Jill Hennessy

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Jill Hennessy
Birth name Jillian Noel Hennessey
Born November 25, 1968 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Sometimes credited as Jillian Hennessy
Notable Roles
Notable Episodes
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Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
Law & Order Claire Kincaid 1993–1996 4 5 6
Crossing Jordan Jordan Cavanaugh 2001–2007 1 2 3 4 5 6
Luck Jo Carter 2012 1

Recurring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
Madam Secretary Jane Fellows 2015–2016

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
Homicide: Life on the Street ADA Claire Kincaid 4x12 - For God and Country (2) February 9, 1996
Las Vegas Dr. Jordan Cavannaugh 2x08 - Two of a Kind (2) November 8, 2004
The Good Wife Rayna Hecht 5x14 - A Few Words March 16, 2014
The Good Wife Rayna Hecht 5x21 - The One Percent May 11, 2014
The Good Wife Rayna Hecht 6x05 - Shiny Objects October 19, 2014

Specials and Made-for-TV Movies

Talk, News and Game Show Appearances


Series Episode Airdate
Crossing Jordan 6x13 - Post Hoc April 18, 2007

Memorable Moments

Awards and Accolades

Satellite Awards

(1 Win in 2 Nominations)


  • Is of Irish, French, Swedish, Italian and Austrian ancestry
  • Has an identical twin sister, Jacqueline and a younger brother, John Paul (or "J.P.")
  • Her father, John was a meat salesman and sales/marketing executive which required him to travel and the family to move frequently
  • Her mother, Maxine was a secretary, who left Jill and her family in 1982
  • Was partially raised by her paternal grandmother in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
  • Graduated from Grand River Collegiate Institute in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
  • She is multi-lingual; is fluent in English, Italian, French, Spanish and German.
  • Plays the guitar and can sing
  • Married to Paolo Mastropietro since 2000; they have two sons: Marco (born in 2003) and Gianni (born in 2007)