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Jayne Atkinson, a British-American actress born in Bournemouth, England in 1959, has cultivated a remarkable career across theater, film, and television. While audiences may recognize her best from the action-packed series "24" as Karen Hayes, Atkinson's talents have garnered acclaim far and wide.

Her theatrical roots run deep. Atkinson's captivating performances have earned her two Tony Award nominations for Best Actress in a Play. She wowed audiences opposite Woody Harrelson in the revival of The Rainmaker and in Enchanted April. Throughout her career, Atkinson has graced numerous Broadway productions, solidifying her stage presence.

Transitioning seamlessly to television, Atkinson commanded respect as the formidable BAU Section Chief Erin Strauss in the crime drama "Criminal Minds." Political intrigue became her playground when she portrayed the powerful U.S. Vice President Teresa Hurst in "Madam Secretary." Atkinson also tackled the role of the shrewd U.S. Secretary of State Catherine Durant in the captivating series "House of Cards." Atkinson's filmography is equally diverse, encompassing films like "Free Willy" and the suspenseful thriller "The Village."

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