Mädchen E. Amick (Script error, Template:Respell Template:Respell; born December 12, 1970) is an American actress, best known for her roles as Shelly Johnson on the cult television series Twin Peaks and Tanya Robertson in Sleepwalkers (1992). She also starred as Wendy Beauchamp in the Lifetime supernatural drama series Witches of East End for two seasons (2013–2014).

Early life

Amick was born in Sparks, Nevada,[1] a few miles east of Reno, the daughter of Judy, a medical office manager, and Bill Amick, a musician.[2] Amick's parents are partly German;[3] the name Mädchen (in German pronounced [ˈmɛːtçn̩]), which means "girl" in German, was chosen by her parents, because they wanted an unusual name.[4] She is also of Norwegian, Swedish, English and Irish descent.[5] As a young girl, Amick was encouraged by her parents to follow her creative instincts. She learned to play the piano, bass, violin and guitar and took lessons in tap, ballet, jazz and modern dance. In 1987, at the age of 16, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting.


After moving to Los Angeles, Amick appeared on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) as well as in The Borrower (1991). Amick got her first break when director David Lynch chose her to play waitress Shelly Johnson on the TV series Twin Peaks. Amick's character endured physical abuse at the hands of her criminal husband, Leo, and was one of the most popular characters, ensuring her return in the feature film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me. In 1992, Amick appeared in the Stephen King horror movie Sleepwalkers. She has also appeared in television movies, such as Love, Cheat and Steal (1993). A highlight of Amick's film career is the 1994 feature film Dream Lover, a thriller in which she co-starred with James Spader. Amick also appeared in the romantic comedy French Exit (1995) and the science fiction thriller Bombshell (1996).

Amick's return to network television came in the fall of 1995 with the much-publicized CBS primetime soap opera Central Park West. In 1998, Amick starred in the updated edition of Fantasy Island. Both shows only lasted one season.[6]

After a decade of roles that failed to ignite the publicity Twin Peaks had, Amick gradually became a noticeable face in television with recurring roles on Gilmore Girls, ER, Jake in Progress, and Joey. In 2006, Amick was a regular in the sitcom Freddie which was subsequently cancelled. Amick guest starred in a number of episodes of the serial thriller Kidnapped on NBC, playing a strange and deadly assassin. She also had a recurring role in the second season of Dawson's Creek as the lead character's substitute film studies teacher. In 2007, she had a lead role in the short-lived CBS musical series Viva Laughlin.

Amick had a recurring role in season 2 of Gossip Girl as Nate Archibald's "cougar" love interest,[7] and she also appears in the second season of the Showtime series Californication. In 2008, Amick starred as Christian Slater's wife on the NBC series My Own Worst Enemy. In 2010, Amick played Danielle Marchetti on the FX series Damages. In 2011 she appeared in the post-apocalyptic film Priest.[8]

In 2013, Amick began starring in the Lifetime supernatural drama Witches of East End opposite Julia Ormond, Rachel Boston and Jenna Dewan-Tatum.[9][10] Amick's character Wendy Beauchamp was originally a guest star, but she later became a permanent character after shooting the pilot episode.[11] On August 6, 2015 Amick joined the cast of American Horror Story: Hotel as a mother whose son is ailing.[12] She has been cast in her original role, Shelly Johnson, for the 2017 Showtime continuation of Twin Peaks.

Personal life

Amick has been married to songwriter David Alexis since 1992. They have a son, Sylvester Time, and a daughter, Mina Tobias.[2]



Year Title Role Notes
1990 Don't Tell Her It's Me Mandy
1991 Borrower, TheThe Borrower Megan
1992 Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me Shelly Johnson
1992 Sleepwalkers Tanya Robertson
1993 Dream Lover Lena Mathers Nominated - Saturn Award for Best Actress
1993 Love, Cheat & Steal Lauren Harrington
1994 Trapped in Paradise Sarah Collins
1995 French Exit Zina
1996 Bombshell Angeline
1997 Wounded Julie Clayton
1998 Twist of Fate Rachel Dwyer
2000 List, TheThe List Grace Mitchell
2001 Italian Ties Jamie
2001 Scenes of the Crime Carmen
2002 Global Effect Dr. Sera Levitt
2005 Four Corners of Suburbia Rachel Samson
2011 Priest Shannon Pace


Year Title Role Notes
1989 Star Trek: The Next Generation Teenage girl Anya Episode: "The Dauphin"
1989 Baywatch Laurie Harris Episode: "Panic at Malibu Pier"
1990 Great American Sex Scandal, TheThe Great American Sex Scandal Miss Doddsworth TV movie
1990 I'm Dangerous Tonight Amy TV movie
1990–91 Twin Peaks Shelly Johnson Series regular, 30 episodes
Nominated - Soap Opera Digest Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress: Prime Time
1991 For the Very First Time Rhonda TV movie
1995 Courtyard, TheThe Courtyard Lauren TV movie
1995 Fallen Angels Mrs. Cordell Episode: "Love and Blood"
1995–96 Central Park West Carrie Fairchild Series regular, 21 episodes
1997 Heartless Ann 'Annie' O'Keefe TV movie
1998 Hunted, TheThe Hunted Samantha Clark TV movie
1998–99 Fantasy Island Ariel Series regular, 13 episodes
1999 Dawson's Creek Nicole Kennedy 3 episodes
1999 Mr. Rock 'n' Roll: The Alan Freed Story Jackie McCoy TV movie
2001 Hangman Grace Mitchell TV movie
2002 Rats, TheThe Rats Susan Costello TV movie
2002–03 Gilmore Girls Sherry Tinsdale 3 episodes (Season 2)
2003 Queens Supreme Lisa Salinger Episode: "The House Next Door"
2003 Wild Card Crystal Stevenson Episode: "Black Sheep"
2003 Ed Celeste 'CeCe' Royce Episode: "Home for Christmas"
2004–05 ER Wendall Meade 10 episodes
2005 Lies and Deception Jean Brooks TV movie
2005 Jake in Progress Kylie Episode: "Pilot"
Episode: "Check Please"
2005 Joey Sara 5 episodes
2005–06 Freddie Allison Series regular, 22 episodes
2006 Law & Order Alissa Goodwyn Episode: "Home Sweet"
2006–07 Kidnapped Yvonne Guttman 3 episodes
2007 Viva Laughlin Natalie Holden Series regular, 8 episodes
2008 Shark Gina Romero Episode: "One Hit Wonder"
2008 Verdict, TheThe Verdict Christine TV pilot
2008 Gossip Girl Duchess Catherine Beaton 4 episodes
2008 Californication Janie Jones 5 episodes
2008 My Own Worst Enemy Angelica 'Angie' Spivey Series regular, 9 episodes
2009 Law, TheThe Law Liz TV pilot
2010 Pleading Guilty Brushy TV pilot
2010 Damages Danielle Marchetti 5 episodes
2010 CSI: NY Aubrey Hunter 3 episodes
2010 Unanswered Prayers Ava Andersson TV movie
2011 White Collar Seleena Episode: "Veiled Threats"
2011 Metro Mary McCarthy TV pilot
2012 Psych Jacqueline Maderos Episode: "Indiana Shawn and the Temple of the Kinda Crappy, Rusty Old Dagger"
2012 Beauty & the Beast Lois Whitworth Episode: "Basic Instinct"
2012 Ringer Greer Sheridan Episodes: "It Just Got Normal" and "I'm The Good Twin"
2012 In Plain Sight Associate Director Susan Campbell 2 episodes
2012 Mad Men Andrea Rhodes Episode: "Mystery Date"
2012 Drop Dead Diva Gina Blunt 2 episodes
2012 Political Animals Mindy Meyers Episode: "Lost Boys"
2013–14 Longmire Deena 3 episodes
2013–14 Witches of East End Wendy Beauchamp Lead role; 23 episodes
2015 American Horror Story: Hotel Mrs. Ellison 3 episodes
2016 Love Mom 2 episodes
2016 Second Chance Joan Solodar Episode: "May Old Acquaintance Be Forgot"
2017 Twin Peaks Shelly Johnson
2017 Riverdale Alice Cooper Main role


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