The recent premiere of Fear the Walking Dead, AMC’s spin-off to The Walking Dead, earned record-setting cable ratings.
Few among the show’s instant success deserve their spot in the limelight like Kim Dickens.
In her latest role, she plays Madison Clark, a high school guidance counselor and single mother.
A veteran actress who has been around professionally for twenty years, Kim Dickens has a varied resume that includes work in big-budget movies, small independent films as well as TV and theatre roles.
She also has an interesting mix of lead, supporting and guest-starring roles among her credits.
With a continuance of Fear the Walking Dead’s high ratings, he portrayal of Madison Clark will become (if not her best role) her best-known role.
If you are interested in seeing more of her work, here is a (non-ranked) look at some of Kim Dickens’ best roles to date:
Truth or Consequences, N.M. (1997): She played Addy Monroe, basically the “eye candy” moll in a noir story about a drug heist gone horribly wrong. It was her seventh role in a TV/movie production, some two years into her professional career.
Things Behind the Sun (2001): She played Sherry, a rock singer whose troubles were fueled by post-traumatic stress from being sexually assaulted as a girl.
Her portrayal earned her a nomination for an Independent Spirit Best Acting Award.
Deadwood (2004-2006): As Joanie Stubbs, she was a lesbian brothel madam who did not herself engage in prostitution.
Treme (2010-2013): She played Janette Desautel, a woman who lived and worked as a chef in post-Katrina New Orleans. Her life and career underwent a complete overhaul in the wake of the devastating hurricane.
Sons of Anarchy (2013-2014): She was Colette Jane, the owner of an escort agency who seeks out help in making her operation more upscale she wound up getting personally involved with the character of Jax, played by Charlie Hunnam.
That Kim Dickens isn’t an acting megastar is downright peculiar.
Fear the Walking Dead should change all that.