Daytime Emmy Award nominated actress Amy Carlson is perhaps best known for playing Josie Watts on the now defunct soap opera “Another World,” a role she played from 1993 to 1998 and as Alex Taylor in the hit drama series “Third Watch” (2000-2003). She picked up two Soap Opera Digest nominations and her Emmy nomination for her work in the first show. Her TV credits also include regular roles in the short lived series “Falcone” (2000, as Maggie Pistone Egan), “Peacemakers” (2003, as Katie Owen), from which she shared a 2004 Western Heritage Award, and “Law & Order: Trial by Jury” (2005-2006, as Kelly Gaffney). She also appeared in a recurring role on “Get Real” (1999-2002) and in guest roles on “NYPD Blue,” “CSI Crime Scene Investigation,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “ER” and “Criminal Minds.” Carlson has also acted in several films, including “The Babe” (1992), “Everything Put Together” (2000), “If These Walls Could Talk 2” (2000, TV), “Winning Girls Through Psychic Mind Control” (2002), “Franklin Charter” (2005, TV), “Anamorph” (2007) and “The Kidnapping” (2007, TV).
Carlson is best friends with Jorja Fox, her former costar on “Missing Persons” (1993). She has two Chinese tattoos on her ankle, which represent “Peace of Mind” and “Love and Happiness.”
Childhood and Family:
Amy Lynn Carlson was born on July 7, 1968, in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. She has sisters named Betsy and Lori and one brother named Joe. When she was 13 years old, she moved with her family to Amman, Jordan, where her parents taught at the American Community School. After moved back to the United States, she enrolled at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. She graduated with honors in 1990.
Amy discovered acting in elementary school. She participated in school productions and won competitions for writing. She was also an athlete but after an injury in college, decided to focus on acting. She later moved to Chicago, where she studied acting at The Actor's Center and the Olympic.
Currently, Amy lives in Chinatown in Manhattan with her boyfriend Syd Butler, the bass guitar player of Les Savy Fav, and their daughter (born in 2006). She has three cats and a dog and enjoys horseback riding.
Amy Carlson appeared in several stage productions while in college, including “Fifth of July,” “School for Scandal” and “Noises Off, A Lie of the Mind.” In 1992, she made her feature film debut in the biopic “The Babe,” which was about the life of baseball player Babe Ruth (played by John Goodman). She debuted on the small screen as Marianna Nania in the thriller “Legacy of Lies” (1992). The next year, Carlson was cast in the short lived series “Missing Persons,” where she met her best friend Jorja Fox, and “The Untouchables.” However, it was not until she joined the cast of the NBC soap opera “Another World” that she enjoyed real success. Cast as Josephine Watts in the series, Amy portrayed the character from 1993 to 1998 and was nominated for a 1998 Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and Soap Opera Digests in the categories of Outstanding Female Newcomer (1995) and Hottest Romance (1997). Carlson moved to New York City to work on the soap opera.
After leaving “Another World,” Carlson temporarily replaced a character on the CBS daytime soap “The Guiding Light” (1998) and played Kelly McGloin in the short lived series “St. Michael's Crossing” (1999). 1999 also saw her appear in an episode of “Martial Law” and land the recurring role of Dr. Sedgwick in the Fox short lived series “Get Real,” which starred Jon Tenney, Debrah Farentino, Anne Hathaway, Christina Pickles, Eric Christian Olsen and Jesse Eisenberg. Carlson experienced another boost on the small screen when she won the role of paramedic and firefighter Alex Taylor in the second season of the NBC dramatic series “Third Watch” in 2000. She would remain on the show until 2003.
Meanwhile, Carlson also took on other roles. She appeared with Radha Mitchell, Megan Mullally and Alan Ruck in the independent film “Everything Put Together” (2000), which was directed by Marc Forster, portrayed Michelle in HBO's “If These Walls Could Talk 2” (2000), opposite Michelle Williams, Chloë Sevigny, Nia Long and Natasha Lyonne, costarred with Bronson Pinchot and Ruben Santiago-Hudson in the offbeat comedy “Winning Girls Through Psychic Mind Control” (2002) and appeared as a hippy in the direct-to-video comedy “Stella Shorts 1998-2002” (2002), starring Michael Showalter, David Wain and Michael Ian Black. She was also cast as Maggie Pistone Egan in the Emmy nominated drama series “Falcone” (2000) and guest starred in the popular TV shows “NYPD Blue,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (all 2000) and “ER” (2002).
Three months after her departure from “Third Watch,” Carlson teamed up with Tom Berenger and Peter O'Meara to star in the series “Peacemakers,” which debuted on the USA Network on July 30, 2003. The show, however, was canceled after nine episodes. Carlson, who played Katie Owen on the show, jointly netted Western Heritage's Bronze Wrangler for Outstanding Factual or Fictional Drama.
Carlson next portrayed Collette Connolly in the episode “Dead Wives Club” (2004) of “Law & Order.” The next year, she landed the role of Assistant District Attorney Kelly Gaffney in the series “Law & Order: Trial by Jury” (2005-2006), a spin off of “Law & Order.” She also costarred as Maggie Keeler in the TV film “Franklin Charter” (2005), opposite Nathaly Basnuevo and Brandon E. Brooks, and played Lauren in the ABC movie “Drift” (2006), starring Jason O'Mara. The Illinois native returned to film with a supporting role of Alexandra Fredericks in “Anamorph,” a 2007 thriller directed by Henry Miller and starring Willem Dafoe. The same year, she also starred as Rachel McKenzie in the TV film “The Kidnapping,” with Jud Nelson and Thomas Ian Griffith, and made a guest appearance in “Navy NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service.” In 2008, Carlson could be seen as Cece Hillenbrand in an episode of “Criminal Minds” called “Tabula Rasa.”
Western Heritage: Bronze Wrangler, Outstanding Factual or Fictional Drama, “Peacemakers,” 2004