Drea de Matteo, born January 19, 1972 in Queens, New York, is an American actress who plays the role of Wendy Case on the FX original series Sons of Anarchy. Making her debut in the series' premiere episode, "Pilot", in the series' first season, Drea plays the role of Jax Teller's ex-wife. Playing a recurring role through the series' first, fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh seasons, she was the mother of Jax's first son, Abel, and was last see on the episode "Papa's Goods" in the series' seventh, and final, season.
Andrea Donna de Matteo, called Drea (pronounced "dray"), was born on January 19, 1972 in Queens, New York, into an affluent family, the youngest of three children and the only girl. De Matteo's father is a furniture manufacturer and her mother, Donna, is a playwright and teaches playwriting at HB Studio in New York. Drea spent her early childhood in Queens, and the family then moved to the Upper East Side in Manhattan, into Aretha Franklin's former townhouse.