Kim Dickens

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Dickens at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con
Kimberly Jan Dickens

(1965-06-18) June 18, 1965 (age 54)
Years active1995–present

Kimberly Jan Dickens (born June 18, 1965) is an American actress. Her film debut was a supporting role in the 1995 comedy film Palookaville. Dickens had lead roles in the films Truth or Consequences, N.M. (1997), Zero Effect, and Mercury Rising (both 1998). She had several supporting roles in films, such as Hollow Man (2000), House of Sand and Fog (2003), The Blind Side (2009), Gone Girl (2014), and Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016).

On television, Dickens had regular roles in the drama series Deadwood (2004–2006; 2019), Treme (2010–2013), and House of Cards (2015–2017). She starred as Madison Clark on the AMC horror drama series Fear the Walking Dead (2015–2018).

Early life and education[edit]

Dickens was born in Huntsville, Alabama to Pam (Clark) Howell and Justin Dickens,[1] a country-western singer.[2] She graduated from that city's Lee High School and attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she earned a bachelor of arts in communications. Dickens soon moved to New York City, where she worked as a waitress, to continue her studies at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, and graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.[2]



Dickens made her stage debut in a student production of David Mamet's Sexual Perversity in Chicago, at Vanderbilt University.[3] In 1995, she made her professional screen debut in Alan Taylor's comedy film Palookaville, playing Vincent Gallo's character's girlfriend.[4] Dickens spent the following year playing supporting roles in the made-for-television films Voice from the Grave and Two Mothers for Zachary. In 1997, Dickens returned to film, playing female leading role opposite Vincent Gallo again in neo-noir thriller Truth or Consequences, N.M., directed by Kiefer Sutherland. The film received negative reviews from critics.[5] In 1998, she appeared in Great Expectations, a film adaptation of the Charles Dickens's novel, and had the female leading roles in Zero Effect and Mercury Rising. In 1999, she starred alongside Antonio Banderas in the comedy film, The White River Kid.[6]


In 2000, Dickens had co-starring roles in films Committed opposite Heather Graham, Hollow Man with Elisabeth Shue and Kevin Bacon, and The Gift starring Cate Blanchett. The following year, she played the lead in the independent film, Things Behind the Sun. Dickens received critical acclaim for her performance, and an Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead nomination.[7][8] Later in 2001, Dickens was a regular cast member in the short-lived CBS police drama series, Big Apple.[4] In 2003, she co-starred opposite Felicity Huffman and Eric Stoltz in the Showtime miniseries Out of Order.[9]

During the 2000s, Dickens mostly worked on television, playing Joanie Stubbs, the madam, in the HBO western Deadwood from 2004 to 2006. She was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2007 for this role. She was a regular cast member in the unaired HBO comedy series, 12 Miles of Bad Road starring Lily Tomlin and Mary Kay Place.[10] She had recurring roles on Lost and Friday Night Lights. In film, Dickens co-starred in House of Sand and Fog (2003) with Jennifer Connelly and Ben Kingsley, Thank You for Smoking (2005), Wild Tigers I Have Known (2006), Red (2008) and The Blind Side (2009).[11]


From 2010 to 2013, Dickens was a regular on the HBO ensemble drama series, Treme, as chef Janette Desautel. From 2013 to 2014, she had a recurring role as Colette Jane in the FX crime drama, Sons of Anarchy.[12] In 2015, she had a recurring role in the Netflix political drama House of Cards. In film, she co-starred in Footloose (2011) and At Any Price (2012). In 2014, she had a major supporting role as Detective Rhonda Boney in the psychological thriller film Gone Girl, directed by David Fincher,[13][14] and in 2016, co-starred as the lead character's mother in Tim Burton's film Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.[15]

In August 2015, Dickens began playing Madison Clark in The Walking Dead companion series, Fear the Walking Dead, on AMC.[16][17][18] Dickens left the series in June 2018.[19]

Personal life[edit]

In the late 1990s, Dickens moved to Los Angeles. Her daughter was born in October 2000.[20]



Year Title Role Notes
1995 Palookaville Laurie
1997 Truth or Consequences, N.M. Addy Monroe
1998 Zero Effect Gloria Sullivan
1998 Great Expectations Maggie
1998 Mercury Rising Stacey
1999 The White River Kid Apple Lisa
2000 Committed Jenny
2000 Hollow Man Sarah Kennedy Nominated — Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Best Supporting Actress - Science Fiction
2000 The Gift Linda
2001 Things Behind the Sun Sherry Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead
2003 House of Sand and Fog Carol Burdon
2004 Goodnight, Joseph Parker Muriel
2005 Thank You for Smoking Jill Naylor
2006 Wild Tigers I Have Known The Counselor
2007 Waiting John's Wife Short film
2008 Red Carrie
2009 One Way to Valhalla Jenny
2009 The Blind Side Mrs. Boswell
2011 Footloose Lulu Warnicker
2012 At Any Price Irene Whipple
2014 Gone Girl Detective Rhonda Boney Nominated — Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated — Georgia Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
2016 Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Maryann Portman
2018 Lizzie Emma Borden
2019 The Highwaymen Gladys Hamer


Year Title Role Notes
1995 New York News N/A Episode: "Cost of Living"
1996 Swift Justice Annie Peters Episode: "Out on a Limb"
1996 Voice from the Grave Terry Deveroux Television film
1996 Two Mothers for Zachary Nancy
1997 Spin City Veronica Episode: "Kiss Me, Stupid"
1997 Heart Full of Rain Susan Doyle Television film
2001 Big Apple Sarah Day 8 episodes
2003 Out of Order Danni 6 episodes
2004–2006 Deadwood Joanie Stubbs 33 episodes;
Main role (seasons 1–3)
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
2006 Numb3rs Crystal Hoyle 2 episodes
2006–2009 Lost Cassidy Phillips 4 episodes
2008 12 Miles of Bad Road Jonelle Shakespeare 6 episodes
2008 1% Rhonda Unsold television pilot
2008–2009 Friday Night Lights Shelby Saracen 11 episodes
2009 FlashForward Kate Stark Episode: "137 Sekunden"
2010 Reviving Ophelia Le Anne Television film
2010–2013 Treme Janette Desautel 36 episodes;
Main role (seasons 1–4)
2013 Second Sight Samantha Wilde Unsold television pilot
2013–2014 Sons of Anarchy Colette Jane 7 episodes
2013 White Collar Jill Episode: "Quantico Closure"
2014 Red Zone Helen Weller Unsold television pilot[21]
2015–2017 House of Cards Kate Baldwin 9 episodes
2015–2018 Fear the Walking Dead Madison Clark 42 episodes;
Main role (seasons 1–4)
Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television (2016)[22]
Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television (2017)[23]
2016–2018 Talking Dead Herself 7 episodes
2019 Deadwood: The Movie Joanie Stubbs Television film


  1. ^ "Lee High School". Huntsville Alabama Alumni. Retrieved December 23, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Hollywood Life
  3. ^ "Kim Dickens biography and filmography". June 18, 1965. Retrieved May 8, 2014.
  4. ^ a b Dargis, Manohla. "Movies". The New York Times. Retrieved July 26, 2016.
  5. ^ "Truth or Consequences, N.M.". Rotten Tomatoes. May 2, 1997. Retrieved September 6, 2015.
  6. ^ "The White River Kid". Rotten Tomatoes. November 12, 1999. Retrieved September 6, 2015.
  7. ^ "Things Behind the Sun". Rotten Tomatoes. January 19, 2001. Retrieved September 6, 2015.
  8. ^ "Paedophile film leads awards race". BBC News. Retrieved September 6, 2015.
  9. ^ "Out of Order". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 6, 2015.
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 18, 2008). "HBO won't run 12 Miles". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  11. ^ "Kim Dickens". Retrieved September 6, 2015.
  12. ^ Ausiello, Michael (May 10, 2013). "Sons of Anarchy Season 6 Cast: Kim Dickens to Play Madame". TVLine. Retrieved May 8, 2014.
  13. ^ Fleming, Mike (September 5, 2013). "David Fincher, Fox Set Gone Girl Cast; Tyler Perry To Play Defense Attorney". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 8, 2014.
  14. ^ "Gone Girl". Rotten Tomatoes. October 3, 2014. Retrieved September 6, 2015.
  15. ^ Kroll, Justin (March 9, 2015). "Kim Dickens Joins Tim Burton's Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children". Variety. Retrieved August 19, 2015.
  16. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (December 23, 2014). "Kim Dickens To Star In The Walking Dead Companion Series On AMC". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 23, 2014.
  17. ^ Prudom, Laura (December 23, 2014). "Walking Dead Companion Series Sets Kim Dickens as Female Lead". Variety. Retrieved December 23, 2014.
  18. ^ Zuckerman, Esther (December 23, 2014). "Gone Girl actress Kim Dickens cast in Walking Dead spinoff". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 23, 2014.
  19. ^ Ross, Dalton (June 11, 2018). "Fear the Walking Dead star Kim Dickens 'heartbroken' about finale shocker". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  20. ^ "Kim Dickens". Filmbug. Retrieved July 30, 2011.
  21. ^ "Kim Dickens Lands Female Lead In CBS Drama Pilot 'Red Zone'". Deadline Hollywood. March 17, 2014. Retrieved May 8, 2014.
  22. ^ "2016 Saturn Awards Nominees Announced". Dread Central.
  23. ^ "The Academy of Science Fiction Fantasy and Horror Films". Retrieved March 2, 2017.

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