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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 Mad Men (2007–2015), for which she was nominated for two Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.[2]

January Jones
Mad Men at the 67th Annual Peabody Awards - January Jones.jpg
Jones at the 2008 Peabody Awards
January Kristen Jones

(1978-01-05) January 5, 1978 (age 41)
EducationRoosevelt High School
  • Actress
  • model
Years active1999–present

She starred most recently[3] as Melissa Chartres in The Last Man on Earth (2015–2018).[4] 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 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She is the daughter of Marvin Jones, a coach, gym teacher, and fitness director, and wife Karen Cox, who manages a Scheels sporting goods store.[5][6] She is of Czech, Danish, English, Welsh, and German descent. She has two sisters, Jacey and Jina.[7][8]

Her family moved to Hecla, South Dakota, with a population of just 400 in 1979, when she was one year old; they moved back to Sioux Falls in 1996, and she graduated from Roosevelt High School.[7]

She is named after January Wayne, a character in Jacqueline Susann's potboiler novel turned film, Once Is Not Enough.[citation needed]



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]

Jones in 2008

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.[citation needed]

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.[12] 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.[citation needed]

Jones was ranked No. 82 on the Maxim Hot 100 Women of 2002.[13] She appeared on the cover of "The Hot Issue" of British GQ magazine in May 2009.[14] She appeared on the cover of the November 2009 issue of American GQ magazine, and has been a 'topic' in the magazine several times.[15] On November 14, 2009, Jones hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live which featured the musical guest The Black Eyed Peas.[16]

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.[17] She portrayed Emma Frost in X-Men: First Class.[18]

She appeared in the Fox television comedy series The Last Man on Earth (2015–18), as main character Melissa Chartres.[19]

Jones reportedly[20] will join the cast of Netflix's 2019 comedy series, The Politician,[21] playing Dylan McDermott's wife.[22]


Jones modeled for Abercrombie Fitch,[23][24] Versace[25] and others,[26] and has made numerous 'red carpet'-event appearances.[27][28] She has been photographed for covers of fashion- and women's-oriented magazines[29][30] including Marie Claire (UK),[31][32] Allure[33] and W (magazine),[34] along with other publications.[35][36] Jones began her career in New York at age eighteen after a modeling scout expressed interest while she was in high school.[37][38]

Personal lifeEdit

In 2009, Jones joined the marine conservation organization Oceana, as a celebrity spokesperson, working to save endangered sharks and to inform others about sharks' vital importance in nature.[39][40] She has gone swimming with sharks, including Caribbean reef sharks and whale sharks.[citation needed]

Jones gave birth to a son in 2011. She ate her own placenta and advised other mothers to do the same.[41][42] The father of the child has never been revealed.[43]



Year Title Role Notes
1999 It's the Rage Janice Taylor
2001 The 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 The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada Lou Ann Norton
2006 Swedish Auto Darla
2006 We Are Marshall Carole Dawson
2009 The 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


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"
2015–2018 The Last Man on Earth Melissa Chartres 63 episodes
2017 Animals. Diana (voice) Episode: "Roaches"
2017 Return of the Mac Herself Episode: "New Kid on the Talk"
2019 The Politician N/A Upcoming series
TBA Spinning Out Carol Baker Upcoming series

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. ^ Turchiano, Danielle (May 10, 2018). "'The Last Man on Earth,' 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine,' 'The Mick' Canceled at Fox". Variety.
  4. ^ 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.
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  7. ^ a b Bahr, Jeff (March 20, 2011). "Hecla revisited: Actress' family recounts time in South Dakota". The American News. Aberdeen, South Dakota. Retrieved October 14, 2015.
  8. ^ 'Mad Men' mom wears D.M. dress to 'Oprah'. (September 18, 2009). Retrieved May 27, 2011.
  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' Archived April 5, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (July 28, 2008). Retrieved May 27, 2011.
  12. ^ "Quit Claim". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved September 8, 2012.
  13. ^ "Maxim Magazine Hot 100 Women of 2002". Maxim. Retrieved September 8, 2012.
  14. ^ "January Jones on the Cover of UK GQ". May 26, 2009. Retrieved September 8, 2012.
  15. ^ "january jones". GQ. Retrieved May 6, 2013.
  16. ^ Stanhope, Kate. "January Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Host SNL". TV Guide.
  17. ^ Dark Castle Casts Up 'Unknown White Male'. (October 26, 2009). Retrieved May 27, 2011.
  18. ^ Lesnick, Silas (August 18, 2010). "January Jones Joins X-Men: First Class". Superhero Hype!. Retrieved August 18, 2010.
  19. ^ "The Last Man on Earth" – via
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  23. ^ "20 Celebs You Didn't Know Were Abercrombie Models". March 14, 2014. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  24. ^ Handy, Bruce. "Mad Men Q&A: January Jones". Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  25. ^ "January Jones Is the New Face of Versace". November 22, 2010. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  26. ^ "January Jones Just Scored a Beautiful New Gig".
  27. ^ "Mad Men's January Jones Gave Kiernan Shipka Red Carpet Tip". Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  28. ^ "January Jones' Best Red Carpet Looks Ever - Us Weekly". January 4, 2013. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  29. ^ Bloomgarden-Smoke, Kara (May 22, 2017). "Here's How Top Women's Magazines Are Doing Online". Women's Wear Daily.
  30. ^ "Amazon Best Sellers: Best Women's Fashion Magazines".
  31. ^ "January Jones Still Lamenting 'B*tches' From High School, Low Pay on 'Mad Men'". March 26, 2015.
  32. ^ "EXCLUSIVE! Watch January Jones's glam cover shoot". April 4, 2011.
  33. ^ "January Jones Talks About Her Diet In Allure (PHOTOS)". May 16, 2011 – via Huff Post.
  34. ^ "January Jones Does W - Perez Hilton". April 12, 2011.
  35. ^ "January Jones Goes 'Mad' For Girl Power, Queso, Wii & Beer In GQ: Cover Story". MTV.
  36. ^ McShane, Larry. "'Mad Men' on Rolling Stone: Christina Hendricks, Elisabeth Moss, January Jones, Jon Hamm hit cover - NY Daily News". New York Daily News.
  37. ^ "January Jones - Interview Magazine". Interview Magazine. July 6, 2009.
  38. ^ Handy, Bruce (August 5, 2009). "Mad Men Q&A: January Jones". Vanity Fair.
  39. ^ "Miss January". Vanity Fair. February 2009.
  40. ^ Staff, People. "January Jones Saving Sharks". People. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  41. ^ January Jones Eats Her Own Placenta, ABC News
  42. ^ Eating The Placenta: January Jones Does It, But Not All Moms On Board, Huffington Post
  43. ^ "January Jones Son Born". People. September 15, 2011. Retrieved September 15, 2011.

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