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Connie Briton‘s career has spanned two and a half decades, beginning with her first role in the 1995 indie comedy The McCullen brothers. From big theatrical releases to indie films and acclaimed TV shows, the veteran actress has done it all.
Some of her iconic roles like Tami Taylor in friday night lights and Vivien Harmon American Horror Story: Murder House have brought her a lot of praise and have awarded and nominated her several times. She is next set to appear in a starring role in the upcoming Apple TV Plus drama. Dear Edward.
With a lengthy filmography, picking her best works is no easy task, but here are 10 of Connie Britton’s most popular acting achievements on film and television, ranked.
10 spin city
spin city was one of Britton’s earliest jobs, and she stole hearts as the cute bookkeeper in the office of New York City Mayor Nikki Faber. spin city is a sitcom set in a fictionalized version of the New York City Mayor’s Office, where all affairs are unofficially managed and controlled by Deputy Mayor Mike Flaherty, played by Michael J. Fox. The show follows Mike and all of the office workers as he tries to manage the politics that come with working with the mayor while neglecting his personal life. Britton was a main cast member for 100 episodes before departing after the end of season four.
Britton starred in the first season of the procedural TV series, 9-1-1. The show follows the personal lives of several first responders in the city of Los Angeles, including firefighters, police officers, paramedics and more. Britton starred as Abigail Clark, a 9-1-1 dispatcher dealing with the pressures of her job while taking care of her mother, who suffered from Alzheimer’s. She left the series after the first season, but made a cameo appearance in the third season.
8th. American Horror Story: Murder House
Britton starred in the first season of the anthology series, American Horror Story as Vivien Harmon, a wife and mother who unknowingly moved her family to a haunted house after her husband’s infidelity to try and start over. Britton was so popular that fans rallied to have her for many of the seasons that followed, but she did not return AHS until the eighth season, Apocalypsewhere she reprized her role as Vivien.
7. The land of fixed habits
The land of fixed habits is a drama depicting the difficulties of late adulthood with a deep and complex story of identity and responsibility. It follows a man named Anders Hill, who recently divorced his wife and took early retirement from his well-paying job. We see Anders slip into a spiral of drugs and sex while going through an existential crisis and trying to understand who he is. Britton plays Barbara, Anders’ later love interest.
6. The White Lotus
Britton stars in the first season of this comedy-drama anthology series on HBO as Nicole Mossbacher, a company CFO who is on vacation at the resort with her husband and children. The White Lotus is set in a fictional resort and features an ensemble cast as resort staff and guests, many of whom have dysfunctional lives and pasts, causing humor and drama in each episode. Britton’s performance was widely acclaimed by critics and she was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in an Anthology Series, but the award went to her co-star Jennifer Coolidge.
5. Dirty John
Britton played the role of Debra Newell in the first season of Bravo’s true crime limited anthology series. The series was developed based on the true crime podcast of the same name, hosted by Christopher Goffard. Dirty John follows Britton as an interior designer who meets and falls in love with a charismatic man named John Meehan. Debra thinks her perfect life is now complete with the perfect job and the perfect man, but John turns out to be a menacing addition to her imagination, and Debra finds herself in his lies and manipulations as she fights for her life against him.
bomb is an ensemble-directed drama starring Margot Robbie, Nicole Kidman and Charlize Theron. The film is based on real events surrounding former Fox News founder Roger Ailes. bomb is the story of Gretchen Carlson, a woman who worked at Fox News and was constantly sexually harassed by Ailes until she finally spoke up. Britton plays Beth Ailes, wife of Roger Ailes, in the film.
3. Promising young woman
Promising young woman is a powerful, Oscar-winning film about rape culture, revenge and mental health. The film follows a young woman named Cassie who is depressed and dysfunctional seven years after the death of her best friend Nina. When Cassie finds out that Nina’s molester is about to get married, she hatches a plan of revenge against everyone she believes is responsible for what happened to Nina. Britton plays Elizabeth Walker, the school dean who dismissed Nina’s case all those years ago.
2. friday night lights
Tami Taylor is undeniably one of Connie Britton’s most recognizable characters and is widely regarded as her best acting performance of her career. friday night lights followed the life of the high school football team in Dillon, Texas, a small community. Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton play the roles of the team coach and his wife, who serve as parent figures to many of the children. In addition to being Coach Taylor’s wife, Tami was also a school counselor before becoming the school’s principal. For her role, Britton received critical acclaim and numerous awards and nominations.
Another of Britton’s most iconic characters is Rayna Jaymes, a music star on the musical soap opera, Nashville. The show follows Rayna, a popular country singer who is struggling with her waning popularity, and an aspiring young singer named Juliette Barnes, played by Hayden Panettiere, who is gradually gaining fame. The show follows the rivalry between the two, and both lead actresses have been praised for their respective performances. Nashville lasted six seasons, although Britton left the cast after five.