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The Chicago P.D. Star You Likely Didn't Know Has Two Tony Nominations

The worlds of the Chicago Police Department and the bright lights of Broadway don't intersect that often. So, it might not have occurred to you, unless you're an aficionado of the American stage who simultaneously tunes into "Chicago P.D." every week, that one of the stars of Dick Wolf's hit police procedural has also earned two Tony nominations for their work in that hallowed medium. But, acting is acting, and just because you can't picture a character from a network TV show being an acclaimed and respected theater actor doesn't mean that the actor portraying that character doesn't have a long list of theater credits, and even (as in this case), a couple of prestigious nominations to show for it.

So, which "Chicago P.D." stalwart has been nominated not just once but twice for their work on Broadway? Read on to find out, as long as you're not concerned that the information might change the way you look at their character in the series.

Amy Morton, better known as Sergeant Trudy Pratt, is also an accomplished stage actor and director

If you're a fan of "Chicago P.D." you know Amy Morton as the delightfully sarcastic desk sergeant Trudy Platt. Morton was a recurring character on Season 1 of the show before being promoted to the main cast from Season 2 onward, where she remains to this day. But that's really more of a day job for Morton, who is also a highly accomplished stage actor, with (among other things), two Tony Award nominations to her name.

As you can see on Morton's Broadway World Tony Awards listing, both of her nominations were for best performance by an actress in a leading role in a play. The first nomination came in 2008, for Morton's performance in "August: Osage County" by Tracy Letts, while the second came in 2013 for her leading role in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" by Edward Albee.

An Illinois native, Norton has also been recognized for her acting onstage in Chicago. She has worked with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago and is currently listed as having more than 30 directorial and performance credits with the company.

Clearly, there's a lot more to Amy Morton than her "Chicago P.D." role!