Hendricks was born in Knoxville, Tennessee but grew up in Twin Falls, Idaho. Her father, Robert, worked for the forestry department and came originally from England and her mother, Jackie, was a psychologist. The family moved to Fairfax, Virginia when she was 13.
She began acting at school and went into modeling at the age of 18. In her early 20s she also began appearing on TV, landing a recurring role in "Beggars and Choosers" (1999) in 2000 and another on "Kevin Hill" (2004) before rising to international fame in "Mad Men" (2007).
As well as her more famously conventional awards nominations (Emmys) and wins (SAG Awards) she also won a SyFy Genre Award in for "Best Special Guest/Television" for her role as Saffron in Joss Whedon's short-lived "Firefly" (2002).
Christina Hendricks has signed on to play a new character who runs a charitable organization in the comedy sequel Bad Santa 2.
Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks and Jena Malone have joined the growing cast of director Nicolas Winding Refn's The Neon Demon.
Gilles Paquet-Brenner is directing this drama, which already has Charlize Theron, Chloe Moretz and Nicholas Hoult attached.
Disneytoon Studios also announces Legend of the NeverBeast, which will continue the story of Tinker Bell and the Fairies of Pixie Hollow.
Terry Loane is directing this coming-of-age drama, which stars Riley Griffiths as a bullied teenager that takes a summer job.
Campbell Scott directs this adaptation of Joan Didion's novel about an American woman searching for her daughter.
The whole gang at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce is back for a new season starting Sunday, March 25 at 9 PM ET on AMC.
Adrien Brody headlines this Tony Kaye drama about the lives of several teachers during a three-week period.
Annette Bening is also in talks for a role in Sally Potter's drama about two teenagers who become involved in the Ban the Bomb movement.
The Neil LaBute-scripted ensemble drama also stars Brendan Fraser, Kristin Scott Thomas and Christina Hendricks.
Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan topline the cast of Nicolas Winding Refn's intense action thriller, in theaters this September.
Dermot Mulroney and Sarah Hyland have also joined Glee star Chris Colfer in this drama about a high school student who blackmails his classmates.
Nicolas Winding Refn's top pick for the female superhero is Mad Men's buxom Joan.
The actors join the Jeff Feuerzeig-directed boxing drama.
The Mad Men actress fits childhood dreams into a busy schedule as the voice of Lois Lane, now on Blu-ray and DVD.
Seth Meyers also joins Sarah Jessica Parker in the adaptation of the Allison Pearson comic tale.
Anthony LaPaglia will also lend his voice to the animated adaptation of this classic DC comic book which features a dying Superman.
Joining Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan and Bryan Cranston in the indie action thriller.
Mad Men's Christina Hendricks and Lucy Liu have also joined Tony Kaye's film.