American actress Christina Hendricks was born Christine Elise McCarthy on May 3, 1978 in Knoxville, Tennessee, but grew up in Twin Falls, Idaho. She moved there with her family at the age of three and left after finishing 8th grade. She got caught in the acting business when she got roles in numerous Junior Musical Playhouse productions, and has starred in their version of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Hendricks started her acting career as the opportunistic, career-climbing intern on Beggars and Choosers before landing a production deal with John Wells Productions. This paved the way for her to make guest appearances on several shows. She soon starred in the series The Big Time and The Court, allowing her to work with Sally Field and Craig Bierko. She was next seen on the law drama Kevin Hill, appearing opposite Tasve Diggs on more than 20 episodes of the series. Some of her recurring roles include those in ER and the Joss Whedon cult hit Firefly.
Hendricks had a small role on the series Angel as well, and was also seen in Tru Calling, Cold Case and Jake in Progress. She got guest spots on Miss Match starring Alicia Silverstone, on Presidio Med in 2003, on Cold Case in 2005 and Las Vegas in 2006. However, she became popular for portraying the character Joan Holloway on the Golden Globe-winning AMC series Mad Men.
Hendricks continued her career, playing a role opposite Kip Pardue in the drama South of Pico. She also portrayed a recurring character on the series Life, as the step-mother of the detective Charlie Crews, played by Damian Lewis. Some of Hendricks’ other credits are La Cucina in 2007, Hunger Point, the series Sunday and the made-for-TV movie Sorority.
Most recently, Hendricks was cast in movies such as Detachment and Drive.
Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
-Christina Hendricks has been married to actor Geoffrey Arend since October 11, 2009.
-She's a natural blonde but has dyed her hair red since she was 10 years old. She also admires Ginger from Gilligan's Island who happens to be a redhead.
-She was named "the sexiest woman in the world" in 2010 in a poll of female readers taken by Esquire magazine.
-She holds dual citizenship as a British and American.
In 2009, Christina Hendricks won a Golden Nymph for Outstanding Actress - Drama Series for Mad Men.
From 2009 to 2010, she shared a Screen Actors Guild Award with the cast of Mad Men for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.
2012: Seconds of Pleasure
2011: I Don't Know How She Does It
2011: Drive - Blanche
2011: Detachment - Ms. Madison
2011: Body of Proof (TV series) - Jessica/Karen Archer
2011: All-Star Superman (video) - Lois Lane (voice)/Superwoman (voice)
2007-present: Mad Men (TV series) - Joan Harris/Joan Holloway
2010: Life as We Know It - Alison Novak
2010: Leonie - Catherine
2010: The Family Tree - Alicia
2007-2008: Life (TV series) - Olivia
2007: Notes from the Underbelly (TV series) - Holly
2007: South of Pico - Angela
2007: La cucina - Lily
2006: Las Vegas (TV series) - Connie
2006: Without a Trace (TV series) - Rachel Gibson
2006: Jake in Progress (TV series) - Tanya
2005: Cold Case (TV series) - Esther 'Legs' Davis - 1945
2004-2005: Kevin Hill (TV series) - Nicolette Raye
2004: Tru Calling (TV series) - Alyssa
2002-2003: Firefly (TV series) - Saffron
2003: Presidio Med (TV series) - Claire
2003: Hunger Point (TV movie) - Frannie Hunter
2003: Miss Match (TV series) - Sarah
2002: The Big Time (TV movie) - Audrey Drummond
2002: The Court (TV series) - Betsy Tyler
2002: ER (TV series) - Joyce Westlake
2001: Thieves (TV series) - Sunday
2000-2001: Beggars and Choosers (TV series) - Kelly Kramer
2000: Angel (TV series) - Bar Maid
1999: Undressed (TV series) - Rhiannon
1999: Sorority (TV movie) - Fawn
"I feel like the luckiest actress in the world to be on what everyone, including our cast and crew, thinks is the smartest show on television. I was a big fan of Six Feet Under and I remember crying during the last show, because it was so sad, and also because the acting and the writing was so extraordinary. I remember thinking 'If I could only get cast on a show like this…' I feel like Mad Men has given fans of shows like that, and The Sopranos, something to move on to."