Rayna JaymesPlayed by Connie Britton
After struggling to maintain her title as the “Queen of Country” when her music career began to wobble a few years back, Rayna Jaymes is back in a big way. Hot off the heels of releasing an album that went gold—and earned her six CMAs!—the country crooner is focusing on making her fairly new label, Highway 65, as big a success as her solo career.
In the meantime, her personal life doesn’t seem to be thriving quite as much as her professional one. She struggles to balance work with being a good mother to Maddie and Daphne, especially when one of her daughters tends to defy her every move. And after breaking off her engagement to fellow country music super star Luke Wheeler, Rayna is taking some time to sort her feelings and decide whether she can ever move forward with a relationship with former flame, Deacon Claybourne.
MEET THE CAST: Rayna James | Juliette Barnes | Deacon Claybourne | Scarlett O'Connor | Teddy Conrad | Avery Barkley | Will Lexington | Maddie Conrad | Gunnar Scott | Daphne Conrad | Jeff Fordham | Luke Wheeler
Four-time Emmy-nominated Connie Britton continually receives accolades for her work in television and film. Her role on “Nashville” garnered both Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for Best Actress, and she sings on both of Season One’s soundtracks, which have sold over 2 million tracks. After stand-out roles on such series such “Spin City,” “24” and “The West Wing,” Britton 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 received a Best Actress Emmy nomination for her role as the female lead in “American Horror Story,” Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk's Emmy-nominated miniseries.
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, Program of the Year in 2011, a 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), honoring work that features female protagonists.
Britton recently completed “This Is Where I leave You” with Tina Fey and Adam Driver, and starred in the film “The To Do List,” alongside Andy Samberg. She 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. She went on to star in three more Burns’ films, “No Looking Back,” “Looking for Kitty” and “Fitzgerald Family Christmas.” Other film credits include “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World,” with Steve Carell and Keira Knightley, Michael Bay’s “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” “Women in Trouble” with Carla Gugino and Josh Brolin, “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.