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A transplant to the United States from Bournemouth, England, Jayne Atkinson was born Feb. 18, 1959. After graduating from Northwestern University in 1981 with a bachelor's degree in communications, she attended the Yale School of Drama and began earning her acting stripes in regional theater.

Atkinson broke into television with appearances in made-for-TV movies and in the network series "A Year in the Life" (1987-88). While peppering her résumé with gigs on shows such as "Parenthood" and "The X-Files," Atkinson moved into feature films, including Free Willy (1993) and Blank Check (1994), later counting the politically charged thriller Syriana (2005) among her big-screen credits.

In 2006, Atkinson landed the role for which she's best known: Homeland Security official Karen Hayes on the megahit "24." The actress' subsequent works include Recount (2008) and the Netflix original series "House of Cards."

Jayne Atkinson in The Congressman

The Congressman

2016 R

After a disastrous sequence of events, Maine Congressman Charlie Winship retreats to remote Monhegan Island to lick his wounds, only to find more tumult as the local lobstermen are engaged in a bitter battle to protect their fishing grounds.

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