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Jessica Collins

Jessica Collins
Collins in 2013
Born Jessica Lynn Capogna
(1971-04-01) April 1, 1971
Schenectady, New York, U.S.
Years active 1990–present
Spouse(s) Robert Tyler (1996–2002)

Jessica Collins (born Jessica Lynn Capogna; April 1, 1971) is an American actress. She is best known for portraying Dinah Lee Mayberry on the ABC soap opera Loving and Avery Bailey Clark on the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless. She also starred as Meredith Davies on Fox's Tru Calling, and appeared in recurring and guest roles in many other shows.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Credits 4
    • Film 4.1
    • Television 4.2
  • Awards and nominations 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life

Collins was born in Schenectady, New York. She attended Amsterdam High School in Amsterdam, New York. In 1988, she won the title Miss New York Teen USA and was the first runner-up for the Miss Teen USA Pageant in that same year. Collins later attended London's Royal National Theatre Studio and the Howard Fine Acting Studio in Los Angeles.[1]


Collins starred in ABC daytime soap opera Loving as Dinah Lee Mayberry from 1991 to 1994.[1] After leaving daytime, Collins appeared in films like Leprechaun 4: In Space (1996), Best of the Best: Without Warning (1998), and Beautiful (2000), and guest-starred in primetime shows such as Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Star Trek: Voyager, Beverly Hills 90210, and Dawson's Creek.

Collins played Meredith Davies on the Fox Network's Tru Calling from 2003 to 2004. She had a major recurring role in the NBC period drama, American Dreams, and later appeared in the short-lived series Unscripted and Scoundrels. She also starred in the short-lived ABC comedy-drama Big Shots from 2007 to 2008.[1] In film, Collins played roles in Ritual (2002), Catch Me If You Can (2002), Dirty Love (2005), Live! (2007), and Open House (2010).[2] Her other television credits include CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Two and a Half Men, Nip/Tuck, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and NCIS.

In 2011, Collins returned to soaps with a role as Avery Bailey Clark on CBS's The Young and the Restless.[3] In 2013, she was nominated for Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role.[4] In May 2015, Soap Opera Digest reported that Collins was leaving the show, with Avery's last appearance airing on July 21, 2015.[5]

Personal life

She married Robert Tyler on November 11, 1996. The couple divorced February 15, 2002, citing irreconcilable differences.



Year Film Role Notes
1996 Leprechaun 4: In Space Dr. Tina Reeves
1998 Best of the Best: Without Warning Karina
2000 Beautiful Miss Lawrenceville
2002 Ritual Jackie
2002 Catch Me If You Can Peggy
2003 King for a Day Mother Short film
2004 The Ranch Kim Television film
2005 Dirty Love Mandy
2007 Live! Starlet
2010 Open House Lauren


Year Title Role Notes
1991–1994 Loving Dinah Lee Mayberry Alden Series regular
Nominated — Soap Opera Digest Award for Hottest Female Star (1993)
Nominated — Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Younger Leading Actress (1994)
1992 All My Children Dinah Lee Mayberry Alden Guest Appearance
1994 M.A.N.T.I.S. Corrine Episode: "Through the Dark Circle"
1994 Coach Bridget McDermott Episode: "Working Girl"
1995 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Mindy Church Episode: "Home is Where the Hurt Is"
Episode: "We Have a Lot to Talk About"
1996 Diagnosis: Murder Wendy Windsor Episode: "A Model Murder"
1996 Life with Roger Heather Episode: "The Way We Was"
1997 Star Trek: Voyager Linnis Paris Episode: "Before and After"
1997 Beverly Hills 90210 Jody Carlisle Episode: "Deadline"
Episode: "Child of the Night"
Episode: "Friends, Lovers, and Children"
2000 Dawson's Creek Sherry Eisler Episode: "To Green, With Love"
2002 Off Centre Kristi Lee Episode: "The Good, The Bad, and The Lazy"
2002 Andy Richter Controls the Universe Leslie Episode: "Little Andy in Charge"
2002–2003 American Dreams Colleen 7 episodes
2003–2004 Tru Calling Meredith Davies Series regular, 15 episodes
2005 Everwood Cameron Episode: "Giving Up the Girl"
2005 Unscripted Jessica 4 episodes
2005 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Missy Episode: "Dog Eat Dog"
2006 Two and a Half Men Gloria Episode: "Walnuts and Demerol"
2007–2008 Big Shots Marla Series regular, 11 episodes
2008 Gary Unmarried Leslie Episode: "Gary and Allison Brooks"
2009 Nip/Tuck Tracy Pierce Episode: "Lola Wlodkowski"
2010 Scoundrels Valerie Bottoms 4 episodes
2010 CSI: Miami Marcie Westerfield Episode: "Happy Birthday"
2011 Memphis Beat Margo Episode: "Troubled Water"
2011–2013 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Jackie Denardo Episode: "The Storm of the Century"
Episode: "The Gang Saves the Day"
2011–2015 The Young and the Restless Avery Bailey Clark Series regular
Nominated — Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2013)
2012 NCIS Judy Ford Episode: "Recovery"
2014 Perception Special Agent Anne-Marie Bishop Episode: "Prologue"

Awards and nominations

List of acting awards and nominations
Year Award Category Title Result Ref.
Soap Opera Digest Award Hottest Female Star Loving Nominated
Soap Opera Digest Award Outstanding Younger Lead Actress Loving Nominated
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series The Young and the Restless Nominated


  1. ^ a b c "Jessica Collins – Biography – MSN Movies". 1971-04-01. Retrieved 2013-07-19. 
  2. ^ Lionsgate Hosts Open House in August
  3. ^ "Exclusive: Jessica Collins Joins The Young and the Restless – Today's News: Our Take". 2011-06-24. Retrieved 2013-07-19. 
  4. ^ Bierly, Mandi (2013-05-01). "Daytime Emmy nominations: 'Young and the Restless' leads CBS | Inside TV |". Retrieved 2013-07-19. 
  5. ^ SOD (March 18, 2015). "JESSICA COLLINS OFF Y&R".  
  6. ^ "Event: Soap Opera Digest Awards (1993)".  
  7. ^ "Event: Soap Opera Digest Awards (1994)".  
  8. ^ "The 40th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Award Nominations".  

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