Actor Name: Connie Britton
Nashville Character Name: Rayna James
Given Birth Name: Constance Womack
Birth Date: March 6, 1967
Birth Place: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Homwtown: Boston, MA / Lynchburg, VA
Star Sign: Pisces
Height: 5' 8" (1.73 m)
Marital Status: Divorced (John Britton, 1991 - 1995)
First Nashville Episode: Pilot
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Most Notable Role(s): Tami Taylor (Friday Night Lights), Nikki Faber (Spin City)
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Children: 1 son (Yoby)
Schooling: Majored in Asian Studies at Dartmouth College
About the character: Rayna JamesAfter two decades of topping the charts, Rayna Jaymes’ career has begun to wobble: Her last album tanked and ticket sales are soft. But Rayna is not ready to surrender the crown as the “Queen of Country.” Rayna’s going to try to reclaim her career, all while juggling the responsibilities of being a mom to Maddie and Daphne, and supporting her husband, Teddy, who’s trying to rebuild a career of his own.
Rayna remembers a time when it didn’t used to be this hard. In the early days, she and Deacon would write together, and within months those songs would ring out on radios across America. Those days seem distant now but she's not giving up. Rayna Jaymes has still got something to say.
About the actor: Connie BrittonTwo-time Emmy-nominated Connie Britton continually receives accolades for her work in television and film. After stand-out roles on series such as “Spin City,” “24” and “The West Wing,” she starred on one of the best reviewed shows on television, NBC’s “Friday Night Lights,” created by Peter Berg, for which she received Emmy nominations in 2010 and 2011. She also starred in the film of the same name, opposite Billy Bob Thornton.
Britton most recently starred as the female lead in “American Horror Story,” Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk's Golden Globe-nominated series. She completed production on the film “The Hand-Job,” alongside Andy Samberg, and appeared in the film “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World,” with Steve Carell and Keira Knightley. Her other film credits include Michael Bay’s “A Nightmare on Elm Street” and “Women in Trouble,” with Carla Gugino and Josh Brolin.
Britton received two individual nominations from the Television Critics Association, and “Friday Night Lights” was that organization’s most-nominated show in its first season, winning Outstanding New Program of the year in 2007, the award for Program of the Year in 2011, a prestigious George Foster Peabody Award, as well as accolades from the American Film Institute, which ranked it among the ten best shows of 2006-07, and Teen Choice Award nominations two years in a row. Britton was nominated for a Women’s Image Network Award (WIN), which honors work that features female protagonists.
Britton received praise for her starring role in Edward Burns’ “The Brothers McMullen,” which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. She had nearly canceled her audition with Burns… As it was, that last meeting of the day turned into the role that would launch her career. Other feature credits include Burns’ “No Looking Back,” “Looking for Kitty,” “The Lather Effect” and the critically acclaimed feature “The Last Winter,” opposite Ron Perlman, which received a Gotham Award nomination for Best Ensemble Cast.
Born in Boston, Britton moved to Lynchburg, VA at the age of seven with her family, including her fraternal twin sister. She attended Dartmouth College, where she majored in Asian studies, spending a term in Beijing, China. Upon graduation she moved to New York, where she spent two years at the Neighborhood Playhouse studying with Sanford Meisner, and then performed in regional theater and off-Broadway productions.
In her free time, Britton, enjoys hiking and yoga. She is currently finalizing a documentary which she produced and directed on the orphans of Ethiopia.