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Dale Dickey


TV and film actress Dale Dickey, a native of Knoxville, is returning to her hometown to play the role of Mrs. Lovett in the Clarence Brown Theatre and Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street beginning August 30th

Ms. Dickey began working on Knoxville stages at age 9 in The Sound of Music at Hunter Hills. From then, until her tenure as a University of Tennessee theatre student in the early 1980’s, she performed 50 plays.  One of her final shows at UT was her favorite, Sweeney Todd in 1983.  She is thrilled to be returning to Clarence Brown and to work with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra in Sweeney Todd. 

Currently appearing as a regular in the HBO series True Blood, Ms. Dickey has also appeared this past season on CBS’ 2 Broke Girls and Fox TV’s Raising Hope. Last year, she won the role of Best Supporting Actress at the Independent Spirit Awards for her performance in Winter’s Bone. 

Ms. Dickey spent a decade in New York, working extensively with such off-Broadway theatres as Playwrights Horizons, Signature Theatre and Manhattan Punch Line. She studied in England at the British American Drama Academy and later went on to join Sir Peter Hall’s London production of The Merchant of Venice (starring Dustin Hoffman) when it transferred to Broadway in 1989. Her regional theatre work includes Paper Mill Playhouse (To Kill a Mockingbird), Chicago’s Royal George (Steel Magnolias), Denver Center Theatre and three seasons with the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Connecticut.  She returned to the Clarence Brown Theatre for Our Country’s Good in 1994, The Rainmaker in 2001 and in 2009 for A Streetcar Named Desire

Television work includes recurring roles such as ‘Patty, the daytime hooker’ on My Name is Earl,  ‘Opal’ in Christy, and the cable series Sordid Lives (with Rue McClanahan and Olivia Newton-John). Numerous guest star credits include Breaking Bad, The Closer, Cold Case, Numbers, ER, CSI, Gilmore Girls, Frasier and The X-Files. Film work includes A Perfect Getaway, Changeling, Domino, The Pledge (with Jack Nicholson) and a long string of smaller independent films. She consistently continues to work in theatre on LA stages with award winning Texas playwright Del Shores, garnering several awards for her performances in his plays – including two LA Ovation’s for The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife and Southern Baptist Sissies

Ms. Dickey resides inLos Angeles with her husband.