American actress Jamie Brown, also known as Jamie Anne Brown and Jamie Anne Allman, has appeared in over forty television and film projects since making her debut in 1999. She is perhaps most known for playing prostitute Connie Riesler on the FX popular series “The Shield” (7 episodes, 2002-2003) and as Terry Marek on AMC's “The Killing” (2011-?). She has guest starred in a string of successful television series like “The Practice,” “Six Feet Under,” “The Guardian,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and “Monk.” Brown's film credits include “The Notebook” (2004), “Steel City” (2006), “Danny Roane: First Time Director” (2006), “Prey 4 Me” (2007), “Farmhouse” (2008) and “The Donner Party” (2009). In 2006, Brown appeared in the critically praised play “Devil's Night,” which was written by her husband, actor Marshall Allman of “Prison Break” and “True Blood” fame, and Scott Haze.
Childhood and Family:
Jamie Anne Brown was born in Parsons, Kansas. She is the oldest of five children. She knew that she wanted to become an actress at a very young age. She later moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams.
On June 17, 2006, Jamie married actor Marshall Allman (born April 5, 1984) in Allman's hometown, Austin, Texas.
In her free time, Jamie loves working with autistic children and also following her hobby of sky diving.
Jamie Brown made her screen acting debut in 1999 when she landed a small role as Kassidy's dresser in the independent film “Fashionably L.A.,” directed and written by and starring Tamara Olson. She branched out to television in the following year with a recurring role in the CBS short lived series “The Fugitive.” She portrayed Bree Davis in two episodes, including the pilot. Brown went on to land guest spots in television shows like the ABC hit legal drama “The Practice” (2001, as Michelle Tritter), CBS' “Family Law” (2001, as Chloe Frye), ABC's “NYPD Blue” (2001, as Noelle Burnett), Fox's “Boston Public” (2001, as Sharon), HBO's “Six Feet Under” (2002, as Junkie Woman) and CBS' “CSI: Miami” (2002, as Jane Renshaw). She returned to the big screen with the award wining film “It Is What It Is” (2001), the directorial debut of Billy Frolick. The film starred Jonathan Silverman, Tom Gallop and Catherine Dent.
In 2002, Brown landed the recurring role of Mandy Gressler in the drama series “The Guardian” (CBS, 2001-2004), starring Simon Baker. She appeared in a total of three episodes (“Testimony,” “The Beginning” and “ Lawyers, Guns and Money”). The same year, she also appeared as Sophia Jones in an episode of the Fox series “Fastlane” called “Wet” and would reprise the role in an additional episode in 2003 titled “Slippery Slope.”
However, Brown did not gain real notice until she was cast as Connie Riesler, a crack addicted prostitute and single mother, in the first two seasons of the hit crime/drama series “The Shield,” which ran on the FX network for seven seasons from March 2002 to November 2008. Among episodes she had appeared in included the pilot, “The Spread,” “Cherrypoppers,” “Dragonchasers” (all 2002), “Greenlit,” “Homewrecker” and “Co-Pilot” (all 2003).
Next up for Brown, she made guest appearances in television shows like “The Division” (2003, as Allison Hardwin), “Cold Case” (2003, as Gwen Deamer), “Threat Matrix” (2003, as Hannah McLoughlin), “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (2004, as Celeste Turner) and “Century City” (2004, as Sarah Flynn). Besides, she co-starred with Andi Hughes, Jennifer Tetlow and Jack Angel in Ron Carlson's short film “ I Am My Resume” (2003), and appeared as Martha Shaw in the film adaptation of Nicolas Sparks' novel, “The Notebook” (2004), which was directed by Nick Cassavetes and starred Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, played the lead role of Austin in the indie drama “Automatic” (2005), which won the Audience Award for Seccion Official at the 2006 Peñíscola Comedy Film Festival, and co-starred in the short film “AdCorp, Inc.” (2005).
2006 saw the actress star along with Raymond J. Barry and Kristian Best in “Steel City,” a drama film directed and penned by Brian Jun. The film was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize for Dramatic at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and the Best Supporting Male at the 2007 Independent Spirit Awards for Raymond J. Barry's portrayal of Vic Lee. The same year, she also had the co-starring role of Candice Sauvigne in the Andy Dick directed comedy film “Danny Roane: First Time Director,” as well as guest starred in “Monk” (as Jennie Mandeville) and “Close to Home” (as Tara Welch). Still in 2006, Brown played the role of Brady Mason in the critically acclaimed play “Devil's Night,” which was co-written by husband Marshall Allman. The play made its world premiere at The Sherry Theater on March 31, 2006.
Brown co-starred with Scott Haze and Erik Passoja in the draam film “Prey 4 Me” (2007), which was jointly helmed by Steven Kiefer and Daniel Spantman, portrayed Jackie in the short film “A Day with the Urns” (2007), supported Kevin Sorbo, Lance Henriksen and Dominique Swain in the direct to video movie “Prairie Fever” (2008), starred in the 14 minute comedy film “Just the Worst” (2008), by Marshall Cook, and was cast as Sharon in Alex Fazeli's multiple award winning short, “In the Dark” (2008), oppositte Maz Jobrani and Ali Dean. She also starred with Steven Weber, William Lee Scott, Drew Sidora and Kelly Hu in the psychological thriller movie “Farmhouse” (2008), directed by George Bessudo. Meanwhile, on the small screen, Brown appeared in the pilot of “ K-Ville” (2007).
In 2009, Brown made guest appearances in television series “The Closer” (as Kelli Malone), “Saving Grace” (as Gloria Carter) and “Three Rivers” (as Laura). In addition, she acted in the short films “ Love After Life” (as Elizabeth) and “A Hundred & Forty-Six Questions” (as Amanda) as well as in the drama film “The Donner Party,” which was helmed and written by T.J. Martin and starred Crispin Glover, Clayne Crawford and Michele Santopietro (all also 2009). In 2010, she was cast as Melanie Troy in the short film “The Love Affair.”
Recently, in 2011, Mrs. Allman was cast in the main role of Terry Marek on the crime/drama series “The Killing,” opposite Mireille Enos, Billy Campbell, Joel Kinnaman, Michelle Forbes, Brent Sexton, Kristin Lehman, Eric Ladin, Brendan Sexton III, and Annie Corley. The show, which is based on the Danish television series with the same English title, but known as “Forbrydelsen” (The Crime) in Danish, premiered on the cable channel AMC on April 3, 2011.
Brown will play Jenny Rapp in the upcoming drama film “The Last Rites of Joe May,” which is set to be released in the US in October 2011. Joe Maggio directed and wrote the film. Other stars include Dennis Farina, Ian Barford, Meredith Droeger and Chelcie Ross, among other actors.