Patty Jenkins
Patty Jenkins by Gage Skidmore 3.jpg
Jenkins at the 2017 WonderCon
Born Patricia Lea Jenkins
(1971-07-23) July 23, 1971 (age 45)
George Air Force Base
Victorville, California, U.S.
  • Film director
  • screenwriter
Years active 1995–present
Notable work Monster
Spouse(s) Sam Sheridan (m. 2007)
Children 1

Patricia Lea "Patty" Jenkins (born July 23, 1971) is an American film director and screenwriter. She is known for directing Monster (2003) and Wonder Woman (2017).


Early life and educationEdit

Jenkins was born in Victorville, California, to William T. Jenkins, an Air Force captain and fighter pilot who won a silver star in Vietnam, and Emily Roth, who worked in San Francisco as an environmental scientist.[1] She has two sisters, Elaine Roth and Jessica Jenkins Murphy.

Jenkins grew up around the world and lived in 15 different countries before she was six, and four different states before college. She spent kindergarten through her junior year of high school living in Lawrence, Kansas. She attended the AFI Conservatory. She graduated from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in 1993.


The most famous film she has directed to date is Monster, a drama about Aileen Wuornos.

On July 14, 2011, Jenkins received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for the pilot of The Killing. She received two nominations for the 2012 DGA Awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement, one for "Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series" for The Killing and "Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television/Mini-Series" for Five. On January 28, 2012, she won the DGA award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement for a Dramatic Series for the pilot of The Killing.

In April 2015, it was revealed that Jenkins would direct Wonder Woman,[2] the fourth movie in the DC Extended Universe for a 2017 release. Jenkins was hired after the original director, Michelle MacLaren, left the project due to creative differences. She was previously attached to direct Thor: The Dark World but left the project due to creative differences.

Personal lifeEdit

In 2007, Jenkins married Sam Sheridan, author of the books A Fighter's Heart and The Fighter's Mind.[1] They have a son together.[3]



Year Film Director Writer Other Notes
1996 A Modern Affair No No Yes Second Assistant Camera
2003 Monster Yes Yes No Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature
Nominated–Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay
Nominated–Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated–Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay
Nominated–Robert Festival Award for Best American Film
2011 Five Yes No No Segment: "Pearl"
Nominated–Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Miniseries or TV Film
2016 Frank & Lola No No Yes Special Thanks
2017 Wonder Woman Yes No No

Television seriesEdit

Year TV Series Director Producer Actor Note
2004 Arrested Development Yes No No Episode: "The One Where They Build a House"
2006 Entourage Yes No No Episodes: "Crash and Burn" and "The Release"
2008 The Sarah Silverman Program No No Yes Role: Jill Talley
Episode: "Fetus Don't Fail Me Now"
2011–2012 The Killing Yes No No Episodes: "Pilot" and "What I Know"
Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Drama Series
Nominated–Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
2013 Betrayal Yes Executive No Episode: "Pilot"


  1. ^ a b "Patty Jenkins, Sam Sheridan". New York Times. 
  2. ^ "Patty Jenkins signs on to direct Wonder Woman movie, report". CBC. April 16, 2015. Retrieved July 4, 2015. 
  3. ^ Rosen, Lisa. "Natural-Born Director". 

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