Connie Britton

Connie Britton Biography

Actress (1967–)
Acting since college, Connie Britton finally found real fame on television in her mid-30s with Friday Night Lights, American Horror Story and Nashville.

Who Is Connie Britton?

Born March 6, 1967, in Boston, Massachusetts, Connie Britton has been on camera most of her adult life. But the actress didn't hit her Hollywood stride till the show Friday Night Lights debuted in 2006, followed by American Horror Story in 2011. That same year, she became a single mom after adopting a child from Ethiopia and gained major stardom with the hit show Nashville, which debuted in 2012. Other recent projects include such films as American Ultra (2015) and the TV series American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson (2016).

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 18:  Actress Connie Britton arrives at the premiere of 'Seeking a Friend for the End of the World' at the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival held at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on June 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)

Connie Britton arrives at the premiere of 'Seeking a Friend for the End of the World' at the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival held at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on June 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)

Movies and TV Shows 

'The Brothers McMullen'

Britton began honing her talents in off-Broadway productions before auditioning for actor turned director Ed Burns' 1995 film, The Brothers McMullen. The aspiring starlet nearly blew off the audition, but didn't, and the movie kick-started her film career. It looked like Britton's career was really about to soar after she had a stellar audition with Tom Cruise for the 1996 movie Jerry McGuire. She was crushed when Renee Zellweger nabbed the part. Still, Britton had plenty of moderate television successes, including stints on The West Wing and 24, and several seasons on the sitcom Spin City.

'Friday Night Lights,' 'American Horror Story'

There were more movies between TV gigs, including 2004's Friday Night Lights. She portrayed the wife of a small-town high-school football coach. When the film inspired a TV series, Britton was immediately cast; she earned her first Emmy nod in 2010 for the show, which was critically acclaimed but got low ratings. In 2011, when the series ended after five seasons on NBC, she starred in Ryan Murphy's FX miniseries American Horror Story, playing Vivien Harmon, a role which earned her another Emmy nod.


In 2012 the actress found another steady TV role, as an aging country star in the ABC television series Nashville, created by Callie Khouri and co-starring Hayden Panettiere. Britton received a Golden Globe and an Emmy Award nomination for her work on the show. ABC cancelled the popular show in 2016, but it was picked up by CMT through 2018. 

'American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson'

In addition to her work on Nashville, Britton has found time for other acting projects. She had supporting roles in the 2015 dramatic comedy Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and the 2015 spy action comedy American Ultra with Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart. Britton also appeared in the popular series American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson in 2016. She played Faye Resnick, a friend of murder victim Nicole Brown Simpson, on the show. 

In addition to starring in Beatriz at Dinner (2017) and The Land of Steady Habits (2018), Britton is set to reprise her American Horror Story role in its upcoming Apocalypse series.

Ex-Husband & Son

While Britton often plays a doting wife in real life, she's been divorced since age 29 from investment banker John Britton, after four years of marriage. Not wanting to wait any longer to find the right partner to enjoy motherhood, in 2011 Britton adopted son Eyob (nicknamed Yoby) from Ethiopia on her own. Working on a documentary on Ethiopian orphans motivated the adoption. "My whole life has been building to all the good stuff that has happened to me in the last few years," Britton told People magazine in a 2013 interview.

Early Years

Connie Britton was born Constance Elaine Womack on March 6, 1967, in Boston, Massachusetts, to Allen Womack, a physicist, and his wife, Linda, a former teacher. She has a fraternal twin, Cynthia. When she was seven years old, Britton and her family moved to Lynchburg, Virginia, where the young girl enjoyed writing plays and eventually dabbled in acting in the theater.

Britton didn't pursue the performing arts in college. Instead, the coed earned a degree in Asian studies from Dartmouth College, which included a semester in Beijing, learning to speak Chinese. After school, she gravitated back to acting. The college grad spent two years training with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse; some of his past students were Grace Kelly, Steve McQueen and Diane Keaton.

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