UNDP appointed American actress Connie Britton as a Goodwill Ambassador on 2 April 2014 at UNDP headquarters. In this role, she will raise awareness of UNDP’s work in poverty eradication and women’s empowerment, advocating to the American and global public.
Throughout her career, Britton has devoted substantial time to a wide range of charity work both in the US and internationally. She previously travelled to Africa with the ONE campaign led by U2’s Bonoto support humanitarian causes, and is well aware of the challenges facing millions of poor people around the world. She also has been passionately committed to supporting women’s empowerment and women’s health issues.
In her role as UNDP Goodwill Ambassador, she will support UNDP’s mission with public service announcements, by participating in campaigns, and by visiting UNDP projects in the field.
In 2013, Britton earned her fourth Emmy nomination (Lead Actress in a Drama Series) for her role as country music star Rayna James in the ABC series “Nashville,” which also earned Britton her first Golden Globe nomination. Britton is best known for previously starring for five seasons on the critically acclaimed NBC series “Friday Night Lights,” for which she received two Emmy nominations for her role as Tami Taylor, a Texas high school principal married to the school’s football coach.
She recently starred as Vivien Harmon on “American Horror Story,” Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s Golden Globe- and Emmy-nominated series for FX, for which she received her third Emmy nomination. Television audiences also embraced Britton in her recurring roles on NBC’s “The West Wing” and Fox’s “24,” and she also starred opposite Michael J. Fox in five seasons of ABC’s award-winning comedy, “Spin City.”