Possessing an earthy, natural brunette beauty which allows her to effortlessly shift from glamorous to down-to-earth at the drop of a hat, actress Amy Brenneman first caught the attention of television viewers with her Emmy-nominated performance on the popular television series NYPD Blue. Though she would later gravitate to a feature career with roles in such films as Heat (1995), Daylight (1996), and Your Friends & Neighbors (1998), her television career continued to flourish as she took on the role of a single mother and Family Court judge in Judging Amy.
Born the youngest of three children in New London, CT, Brenneman's mother was a superior court judge and her father an environmental attorney while she was growing up in nearby Glastonbury. Her love for acting blossoming in her pre-teen years, Brenneman would later study comparative religion at Harvard University. During her college years, performances with the American Repertoire Theater and the Harvard-Radcliffe Summer Theater found the burgeoning actress honing her skills in the work of such playwrights as Shakespeare and Aeschylus. In addition to acting during college, Brenneman also founded the Cornerstone Theater Company, a traveling troupe dedicated to performing around the country and encouraging locals to participate in the show. Relocating to New York City following a five-year stint with Cornerstone, Brenneman found work as a substitute teacher in Brooklyn while continuing to appear frequently on-stage.