Emily Bergl

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Emily Bergl
Born Anne Emily Bergl
(1975-04-25) 25 April 1975 (age 39)
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 1999–present

Anne Emily Bergl[1] (born 25 April 1975) is an English-American film, stage and television actress. She is best known for her role as Rachel Lang on the film The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999), Annie O'Donnell on the ABC television show Men in Trees (2006–08), Beth Young on Desperate Housewives (2010–11) and Tammi Bryant on the TNT drama series Southland (2009–2013). She also performs as a cabaret singer.

Early life[edit]

Bergl was born in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England, to an Irish mother and an English architect father.[2] She lacks an English accent because she moved to Glenview, Illinois with her family when she was a child and attended Glenbrook South High School and Grinnell College, where she was the lead in several school productions. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1997 with a BA in English and Theatre. During her college years, she spent a semester (Spring 1996) studying with the National Theater Institute at The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. She has a brother.



Bergl's big break came with the lead role of Rachel Lang in the 1999 film, The Rage: Carrie 2, the sequel to the 1976 supernatural thriller Carrie. Much of her acting also takes place on television. Bergl has appeared in episodes of the TV shows Gilmore Girls, CSI: Miami, Medium, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, NYPD Blue, and Star Trek: Enterprise. She also appeared in the psychological thriller Chasing Sleep, opposite star Jeff Daniels. Bergl had a major role in the Steven Spielberg 2002 miniseries Taken.

Bergl had a significant co-starring role in the ABC series Men in Trees as Annie, an enthusiastic fan of the series' main character, relationship expert Marin Frist (Anne Heche). Annie travels to every event Marin appears at, and ends up in Elmo, Alaska with Marin. Annie stays in Elmo (as does Marin after she decides to re-evaluate her life), when she meets Patrick Bachelor (Derek Richardson), a local hotel desk clerk and radio DJ she knew through online chats about Marin's books.

Recently, Bergl played in Becky Shaw at Second Stage Theatre in New York in the beginning of 2009. As of the season's second episode Bergl played Paul Young's new wife, Beth, in the seventh season of Desperate Housewives.[3]

Cabaret singing[edit]

Since 2010, Bergl has performed a cabaret show called Kidding on the Square, which had a run in the summer of 2010 in Los Angeles and New York City, then later in Chicago. In September 2011, with the show in New York, the New York Times wrote of her performance:

"Emily Bergl, an incandescent kewpie doll with a bright Betty Boop-inflected chirp, a defiant flounce and a sharp comedic edge, took the Oak Room of the Algonquin Hotel by storm on Tuesday evening. Her sensational show, “Kidding on the Square” may have played elsewhere, but arriving at the staid Oak Room it felt like a gust of fresh air that could knock you off your feet.[4]"

A later article elaborated on her cabaret acts.[5]


Year Film/TV Role Other notes
1999 Wasteland Corie 1 episode, "Indian Summer"
1999 The Rage: Carrie 2 Rachel Lang Nominated ″Saturn Award″ Best Performance by a Younger Actress
2000 NYPD Blue Anya Weiss 1 episode, "Welcome to New York"
2000 ER Gloria Milton 1 episode, "May Day"
2000 Chasing Sleep Sadie Appeared topless in one scene
2001 Happy Campers Talia
2001 Providence 3 episodes, "Meet Joe Connelly", "Trial & Error" and "Rule Number One"
2002 Taken Lisa Clarke – Adult TV miniseries
(5 episodes, "Charlie and Lisa", "God's Equation", "Dropping the Dishes", "John" and "Taken")
Nominated ″Saturn Award″Best Performance by a Younger Actor/Actress
2003 Final Draft Helga
2001–2003 Gilmore Girls Francie Jarvis (4 episodes, "Like Mother, Like Daughter", "Haunted Leg",
"That'll Do, Pig" and "I Solemnly Swear")
2003 Star Trek: Enterprise Bethany 1 episode, "North Star"
2004 CSI: Miami Melanie Hines 1 episode, "Blood Moon"
2005 The Hard Easy Natalie
2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Alice 1 episode, "Vacancy"
2006 Fur Allan's New Assistant
2006–2008 Men in Trees Annie O'Donnell 36 episodes
2008 The Governor's Wife Dr. Heather McManus (TV film)
2009–2013 Southland Tammy Bryant
2009 Medium Victoria 1 Episode, "Things to do in Phoenix when you're dead".
2009 Date Blind Susan
2009 The Good Wife Bree 3 episodes
2010 Grey's Anatomy Trisha 1 episode, ″Shiny Happy People
2010–2012 Desperate Housewives Beth Young 13 episodes (special guest star) + 1 cameo
2011 Grassroots Theresa Glendon Post-production
2012 The Mentalist Ms Austin 1 episode
2013 Warehouse 13 Autumn 1 episode
2014 Shameless Sammi (Frank's daughter) 10 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

She was nominated in 2000 and 2003 for a Saturn Award by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films for Best Performance by a Younger Actor/Actress for The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999) and for Best Actress in a Television Series for Taken (2002), respectively.


  1. ^ Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England & Wales, 1916–2005.; at ancestry.com
  2. ^ Close-up – Movies, Dakota Fanning, Colorado – chicagotribune.com
  3. ^ "Desperate Housewives" Exclusive: "Trees" Charmer to Play Paul's Bride!, Entertainment Weekly, 22 July 2010
  4. ^ Holden, Stephen. "A Harlow for the New Era" New York Times, 1 September 2011. Accessed on September 1, 2011 at: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/01/arts/music/emily-bergl-at-the-oak-room-review.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha28
  5. ^ Holden, Stephen. "Cabaret, and a Convention, Enter a New Era". New York Times 28 September 2012. Accessed on 30 September 2012 at http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/30/arts/music/cabaret-and-a-convention-enter-new-era.html

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