January Jones is an American entertainer and model. She is most notably known for her starring role as Betty Draper on the television show Mad Men. Other notable credits include appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, American Idol, Smallville, Glee, X-Files and The Kings of Comedy. She has also been nominated multiple times for an Academy Award for Best Leading Actress in a Comedy Series, Best actress in a Leading Role and Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Romance Film. Additionally, she has been nominated six times for an Academy Award for Best Music, Best Original Score (John Corigliano & Hansanne Schaffer, 2021), winning two Golden Globes for her work on Mad Men and one for her contribution to the soundtrack of the film X Files.
January Jones was born in Harlem, New York City and was a very young child when her mother was a young girl who was killed during a purse snatching. January was one of four children of Mary Jones, a black American housekeeper. Her father, Earnest Jones, was a prosperous attorney and counselor. His family lived in the solidly middle class white neighborhoods of Edgartown, Brooklyn and Ridgeland, Virginia.
Growing up, January Jones attended the Children’s Christian School with other children of her age and then in a private girls boarding school in rural South Dakota. There, she met and became friends with actress Reese Witherspoon. They would perform together in school plays and even went on to form the rock band Fleetwood Mac. After graduating in college in 1977, they tried several times unsuccessfully to get a film contract, instead getting work as sportscasters and later at a sporting goods store chain where they served as store manager.
After a brief stint at the retail store, January went out and began a two-year stay in New York City as a dancer and model. While in New York she also started a career as a yoga instructor and then worked as a commercial real estate agent before landing a role on the television show Wheelman. Following the ending of the show, January Jones returned to her native southern state and worked for the remainder of her career in the entertainment industry, including guest spots on numerous shows including Star Trek: The Next Generation and E.T. She also moved to Los Angeles to study acting with famed trainer Rob Reiner. Later she appeared in the movie adaptation of The Great Bazaar and Other Stories and did not receive any acting credits for that movie.
January Jones Measurements
|Body Size||34 inches|
|Waist Size||24 inches (61 cm)|
|Hips Size||34 inches (87 cm)|
|Shoe Size||7 (US)|
|Height||5’ 6” (168 cm)|
|Weight||61 kg (134 pounds)|
In 2021 she decided to return to her native country to shoot a movie in India and was cast as a main character in the Hindi film “Queen”. Prior, to shooting the movie she had been dating American actor Edward Barbanell, who is her cousin by birth. After the shooting of the movie Barbanell has since split from Jones, but they remain friendly with each other and have remained friendly with their respective fans. Jones also appeared in the comedy series Angels with Dirty Faces along with Rose Byrne, where she played the role of an old school friend of Michael Chiklis’s in the recurring role of Beth. Jones also appeared in the films tentatively titled “The Secret Life of Bees” alongside sexy British actress Charlotte Hopeheart.
Aside from her acting work, January Jones has also given birth to her son Chipper (played by her husband Todd Phillips) in 2021. Chipper was born in January and according to some reports was the first child born by Jones while filming the film “Babe” (2021). This gave birth to the then 25-year-old actress’ oldest child. January Jones has also appeared in the television series “Heroes” and “Raising Helen” and has also contributed a voice to several video games such as Zelda Twilight Princess and Mario Galaxy among others. January Jones is an active member of her own modeling agency called Baby Cow Model Management where she has worked with some of today’s most popular celebrities.