Amy Morton’s birthday: Why we love Chicago PD’s Trudy Platt

CHICAGO P.D. -- Season: 5 -- Pictured: Amy Morton as Sgt. Trudy Platt -- (Photo by: James Dimmock/NBC)
CHICAGO P.D. -- Season: 5 -- Pictured: Amy Morton as Sgt. Trudy Platt -- (Photo by: James Dimmock/NBC) /

Monday is the birthday of Chicago PD star Amy Morton, so we’re looking back at why we love her and her character, the no-nonsense Sergeant Trudy Platt.

Today we’re saying happy birthday to Chicago PD‘s own Amy Morton, whose Trudy Platt is a fan favorite for a number of reasons—first and foremost because she doesn’t mess around.

Sergeant Trudy Platt holds down the desk at the District. While everyone else is upstairs in the Intelligence Unit closing cases, Platt keeps things moving on the ground floor and is the first line of defense against anything crazy that might come through the door.

As one of the most experienced officers in the Chicago PD ensemble, she brings both wisdom and deadpan wit to the proceedings.

And as one of the most experienced actors in the One Chicago universe, Amy Morton should be considered a fandom treasure, because she’s just as remarkable as the character she plays.

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It’s hard to believe that Trudy Platt was originally a recurring character on Chicago PD; it wasn’t until the second season that she was made a series regular. Why wouldn’t you want her around every week with all that Amy Morton brings to the table?

Whether it’s comedy or drama, on her own show or when she pops up on somebody else’s, Morton is a true professional who usually steals a scene or two along the way.

We’ve yet to see a Platt-centric episode in Chicago PD season 5, but last season brought us the jaw-dropping episode “All Cylinders Firing” where Amy Morton channeled her inner Linda Hamilton after Platt was attacked and her father murdered.

She wouldn’t stay in the hospital while the killer was out there, but as badass as she was, she was also heartbreakingly vulnerable when the emotion of the situation finally caught up with her:

What’s really great about Trudy Platt is how she has close relationships with several characters and all of them are different. Trudy’s crossover marriage to Chicago Fire‘s Mouch (Christian Stolte) is one of our favorite ships, because they can be hilariously funny, but they’re also totally not what you normally see from ships on TV. They’re the perfect cantankerous marriage.

There’s also Platt’s “oil and water” dynamic with Kim Burgess (Marina Squerciati), where bubbly Burgess totally looks up to Platt, who is driven slowly crazy by Burgess’s personality but secretly respects her, too. And of course, Platt’s longstanding friendship with Hank Voight (Jason Beghe) as the metaphorical mother and father of the Intelligence Unit.

All of these relationships bring something different to Chicago PD, and Amy Morton is able to play all these different dynamics. That’s not counting the numerous storylines we’ve seen where Platt helps a victim, or child, or other person in need that comes through her door. She does an awful lot and we don’t always see all of it. But we see enough to know that Amy Morton is amazing, and we are very lucky to have her.

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Join us in wishing Amy Morton a happy birthday in the comments, then don’t miss her as Trudy Platt when Chicago PD returns on Wednesday!

Chicago PD airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on NBC.