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      Jayne Atkinson

      Jayne Atkinson

      Highest Rated: 100% Our Town (2003)

      Lowest Rated: 9% Blank Check (1994)

      Birthday: Feb 18, 1959

      Birthplace: Bournemouth, England, UK

      A respected actress on television and stage as well as in film, Jayne Atkinson moved skillfully between women of power on "24 " (Fox 2001-2010) and "House of Cards" (Netflix 2013- ) and kindly mothers in "Free Willy" (1993) and "Our Town" (PBS 2003). Born in England but raised in America, Atkinson's stage training at both Northwestern University and the Yale Drama School provided her with the skills to reach Broadway and primetime television in the late 1980s via a 1987 production of "All My Sons" and the network series "A Year in the Life" (NBC 1986-88). She soon balanced regular work in features and television with turns on Broadway that netted her multiple Tony nominations. Despite playing a wide variety of roles, Atkinson's turns as government and law officials on "24," "Criminal Minds" (CBS 2005-) and "House of Cards" and in "Syriana" (2005) had the greatest resonance with viewers, and ensured her a sort of cottage industry in these character types. Thankfully, the breadth of her talents allowed her to avoid typecasting and segue successfully between these flinty figures and comic turns on Broadway in "Blithe Spirit," among others. Atkinson's diverse c.v. and popularity with TV viewers underscored her status as a well-liked and in-demand actress.

      Highest rated movies

      Our Town
      Handsome Harry
      Twelve and Holding
      Free Willy
      Baby Ruby
      Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home
      The Village The Congressman

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      FREE WILLY, Jayne Atkinson, Michael Madsen, 1993, (c)Warner Bros. FREE WILLY, Michael Madsen, Jason James Richter, Jayne Atkinson, 1993, (c)Warner Bros. FREE WILLY 2: THE ADVENTURE HOME, from left: Jayne Atkinson, Michael Madsen, 1995, © Warner Brothers House of Cards, Robin Wright (L), Jayne Atkinson (R), 'Chapter 36', Season 3, Ep. #10, 02/27/2015, ©NETFLIX House of Cards, Kevin Spacey (L), Jayne Atkinson (R), 'Chapter 26', Season 2, Ep. #13, 02/14/2014, ©NETFLIX House of Cards, Robin Wright (L), Jayne Atkinson (R), 'Chapter 29', Season 3, Ep. #3, 02/27/2015, ©NETFLIX Criminal Minds, Thomas Gibson (L), Jayne Atkinson (R), 'Season 8', 09/26/2012, ©CBS Criminal Minds, Thomas Gibson (L), Jayne Atkinson (R), 'Season 8', 09/26/2012, ©CBS Criminal Minds, Jayne Atkinson, 'Season 8', 09/26/2012, ©CBS Criminal Minds, Jayne Atkinson (L), Mark Hamill (R), 'Season 8', 09/26/2012, ©CBS Criminal Minds, Mark Hamill (L), Jayne Atkinson (R), 'Season 8', 09/26/2012, ©CBS House of Cards, Robin Wright (L), Jayne Atkinson (R), 'Chapter 29', Season 3, Ep. #3, 02/27/2015, ©NETFLIX THE VILLAGE, William Hurt, Jayne Atkinson, 2004, (c) Buena Vista FREE WILLY 2: THE ADVENTURE HOME, Michael Madsen, Jason James Richter, Jayne Atkinson, 1995, (c)Warner Bros. FREE WILLY 2: THE ADVENTURE HOME, from left: Michael Madsen, Jason James Richter, Jayne Atkinson, 1995, © Warner Brothers FREE WILLY 2: THE ADVENTURE HOME, front from left: Michael Madsen, Mary Kate Schellhardt, Jason James Richter, rear from left: Francis Capra, Jayne Atkinson, August Schellenberg, 1995, © Warner Brothers FREE WILLY 2: THE ADVENTURE HOME, from left: Jason James Richter, August Schellenberg, Michael Madsen, Jayne Atkinson, Francis Capra, Mary Kate Schellhardt, 1995, © Warner Brothers House of Cards, Jayne Atkinson (L), Gerald McRaney (C), Kevin Spacey (R), 'Chapter 15', Season 2, Ep. #2, 02/14/2014, ©NETFLIX House of Cards, Jayne Atkinson (L), Gerald McRaney (C), Kevin Spacey (R), 'Season 2', 02/14/2014, ©NETFLIX Criminal Minds, from left: Pam Leonte, Rene Auberjonois, Shemar Moore, Jayne Atkinson, 'Self-Fulfilling Prophecy', Season 7, Ep. #9, 12/07/2011, ©CBS

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      67% 32% Baby Ruby Unknown (Character) $16.7K 2022
      33% 52% The Congressman Casey Winship (Character) - 2016
      No Score Yet 70% That Gal...Who Was in That Thing: That Guy 2 Unknown (Character) - 2015
      82% 56% Handsome Harry Kelly's Wife (Character) $22.9K 2009
      73% 79% Twelve and Holding Ashley Carges (Character) $95.7K 2005
      44% 57% The Village Tabitha Walker (Character) $114.2M 2004
      100% 78% Our Town Unknown (Character) - 2003
      50% 42% Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home Annie Greenwood (Character) $28.0M 1995
      9% 34% Blank Check Sandra Waters (Character) $30.6M 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Under Suspicion Unknown (Character) - 1994
      71% 50% Free Willy Annie Greenwood (Character) $76.3M 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Absolute Strangers Eleanor Barcroft (Character) - 1991

      TV

      Credit
      42% 59% Clarice Ruth Martin (Guest Star) 2021
      No Score Yet 86% Criminal Minds Erin Strauss (Guest Star) 2007 2009-2014 2020
      36% 89% Bluff City Law Della Bedford (Character) 2019
      No Score Yet 79% Madam Secretary Teresa Hirst (Character),
      Theresa Hurst (Guest Star)
      2018
      77% 76% House of Cards Catherine Durant (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      2013-2018
      No Score Yet 75% Chicago Med Laura Clay (Guest Star) 2016
      93% 90% The Good Wife Nora Valentine (Guest Star) 2016
      82% 64% Zoo Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
      54% 82% American Odyssey Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
      No Score Yet 80% Blue Bloods Sharon Harris (Guest Star) 2012
      No Score Yet 83% Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 2002 2005 2008
      87% 87% 24 Karen Hayes (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      2006-2007
      96% 62% Joan of Arcadia Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
      79% No Score Yet The Education of Max Bickford Unknown (Guest Star) 2001-2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Practice Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      74% 85% The X-Files Willa Ambrose (Guest Star) 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Parenthood Karen Buckman (Character) 1990-1991
      No Score Yet 86% Beauty and the Beast Molly Nolan (Guest Star) 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Year in the Life Lindley Gardner Eisenberg (Character) 1987-1988