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Connie Britton (née Womack) is an American actress who portrayed Rayna Jaymes in country music drama Nashville from Season One to Season Five.


Connie Britton recently wrapped production on two projects: Universal's Friday Night Lights (2004) directed by Peter Berg and starring opposite Billy Bob Thornton; and Edward Burns' independent feature Looking for Kitty (2004).

She starred in ABC's "Lost at Home" (2003) opposite Mitch Rouse and Gregory Hines. Her other television credits include "The Fighting Fitzgeralds" (2001) opposite Brian Dennehy, a recurring role in the highly-acclaimed drama "The West Wing" (1999) and a starring role in the award-winning comedy "Spin City" (1996) opposite Michael J. Fox. Additionally, Britton starred in the recent feature films The Next Big Thing (2001) and One Eyed King (2001).  She received critical acclaim for her role of Tami Taylor in the TV adaptation of Friday Night Lights, reprising the role of the wife of the local football coach played by Billy Bob Thornton in the movie.  The show ran from 2006 to 2011.

Britton received accolades for her starring roles in Edward Burns' acclaimed independent films The Brothers McMullen (1995) and No Looking Back (1998). In the former, she captivated moviegoers with her portrayal of "Molly", the luminous wife of a cheating husband. This popular low-budget film went on to win the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. After nearly canceling her audition with director Edward Burns, this last meeting of the day turned into the role that would launch her career. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Britton moved to Lynchburg, Virginia, at the age of seven with her family, including her fraternal twin sister. She went on to attend Dartmouth College, where she majored in Asian studies and spent 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 an additional two years performing in regional theater and off-Broadway productions. She moved to Los Angeles after the success of The Brothers McMullen (1995). In her free time, Britton, who resides in both New York and Los Angeles, enjoys hiking, yoga, and doing volunteer work.

In fall 2016, rumors began to circulate that she would be departing Nashville during Season Five.  Although initially denying the rumors she departed the show in the first half of the season after her character was killed off since she wanted to move on to other projects.


  • Has played three characters which all share her first name - Emotional Rescue (2012), The Life Coach (2005) and a guest role in "The West Wing" (1999).
  • Became a vegan in 2008.
  • Started acting at the age of seven when she, her twin sister and their cousin put on plays with names like "Murder on the Sunshine".
  • Although divorced since 1995, she uses her ex-husband's last name for her professional career.


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Main Cast
Charles EstenChris CarmackClare BowenHayden PanettiereJonathan JacksonLennon StellaMaisy StellaRachel BilsonSam Palladio
Former Main Cast
Aubrey PeeplesConnie BrittonEric CloseOliver HudsonWill Chase