Who is ‘Chicago P.D.’ Actor Amy Morton?

On New Year’s day, 1958, Amy Morton entered the world in Oak Park, Illinois. Over the past six decades, she has become a seasoned actress and director in both the film and television industries.

In 2014, Morton landed a gig on the hit NBC police drama series, Chicago P.D., and began starring as Sergeant Trudy Platt.

Read on to learn more about Amy Morton’s impressive career and what her plans for the future look like. 

Getting to know Amy Morton 

Amy Morton as Desk Sgt. Trudy Platt
Amy Morton as Desk Sgt. Trudy Platt | Matt Dinerstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank

Amy Morton was born and raised in Oak Park, Illinois. She graduated from River Park High School and attended university at Triton College and Clarke University. However, Morton never obtained a degree from either institution as she was bit by the acting bug. In lieu of a college degree, Morton decided to join the Chicago theater scene. 

Through her theater career, Morton was nominated two times for a Tony Award for Best Actress in the shows August: Osage County and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 

Some other popular theater productions Morton appeared in have been Clybourne ParkAmerican BuffaloDublin CarolThe PillowmanLove-Lies-Bleeding, and Awake Sing. Along with her impressive theater career, Morton has also made a name for herself in both film and television. 

Amy Morton’s impressive resume 

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Morton made her debut film appearance as a supporting actress in the 1992 film, Straight Talk. The film was a comedy that starred Dolly Parton. In 1993, Morton earned her first leading role in the film, Rookie of the Year. Morton played the mother of the lead role of the film.

This baseball sports comedy film grossed more than $56 million worldwide. Morton also landed main roles in the films Up in the Air, The Dilemma, and Bluebird. However, Morton hasn’t acted in a film since 2013. Rather than focusing on films, Morton has set her sights on television roles over the last several years. 

It was in 1983 that Morton made her first appearance as a television actress. Over the years, she has earned recurring roles on popular television shows like ERPrivate Practice, Homeland, and Blue Bloods.

In 2014, Morton earned a recurring role as Sergeant Trudy Platt on the first season of Chicago P.D. Morton’s character became a series regular after the first season, giving Morton her first main role in a television series. 

Landing a gig on a popular police drama 

Morton has now been a series regular on Chicago P.D. for the last five years. Morton’s character, Sergeant Trudy Platt, serves as the desk sergeant at District 21. This job means she is the immediate superior of the district’s patrol officers. Sergeant Platt has served the Chicago Police Department since the 1980s.

Previous to being the desk sergeant, Platt was a training officer on the show. Overall, Morton’s character is known for her sarcasm and deadpan humor. The character sometimes comes off as cold or heartless. However, longtime fans of Chicago P.D. know that Platt deeply cares about her fellow officers and those under her command. 

Along with her working relationships, Sergeant Platt has had quite a few love interests on the show. While she dates quite a few different characters in the early seasons of the show, Platt eventually settles down in 2016 with the Chicago Fire character, Randy “Mouch” McHolland.

Through this marriage, Morton’s character has made quite a few crossover appearances on Chicago Fire. The character has also made an appearance on both Chicago Med and Chicago Justice.

The future looks promising for NBC’s Chicago franchises, making it appear that Morton has a long future ahead of herself, portraying the character of Sergeant Trudy Platt.