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Patricia Lea "Patty" Jenkins (born July 24, 1971) is an American film director and screenwriter. She is known for directing Monster (2003) and Wonder Woman (2017).

Patty Jenkins
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Jenkins at the 2017 WonderCon
Born Patricia Lea Jenkins
(1971-07-24) July 24, 1971 (age 45)
George Air Force Base
Victorville, California, U.S.
Alma mater Cooper Union
  • Film director
  • screenwriter
Years active 1995–present
Notable work Wonder Woman
Spouse(s) Sam Sheridan (m. 2007)
Children 1


Early lifeEdit

Patricia Lea Jenkins was born July 24, 1971[1][2] in Victorville, California, to William T. Jenkins, an Air Force captain and fighter pilot who earned a Silver Star in the Vietnam War, and Emily Roth, who worked in San Francisco as an environmental scientist.[3] She has two sisters, Elaine Roth and Jessica Jenkins Murphy.[citation needed]

Jenkins lived in 15 different countries before she was six, and four different US states before college. She spent kindergarten through her junior year of high school living in Lawrence, Kansas.[4] While attending the AFI Conservatory, Jenkins, an avid fan of the films of Pedro Almodóvar, made the 2001 short film Velocity Rules, that she describes as a cross between a superhero film and Almodóvar's tone about an accident-prone housewife.[5] She graduated from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in 1993.[6][7]


Jenkins wrote and directed the 2003 crime drama film Monster about serial killer Aileen Wuornos, a former prostitute who was executed in Florida in 2002 for killing six men in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

In 2011 she directed one segment in the made-for-television anthology film Five. In October 2011, she was hired to direct the sequel to Thor but left the project after less than two months over creative differences.[8] In 2015, Jenkins signed on as director for the DC Extended Universe film, Wonder Woman,[9] with a screenplay by Allan Heinberg and a story co-written by Heinberg, Zack Snyder and Jason Fuchs.[10] Wonder Woman premiered in 2017 and gave Jenkins the biggest domestic opening of all-time for a woman director (surpassing previous record holder Fifty Shades of Grey).[11] With this film, Jenkins also became the first woman director of a studio superhero movie.[12]


On October 21, 2016, the 75th anniversary of the first appearance of Wonder Woman, the character was designated by the United Nations as its Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls, a gesture intended to promote gender equality and empowerment of women and girls. In attendance to mark the occasion was Jenkins, Wonder Woman actresses Gal Gadot and Lynda Carter, DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson, and U.N. Under-Secretary General Cristina Gallach.[13][14]

Nominations and awardsEdit

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.[citation needed]

Personal lifeEdit

In 2007, Jenkins married Sam Sheridan, author of the books A Fighter's Heart and The Fighter's Mind.[3] They have a son together.[15]



Year Film Director Writer Other Notes
1995 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
2017 Wonder Woman Yes No No
TBA Untitled Wonder Woman Sequel Yes Yes No Co-written by Geoff Johns[16]


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"
2011 Five Yes No No Segment: "Pearl"
Nominated–Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Miniseries or TV Film
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. ^ "Patty Jenkins". Moviefone. Retrieved June 5, 2017.
  2. ^ del Barco, Mandalit (June 2, 2017). "'When Time Was New': 'Wonder Woman' Brings Sunlight To The DC Universe". New Hampshire Public Radio.
  3. ^ a b "Patty Jenkins, Sam Sheridan". The New York Times. September 2, 2007. 
  4. ^ Hlavacek, Joanna (June 2, 2017). "Lawrence Native Is the Director of 'Wonder Woman,' Opening Today". Lawrence Journal-World. Retrieved June 3, 2017. 
  5. ^ Woerner, Meredith (May 30, 2017). "The world needs Wonder Woman. Director Patty Jenkins explains why". Los Angeles Times.
  6. ^ "America's Best Colleges: #94 Cooper Union". Forbes. 2008. Retrieved June 5, 2017.
  7. ^ Lynch, Mary (April 16, 2015). "Patty Jenkins A’93 is Director for Wonder Woman Movie". Cooper Union Alumni Association.
  8. ^ "'Thor 2' Director Patty Jenkins Exits". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  9. ^ Kit, Borys (April 15, 2015). "'Wonder Woman' Movie Finds a New Director (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  10. ^ Chitwood, Adam (June 1, 2017). "‘Wonder Woman’ Producer Charles Roven on the Many Writers That Tried to Tackle the Script". Collider.
  11. ^ Mendelson, Scott (June 4, 2017). "Box Office: Five Ways 'Wonder Woman' Has Already Made History". Forbes. Retrieved June 4, 2017. 
  12. ^ Strauss, Bob (May 31, 2017). "How 'Wonder Woman' lassoed the first female director of a studio superhero movie". The Mercury News. 
  13. ^ Serrao, Nivea (October 13, 2016). "Wonder Woman named UN Honorary Ambassador for empowerment of women and girls". Entertainment Weekly.
  14. ^ "Wonder Woman Named the United Nations’ Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls". Business Wire. October 21, 2016.
  15. ^ Rosen, Lisa (Winter 2013). "Natural-Born Director". DGA Quarterly. 
  16. ^ Nyren, Erin (June 21, 2017). "Patty Jenkins Developing ‘Wonder Woman’ Sequel (EXCLUSIVE)". 

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