1. Jayne Atkinson is an English-American actress who has worked in film, theatre, and television.
2. 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.
3. She has also appeared in the CBS drama Criminal Minds as BAU Section Chief Erin Strauss and in the Netflix political drama House of Cards as U.S. Secretary of State Catherine Durant.
4. Jayne Atkinson was born in Bournemouth, Dorset, England, but her family moved to the United States in 1968 when she was 9 years old.
5. She grew up in Hollywood, Florida, and graduated from Pine Crest School, where she was elected Homecoming Queen in 1977.
6. She attended Northwestern University , where she was initiated as a member of Alpha Chi Omega and a sorority sister of Laura Innes; and the Yale Drama School.
7. Subsequently, she landed title roles in more stage productions, which include Henry VIII, Tru, and The Art of Success.
8. She earned a Drama Desk Award for Best Actress in a Play for her performance in The Skriker in 1996.
9. She has appeared in such films as Free Willy, Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home, 12 and Holding, Blank Check, The Village and Syriana.
10. Her television acting credits include A Year in the Life, Parenthood, The X-Files, Law & Order, The Practice, Criminal Minds, 24, Gossip Girl and House of Cards, opposite Kevin Spacey and husband Michel Gill.
11. Her performance in the made-for-TV movie Our Town garnered her a Satellite Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
12. Atkinson is married to actor Michel Gill, with whom she has one son.
13. Atkinson and Gill met when they appeared together in a 1989 production of The Heiress at the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, Connecticut.