Preston in April 2009
June 21, 1967 |
Macon, Georgia, U.S.
|Education||University of Evansville (BFA 1990), Juilliard School (Diploma 1994)|
|Occupation||Actress, director, producer|
|Spouse(s)||Michael Emerson (1998–present)|
Carrie Preston (born June 21, 1967) is an American film and television actress, producer and director. Her husband is actor Michael Emerson, and her brother is actor John G. Preston. She is known for her work on True Blood and The Good Wife.
Early life and education 
Preston was born and raised in Macon, Georgia, by her mother, an artist and art therapist, and her father, a geo-technical engineer. A young Carrie Preston discovered her true calling in performing arts. She began performing in community theater shows at age 8, and by age 12 she had begun her own front-yard theater company with other neighborhood kids.
Preston has worked with her husband, actor Michael Emerson, on a number of projects. Emerson played Ben Linus on television's Lost, and Preston was a guest star in episode 20 of season 3, The Man Behind the Curtain as Ben's mother Emily in flashback scenes, though she and Emerson never shared scenes together. The couple was featured in the 2004 comedy film Straight-Jacket and the 2008 feature film, Ready? OK!. Most recently, she has appeared in several episodes of Person of Interest as Grace Hendricks, the former fiancée of Emerson's character, Harold Finch.
On July 31, 2010, Carrie Preston and her husband, Michael Emerson, read A. R. Gurney's Love Letters, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, at the Charleston Stage. They performed it as a fundraiser for the South Carolina's theatre. The reading was followed by a brief "Question and Answer" session.
Since 2010, she has played the recurring character of Elsbeth Tascioni in The Good Wife.
|1985||Just a Friend||Mint Jennifer|
|1997||Norville and Trudy||Mandy Newhouse|
|1997||The Journey||Laura Singh|
|1997||For Richer or Poorer||Rebecca Yoder|
|1998||Mercury Rising||Emily Lang|
|1999||Cradle Will Rock||VTA - Adminstrator|
|2000||The Legend of Bagger Vance||Idalyn Greaves|
|2004||Straight Jacket||Sally Stone|
|2004||The Stepford Wives||Barbara|
|2007||Lovely by Surprise||Marian|
|2008||Ready? OK!||Andy Dowd|
|2008||Vicky Cristina Barcelona||Sally|
|2009||That Evening Sun||Ludie Choat|
|2011||The Carrier||Sister (voice)||Short film|
|2011||A Bag of Hammers||Lynette|
|2012||Who's Afraid of Vagina Wolf?||Chloe||Post-production|
|1996||Cutty Whitman||Sheriff||TV film|
|1997||Union Square||Jester||Episode: "Michael's First Stand"|
|1998||Five Houses||TV film|
|1998||Significant Others||Patti Pasternak||Episode: "My Left Kidney"|
|1998||Grace & Glorie||Charlene Stiles||TV film|
|1999||Spin City||Gayle||Episode: "Carter & Stuart & Bennett & Deirdre"|
|1999||Sex and the City||Madeline Dunn||Episode: "The Chicken Dance"|
|2003||Good Morning, Miami||Kiera||Episode: "The Slow and the Furious"|
|2003||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Megan Colby||Episode: "Zoonotic"|
|2004||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Doreen Whitlock||Episode: "Magnificat"|
|2004||Wonderfalls||Sister Katrina||Episode: "Wound-Up Penguin"|
|2004||Hope & Faith||Sally Jones||Episode: "Queer as Hope"|
|2005||Numb3rs||Vicky Sites||Episode: "Dirty Bomb"|
|2005||The Inside||Kelly Comack||Episode: "Pre-Filer"|
|2006||Arrested Development||Jan Eagleman||Episode: "Fakin' It"|
|2006||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Lena Copeland||Episode: "Bedfellows"|
|2007||Lost||Emily Linus||Episode: "The Man Behind the Curtain"|
|2007||Desperate Housewives||Lucy||Episode: "You Can't Judge a Book by Its Cover"|
|2008–2012||True Blood||Arlene Fowler||Main role (61 episodes)|
|2009||Private Practice||Miss Pierce||Episode: "Do the Right Thing"|
|2010–2013||The Good Wife||Elsbeth Tascioni||Recurring role (7 episodes)|
|2011||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Bella Zane||Episode: "Educated Guess"|
|2012||Royal Pains||Jackie Van Ark||Episode: "Hurts Like a Mother"|
|2012||Person of Interest||Grace Hendricks||Episodes: "No Good Deed", "The High Road", "Til Death"|
|1997||Antony and Cleopatra||Octavia||The Public Theater|
|2000||Straight Jacket||Sally||Playhouse 91|
|2000||She Stoops to Conquer||Kate Hardcastle||Center Stage|
|2001||Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?||Honey||Guthrie Theater|
|2001||Chaucer in Rome||Sarah||Lincoln Center|
|2002||Boys and Girls||Shelly||Duke on 42nd Street|
|2002||No Foreigners Beyond This Point||Paula Wheaton||Center Stage|
|2005||Cycling Past the Matterhorn||Amy||Clurman Theatre|
|2005||Hamlet||Ophelia||McCarter Theatre Center|
|2008||Esther Demsac||Reluctant Nanny||NY Theatre Workshop's 4th Street Theatre|
|2010||Love Letters||Melissa Gardner||Charleston Stage|
Other works 
|2005||29th and Gay||Director, executive producer, editor|
|2007||Feet of Clay||Director, executive producer|
|2008||Ready? OK!||Executive producer|
|2012||That's What She Said||Director, producer|
- Carrie Preston at the Internet Movie Database
- "About Carrie Preston". CarriePreston.com. Retrieved April 4, 2012.
- "Carrie Preston". TV Guide. Retrieved April 4, 2012.
- "Alumni News". The Juilliard School. May 2008.
- "Daisy 3 Pictures News". Daisy 3 Pictures. January 2007. Archived from the original on 2009-01-06. Retrieved January 15, 2013.
- Eramo, Steven. Actress Goes Through Transformation on "True Blood", Newsarama.com, November 7, 2008. Retrieved June 25, 2011.
- "Filmography by TV series for Elsbeth Tascioni (Character) from "The Good Wife" (2009)". Retrieved January 15, 2013.
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