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Acker at a signing in Santa Barbara, California, 2010
|Born||Amy Louise Acker
December 5, 1976
Dallas, Texas, United States
|Spouse(s)||James Carpinello (m. 2003)|
|www.amyackeronline.com (not currently maintained)|
Amy Louise Acker (born December 5, 1976) is an American actress. She is best known for her roles on the television series Angel as Winifred Burkle and Illyria, and on Alias as Kelly Peyton. She is also known for her role as Dr. Claire Saunders on Dollhouse and as Samantha "Root" Groves on Person of Interest.
Early life 
Acker was born and raised in Dallas, to a homemaker mother and a lawyer father. She graduated from Lake Highlands High School in Dallas. She subsequently earned a bachelor's degree in theater from Southern Methodist University.
In her junior year of college, Acker modeled for J. Crew's catalog. In 1999, she was nominated for a Leon Rabin award for "Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role" for her performance in the play Thérèse Raquin. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in the same year. She worked as a stage actress for several seasons, including a stint at American Players Theatre in Spring Green, Wisconsin.
Acker made her major television debut when she starred as Winifred "Fred" Burkle on the second through fifth seasons of Angel and also as the character of Illyria for part of the show's fifth and final season. She won the 2003 Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television for her portrayal.
In 2005, she joined the cast of Alias for its final season, playing the villainous character Kelly Peyton. Acker graduated from guest star to fully credited cast member as the show entered the final episodes in April and May 2006.
Acker guest starred on fellow Buffyverse actress Alyson Hannigan's show How I Met Your Mother, in which she was reunited with Angel co-star Alexis Denisof (Hannigan's real-life husband), who had a recurring role on the show.
In 2010, she was a series regular in the ABC drama Happy Town, portraying the character Rachel Conroy. Also in 2010, she starred in the season-one finale of the Fox series Human Target, as the mysterious Katherine Walters. On May 25, 2010, she appeared on CBS's The Good Wife. She appeared in the horror movie The Cabin in the Woods, released April 13, 2012. She also portrayed Samantha "Root" Groves on CBS's Person of Interest in the season one finale cliffhanger and guest starred on multiple episodes on the subsequent season. Also in 2012, she revisited the science fiction and fantasy genres that had brought her to prominence, with guest performances in Warehouse 13, Once Upon A Time, and Grimm.
Personal life 
On April 25, 2003, Acker and actor James Carpinello were married in California. On January 22, 2005 she gave birth to a son, Jackson James Carpinello, and on September 1, 2006 to a daughter, Ava Grace.
|2002||Catch Me If You Can||Miggy|
|2003||Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt||Bonnie Lindsay||TV film|
|2005||Mr. Dramatic||Jodi||Short film|
|2006||The Novice||Jill Yarrut|
|2008||A Near Death Experience||Ellie Daly||TV film|
|2008||Fire & Ice||Princess Luisa||TV film|
|2009||21 and a Wake-Up||Caitlin Murphy|
|2011||Dear Santa||Crystal Carruthers||TV film|
|2012||The Cabin in the Woods||Lin|
|2012||Much Ado About Nothing||Beatrice|
|2013||The Energy Specialist||Claire||Post-production|
|1998||Wishbone||Catherine Morland||Episode: "Pup Fiction"|
|1999||To Serve and Protect||Melissa Jorgensen||Episode: "1.2"|
|1999||Wishbone||Priscilla||Episode: "A Bone of Contention"|
|1999||Wishbone||Venus||Episode: "A Roamin' Nose"|
|2001||Special Unit 2||Nancy||Episode: "The Invisible"|
|2001-2004||Angel||Winifred 'Fred' Burkle/Illyria||70 episodes
Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television
Nominated-Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress - Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated-Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television (2003, 2005)
|2005||Supernatural||Andrea Barr||Episode: "Dead in the Water"|
|2005-2006||Justice League||Various||4 episodes|
|2005-2006||Alias||Kelly Peyton||13 episodes|
|2006||How I Met Your Mother||Penelope||Episode: "Come On"|
|2007||Drive||Kathryn Tully||3 episodes|
|2007||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Leslie LeZard||Episode: "Smile"|
|2007||Ghost Whisperer||Tessa||Episode: "Weight of What Was"|
|2008||October Road||Girl in Blue Uniform||Episode: "Dancing Days Are Here Again"|
|2008||October Road||Jenny Bristol||Episode: "Hat? No Hat?"|
|2008||Private Practice||Molly Madison||Episode: "A Family Thing"|
|2010||Human Target||Katherine Walters||Episode: "Christopher Chance"|
|2010||The Good Wife||Trish Arkin||Episode: "Running"|
|2010||Happy Town||Rachel Conroy||8 episodes|
|2010||No Ordinary Family||Amanda Grayson||2 episodes|
|2011-2013||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Sandy Colfax||2 episodes|
|2012||Grimm||Lena Marcenko||Episode: "Tarantella"|
|2012||Once Upon a Time||Astrid/Nova||Episode: "Dreamy"|
|2012||Warehouse 13||Tracey||Episode: "The Ones You Love"|
|2012-2013||Person of Interest||Root/Samantha Groves||5 episodes|
|2013||Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated||Nova||4 episodes|
- "Amy Acker Biography (1976-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2012-05-29.
- 'Happy Town' star Amy Acker first caught acting bug while growing up in Dallas by Kurt Anthony Krug. The Dallas Morning News, 27 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-02.
- Angel Vet Moves into Whedon's Dollhouse!" TV Guide. April 17, 2008. Retrieved on April 17, 2008.
- Alias's Amy Acker, Husband Have a Girl, People Magazine, September 07, 2006
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