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
Website
www.emilyberglofficial.com

Emily Bergl[1] (born Anne Emily Bergl, 25 April 1975) is an English-American actress. She is best known for her role as Rachel Lang in the supernatural horror 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.

Career[edit]

Acting[edit]

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]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 The Rage: Carrie 2 Rachel Lang
2000 Chasing Sleep Sadie Direct to-DVD
2001 Happy Campers Talia
2006 Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus Allan's New Assistant
2006 The Hard Easy Natalie
2007 Final Draft Helga
2008 The Governor's Wife Dr. Heather McManus TV Movie
2009 Get the Dime Kristy Short Film
2009 Date Blind Susan Short Film
2012 Grassroots Theresa Glendon
2013 Eva Eva Short Film
2013 I Know What I'm Doing June Bennett
2013 Blue Jasmine Hal and Jasmine's friend

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Wasteland Corie Episode: Indian Summer
2000 NYPD Blue Anya Weiss Episode: Welcome to New York
2000 ER Gloria Milton Episode: May Day
2001 Providence 3 Episodes
2002 Taken Lisa Clarke - Adult 5 episodes
2001-2003 Gilmore Girls Francie Jarvis 4 episodes
2003 The Wild Thornberrys Lisa Soderblom Episode: Look Who's Squawking
2003 Star Trek: Enterprise Bethany Episode: North Star
2004 CSI: Miami Melanie Hines Episode: Blood Moon
2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Alice Episode: Vacancy
2006-2008 Men in Trees Annie O'Donnell 36 episodes
2009 Medium Victoria Episode: Things to Do in Phoenix When You're Dead
2009 The Good Wife Bree 2 episodes
2010 Grey's Anatomy Trisha Episode: Shiny Happy People
2011 Royal Pains Nola Cadeau 2 Episodes
2011 Hawaii Five-0 Rhea Carver Episode: Ua Lawe Wale
2012 The Mentalist Ms. Austin Episode: Something Rotten in Redmund
2010-2012 Desperate Housewives Beth Young 14 episodes
2009-2013 Southland Tammi Bryant 16 episodes
2013 Warehouse 13 Autumn Radnor Episode: Parks and Rehabilitation
2014 Shameless Sammi 10 episodes
2014 Elementary Marion Episode: Art in the Blood
2014 The Knick Mrs. Hemming 3 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.

References[edit]

  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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