|Date of birth||June 18, 1965|
|Birth place||Huntsville, Alabama, USA|
|Years active||1995 to present|
|Seasons||1, 2, 3 & 4|
|First episode||"Do You Know What It Means"|
|Last episode||"... To Miss New Orleans"|
|Credits||36 episodes (see below)|
Following Treme she starred in the film Gone Girl and the series Fear the Walking Dead and House of Cards.
Dickens was born in Huntsville, Alabama, graduated from that city's Lee High School, and attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she majored in communication (BA degree). Soon after graduation, she went to New York City to continue her studies at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute and graduated at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She is also active in Open Stage Theatre. In the late 1990s she moved to Los Angeles.
Dickens made her stage debut in a student production of David Mamet's Sexual Perversity in Chicago, at Vanderbilt University. In 1995, she made her professional screen debut in the Alan Taylor's comedy film Palookaville, playing Vincent Gallo's character's girlfriend. She spent the following year playing supporting roles in the made-for-television films Voice from the Grave (1997), Heart Full of Rain (1997) and Two Mothers for Zachary (1997). Dickens then returned to film, playing the female leading role in neo-noir thriller Truth or Consequences, N.M. (1997). She again appeared opposite Vincent Gallo. The film was directed by Kiefer Sutherland and received negative reviews from critics. 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 with Bill Pullman, Ben Stiller, and Ryan O'Neal, and Mercury Rising with Bruce Willis and Alec Baldwin. In 1999, she starred alongside Antonio Banderas in the comedy film The White River Kid.
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 (2001). Dickens received critical acclaim for her performance, and Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead nomination. Later that year, she was regular cast member in the short-lived CBS police drama series, Big Apple, created by David Milch. In 2003, she co-starred opposite Felicity Huffman and Eric Stoltz in the Showtime miniseries Out of Order.
Dickens also worked extensively in television in the 2000s, playing Joanie Stubbs, madam of the Three Deuces brothel, in the HBO western Deadwood from 2004 to 2006. Deadwood was created by David Milch, who Dickens had worked with on The Big Apple. 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. 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).
She played detective Rhonda Boney in Gone Girl (2014).
She currently stars as Madison Clark in the AMC horror-drama series, Fear the Walking Dead (2015-present) and as Kate Baldwin in the Netflix political drama series, House of Cards (2015–present).
|Season three credits|
|"Knock with Me – Rock with Me"||"Saints"||"Me Donkey Want Water"||"The Greatest Love"|
|"I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say"||"Careless Love"||"Promised Land"||"Don't You Leave Me Here"|
|"Poor Man's Paradise"||"Tipitina"|
|Season four credits|
|"Yes We Can Can"||"This City"||"Dippermouth Blues"|
|"Sunset on Louisianne"||"...To Miss New Orleans"|
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