Kimberly Jan Dickens is an actress best known for playing strong female characters on the TV shows Deadwood and Treme, and in the movie Gone Girl. The daughter of Pam Howell and country singer Justin Dickens, she was born June 18, 1965, in Huntsville, Alabama. She attended Lee High School, where she played varsity softball and tennis. Kim went on to earn a bachelor of arts degree in communications at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She made her stage debut in a Vanderbilt student production of David Mamet’s Sexual Perversity in Chicago. After college, Kim moved to New York City, where she waited tables while studying acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. She also studied at—and graduated from—the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Kim moved to Los Angeles in the 1990s and has appeared in many movies, including Palookaville, Truth or Consequences, N.M., Zero Effect, Great Expectations, Hollow Man, The Gift, Things Behind the Sun, House of Sand and Fog, Thank You for Smoking, The Blind Side, and the 2011 remake of Footloose. In 2014, she played no-nonsense detective Rhonda Boney in the feature film Gone Girl. She is also featured in the 2016 movie Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.
Kim’s television appearances include roles on Spin City, Big Apple, Out of Order, Numb3rs, Friday Night Lights, Lost, Sons of Anarchy, and White Collar. In addition, she has been a regular on two HBO shows—she played Joanie Stubbs on Deadwood from 2004 to 2006, and Janette Desautel on Treme from 2010 to 2013. In 2015, Kim joined House of Cards as journalist Kate Baldwin. The same year, she took on yet another powerful female role, starring as Madison Clark, a mother and high school guidance counselor facing a zombie apocalypse, in AMC’s The Walking Dead companion series Fear the Walking Dead.