January Jones was born January 5, 1978 in Brookings, South Dakota. She first appeared on the TV movie Sorority in 1999, following it up with an appearance on Get Real’s pilot episode. She was next cast as Janice Taylor in the drama All the Rage, enabling her to work with Joan Allen, Jeff Daniels, Robert Forster and Anna Paquin.
Jones also starred with Leelee Sobieski in the thriller The Glass House, released in 2001. That year, she landed a role in the crime film Bandits, starring Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton and Cate Blanchett. Jones soon worked on films like In My Life and Taboo, before getting a role in the comedy Anger Management starring Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson. In 2003, she rose to mainstream fame playing Cadence Flaherty on the third installment of the American Pie comedy film series, titled American Wedding. Afterwards, she accepted a part in the romantic ensemble comedy Love Actually, soon followed by a role in Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights. In 2004, she landed the lead female role in the movie Love’s Enduring Promise, playing the oldest child of a pioneer family who falls in love with a mysterious man who saved the life of her father. Her next appearance was in two episodes of Huff, which came before she worked with Tommy Lee Jones in The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada. The film got critical acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival, allowing January Jones to achieve more roles. She starred in the drama Swedish Auto opposite Lukas Haas, and was seen on the sport drama We Are Marshall with Matthew McConaughey and Matthew Fox.
Jones soon joined the cast of the AMC original drama series Mad Men, playing the suburban housewife and mother Betty Draper. She also made an appearance in an episode of Law & Order in 2008, before she signed on to star in the film The Boat that Rocked.
Most recently, Jones was cast in several films including Hungry Rabbit Jumps as Laura Gerard, Unknown as Elizabeth Harris and X-Men: First Class as Emma Frost.
2011: X-Men: First Class - Emma Frost
2011: The Hungry Rabbit Jumps - Laura Gerard
2011: Unknown - Elizabeth Harris
2007-present: Mad Men (TV series) - Betty Draper/Betty Francis/Woman at the Bar
2009: Pirate Radio - Elenore
2008: Law & Order (TV series) - Kim Brody
2006: We Are Marshall - Carole Dawson
2006: Swedish Auto - Darla
2005: The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada - Lou Ann Norton
2005: Huff (TV series) - Marisa Wells
2004: Love's Enduring Promise (TV movie) - Missie Davis
2004: Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights - Eve
2003: Love Actually - Jeannie, American Angel
2003: American Wedding - Cadence Flaherty
2003: Anger Management - Gina
2002: Full Frontal - Tracy
2002: Taboo - Elizabeth
2002: In My Life (TV movie) - Diane St. Croix
2001: Bandits - Claire/Pink Boots
2001: The Glass House - Girl
1999: All the Rage - Janice Taylor
1999: Get Real (TV series) - Jane Cohen
1999: Sorority (TV movie) - Number One