January Jones

January Jones

Birth name: January Kristen Jones
Born: January 5, 1978
Age: 40
Birthplace: Sioux Falls, South Dakota, U.S.
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Biography

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.

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Early life

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.

Career

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.

Personal life

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.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1999 All the Rage Janice Taylor
2001 Glass House, TheThe Glass House Girl
2001 Bandits Claire / Pink Boots
2002 Taboo Elizabeth
2002 Full Frontal Tracy
2003 Anger Management Gina
2003 American Wedding Cadence Flaherty
2003 Love Actually Jeannie
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 Unknown Elizabeth Harris
2011 X-Men: First Class Emma Frost
2011 Seeking Justice Laura Gerard Direct-to-VOD
2013 Sweetwater Sarah Ramírez Direct-to-VOD
2014 Good Kill Molly Egan Limited release

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Get Real Jane Cohen Episode: "Pilot"
1999 Sorority Number One 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

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
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 Won
2009 Golden Nymph Award Outstanding Actress - Drama Series Nominated
2009 Golden Globe Award Best Actress - Television Series Drama Nominated
2010 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
2013 Nominated
Charities

January Jones supports the following charitable cause: Animals.

[ Source: Wikipedia ]