Mädchen E. Amick (English pronunciation: /ˈmdʃən ˈmɪk/, MAYD-shən AYM-ik; 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, a few miles east of Reno, the daughter of Judy, a medical office manager, and Bill Amick, a musician. Amick's parents are partly German; the name Mädchen (in German pronounced [ˈmɛːtçn̩]), which means "girl" or "maiden" in German, was chosen by her parents, because they wanted an unusual name. She is also of Norwegian, Swedish, English and Irish descent. 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 terrible sexual and emotional abuse at the hands of her perverted 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.

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, 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.

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



1990Don't Tell Her It's MeMandy
1991Borrower, TheThe BorrowerMegan
1992Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with MeShelly Johnson
1992SleepwalkersTanya Robertson
1993Dream LoverLena MathersNominated - Saturn Award for Best Actress
1993Love, Cheat & StealLauren Harrington
1994Trapped in ParadiseSarah Collins
1995French ExitZina
1997WoundedJulie Clayton
1998Twist of FateRachel Dwyer
2000List, TheThe ListGrace Mitchell
2001Italian TiesJamie
2001Scenes of the CrimeCarmen
2002Global EffectDr. Sera Levitt
2005Four Corners of SuburbiaRachel Samson
2011PriestShannon Pace


1989Star Trek: The Next GenerationTeenage girl AnyaEpisode: "The Dauphin"
1989BaywatchLaurie HarrisEpisode: "Panic at Malibu Pier"
1990Great American Sex Scandal, TheThe Great American Sex ScandalMiss DoddsworthTV movie
1990I'm Dangerous TonightAmyTV movie
1990–91Twin PeaksShelly JohnsonSeries regular, 30 episodes
Nominated - Soap Opera Digest Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress: Prime Time
1991For the Very First TimeRhondaTV movie
1995Courtyard, TheThe CourtyardLaurenTV movie
1995Fallen AngelsMrs. CordellEpisode: "Love and Blood"
1995–96Central Park WestCarrie FairchildSeries regular, 21 episodes
1997HeartlessAnn 'Annie' O'KeefeTV movie
1998Hunted, TheThe HuntedSamantha ClarkTV movie
1998–99Fantasy IslandArielSeries regular, 13 episodes
1999Dawson's CreekNicole Kennedy3 episodes
1999Mr. Rock 'n' Roll: The Alan Freed StoryJackie McCoyTV movie
2001HangmanGrace MitchellTV movie
2002Rats, TheThe RatsSusan CostelloTV movie
2002–03Gilmore GirlsSherry Tinsdale3 episodes (Season 2)
2003Queens SupremeLisa SalingerEpisode: "The House Next Door"
2003Wild CardCrystal StevensonEpisode: "Black Sheep"
2003EdCeleste 'CeCe' RoyceEpisode: "Home for Christmas"
2004–05ERWendall Meade10 episodes
2005Lies and DeceptionJean BrooksTV movie
2005Jake in ProgressKylieEpisode: "Pilot"
Episode: "Check Please"
2005JoeySara5 episodes
2005–06FreddieAllisonSeries regular, 22 episodes
2006Law & OrderAlissa GoodwynEpisode: "Home Sweet"
2006–07KidnappedYvonne Guttman3 episodes
2007Viva LaughlinNatalie HoldenSeries regular, 8 episodes
2008SharkGina RomeroEpisode: "One Hit Wonder"
2008Verdict, TheThe VerdictChristineTV pilot
2008Gossip GirlDuchess Catherine Beaton4 episodes
2008CalifornicationJanie Jones5 episodes
2008My Own Worst EnemyAngelica 'Angie' SpiveySeries regular, 9 episodes
2009Law, TheThe LawLizTV pilot
2010Pleading GuiltyBrushyTV pilot
2010DamagesDanielle Marchetti5 episodes
2010CSI: NYAubrey Hunter3 episodes
2010Unanswered PrayersAva AnderssonTV movie
2011White CollarSeleenaEpisode: "Veiled Threats"
2011MetroMary McCarthyTV pilot
2012PsychJacqueline MaderosEpisode: "Indiana Shawn and the Temple of the Kinda Crappy, Rusty Old Dagger"
2012Beauty & the BeastLois WhitworthEpisode: "Basic Instinct"
2012RingerGreer SheridanEpisodes: "It Just Got Normal" and "I'm The Good Twin"
2012In Plain SightAssociate Director Susan Campbell2 episodes
2012Mad MenAndrea RhodesEpisode: "Mystery Date"
2012Drop Dead DivaGina Blunt2 episodes
2012Political AnimalsMindy MeyersEpisode: "Lost Boys"
2013–14LongmireDeena3 episodes
2013–14Witches of East EndWendy BeauchampLead role; 23 episodes
2015American Horror Story: HotelMrs. Ellison3 episodes
2016LoveMom2 episodes
2016Second ChanceJoan SolodarEpisode: "May Old Acquaintance Be Forgot"
2017Twin PeaksShelly JohnsonSeries regular