Kim Dickens is a popular American actress who has given several memorable performances in movies and television series. Passionate about acting at a young age, she went on to pursue her graduation at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. She began her career in theatre and later ventured into feature films and television series. During her career, she has been able to be part of several big budget and commercially successful movies like ‘Hollow Man’ and ‘Gone Girl’. Her performances have earned her nominations of various prestigious awards. Kim Dickens has also been part of successful television series including ‘Fear of the Walking Dead’, ‘Deadwood’, ‘House of cards’ and ‘Treme’. She is known to primarily work on movies in the drama, comedy or mystery genre.
Childhood & Early Life
Kim Dickens was born on 18 June 1965, at Huntsville, Alabama, to Justin Dickens and Pam (Clark) Howell. Her father was a country-western singer.
She completed her school education from Lee High School in Hunstville, Alabama and went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.
After her graduation, she shifted to New York and there she pursued her studies at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. During this time, she also worked as a waitress to financially support herself. Kim Dickens later graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. In the late 1990s, she shifted to Los Angeles.
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Kim Dickens began her work in the entertainment industry with theatre performances. Her stage debut was a student production of the play ‘Sexual Perversity in Chicago’, at Vanderbilt University’.
A few years later, in 1995, she made her feature film debut with comedy ‘Palookaville’. Soon after she was part of television films like the ‘Voice from the Grave’ and ‘Two Mothers for Zachary’.
In 1998, she played a part in the film adaptation of the Charles Dickens's novel ‘Great Expectations’. Between 1998 and 1999 she got to play leading roles in movies ‘Zero Effect’, ‘Mercury Rising’ and ‘The White River Kid’.
In 2000, Kim Dickens was part of quite a few significant films. She co-starred in like ‘Committed’ against Heather Graham, ‘Hollow Man’ with Elisabeth Shue and Kevin Bacon, and ‘The Gift’ starring Cate Blanchett. In 2001, her performance in the independent movie ‘Things Behind the Sun’ was highly appreciated and she won a nomination for Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead for her performance in the movie.
During this period, she also began work in television projects. Between 2004 and 2006, she was part of the series ‘Deadwood’. Other projects that she was part of include ‘Numb3rs’, ‘Lost’, ’12 Miles of Bad Road’ and so on. Her movie projects during this time included ‘House of Sand and Fog’, ‘Thank You for Smoking’, ‘Wild Tigers I Have Known’ and ‘Red’.
In 2010, Kim Dickens began playing the recurring character of Janette Desautel in television series ‘Treme’. She was part of 36 episodes spread across 3 years.
Between 2013 and 2014, she acted in television series ‘Sons of Anarchy’. In 2014, her role as Detective Rhonda Boney in feature film ‘Gone Girl’ was well received.
In 2015, she began acting in political drama web television series ‘Houses of Cards. Her association with the series remains till date. In 2015, she began acting as the lead role in the T.V series ‘Fear the Walking Dead’. The series continues to this day.
In 2016, she was part of the feature film project ‘Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children’. Kim Dickens’ latest project is the upcoming biographical thriller feature film by Craig William Macneill, titled ‘Lizzie’.
Kim Dicken's performance in the independent film, ‘Things Behind the Sun’, and the HBO western ‘Deadwood’ was highly appreciated. She was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead for the former and for Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for the latter.
Personal Life & Legacy
Kim Dickens is a very reserved person and there is not much information available about her personal Life. According to some sources, she married her boyfriend Alexander Rockwell in 1986 and the couple got divorced in 1996.
She is currently married to Canadian Entrepreneur, Ken Dixon, and the couple has one daughter