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January Kristen Jones (born January 5, 1978)[1] is an American actress and model, best known for portraying the role of Betty Draper in the television series Mad Men (2007–2015), for which she received two Golden Globe nominations and one Emmy nomination.[2]

January Jones
Mad Men at the 67th Annual Peabody Awards - January Jones.jpg
Jones at the 2008 Peabody Awards
Born January Kristen Jones
(1978-01-05) January 5, 1978 (age 39)
Sioux Falls, South Dakota, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 1999–present
Children 1

Since 2015, she has been starring as Melissa Chartres in The Last Man on Earth.[3] She also starred in the films American Wedding (2003), We Are Marshall (2006), Unknown (2011), Seeking Justice (2011) and X-Men: First Class (2011).


Early lifeEdit

Jones was born on January 5, 1978 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She spent much of her childhood in Hecla, South Dakota, where her family moved in 1979, until they moved back to Sioux Falls, SD in 1986, and she graduated from Roosevelt High School.[4][4] She is the daughter of Karen, who manages a Scheels sporting goods store, and Marvin Jones, a coach, gym teacher, and fitness director. She has two sisters, Jacey and Jina.[4][5] She is named after January Wayne, a character in Jacqueline Susann's Once Is Not Enough. She is of Czech, Danish, English, Welsh, and German descent.[6][7][8]



Jones has had supporting roles in Anger Management (2003), Love Actually, and Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights. In 2005, she appeared as a U.S. border guard's wife in the film The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, directed by and starring Tommy Lee Jones. In We Are Marshall (2006), she played the role of Carol Dawson, wife of American football coach William "Red" Dawson. Jones also starred in Good Kill (2014), opposite Ethan Hawke.[9]

She played the lead female role in the movie Love's Enduring Promise as a pioneer family's oldest child. Her character falls in love with a mysterious man who saves her father's life.[10]

She also appeared in the AMC original television drama series Mad Men for seven seasons as young suburban housewife and mother Betty Draper Francis. She received two Golden Globe nominations and one Emmy nomination for her performances.[11]

Jones is also known for her role as Cadence Flaherty, the love interest of both Steve Stifler and Paul Finch in the 2003 comedy film American Wedding, the third installment of the American Pie film series.[12]

She played a con artist in the Law & Order episode "Quit Claim" who, as a lone surviving suspect connected to a real estate scam involving organized crime, frustrates the efforts of Assistant District Attorney Michael Cutter.[13] She also appeared in The Boat That Rocked, a British film about offshore pirate radio in the 1960s, renamed Pirate Radio for North American release in 2009.

Jones was ranked No. 82 on the Maxim Hot 100 Women of 2002.[14] She appeared on the cover of "The Hot Issue" of British GQ magazine in May 2009.[15] She appeared on the cover of the November 2009 issue of American GQ magazine, and has been a 'topic' in the magazine several times.[16] On November 14, 2009, Jones hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live which featured the musical guest The Black Eyed Peas.[17]

In 2011, Jones starred in two thriller films, first in Unknown alongside Liam Neeson and Diane Kruger, directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, and later in Seeking Justice alongside Nicolas Cage and Guy Pearce.[18] She portrayed Emma Frost in X-Men: First Class.[19]

She appears in the Fox television show The Last Man on Earth, playing the character of Melissa Chartres.[20]


Jones modeled for a knitting brand, but may be more widely known through former professional modeling jobs for Abercrombie Fitch,[21][22]Versace[23] and others, along with numerous 'red carpet' appearances.[24][25]

Personal lifeEdit

Jones announced in Vanity Fair magazine in 2009 that she has joined Oceana as a celebrity spokesperson, working to save endangered sharks.[26]

Jones gave birth to a child on September 13, 2011.[27]



Year Title Role Notes
1999 It's the Rage Janice Taylor
2001 Glass House, TheThe Glass House Girl
2001 Bandits Claire / Pink Boots
2002 Taboo Elizabeth
2002 Full Frontal Tracy
2003 Anger Management Gina
2003 American Wedding Cadence Flaherty
2003 Love Actually Jeannie
2004 Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights Eve
2005 Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, TheThe Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada Lou Ann Norton Limited release
2006 Swedish Auto Darla Limited release
2006 We Are Marshall Carole Dawson
2009 Boat That Rocked, TheThe Boat That Rocked Elenore aka Pirate Radio
2011 Unknown Elizabeth Harris
2011 X-Men: First Class Emma Frost
2011 Seeking Justice Laura Gerard Direct-to-VOD
2013 Sweetwater Sarah Ramírez Direct-to-VOD
2014 Good Kill Molly Egan Limited release


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Get Real Jane Cohen Episode: "Pilot"
1999 Sorority Number One Pilot
2002 In My Life Diane St. Croix Pilot
2004 Love's Enduring Promise Missie Davis Television film
2005 Huff Marisa Wells 2 episodes
2007–2015 Mad Men Betty Draper 67 episodes
2008 Law & Order Kim Brody Episode: "Quit Claim"
2010 Project Runway Herself (guest judge) Episode: "A Rough Day On The Runway"
2015–present The Last Man on Earth Melissa Chartres 45 episodes
2017 Animals. Diana Episode: "Roaches"
2017 Return of the Mac Herself Episode: "New Kid on the Talk"

Awards and nominationsEdit


  1. ^ Inside the Actors Studio – The Cast and Creator of Mad Men. Episode aired May 14, 2012.
  2. ^ "People Magazine Celebrity Central – January Jones Biography". People. Retrieved October 8, 2014. 
  3. ^ O'Connell, Michael; Goldberg, Lesley (December 1, 2014). "January Jones Joins Fox Comedy 'The Last Man on Earth'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c Bahr, Jeff (March 20, 2011). "Hecla revisited: Actress' family recounts time in South Dakota". The American News. Aberdeen, South Dakota. Retrieved October 14, 2015. 
  5. ^ 'Mad Men' mom wears D.M. dress to 'Oprah'. (September 18, 2009). Retrieved May 27, 2011.
  6. ^ Genealogy of January Jones
  7. ^ January’s paternal grandfather, Roger Maurice Jones, on the 1930 U.S. Census
  8. ^ January’s paternal great-grandparents, Rudolph Sejnoha and Emma F. Pavlish, on the 1930 U.S. Census
  9. ^ Wilson, Benji (January 22, 2010). "'If I met Betty, I'd say, "Leave your husband!'": actress January Jones on her prim-and-proper alter ego". MailOnline. London, England: Associated Newspapers. Retrieved December 8, 2013. 
  10. ^ January Jones; The Anger Management Actress Wants to Be More Than a Flavor of the Month, People, April 21, 2003. Retrieved August 18, 2008.
  11. ^ Winds of change are blowing for AMC's 'Mad Men'. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (July 28, 2008). Retrieved May 27, 2011.
  12. ^ Genealogy of January’s paternal grandmother, Emma Christine Sejnoha
  13. ^ "Quit Claim". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved September 8, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Maxim Magazine Hot 100 Women of 2002". Maxim. Retrieved September 8, 2012. 
  15. ^ "January Jones on the Cover of UK GQ". May 26, 2009. Retrieved September 8, 2012. 
  16. ^ "january jones". GQ. Retrieved May 6, 2013. 
  17. ^ Stanhope, Kate. "January Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Host SNL". TV Guide. 
  18. ^ Dark Castle Casts Up 'Unknown White Male'. (October 26, 2009). Retrieved May 27, 2011.
  19. ^ Lesnick, Silas (August 18, 2010). "January Jones Joins X-Men: First Class". Superhero Hype!. Retrieved August 18, 2010. 
  20. ^ Obituary of January’s paternal grandmother, Emma Christine (Sejnoha) Jones
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  26. ^ "Miss January". Vanity Fair. February 2009.
  27. ^ "January Jones Son Born". People. September 15, 2011. Retrieved September 15, 2011. 

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