Born: January 5, 1978
Birthplace: Sioux Falls, South Dakota, U.S.
January Kristen Jones (born January 5, 1978) is an American actress and model. She is best known for playing Betty Draper in the television series Mad Men (2007-15), as well as for notable roles in American Wedding (2003), We Are Marshall (2006), and in the 2011 films Unknown, Seeking Justice, and X-Men: First Class. Since 2015, Jones has been starring as Melissa Chartres in the Fox series The Last Man on Earth.
For her work on Mad Men she received two Golden Globe nominations and one Emmy nomination.
Jones was born in South Dakota, the daughter of Karen, who manages a Scheels sporting goods store, and Marvin Jones, a coach, gym teacher, and fitness director. She is of Czech, Danish, English, Welsh, and German descent. She is named after January Wayne, a character in Jacqueline Susann's Once Is Not Enough. She has two sisters, Jacey and Jina. She spent much of her childhood in Hecla, South Dakota, where her family moved in 1979.
Jones has had supporting roles in Anger Management (2003), Love Actually, and Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights. In 2005, she appeared as a U.S. border guard's wife in the film The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, directed by and starring Tommy Lee Jones. In We Are Marshall (2006), she played the role of Carol Dawson, wife of American football coach William "Red" Dawson. Jones also starred in "Good Kill" (2014), opposite Ethan Hawke.
She played the lead female role in the movie Love's Enduring Promise as a pioneer family's oldest child. Her character falls in love with a mysterious man who saves her father's life.
She also appeared in the AMC original television drama series Mad Men for seven seasons as young suburban housewife and mother Betty Draper Francis. She received two Golden Globe nominations and one Emmy nomination for her performances.
Jones is also known for her role as Cadence Flaherty, the love interest of both Steve Stifler and Paul Finch in the 2003 comedy film American Wedding, the third installment of the American Pie film series.
She played a con artist in the Law & Order episode "Quit Claim" who, as a lone surviving suspect connected to a real estate scam involving organized crime, frustrates the efforts of Assistant District Attorney Michael Cutter. She also appeared in The Boat That Rocked, a British film about offshore pirate radio in the 1960s, renamed Pirate Radio for North American release in 2009.
Jones was ranked No. 82 on the Maxim Hot 100 Women of 2002. She appeared on the cover of "The Hot Issue" of British GQ magazine in May 2009. She appeared on the cover of the November 2009 issue of American GQ magazine, and has been a 'topic' in the magazine several times. On November 14, 2009, Jones hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live which featured the musical guest The Black Eyed Peas.
In 2011, Jones starred in two thriller films, first in Unknown alongside Liam Neeson and Diane Kruger, directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, and later in Seeking Justice alongside Nicolas Cage and Guy Pearce. She portrayed Emma Frost in X-Men: First Class.
She appears in the Fox television show The Last Man on Earth, playing the character of Melissa Chartres.
She dated Josh Groban from 2003 to 2006. Jones announced in Vanity Fair magazine in 2009 that she has joined Oceana as a celebrity spokesperson, working to save endangered sharks.
Jones gave birth to a son, Xander Dane Jones, on September 13, 2011. She has declined to give any information regarding his father.
|1999||All the Rage||Janice Taylor|
|2001||Glass House, TheThe Glass House||Girl|
|2001||Bandits||Claire / Pink Boots|
|2003||American Wedding||Cadence Flaherty|
|2004||Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights||Eve|
|2005||Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, TheThe Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada||Lou Ann Norton||Limited release|
|2006||Swedish Auto||Darla||Limited release|
|2006||We Are Marshall||Carole Dawson|
|2009||Boat That Rocked, TheThe Boat That Rocked||Elenore||aka Pirate Radio|
|2011||X-Men: First Class||Emma Frost|
|2011||Seeking Justice||Laura Gerard||Direct-to-VOD|
|2014||Good Kill||Molly Egan||Limited release|
|1999||Get Real||Jane Cohen||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2002||In My Life||Diane St. Croix||Pilot|
|2004||Love's Enduring Promise||Missie Davis||Television film|
|2005||Huff||Marisa Wells||2 episodes|
|2007-2015||Mad Men||Betty Draper||67 episodes|
|2008||Law & Order||Kim Brody||Episode: "Quit Claim"|
|2010||Project Runway||Herself (guest judge)||Episode: "A Rough Day On The Runway"|
|2015-present||The Last Man on Earth||Melissa Chartres||27 episodes|
|2005||Character and Morality in Entertainment Awards||Camie||Love's Enduring Promise||Won|
|2008||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Mad Men||Nominated|
|2009||Golden Nymph Award||Outstanding Actress - Drama Series||Nominated|
|2009||Golden Globe Award||Best Actress - Television Series Drama||Nominated|
|2010||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Won|
|2010||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series||Nominated|
|2010||Golden Nymph Award||Outstanding Actress - Drama Series||Nominated|
|2010||Satellite Award||Best Actress - Television Series Drama||Nominated|
|2011||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Nominated|
January Jones supports the following charitable cause: Animals.