Amy Frederica Brenneman is an American actress and producer. She is best known for her extensive television work, first coming to prominence as Detective Janice Licalsi in the ABC police drama series NYPD Blue (1993–1994). Following this, Brenneman co-created and starred as Judge Amy Gray in the CBS drama series Judging Amy (1999–2005). She received a total of five Primetime Emmy Award nominations for these roles. In subsequent years, Brenneman has had starring roles as Violet Turner in the Shonda Rhimes medical drama series Private Practice (2007–2013), and as Laurie Garvey on the HBO drama series The Leftovers (2014–2017). She has also starred in various films, including Heat (1995), Fear (1996), Daylight (1996), Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her (2000), Nine Lives (2005), and The Jane Austen Book Club (2007).