January Kristen Jones (born January 5, 1978) is an American actress and model. She is best known for playing Betty Draper in the television series Mad Men (2007–2015), as well as for notable roles in American Wedding (2003), We Are Marshall (2006), and in the 2011 films Unknown, Seeking Justice, and X-Men: First Class. Since 2015, Jones has been starring as Melissa Chartres in the Fox series The Last Man on Earth.
Jones at the 2008 Peabody Awards
|Born||January Kristen Jones
January 5, 1978
Sioux Falls, South Dakota, U.S.
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. 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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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. She appeared on the cover of "The Hot Issue" of British GQ magazine in May 2009. She appeared on the cover of the November 2009 issue of American GQ magazine, and has been a 'topic' in the magazine several times. On November 14, 2009, Jones hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live which featured the musical guest The Black Eyed Peas.
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. She portrayed Emma Frost in X-Men: First Class.
Jones gave birth to a son, Xander Dane Jones, on September 13, 2011.
|1999||It's the Rage||Janice Taylor|
|2001||Glass House, TheThe Glass House||Girl|
|2001||Bandits||Claire / Pink Boots|
|2003||American Wedding||Cadence Flaherty|
|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||X-Men: First Class||Emma Frost|
|2011||Seeking Justice||Laura Gerard||Direct-to-VOD|
|2014||Good Kill||Molly Egan||Limited release|
|1999||Get Real||Jane Cohen||Episode: "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|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2005||Character and Morality in Entertainment Awards||Camie||Love's Enduring Promise||Won|
|2008||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Mad Men||Nominated|
|2009||Golden Nymph Award||Outstanding Actress – Drama Series||Nominated|
|2009||Golden Globe Award||Best Actress – Television Series Drama||Nominated|
|2010||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Won|
|2010||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series||Nominated|
|2010||Golden Nymph Award||Outstanding Actress – Drama Series||Nominated|
|2010||Satellite Award||Best Actress – Television Series Drama||Nominated|
|2011||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Nominated|
- Inside the Actors Studio – The Cast and Creator of Mad Men. Episode aired May 14, 2012.
- 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.
- "People Magazine Celebrity Central – January Jones Biography". People. Retrieved October 8, 2014.
- Bahr, Jeff (March 20, 2011). "Hecla revisited: Actress' family recounts time in South Dakota". The American News. Aberdeen, South Dakota. Retrieved October 14, 2015.
- 'Mad Men' mom wears D.M. dress to 'Oprah'. Pqasb.pqarchiver.com (September 18, 2009). Retrieved May 27, 2011.
- Genealogy of January Jones http://freepages.family.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nelliswebsite/p_787.html#45919
- January’s paternal grandfather, Roger Maurice Jones, on the 1930 U.S. Census https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XQV7-LCM
- January’s paternal great-grandparents, Rudolph Sejnoha and Emma F. Pavlish, on the 1930 U.S. Census https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XQJP-BCD
- 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.
- January Jones; The Anger Management Actress Wants to Be More Than a Flavor of the Month, People, April 21, 2003. Retrieved August 18, 2008.
- Winds of change are blowing for AMC's 'Mad Men'. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (July 28, 2008). Retrieved May 27, 2011.
- Genealogy of January’s paternal grandmother, Emma Christine Sejnoha http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=PED&db=bonhommesd&id=I27367
- "Quit Claim". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved September 8, 2012.
- "Maxim Magazine Hot 100 Women of 2002". Maxim. Retrieved September 8, 2012.
- "January Jones on the Cover of UK GQ". May 26, 2009. Retrieved September 8, 2012.
- "january jones". GQ. Retrieved May 6, 2013.
- Stanhope, Kate. "January Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Host SNL". TV Guide.
- Dark Castle Casts Up 'Unknown White Male'. Bloody-disgusting.com (October 26, 2009). Retrieved May 27, 2011.
- Lesnick, Silas (August 18, 2010). "January Jones Joins X-Men: First Class". Superhero Hype!. Retrieved August 18, 2010.
- Obituary of January’s paternal grandmother, Emma Christine (Sejnoha) Jones http://www.wcsfc.com/memsol.cgi?user_id=1054924
- "Miss January". Vanity Fair. February 2009.
- "January Jones Son Born". People. September 15, 2011. Retrieved September 15, 2011.