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Acker at the Wizard World Toronto in 2012
|Born||Amy Louise Acker
December 5, 1976
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||James Carpinello (m. 2003)|
Amy Louise Acker (born December 5, 1976) is an American actress. She played Winifred Burkle and Illyria on the TV series Angel and Kelly Peyton on Alias. She currently plays Samantha "Root" Groves on Person of Interest, having become a series regular in the show's third season.
Acker was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, 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 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 2nd - 5th seasons of Angel, and also as the character of Illyria for part of the show's 5th and final season. She won the 2003 Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television for her portrayal.
She joined the cast of Alias in 2005 for its final season, playing villainess Kelly Peyton. Acker graduated from guest star to fully credited cast member as the show entered the final episodes in April and May 2006. Also in 2005, Acker provided voice acting for the character of Huntress on the animated series Justice League Unlimited. She went on to make a guest appearance on How I Met Your Mother, in which she was reunited with Angel co-star, Alexis Denisof (the real-life husband of HIMYM star Alyson Hannigan), 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. That same year, 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. In 2012, she made guest performances in Warehouse 13, Once Upon A Time, and Grimm. In 2012, she starred as Beatrice in Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing.
Acker appeared in the sitcom Husbands 's third season as Claudia, the ex-fiancée of Brady Kelly who unexpectedly shows up. In March 2014, Acker was cast as Audrey, a former lover to Phil Coulson in an episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..
|2000||The Energy Specialist||Claire|
|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, Voices||Ellie Daly||TV film|
|2008||Fire and Ice: The Dragon Chronicles||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||Wendy 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 Unlimited||Huntress/Helena Bertinelli||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"|
|2009–2010||Dollhouse||Dr. Claire Saunders (Whiskey)||14 episodes|
|2010||Human Target||Katherine Walters||Episode: "Christopher Chance"|
|2010||Good Wife, TheThe 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–present||Person of Interest||Root/Samantha Groves||5 episodes in season 1-2, series regular in season 3|
|2013||Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated||Nova||4 episodes|
|2014||Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.||Audrey Nathan, the Cellist||1 episode|
Awards and nominations
|2002||Saturn Award||Cinescape Genre Face of the Future - Female||Angel||Nominated|
|2003||Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series||Nominated|
|2004||Satellite Award||Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Drama||Nominated|
|2005||Saturn Award||Best Supporting Actress on Television||Nominated|
|2014||Indie Series Award||Best Guest Star - Comedy||Husbands||Won|
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- "The Brothers Gililland of Missouri:Information about Amy Louise ACKER". Retrieved 27 October 2014.
- 'Happy Town' star Amy Acker first caught acting bug while growing up in Dallas by Kurt Anthony Krug. The Dallas Morning News, April 27, 2010; retrieved May 2, 2010.
- Angel Vet Moves into Whedon's Dollhouse!" TV Guide. April 17, 2008. Retrieved on April 17, 2008.
- Ng, Philiana (July 5, 2013), Amy Acker to Guest Star on 'Husbands' (Exclusive), hollywoodreporter.com, retrieved July 6, 2013
- Arbams, Natalie. "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Exclusive: Amy Acker to Play Famous Role from Coulson's Past". TV Guide. Retrieved March 26, 2014.
- "Alias's Amy Acker, Husband Have a Girl", People Magazine, September 7, 2006.
- Webb Mitovich, Matt (July 20, 2013). "Person of Interest: Amy Acker Now Series Regular". TVLine. Retrieved August 14, 2013.
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