Kim Dickens is an American actress and model best known for her role as Joanie Stubbs in the television western series Deadwood, from 2004-2006.
She currently stars as Janette Desautel in the television drama series Treme, since 2010.
Born in Huntsville, Alabama to an antiques dealer mother and musician father, Kim Dickens was destined for a career in the arts.
Her journey into acting began as a student at Nashville, TN's Vanderbilt University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts and Science Degree.
Upon graduation, Dickens headed to New York City in order to study at the prestigious Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, then to graduate from The America Academy of Dramatic Arts.
While in New York, Dickens began landing supporting roles in theatre and independent films; her debut being 1995's indie-comedy hit Palookaville, directed by Alan Taylor.
From there, Dickens appeared as the female lead in Keifer Sutherland's feature directorial debut, Truth or Consequences, N.M.
She starred opposite Bruce Willis in the Harold Becker-directed thriller Mercury Rising; then showed up along side Ben Stiller and Bill Pullman as the mysterious and elusive suspect, Gloria, in the Jake Kasdan-helmed cult-hit comedy, Zero Effect.
In 2000, she co-starred alongside Kevin Bacon and Elizabeth Shue as an ethical scientist who goes head-to-head with a villainous invisible man in the Paul Verhoeven blockbuster, Hollow Man.
Further acclaim came to Dickens in the summer of 2001 when she played an up-and-coming rock singer spiraling out of control, before coming to terms with her traumatic past in director Allison Anders' semi-autobiographical film, Things Behind the Sun.
This performance garnered Dickens an Independent Spirit Award nomination for best female lead.
2003 found Dickens busy on both the big screen and small, starting with a prime role in Showtime's mini-series Out of Order, opposite Eric Stoltz, Felicity Huffman, and William H. Macy.
Next was a small yet well received role in the Academy Award nominated The House of Sand and Fog.
From 2004-2006 Dickens played the role of Joanie Stubbs, the Madame of the Bella Union, in HBO's Deadwood, created by David Milch. The role reunited her with Milch after being cast as FBI agent Sarah Day in his critically lauded CBS crime drama Big Apple.
Other credits include Alfonso Cuaron's Great Expectations, Arne Glimcher's The White River Kid with Antonio Banderas, and Sam Raimi's The Gift with Cate Blanchett.
In 2004 Dickens played a heroin addict in the feature film Goodnight, Joseph Parker with Debi Mazar and Paul Sorvino. The following year she played the role of Jill Naylor in Thank You For Smoking.
In 2006 she played a guest role in two episodes of Numb3rs, and the three-episode role of Cassidy in the second and third seasons of the drama series Lost.
She played a starring role in the 2007 feature film One Way To Valhalla.
Dickens lives in both Los Angeles and New York City.