Amy Brenneman (born June 22, 1964 in New London, Connecticut) is an American actress best known for her roles in the television series NYPD Blue and Judging Amy. She was raised in Glastonbury, Connecticut. She graduated from Harvard University in 1987.
She starred as Officer Janice Licalsi on the television police drama NYPD Blue in 1993-1994 during the show's first season and the first episodes of the second.
In 1999, Brenneman became creator and executive producer, as well as starred in the television series Judging Amy. Brenneman portrayed a divorced, single mother working as a Family Court Judge in Hartford, Connecticut. The show's concept was based on Brenneman's mother's real-life experiences as a superior court judge in the state of Connecticut. Judging Amy ran on CBS for six seasons and 138 episodes from September 19, 1999 to May 3, 2005 to good ratings. Frederica Brenneman was one of Harvard Law School's first female graduates and became a juvenile court judge in Connecticut when Amy was 3 years old. Amy has said "I play my mother's job, not my mother."
Since 1995, Brenneman has been married to director Brad Silberling, with whom she has two children, Charlotte Tucker (Born March 2001) and Bodhi Russell (Born June 2005).