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Connie Elaine Britton (née Womack; born March 6, 1967) is an American actress.


Born as Constance Womack in Boston, Massachusetts, to Linda and Allen Womack, who was a physicist. Britton moved to Lynchburg, Virginia, with her parents and sister, Cynthia, when she was seven. Britton attended E.C. Glass High School, majored in Asian Studies at Dartmouth College, and after graduating, moved to New York City and spent two years at the Neighborhood Playhouse, studying with Sanford Meisner. Britton is divorced, but still uses her married name as her stage name. On November 16, 2011, she revealed that she had adopted a baby boy from Ethiopia, named Eyob, whom she calls "Yoby".

She is best known for her roles as "Nikki Faber" on Spin City and "Tami Taylor" on Friday Night Lights (a TV series based on the film of the same name, which she also acted in). Her most notable films are Friday Night Lights (she portrayed "Sharon Gaines") and A Nightmare on Elm Street (she portrayed "Gwen", Nancy's mother), among other works. She was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in 2010-2011 for her role as "Tami Taylor" in the Friday Night Lights television series. From 2011-2018, She portrayed "Rayna Jaymes" in the ABC/CMT musical drama series Nashville. In 2018, she starred as Abby Clark in the first season of the Fox drama 9-1-1.

Work on American Horror Story[]

In American Horror Story, she portrayed Vivien Harmon, a "wife who wants a new start", in both first and eighth seasons, subtitled Murder House and Apocalypse, respectively. She was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for the former.

Connie Britton on her role as Vivien Harmon[]

  • "American Horror Story has been such a great choice because it’s so different and I’m flexing such completely different muscles as an actor."
  • On saying yes to American Horror Story: It was presented to Britton by co-creator Ryan Murphy, as: ‘This is something we’ve never seen you do before. It will be turning what you’ve just been doing on its ear.’ I was intrigued by that and I thought it was such a fun opportunity to do exactly that and when I read the script, I was like, ‘how does this work?’ It felt like a big risk. As an actor it’s really important to take risks but that’s also what keeps you up at night. When you take risks, you can definitely fail.”[1]



Episode appearances for Connie Britton
Story or Series Character Episodes
Murder House Vivien Harmon
Apocalypse Vivien Harmon Return to Murder House