June 18, 1965
|Place of birth||
Huntsville, Alabama, USA
Dickens's first on-stage performance was part of a student production of the stage play Sexual Perversity in Chicago at Vanderbilt University; the experience led her to decide to pursue an acting career. In 1995, she made her onscreen debut in the comedy film Palookaville. After spending the following two years playing supporting roles in the made-for-television films Voice from the Grave and Two Mothers for Zachary, Dickens returned to film in 1997 as the female lead in Truth or Consequences, N.M., followed by appearances in Great Expectations and Hollow Man, the latter of which earned her a nomination for a Blockbuster Entertainment award.
During the 2000s, Dickens continued to appear in films but focused her career on television. Her breakout role was as Joanie Stubbs on the HBO western series Deadwood from 2004 to 2006. Subsequent recurring roles on television include Jonelle Shakespeare in the comedy series 12 Miles of Bad Road, Cassidy Phillips in the mystery-drama series Lost, and Shelby Saracen in the sports drama series Friday Night Lights. In the 2010s, Dickens played Janette Desautel in Treme, Colette Jane in Sons of Anarchy, and Kate Baldwin in House of Cards. From 2015 to 2018, Dickens played Madison Clark, arguably her most notable role to date, in Fear the Walking Dead.
- Half-Life: Alyx (2020)