Jayne Atkinson

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Jayne Atkinson
Born(1959-02-18) 18 February 1959 (age 55)
Bournemouth, Dorset, England
Years active1985–present
Spouse(s)Michael Gill (1998-present)


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Jayne Atkinson
Born(1959-02-18) 18 February 1959 (age 55)
Bournemouth, Dorset, England
Years active1985–present
Spouse(s)Michael Gill (1998-present)


Official Blog: Jayne Sez

Jayne Atkinson (born 18 February 1959) is an English film, theatre and television actress. She is perhaps best known for the role of Karen Hayes on 24 as well as her Tony Award-nominated roles in The Rainmaker and Enchanted April. She was also known for appearing in the CBS drama Criminal Minds as BAU Section Chief Erin Strauss and in the Netflix political drama House of Cards as US Secretary of State Catherine Durant.[1][2][3][4]

Early life[edit]

Jayne Atkinson was born in Bournemouth, Dorset, England, but her family moved to the United States when she was 9 years old. She grew up in Hollywood, Florida and graduated from Pine Crest School where she was elected Homecoming Queen in 1977. She attended Northwestern University (BA Communications, 1981), where she was initiated as a member of Alpha Chi Omega and a sorority sister of Laura Innes; and the Yale Drama School.[1]


After working in regional theatres, Atkinson appeared off-Broadway in the Manhattan Theatre Club's production of Bloody Poetry in 1987. She made her Broadway debut the same year in a revival of Arthur Miller's All My Sons. Subsequently, she landed title roles in more stage productions, which include Henry VIII, Tru, and The Art of Success. She earned a Drama Desk Award for Best Actress in a Play for her performance in The Skriker in 1996. Atkinson's work in the Roundabout Theatre Company's 1999 production of The Rainmaker earned her a Tony Award nomination, and her performance in the 2003 play Enchanted April earned her an Outer Critics Circle Award, another Tony Award nomination and a Drama Desk nomination. In 2009, she starred as Ruth Condomine in a Broadway revival of Noël Coward's Blithe Spirit,[1] which co-starred Rupert Everett, Christine Ebersole, and Angela Lansbury, who won her record-breaking 5th Tony Award for her role as Madame Arcati.

She has appeared in such films as Free Willy, Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home, 12 and Holding, Blank Check, The Village and Syriana.

Her television acting credits include A Year in the Life, Parenthood, The X-Files, Law & Order, The Practice, Criminal Minds, 24, and House of Cards (U.S. TV series), opposite Kevin Spacey and husband Michel Gill. Her performance in the made-for-TV movie Our Town garnered her a Satellite Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Personal life[edit]

Atkinson is married to actor Michael Gill, with whom she has one son, and with whom she acts in the American TV series House of Cards (U.S. TV series). They met when they appeared together in a 1989 production of The Heiress at the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, Connecticut.



1993Free WillyAnnie Greenwood
1994Blank CheckSandra Waters
1995Free Willy 2: The Adventure HomeAnnie Greenwood
2003Our TownMrs. GibbsTelevision movie
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
2004The VillageTabitha Walker
2005SyrianaDivision Chief
200612 and HoldingAshley Carges
2008RecountTheresa LePoreTelevision movie
2009Handsome HarryKelly's wife


1986A Year in the LifeLindley Gardner Eisenberg3 episodes
1987–1988A Year in the LifeLindley Gardner Eisneberg22 episodes
1989MoonlightingRobin FullerEpisode: "Shits and Skins"
1990–1991ParenthoodKaren Buckman12 episodes
1995The X-FilesWilla AmbroseEpisode: "Fearful Symmetry"
1997The PracticeRuth GibsonEpisode: "Part 1"
2001–2002The Education of Max BickfordLyla Ortiz7 episodes
2002Law & OrderDr. Claire SnyderEpisode: "Dazzled"
2004Joan of ArcadiaFran MontgomeryEpisode: "Friday Night"
2006–200724Karen Hayes30 episodes
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
2007–2013, 2014Criminal MindsErin Strauss22 episodes
2008Law & Order: Special Victims UnitMarion SpringerEpisode: "Savant"
Law & OrderSenator Melanie CarverEpisode: "Political Animal"
2010Gossip GirlDean Reuther4 episodes
2011White CollarHelen AndersonEpisode: "Deadline"
2012PerceptionHelen Paulson2 episodes
2013The FollowingJacob's mother2 episodes
2013-2014House of CardsCatherine Durant10 episodes


1987All My SonsAnn Deever
1997–1998IvanovAnna Petrovna
1999–2000The RainmakerLizzie CurryNominated—Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play
2002–2003Our TownMrs. Gibbs
2003Enchanted AprilLotty WiltonNominated—Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play
Nominated—Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play
2009Blithe SpiritRuth


  1. ^ a b c "Jayne Atkinson". tv.com. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "Noel Coward's 'BLITHE SPIRIT' Goes On Sale 12/20/08". broadwayworld.com. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "'I became obsessed with Beethoven's obsession'". signonsandiego.com. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "A getaway that takes us nowhere near their souls - The Record (Bergen County, NJ)". Retrieved 14 August 2010 – via HighBeam Research. 

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