Emily Bergl

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Emily Bergl
Born Anne Emily Bergl
(1975-04-25) 25 April 1975 (age 42)
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), Tammi Bryant on the TNT drama series Southland (2009–2013) and Sammi Slott in Shameless (2014–2015). 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 stopped speaking with an English accent after moving to Glenview, Illinois with her family when she was a child. She attended Glenbrook South High School and Grinnell College, where she was the lead in several school productions.[3] She graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and theatre.[3] 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.[3] 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.[4]


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:

A later article elaborated on her cabaret acts.[6]



Year Title Role Notes
1999 Rage: Carrie 2, TheThe Rage: Carrie 2 Rachel Lang
2000 Chasing Sleep Sadie
2001 Happy Campers Talia
2003 Final Draft Helga
2006 Hard Easy, TheThe Hard Easy Natalie
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 & Jasmine's Friend


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Wasteland Corie "Indian Summer"
2000 NYPD Blue Anya Weiss "Welcome to New York"
2000 ER Gloria Milton "May Day"
2001–2003 Gilmore Girls Francie Jarvis Guest (Season 2)
Recurring (Season 3): 4 episodes
2002 Taken Lisa Clarke (adult) TV miniseries
2003 Wild Thornberrys, TheThe Wild Thornberrys Lisa Soderblom (voice) "Look Who's Squawking"
2003 Star Trek: Enterprise Bethany "North Star"
2004 CSI: Miami Melanie Hines "Blood Moon"
2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Alice "Vacancy"
2006–2008 Men in Trees Annie O'Donnell Main role
2008 Governor's Wife, TheThe Governor's Wife Dr. Heather McManus TV film
2009 Medium Victoria "Things to Do in Phoenix When You're Dead"
2009 Good Wife, TheThe Good Wife Bree "Conjugal", "Unorthodox"
2009–2013 Southland Tammi Byrant Recurring role
2010 Grey's Anatomy Trisha "Shiny Happy People"
2010–2012 Desperate Housewives Beth Young Recurring role
2011 Royal Pains Nola Cadeau "The Shaw/Hank Redemption", "A Man Called Grandpa"
2011 Hawaii Five-0 Rhea Carver "Ua Lawe Wale"
2012 Mentalist, TheThe Mentalist Ms. Austin "Something Rotten in Redmund"
2013 Warehouse 13 Autumn Radnor "Parks and Rehabilitation"
2014 Elementary Marion West "Art in the Blood"
2014 Knick, TheThe Knick Mrs. Hemming "Mr. Paris Shoes", "The Busy Flea", "Where's the Dignity"
2014–2015 Shameless Sammi Slott Regular role
2015 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Judith Briggs "December Solstice"
2015 Scandal Janet Beene "Put a Ring on It"
2016 American Crime Lilah Tanner Recurring role
2016 Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Francie Jarvis "Spring"


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. ^ a b c Kilian, Michael (15 March 1999). "Something Of An Outsider: Like Her Character `Carrie,' North Shore's Emily Bergl Didn't Fit In". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 27 July 2017. 
  4. ^ "Desperate Housewives" Exclusive: "Trees" Charmer to Play Paul's Bride![permanent dead link], Entertainment Weekly, 22 July 2010
  5. ^ Holden, Stephen (1 September 2011). "A Harlow for the New Era". New York Times. Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  6. ^ Holden, Stephen (28 September 2012). "Cabaret, and a Convention, Enter a New Era". New York Times. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 

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