Connie Britton is an American actress best known for her roles in such television series as "Friday Night Lights" and "American Horror Story." She was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress in 2012 for her role on the ABC series "Nashville."
Constance Elaine Womack (or as you now know her, Connie Britton) was born on March 6, 1967, along with her fraternal twin sister, Cynthia, in Boston, Massachusetts to parents Linda and Allen. At age seven, her family moved to Lynchburg, Virginia where she spent the remainder of her childhood days. She attended E.C. Glass High School, and eventually Dartmouth College, where she majored in Asian Studies, as well as focused on her acting skills. Dartmouth is also where she met her future husband, John Britton.
Upon graduating college in 1989, Connie moved to New York City, where she began studying under famed acting coach, Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse. After two years of studies, she landed her first major acting role in "The Early Girl" for The Courtyard Playhouse, which lead to many more roles in off-Broadway productions for years to come. During her time in New York City, Connie also married John Britton in 1991. Unfortunately, the two divorced in 1995, which happened to be the same year Connie starred in her first feature film, "The Brothers McMullen."
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Due to the success of "The Brothers McMullen" (which received Sundance's Grand Jury Prize and also launched actor/director Ed Burns' career), Connie moved to Los Angeles. And it wasn't long before the red-haired beauty's career hit full swing. After a recurring role on the series "Ellen," Connie was cast opposite Michael J. Fox on the acclaimed television comedy "Spin City." She starred on the show for six seasons, but left when Charlie Sheen became the new star upon Michael J. Fox's exit. All the while, Connie remained close to Ed Burns, starring in his third directorial effort "No Looking Back" as well as his short-loved series "The Fighting Fitzgeralds."
Connie has gone on to star in a variety of television series, including prominent roles on "The West Wing," "24," "Friday Night Lights," and "American Horror Story." She's also been in such films as "Friday Night Lights" (which landed her the role on the television series it spawned), "A Nightmare on Elm Street" (2010), and "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World." Currently, she stars as country singer Rayna Jaymes on the hit series "Nashville."
As for her personal life, Connie likes to keep active through hiking, biking, and running. She even taught aerobics during college and her time in New York City. Coupling that with her various volunteer work and caring for her adopted son, Eyob, she has plenty to keep her busy in her downtime.
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