Kim Dickens was first seen in the 1995 crime comedy film ‘Palookaville’ where she played the role of ‘Laurie.’ The film received mostly positive reviews from critics. In 1997, she starred as ‘Addy Monroe’ in the American neo-noir film ‘Truth or Consequences, N.M.’ directed by Kiefer Sutherland. The film earned a 38% approval score on Rotten Tomatoes. She next appeared in films like ‘Zero Effect’ (1998), ‘Great Expectations’ (1998), ‘Mercury Rising’ (1998), ‘The White River Kid’ (1999), and ‘Committed’ (2000). The year 2000 saw the release of the science fiction horror film ‘Hollow Man’ where Dicken portrayed Sarah Kennedy. The film was largely panned by critics but despite this, was a commercial success and grossed over $190.2 million on a $95 million budget. Dickens also received a Blockbuster Entertainment Award nomination for her performance in the film. She went on to receive an Independent Spirit Award nomination for her portrayal of Sherry in the 2001 Allison Anders-directed film ‘Things Behind the Sun.’ The film garnered praise from critics, earning an amazing 100% approval score on Rotten Tomatoes. In 2003, she played the role of ‘Carol Burdon’ in the American psychological drama film, ‘House of Sand and Fog’ directed by Vadim Perelman. The film received a positive response from critics but due to a limited release, it only managed to gross over $16.9 million on a $16.5 million budget.
In 2004, she joined the cast of the American Western television series ‘Deadwood’ created by David Milch. She played the role of ‘Joanie Stubbs’ and remained a part of the series until it went off-air in 2006. She continued to appear in television series like ‘Numb3rs’ (2006), ‘Lost’ (2006-2009), ‘Friday Night Lights’ (2008-2009), ‘FlashForward’ (2009), ‘Treme’ (2010-2013), ‘Sons of Anarchy’ (2013-2014), and ‘House of Cards’ (2015-2017). In 2015, she starred as ‘Madison Clark’ in the American post-apocalyptic horror drama television series ‘Fear the Walking Dead.’ She remained a part of the series until 2018 but made a return to the show in 2022. She was last seen in the 2022 American science fiction romance film ‘The In Between’ directed by Arie Posin. The film received a mixed response from critics.