When we last saw Madison in Season 3, she had just narrowly escaped death and was alone and unsure of the fate of her children and friends. Vowing to never let that happen again, she’s gone through extraordinary lengths to make sure it doesn’t. These new circumstances she’s created for herself aren’t just about avoiding past mistakes – they’re about finding a way to make up for them.
Kim Dickens has proven herself to be a versatile actress, portraying a vast array of complex and powerful characters throughout her career in television and film. Dickens was born in Huntsville, Alabama, and attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she majored in communication. Soon after graduation, she moved to New York City to continue her studies at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. She later graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Art’s two-year performing arts conservatory in New York City.
Dickens stars in AMC’s smash hit The Walking Dead companion series called Fear the Walking Dead. This critically acclaimed series, set in Los Angeles, became the number-one rated cable series launch on record with 10.1 million viewers. The series also smashed records internationally, premiering across more than 125 territories for AMC Global, the largest-ever day-and-date release for a U.S. series. Vanity Fair described Dickens as one of the most reliably appealing actors working today.
Dickens appears in Craig William Macneill’s biographical thriller Lizzie, which recently premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The film describes the true events concerning Lizzie Borden, who was acquitted of the ax murders of her father and stepmother in Fall River, Massachusetts, in 1892. Dickens co-stars alongside Chloë Sevigny, Kristen Stewart, Jay Huguley, Fiona Shaw, Jamey Sheridan, Denis O’Hare and Jeff Perry. The film was acquired by Saban Films.
In 2016, Dickens was seen in Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. The 20th Century Fox film is an adaptation of the Ransom Riggs novel and stars Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Ella Purnell, Allison Janney and Samuel L. Jackson. The film follows a teenager who finds himself transported to an island where he must help protect a group of orphans with special powers. The film was released on September 30, 2016.
In 2014, Dickens co-starred in David Fincher’s critically acclaimed psychological thriller Gone Girl opposite Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. Based on the critically acclaimed, bestselling novel by Gillian Flynn, the story follows a man’s quest to find his missing wife. Dickens played the tough yet sometimes sympathetic detective Rhonda Boney. The thriller was released by 20th Century Fox on October 3, 2014.
From 2010 to 2013, Dickens co-starred in HBO’s award-winning drama Treme. Created by David Simon, the series focused on life after Hurricane Katrina as the residents of New Orleans tried to rebuild their lives, their homes and their unique culture in the aftermath of one of the worst natural disasters in the U.S. Dickens portrayed a struggling chef, Janette Desautel, who tries to keep her restaurant open while paying for her losses. Recently, Dickens and the cast of Treme were nominated for a 2014 Primetime Emmy Award in the Outstanding Miniseries category.
In 2009, she appeared in John Lee Hancock’s Oscar-nominated The Blind Side. Dickens portrayed Aaron’s insightful high-school teacher who fights to allow Michael into the school. From 2008 to 2009, Dickens co-starred in NBC’s smash hit Friday Night Lights, which depicted the trials and tribulations of a small-town Texas football team and their friends, family and coaching staff. Dickens played hair stylist Shelby Saracen, the title character’s mother.
From 2006 to 2009, Dickens had a guest arc in ABC’s Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning series Lost. Dickens played a love interest of James Sawyer Ford (Josh Holloway). In 2005, Dickens co-starred in the Golden Globe Award-nominated satirical comedy Thank You for Smoking. Dickens played Nick Naylor’s (Aaron Eckhart), who lobbies for the Academy of Tobacco Studios’ disgruntled ex-wife.
From 2004 to 2006, Dickens was in HBO’s Golden Globe Award-winning drama series Deadwood. Starring Timothy Olyphant, the show was set in the late 1800s, revolving around the inhabitants of Deadwood, South Dakota, a town fraught with corruption and crime. Dickens played the depressed and self-loathing Joanie Stubbs who, aside from being a madam, was Cy Tolliver’s (Powers Boothe’s) former lover.
In 2001, Dickens starred opposite Gabriel Mann in Allison Anders’ The Things Behind the Sun. Dickens’ role garnered her recognition with a 2002 Independent Spirit Award nomination. Dickens played a local rock singer in Florida whose band became increasingly popular, largely because of a controversial song.
In 2015, Dickens became an ambassador for the National Women’s History Museum (NWHM). The NWHM, founded in 1996, is a nonpartisan, nonprofit educational institution dedicated to preserving, interpreting and celebrating the diverse historic contributions of women and integrating this rich heritage fully into our nation’s history.
Dickens resides in Los Angeles.