Born in Huntsville, AL to an antiques dealer mother and musician father, Kim Dickens was destined for a career in the arts. Her journey into acting began as a student at Nashville, TN's Vanderbilt University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts and Science Degree. Upon graduation, Dickens headed to New York City in order to study at the prestigious Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, then to graduate from The America Academy of Dramatic Arts.
While in New York, Dickens began landing supporting roles in theatre and independent films; her debut being 1995's indie-comedy hit "Palookaville", directed by Alan Taylor. From there, Dickens appeared as the female lead in Keifer Sutherland's feature directorial debut, "Truth or Consequences, N.M". She starred opposite Bruce Willis in the Harold Becker-directed thriller "Mercury Rising"; then showed up along side Ben Stiller and Bill Pullman as the mysterious and elusive suspect, Gloria, in the Jake Kasdan-helmed cult-hit comedy, "Zero Effect". In 2000, she co-starred alongside Kevin Bacon and Elizabeth Shue as an ethical scientist who goes head-to-head with a villainous invisible man in the Paul Verhoeven summer blockbuster, "Hollow Man". Further acclaim came to Dickens in the summer of 2001 when she played an up-and-coming rock singer spiraling out of control, before coming to terms with her traumatic past in director Allison Anders' semi-autobiographical film, "Things Behind the Sun". This performance garnered Dickens an Independent Spirit Award® nomination for best female lead.
2003 found Dickens busy on both the big screen and small, starting with a prime role in Showtime's mini series "Out of Order", opposite Eric Stoltz, Felicity Huffman, and William H. Macy. Next, was a small yet well received role in the Academy Award® nominated "The House of Sand and Fog". Currently, Dickens is playing the role of Joanie Stubbs, the Madame of the Bella Union, in HBO's "Deadwood", created by David Milch (NYPD Blue). The role reunites her with Milch after being cast as FBI agent Sarah Day in his critically lauded CBS Crime Drama "Big Apple".
Other credits include, Alfonso Cuaron's "Great Expectations", Arne Glimcher's "The White River Kid" with Antonio Banderas, and Sam Raimi's "The Gift" with Cate Blanchett. Dickens will next be seen playing a heroin addict in the soon-to-be released feature "Goodnight, Joseph Parker" with Debi Mazar and Paul Sorvino.
Dickens lives in both Los Angeles and New York City.