heads for Nashville With Lead in ABC Musical Drama Pilot". TV Line. Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  21. ^ Nashville: TV Review
  22. ^ 'Nashville' is a smash
  23. ^ Singing its praises: ABC's Nashville is fall's best newcomer
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  29. ^ Anthony Breznican (April 11, 2013). "Connie Britton to romance Adam Driver in all-star 'This Is Where I Leave You' -- EXCLUSIVE". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2013-04-15. 
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  34. ^ "Bubbling Under Hot 100 Week of November 10, 2012". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 1, 2012. 

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