Christina Hendricks, 35, is the Tennessee born actress best known for her role as Joan Holloway in the AMC cable television series Mad Men, and as Saffron in Fox's short-lived series Firefly. Hendricks was named "the sexiest woman in the world" in 2010 in a poll of female readers taken by Esquire magazine. According to Wikipedia, Christina is known for her "distinctive acting, sometimes bawdy humor, and voluptuous figure."
Hendricks was born in Knoxville and raised in Twin Falls, Idaho, where she began her acting career with Junior Musical Playhouse Company. In 1989 her family moved to Fairfax, Virginia, where Hendricks appeared in several Fairfax High School plays and local community theater.
In her best-known role -- Joan Holloway on the award winning Mad Men -- Hendricks' character is the office manager of advertising agency, providing mentoring to a group of women who must deal with the come-ons and callousness of professional advertising executives.
She is set to appear in a new action-thriller called Drive. She will star alongside Carey Mulligan and Ryan Gosling.
In July 2010 Hendricks' hourglass figure was highlighted as a positive influence for women by UK Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone who said "Christina Hendricks is absolutely fabulous...We need more of these role models.
Hendricks commented in September 2010 that the media is too focused on women's bodies and not their actual talents. "I was working my butt off on the show (Mad Men) and then all anyone was talking about was my body."
Sorry, Christina. We can't help it. It's in the genes.