Vivien was a housewife and a former cellist. Prior to the series' beginning, she had a stillbirth that caused her to withdraw from her husband Ben.
Emmy-nominated, Connie Britton is an actress who continually receives accolades for her work in television and film. After stand-out roles on series such as Spin City, 24 and The West Wing, she currently stars on one of the best-reviewed shows on television, NBC's Friday Night Lights created by Peter Berg, for which she received an Emmy nomination in 2010. She is the only cast member who starred in the film of the same name, in which she played opposite Billy Bob Thornton.
Britton is attached as a producer and star to another FX project, a David O. Russell drama, now in development. She is also currently in production on the film, The Hand Job, alongside Andy Samberg (Saturday Night Live). She will also appear in Seeking a Friend for the End of the World starring with Steve Carrell and Keira Knightley.
Britton starred in Michael Bay's recent A Nightmare on Elm Street with Jackie Earle Haley and Kellan Lutz. She was also recently seen on the big screen in Women in Trouble with Carla Gugino, Adrianne Palicki, Emmanuelle Chriqui, and Josh Brolin.
Britton received two individual nominations from the Television Critics Association for Friday Night Lights, which was the organization's most nominated show in its first season and has been nominated the last two years as well. The show and its creators have received several awards over the course of the series. By far the most prestigious of these is the George Foster Peabody Award for broadcasting excellence.
Britton starred in ABC's award-winning comedy Spin City opposite Michael J. Fox for five seasons, as well as Lost At Home opposite Mitch Rouse and Gregory Hines. Her other television credits include The Fighting Fitzgeralds opposite Brian Dennehy, and a recurring role in the highly-acclaimed drama The West Wing, as well as FOX's popular 24.
In her free time, Britton, who resides in both New York and Los Angeles, enjoys hiking and yoga. She is currently finalizing a documentary, which she produced and directed on the orphans of Ethiopia.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Britton moved to Lynchburg, Virginia, at the age of seven with her family, including her fraternal twin sister. She went on to attend Dartmouth College, where she majored in Asian studies and spent a term in Beijing, China, studying Chinese. Upon graduation she moved to New York, where she spent two years at the Neighborhood Playhouse studying with Sanford Meisner, and then performed in regional theater and Off-Broadway productions.