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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 Awards 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 portrayed Melissa Chartres in Fox's comedy television series The Last Man on Earth (2015–2018).[3][4] She also starred in films American Wedding (2003), We Are Marshall (2006), Unknown (2011), Pirate Radio (2009), Seeking Justice (2011) and X-Men: First Class (2011).

Early lifeEdit

January Jones was born on January 5, 1978, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She is named after January Wayne, a character in Jacqueline Susann's potboiler novel turned film, Once Is Not Enough.[5] She is the daughter of Karen Cox, a store manager; and Marvin Jones, a gym teacher and fitness director.[6][7] She is of Czech, Danish, English, Welsh, and German descent. She has two sisters, Jacey and Jina.[8][9]

Her family moved to Hecla, South Dakota, (population 400) in 1979, but they moved back to Sioux Falls in 1996. She graduated from Roosevelt High School there.[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.[10]

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.[11]

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.[12]

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.[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.[citation needed]

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 appeared in the Fox television comedy series The Last Man on Earth (2015–18), as main character Melissa Chartres.[20]

Jones reportedly[21] will join the cast of Netflix's 2019 comedy series, The Politician,[22] playing Dylan McDermott's wife.[23]


Jones began her modeling career in New York at the age of 18, after a modeling scout expressed interest while she was in high school.[24][25] Jones has modeled for Abercrombie & Fitch,[26][27] Versace,[28] Clearasil and Kérastase.[29] She has graced the covers of numerous international fashion magazines, including Interview, Allure, Rolling Stone, Town & Country, The Hollywood Reporter and W in the United States; Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire, Tatler, Glamour and Red in the United Kingdom; Cosmopolitan in Germany; Grazia in Iran; and Tu Style and GQ in Italy.[30][31]

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.[32][33] She has gone swimming with sharks for a PSA for the group.[34]

Jones gave birth to a son named Xander Dane Jones on September 13, 2011.[35] She ate her own placenta and advised other mothers to do the same.[36][37] The father of the child has never been revealed.[38]



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
2011 Unknown Elizabeth Harris
2011 X-Men: First Class Emma Frost
2011 Seeking Justice Laura Gerard
2013 Sweetwater Sarah Ramírez
2014 Good Kill Molly Egan
2015 Unity Narrator (voice) Documentary film


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 Episodes: "The Good Doctor", "The Sample Closet"
2007–15 Mad Men Betty Draper 92 episodes
2008 Law & Order Kim Brody Episode: "Quit Claim"
2010 Project Runway Herself / Guest Judge Episode: "A Rough Day On The Runway"
2015–18 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 Lizbeth Sloan 7 episodes
2019 Spinning Out Carol Baker 10 episodes


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  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. ^ Turchiano, Danielle (May 10, 2018). "'The Last Man on Earth,' 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine,' 'The Mick' Canceled at Fox". Variety.
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  9. ^ "'Mad Men' mom wears D.M. dress to 'Oprah'". September 18, 2009. Retrieved May 27, 2011.
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  12. ^ 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.
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  18. ^ Dark Castle Casts Up 'Unknown White Male'. (October 26, 2009). Retrieved May 27, 2011.
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  20. ^ "The Last Man on Earth" – via
  21. ^ Petski, Denise; Petski, Denise (December 4, 2018). "Dylan McDermott Confirms Casting In Ryan Murphy's 'The Politician' Netflix Series, Says January Jones Will Play His Wife".
  22. ^ "The Politician" – via
  23. ^ Dailly, Paul (December 4, 2018). "The Politician: Dylan McDermott Joins Ryan Murphy's Netflix Series". TV Fanatic.
  24. ^ "January Jones - Interview Magazine". Interview Magazine. July 6, 2009.
  25. ^ Handy, Bruce (August 5, 2009). "Mad Men Q&A: January Jones". Vanity Fair.
  26. ^ "20 Celebs You Didn't Know Were Abercrombie Models". March 14, 2014. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  27. ^ Handy, Bruce. "Mad Men Q&A: January Jones". Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  28. ^ "January Jones Is the New Face of Versace". November 22, 2010. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  29. ^ "January Jones Just Scored a Beautiful New Gig".
  30. ^ "January Jones". IMDb. Retrieved 2019-07-02.
  31. ^ "January Jones Magazine Cover Photos - List of magazine covers featuring January Jones - FamousFix". Retrieved 2019-07-02.
  32. ^ "Miss January". Vanity Fair. February 2009.
  33. ^ Staff, People. "January Jones Saving Sharks". People. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  34. ^ "VIDEO: January Jones Swims With Monster Whale Shark in PSA". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2019-09-25.
  35. ^ "Baby News: January Jones Gives Birth to Son". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved 2019-09-25.
  36. ^ January Jones Eats Her Own Placenta, ABC News
  37. ^ Eating The Placenta: January Jones Does It, But Not All Moms On Board, Huffington Post
  38. ^ "January Jones Son Born". People. September 15, 2011. Retrieved September 15, 2011.

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