Christina Hendricks jump-started her career on television in the early 2000s, with a particularly effective multi-episode contribution to the medical drama ER. On that program, she played Joyce, a battered housewife given solace -- and shelter -- by one of the female employees of Cook County Hospital. Also in 2002, Hendricks appeared in a memorable role on the short-lived cult sci-fi series Firefly as the seductive, scheming conwoman Saffron (in two episodes, one of which never aired). She continued to find steady work on television, notably co-starring with Taye Diggs on the short-lived legal drama Kevin Hill (2004-2005). In 2007, Hendricks took on a prominant role on one of the most promising and original new series of 2007: Mad Men. Her work as Joan on the show earned her strong reviews as the show became the most respected on television winning the Emmy for best drama series each of its first four seasons. She parlayed that into a film career that includes appearances in I Don't Know How She Does It, Detachment, and the cult hit Drive, where she played a lethal criminal.
Biography by Nathan Southern
- Dressed as a goth in high school.
- Worked as a model before becoming an actor.
- First TV break came with the Showtime comedy series Beggars & Choosers (1999-2001).
- Has appeared on several shows with connections to Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon: his spin-off Angel and cult favorite Firefly, as well as Tru Calling, which starred Buffy alum Eliza Dushku.
- Auditioned for three parts on Mad Men before getting the role of Joan.
- Was introduced to husband Geoffrey Arend by Mad Men cast mate Vincent Kartheiser.
- Supports the Make-a-Wish Foundation and took 17-year-old David Kumferman to the Emmys in 2011 as part of the program.