Birth Date: July 7, 1968 / Age: 46
Birth Place: Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA
Biography: Amy Carlson (born July 7, 1968) is an American actress. She played Assistant District Attorney Kelly Gaffney in the TV drama series Law & Order: Trial by Jury in 2005.
Born in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, Carlson spent most of her early life in the Chicago area. But when she was in junior high school, she and her family also lived in the Middle East, where her parents, Bob and Barb, taught at the American School. Carlson has three siblings, sisters Betsy and Lori and brother Joe.
She has backpacked all over Europe, with her family and on her own. Because her parents were teachers, they were able to spend every summer together traveling and camping all over the United States. In fact, they have camped in every state except Alaska. She also went to Rwanda after the war in 1994, to aid relief efforts.
Early on Carlson showed artistic talent, acting in school productions and winning contests for writing. In high school she was a promising athlete that placed in the first ever 3200 meter relay in Illinois Girls Track.
After a sports injury while attending Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, she returned to the theater, starting with Lanford Wilson's Fifth of July and directing Wallace Shawn's Aunt Dan and Lemon. She graduated cum laude with a B.A. in East Asian history and a concentration in Theater. She moved to Chicago afterward and studied Improv at the ImprovOlympic and acting at The Actor's Center. But a contract job on the now defunct soap opera Another World moved her to New York City soon after graduation. She has been nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award in the category of "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Daytime Drama Series." That same year, after she left Another World, Carlson filled in for Beth Ehlers as Harley Cooper on Guiding Light while Ehlers went on maternity leave.
Her most memorable roles have been of strong women, playing Alex Taylor in Third Watch (1999), Maggie Pistone in Falcone (1999) and Katie Owen (alongside Tom Berenger) in Peacemakers (2003).
Carlson currently resides in New York City, (with boyfriend Syd Butler, bassist of Les Savy Fav) where she also works in the independent music business as part-owner of the independent record label Frenchkiss Records. She continues to write as well as seek out diverse and unique roles in the film industry.