Amy Carlson is an American television actress who played Linda Reagan on Blue Bloods.

Between seasons seven and eight, her seven-year contract was up and ready for renewal if wanted. However, she was not invited back to do a season eight,[1] resulting in Linda's off-screen death. Amy has since indicated she would be open to reappearing for flashback sequences to Linda's death, even admitting to wanting to show her death to provide closure to the fans,[2] and wishes that Linda's demise had been written differently.[3] She has also since expressed her pride for the character, cast, and show on her social media platforms, even writing an open letter to her fans thanking hem for their support, which she published on her Twitter account.[4]


Born July 7, 1968 in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, she stayed in the Chicago area until middle school when her parents took teaching positions in the Middle East. Since her parents, Bob and Barb, were teachers they took a lot of vacations in the summertime and Amy has backpacked all over Europe, both with family and alone. She has three siblings, two sisters named Betsy and Lori and a brother, Joe. A talented young woman, she participated in school theater productions, won writing contests, and placed in the first 3200 meter for girls' track in the state. Continuing with theater in college after an injury, she graduated from Knox College cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in East Asian History as well as her Theater classes.

Amy is married to Syd Butler and together they have two children, Lydia born 2006 and Nigel born 2009.


Starting in school, Amy has participated in many stage and film productions. Her film career kicked off in 1992, landing her roles in productions such as Green Lantern, CSI, Law & Order: SVU, NCIS, and Criminal Minds. She is most well known for her roles of Alex in Third Watch, Maggie in Falcone, and Katie in Peacemakers


In 1998 Amy was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for her role in Another World.

In 1995 and 1997 she was nominated for the Soap Opera Digest Award, also for her work in Another World.

In 2004 she and her co-stars won the Bronze Wrangler at the Western Heritage Awards for Peacemakers.



  • The Babe (1992) - Girl on Stairs
  • Everything Put Together (2000) - Jane
  • Winning Girls Through Psychic Mind Control (2002) - Kathy
  • Stella Shorts (1998-2002) - Hippy Girl
  • Anamorph (2007) - Alexandra Fredericks
  • Trio (2010) - (Short Film)
  • Green Lantern (2011) - Jessica Jordan
  • Hits (2014) - Christina Casserta
  • Sight Unseen (2015) - Rachel Sampson
  • Natural Selection (2015) - Laura


  • Legacy of Lies (1992) - Marianna Nania (TV Film)
  • Missing Persons (1993) - Helena Brusich (3 Episodes)
  • The Untouchables (1993-1994) - Various ("Pilot: Parts 1 & 2", "Mind Games")
  • Another World (1993-1998) - Josephine Watts (45 Episodes)
  • Thanks of a Grateful Nation (1998) - Tammy Boyer (Miniseries)
  • Martial Law (1999) - Cassie McGill ("Big Trouble")
  • Get Real (1999) - Dr. Sedgwick (4 Episodes)
  • St. Michael's Crossing (1999) - Kelly McGloin
  • NYPD Blue (2000) - Lisa Marantz ("Along Came Jones")
  • If These Walls Could Talk 2 - Michelle (TV Movie)
  • Falcone (2000) - Maggie Pistone Egan (9 Episodes)
  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000) - Kate Armstrong ("Friends & Lovers")
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2000) - Patricia Andrews ("Asunder")
  • Third Watch (2000-2003) - Alex Taylor (Main - 60 Episodes)
  • ER (2002) - Alex Taylor ("Brothers and Sisters")
  • Peacemakers (2003) - Katie Owen (9 Episodes)
  • Law & Order (2004) - Collette Connolly ("The Dead Wives Club")
  • Franklin Charter (2005) - Maggie Keeler (TV Movie)
  • Law & Order: Trial by Jury (2005-2006) - A.D.A. Kelly Gaffney (Main - 13 Episodes)
  • Drift (2006) - Lauren (TV Movie)
  • The Kidnapping (2007) - Rachel McKenzie (TV Movie)
  • NCIS (2007) - Karen Sutherland ("Corporal Punishment")
  • Criminal Minds (2008) - Cece Hillenbrand ("Tabula Rosa")
  • Fringe (2010) - Maureen Donovan ("Unearthed")
  • Blue Bloods (2010-2017) - Linda Reagan (155 Episodes)
  • Too Big to Fail (2011) - Erin Callan (TV Movie)
  • This One Time (2013) - Herself? ("Amy Carlson")


  1. Amy Carlson talks her exit
  2. Amy Carlson's interview with Deadline
  3. Amy Carlson's interview with EW
  4. Amy Carlson's letter to Blue Bloods fans

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