Dorothy-Marie "Dot" Jones, born January 4, 1964, is an American actress. She is a 15-time world and 6-time national arm-wrestling champion and has a recurring role as Sheldon Beiste on Glee since 2010.

Personal life

Jones was raised on a dairy farm in Hilmar, California.[1] She is the youngest out of six siblings:[2] three brothers (one named Jerry)[3] and three sisters (one named Carolyn).[3]

She went from 5 feet 6 to 6 feet 1 in the eighth grade and she was growing so quickly, Jones had to strengthen her muscles because she was sore all the time.[1] She competed — but didn't qualify — in shot put and discus in the Olympic Trials in 1988 and 1992. She holds 15 world arm-wrestling titles.[1] She attended Modesto Junior College and Fresno State, where she continued her involvement with sports, after high school. She earned a Scholarship in track which paid her way through junior college and university. She played softball and competed in shot put and powerlifting. She won All-America honors in shot put, both at junior college and university, was state champion in 1983 and 1984 and set the national record at the junior college level from 1983 to 1990.[4]

Jones worked as a four-year stint as a probation counselor at Fresno County Juvenile Hall, while continuing her involvement with sports.[1][4] She won 15 world arm wrestling championships, her first world title at age 19, before retiring because her shoulder is shot.[5]

Jones resides in Los Angeles, California with her partner, Bridgett Casteen, and her cats Squirrel and Doolin.[4][6] Jones and Casteen became engaged at Anaheim Gay Days in October 2013.[7] They got married on December 21, 2013 at their Los Angeles home.[8]


Jones, who had no intentions of acting, was discovered at a bodybuilding competition by Shirley Eson of American Gladiators fame. Eson urged Jones to audition for the Gladiators-like Knights and Warriors, and Jones got the part, becoming one of the few female warriors. Jones was also offered a position in professional wrestling, but turned it down because she claimed it was "too fakey."

Knights and Warriors only lasted one season, but Jones' acting career was just starting. She became a bit actor], playing small roles in several television series throughout the 1990s and 2000s and breaking into feature films in the late 1990s. While acting, she kept up her involvement with arm wrestling. In 1995, her biceps measured 171⁄2 in (44.45 cm).

Her first recurring role after Knights was as a character named "Dot" on the popular show Married... with Children in the mid-90s. She appeared in five episodes over two seasons. Jones' next break was on the kids show Lizzie McGuire as Coach Kelly. Since then, she has appeared in many other popular shows, such as Nip/Tuck, Desperate Housewives, and Prison Break.

Jones, being a fan of Glee and having worked with series co-creator Ryan Murphy on Nip/Tuck and Pretty/Handsome, asked co-executive producer Brad Falchuk during an encounter at a supermarket if she could be on the show.

She guest mentored on the third episode of The Glee Project, Vulnerability.

She has been nominated for "Outstanding Guest Actress" at the Emmy Awards for each year that she has been on Glee. In 2011, she lost the first award to Gwyneth Paltrow who was nominated for her role as Holly Holliday and lost the second to Kathy Bates who was nominated for "Ghost of Charlie Harper" on Two and a Half Men.


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Knights and Warriors Lady Battleaxe recurring role
1994 On Our Own Big Lucy ("Bonnie Is Really Clyde")
Full House Muscular Woman ("I've Got a Secret")
Married with Children Dot/Lola 1994 - 1995 (5 episodes)
1995 The Courtyard Lady Mover TV movie
Under Lock and Key Dot
Can't Hurry Love Cleo ("Glove Story")
1996 Night Stand Marta/Tiffany Plusco 1996/1997 ("Prison Babes" and "Leave Your Job or I'm Leaving You")
Boston Common Jocelyn ("The Finals Curtain")
In the House Dot ("Kindergarten Doc")
1997 The Naked Truth Sheila ("The Source")
Roseanne Black Widow ("Roseanne-Feld")
1998 Patch Adams Miss Meat
Cybill Suspect #5 ("Daddy")
Dharma & Greg Hey-19 ("Invasion of the Buddy Snatcher")
Tracey Takes On... Female Golfer ("Religion")
1999 The Boondock Saints Rosengurtle Baumgartener as Dorothy-Marie Jones
2000 One World Lunachick ("Crushed")
Strip Mall Suze ("Barry's Big Surprise")
Chicago Hope Death Angel ("Cold Hearts")
Love Her Madly Handy-woman
2001 Lizzie McGuire Coach Kelly 2001 - 2003 (5 episodes)
2002 She Spies Leon ("Perilyzed")
Stray Dogs Jolene Carter
2003 Birds of Prey Guard ("Gladiatrix")
Trash Mrs. Von Krupp TV movie
2004 My Wife and Kids Toni / Nurse Tiffany 2004 - 2005 ("Class Reunion," "The Return of Bobby Shaw," "The 'V' Story")
2005 Final Approach Amazon Lady video
2006 Reba Dot ("Let's Get Physical")
Material Girls Butch Brenda
Who Wants to Be a Superhero? Female Prisoner ("Episode #1.4")
Pepper Dennis McGee ("Pepper Dennis Behind Bars: Film at Eleven"
Cattle Call Bull Dyke #1
The Suite Life of Zack and Cody Gretel ("Bowling")
Pucked Wendy Delvecchio
The Enigma with a Stigma Bonnie The Bartender
2007 My Name Is Earl Letter Writer ("Frank's Girl")
Men in Trees Sapphire ("I Wood If I Could")
George Lopez The Inmate ("George's Mom Faces Hard Tambien" and "George's House Has Two Empty Wombs")
Murder 101: College Can Be Murder Desk Sergeant
The Naked Trucker and T-Bones Show Lesbian Baseball Player ("Demo Tape")
Nip/Tuck Tess 2007 - 2009 ("Dawn Budge II," "Allegra Caldarello," and "Giselle Blaylock & Legend Chandler")
2008 According to Jim Betty ("Cabin Boys")
iCarly Corrections Officer ("iChristmas")
Pretty/Handsome Mario Wallace TV movie
Quiet Please Muscle Woman short
Columbus Day Cop #1
2009 10 Things I Hate About You Cashier/Lunch Lady 2009 - 2010 ("You Can't Always Get What You Want" and "Meat Is Murder")
Prison Break: The Final Break Skittlez (as Dot Marie Jones) video
Prison Break Skittlez ("The Old Ball and Chain" and "Free")
Desperate Housewives Prison Guard ("Look Into Their Eyes and You See What They Know")
The Mentalist Airport Manager ("Carnelian, Inc.")
2010 Cougar Town Woman ("What Are You Doin' in My Life?")
Hawthorne ER Clerk/Dot Gardocki (5 episodes)
Venice the Series Nurse 2010 - 2012 (24 episodes)
Glee Shannon Beiste 2010 - 2015 (Season 2 - 5, recurring / Season 6, main)
2011 Hero Treatment Alice Glass
Bad Teacher Pill-Providing Lady uncredited
Death Inc. Miss Charlotte Happ short
2012 The Exes Woman #3 ("Sister Act")
The Penguins of Madagascar Supervisor Eubanks ("Smotherly Love/Littlefoot")
Are You There, Chelsea? Patty ("Pilot")
Have You Met Miss Jones? Miss Lolly as Dot Jones; short
Have You Met Miss Jones? Miss Lolly as Dot Jones; 2012 - 2013 (4 episodes)
2013 White T Thelma as Dot Jones
2014 Playing House Biker ("Bugs in Your Eyes")
Baby Daddy Masha ("An Affair Not to Remember")
The Millers Duke ("Movin' Out (Carol's Song)")
Muffin Top: A Love Story Christina as Dot Jones
Maybe Someday Ricki Ann
Clipped Dottie ("Mo's Ma")
Dropping the Soap Vivian ("Drama-Con")
2016 Manic Janice TV short
Jane the Virgin Magda's Friend ("Chapter Forty-Eight")
2 Broke Girls Big Reba ("And the 80's Movie")
The Faith Diaries Mickey ("The Faith Diaries: Week Two, Week Six and Week Seven")
I'm OK Mom completed
Days of Our Lives Chille December 5 - week of December 26


  • Dot Marie Jones attends the Fall Fox Eco-Casino night along with Glee castemate Jane Lynch.
  • Dot spins the wheel for charity at the Fall Fox Eco-Casino event 9-09-2013.
  • Dot Marie Jones at the Fall Fox Eco-Casino event September 2013
  • Dot with Trisha Stahl and wife Bridgett Jones
  • Dot with "Playing House" cast members, an upcoming show on USA network.
  • Dot with Journey's Steve Perry
  • Dot with wife Bridgett
  • Dot adn Romy at Glee's 100th episode celebration
  • Dot and Ryan at Glee's 100th episode celebration
  • Dot on the red carpet for Glee's 100th episode celebration
  • Dot, Iqbal, and Romy on the red carpet for Glee's 100th episode


  • She ships Brittana and Klaine. (See her Twitter page). Source.
  • She is a world-champion arm wrestler.
  • Her favorite band is Heart.
  • She eats real chicken on the show and the quantity depends on how many times they shoot the scene.
  • Her favorite Glee performance is Shake It Out.
  • She loves the Season Two Christmas episode with Heather the most. She says it's "so sweet!".[9]
  • She is the second Glee actor to have made an appearance on Days of Our Lives. She is preceeded by Charlotte Ross (Judy Fabray).


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