Amy Carlson is a spirited adventurer, and all members of her family share this trait. The actress, who has starred in popular television films such as The Untouchables, The Third World, Peacemakers, and Blue Bloods, has traveled the world on her own, with her parents and siblings. During these adventures, she has made camp in all states of the United States except Alaska. She also spent a year in the Middle East and a short time in Rwanda.
It was to be either athletics or acting for the Illinois native. However, an injury in high school helped her decision in favor of it. No doubt many of her fans are happy that she chose acting as a career.
Amy Carlson’s Biography
The actress was born as Amy Lynn Carlson and was born on July 7, 1968, in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Her earliest memories are that she grew up with her siblings in the Chicago area. However, her parents, Bob Carlson and Barb Carlson, who were teachers, were offered the opportunity to come to Amman, Jordan, and teach there. They accepted the offer and moved with Amy and her siblings – Betsy, Lori, and Joe – to the small Middle Eastern country where they would spend a year. Amy was 13 years old at that time.
Upon her return to the USA, Amy enrolled at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. She worked in the school’s drama department and took part in a number of stage plays, including Noises Off, A Lie of the Mind, and Fifth of July. She left the institution in 1978 with a cum laude degree.
Carlson’s debut in a soap opera on the big screen came in 1993 and she was chosen to play the role of Josie Watts in the soap opera Another World. Her performance earned her a nomination for the Daytime Emmy Award five years later. The 90s were a busy time for the actress. She had guest appearances and recurring roles in television movies such as Missing Persons, Thanks of a Grateful Nation, Martial Law, and Get Real.
In the 2000s she secured further roles in series and films such as NYPD Blue, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, NCIS, Peacemakers, Law & Order: Trial Before a Jury, and All Together.
Amy Carlson began in 2010 by joining the cast of the popular police trial Blue Bloods. Here she played the role of nurse Linda Reagan, who was the wife of Donnie Wahlberg’s character Danny Reagan. She remained loyal to the show from the premiere until the seventh season and left the show after that. In 2011 Carlson played Jessica Jordan in the superhero movie Green Lantern.
She also played Christina Casserta in hits of 2014, Laura in Natural Selection (2015), Erin Callahan in Too Big to Fail (2011), and Maureen Donovan in an episode of Fringe (2010).
Is She Married? Partner
Amy Carlson is in a relationship with her longtime partner Syd Butler. She met him in 1997 when she attended a Saturday Night Live Party. They got along well and became a couple in 2004. Syd works on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers as the bass guitarist of the show’s 8G band. He is also a member of Les Savy Fav, an independent rock outfit. The couple also owns and operates an independent record label called Frenchkiss Records.
Together Amy and Syd have two children. Their daughter Lyla Butler arrived in 2006 and their son Nigel Butler arrived three years later.
Why Did Amy Carlson Leave Blue Bloods?
Many fans rightly believed that Linda Reagan was an indispensable part of the series, as she had appeared in 155 episodes. So it is expected that they were shocked to learn at the season premiere of the eighth season that Amy’s character had died in a helicopter crash.
When asked about the reasons for her abrupt and unannounced departure, Amy Carlson did not give a conclusive answer. The closest she came to a revelation was that there were delays in contract negotiations and other financial problems that the actress did not like. She announced her departure on Twitter and thanked CBS, her co-stars, and fans.
However, after the way her character was killed hastily and off-screen, she expressed her disappointment at the way this happened. Amy, like many fans of the show, felt that there should have been an appropriate and well-written tragedy on-screen, a funeral, and tears for it. In an interview with Deadline, Carlson revealed that she would be open to returning to the show to shoot some flashbacks of her passing that would give the fans the closure they so desperately needed.
What Is She Doing Now?
While Amy Carlson may not like the way things ended with Blue Bloods, the show has helped to significantly expand her acting portfolio. She did not remain idle for long before she secured another project in 2018, namely the role of a character named Grace in the film A Bread Factory, part one. Following this film, she quickly cast two more roles: Jerry in the comedy The Incoherent and Samantha in the drama Sunny Daze. For the first role, she worked with the likes of Jason Wiles and Michael Beach.