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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 6 March 1967Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Birth NameConstance Elaine Womack
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Connie Britton began playing country music fading sensation Rayna Jaymes in Nashville (2012) after having wrapped production for the five season long Friday Night Lights (2006) alongside Kyle Chandler. She previously appeared in Universal's Friday Night Lights (2004) -the movie- directed by Peter Berg and also starring Billy Bob Thornton; and Edward Burns' independent feature Looking for Kitty (2004).

Britton was born Constance Elaine Womack in Boston, Massachusetts, to Linda Jane (Cochran) and Edgar Allen Womack, Jr., a physicist and energy company executive.

Britton received accolades for her starring roles in Edward Burns' acclaimed independent films The Brothers McMullen (1995) and No Looking Back (1998). In the former, she captivated moviegoers with her portrayal of "Molly", the luminous wife of a cheating husband. This popular low-budget film went on to win the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. After nearly canceling her audition with director Edward Burns, this last meeting of the day turned into the role that would launch her career. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Britton moved to Lynchburg, Virginia, at the age of seven with her family, including her fraternal twin sister. She went on to attend Dartmouth College, where she majored in Asian studies and spent a term in Beijing, China. Upon graduation, she moved to New York, where she spent two years at the Neighborhood Playhouse studying with Sanford Meisner, and an additional two years performing in regional theater and off-Broadway productions. She moved to Los Angeles after the success of The Brothers McMullen (1995).

She starred in ABC's Lost at Home (2003) opposite Mitch Rouse and Gregory Hines. Her other television credits include The Fighting Fitzgeralds (2001) opposite Brian Dennehy, a recurring role in the highly-acclaimed drama The West Wing (1999) and a starring role in the award-winning comedy Spin City (1996) opposite Michael J. Fox. Additionally, Britton starred in the recent feature films The Next Big Thing (2001) and One Eyed King (2001).

In her free time, Britton, who resides in both New York and Los Angeles, enjoys hiking, yoga, and doing volunteer work.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: peterson@hofflundpolone.com

Spouse (1)

John Britton (1991 - 1995) (divorced)

Trivia (18)

Enjoys hiking, biking, running and doing volunteer work.
Studied Chinese in Beijing for a summer during university
Majored in Asian Studies at Dartmouth College.
Has played three characters which all share her first name - Emotional Rescue, The Life Coach (2005) and a guest role in The West Wing (1999).
Former roommate of Lauren Graham.
Plays the wife of the main coach character in both the movie Friday Night Lights (2004)and its TV adaptation, Friday Night Lights (2006), even though her characters have different names in the two.
Grew up in Lynchburg, Virginia.
Was a theater star in high school.
Started acting at the age of seven when she, her twin sister and their cousin put on plays with names like "Murder on the Sunshine".
Became a vegan in 2008.
Lives in a home in the Hollywood Hills (beneath the "D" of the Hollywood sign).
Has a pit-mix dog named Lucy.
Was a sister in Sigma Delta sorority at Dartmouth College, graduating in 1989.
While at Dartmouth she met John Britton at Alpha Delta house, and they later married.
Taught aerobics in college and, after arriving in New York City, while waiting to get any acting jobs.
Has an adopted son named Eyob Britton (born January 25, 2011, adopted in November, 2011) from Ethiopia.
Friends with Sheryl Crow.
In a February 2013 New York Times Magazine profile, Connie said that she nearly got the role of "Dorothy Boyd" in Jerry Maguire (1996). She went through multiple rounds of auditions, but just after she did a screen test with Tom Cruise, she was told that it was down to a choice between her and just one other actress that they had to screen-test: Renée Zellweger (who ended up playing the role).

Personal Quotes (18)

I think that sense of humor is important in marriage. A sense of humor gets people through marriage.
I grew up singing. My mother was a music teacher.
For my birthday this year, my girlfriends - who knew I'd just inherited my dad's turntable - gave me a carton of albums like 'Blue Kentucky Girl,' by Emmylou Harris, and 'Off the Wall,' by Michael Jackson. It's all stuff we grew up with. I mean, you can't have a music collection without Prince's 'Purple Rain' - it just can't be done!
There's something about Southern women that is so unique yet so universal. Strong southern women are allowed to be soft and feminine and have a sense of humor. But what I love about Southern women in particular is their universality.
There are so many women out there who are single moms, really not by choice, and doing it and making it work every day. I think it's becoming much more a part of our culture and I hope that it will become more accepted and that those women are going to be more and more appreciated, respected and supported.
I think the most important thing about the Emmys stuff is just to enjoy it. It can get really stressful in weird ways, and I have definitely experienced that. This year, I really just want to have it be a fun celebration!
Divorce is hard. I was about 29 when my husband and I split up. I think we probably fared better than most, because we were young and didn't have kids - but divorce is hard.
A definite highlight was doing 'The Brothers McMullen.' Shooting that movie was such a joy - and then we wound up winning the Sundance Film Festival. That big-break moment is visceral. It happens once in a decade, maybe once in a lifetime.
My whole background is theater, and theater is to some degree presentational.
I'm obsessed with 'Thelma and Louise,' and therefore obsessed with Callie Khouri who wrote that movie.
In the past I'd always felt like 'the girl' in the show or the movie. On 'Friday Night Lights' there were a bunch of girls, and I was the woman. Initially there was a little struggle with my identity around that. But now there's a sense of ease.
In terms of 'American Horror Story' and 'Nashville,' what attracted me to those, and 'Friday Night Lights,' for that matter, is that they felt like something innovative and something that we hadn't seen before. As an actor, that's exciting.
I'm in an environment where I have a lot of information about how to stay healthy and live a good life. I love vegan and raw food, I love to exercise. If I weren't in this business, I think I would be aging differently.
I would say country is the one type of music I've spent the least amount of time with in my life. I grew up in Virginia, where there was a lot of it, but I was more interested in rock and roll. Southern rock.
I was born in Boston, but then I went down to Virginia. We spent a little time in Maryland, and then were in Virginia by the time I was seven. What struck me the most was that my mother thought that she had gone to the middle of nowhere, and we would still drive four hours for her to get her hair cut in Washington, D.C.
We're trying to tell a very full story of 'Nashville' and these characters in Nashville, and I'm really hopeful that we're going to be able to do something as innovative as 'American Horror Story' and 'Friday Night Lights.' And I think so far, we're on the right path for that.
Now that I have a 16-month-old son, my weekend ritual has changed - but it's better than ever. We get up early and go for a walk on one of the hiking trails near my home in Los Angeles, then meet up with friends at a diner. There's nothing better than sipping coffee, eating scrambled eggs, and taking three hours to do it.
My twin sister, my cousin, and I used to write and perform plays for my family. We raided the closets for costumes and fought over parts. I'm sure I was the bossiest one.

Salary (1)

Nashville (2012) $100,000 (per episode)

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