Emily Swallow

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Emily Swallow
Born (1979-12-18) December 18, 1979 (age 43)
EducationUniversity of Virginia (BA)
New York University (MFA)
Years active2006–present
(m. 2018)

Emily Swallow (born December 18, 1979) is an American actress. She is best known for her roles as Kim Fischer on The Mentalist and as Amara / The Darkness in the 11th season of Supernatural. She also appears as The Armorer in the Star Wars series The Mandalorian and had a minor role as Emily in the video game The Last of Us Part II.

Early life[edit]

Swallow was born on December 18, 1979, in Washington, D.C. She grew up in Sterling, Virginia and Jacksonville, Florida.[1] While at Stanton College Preparatory School in Jacksonville, she began acting in various college, amateur, and professional theatre productions.[2] She graduated in 2001 with a BA in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Virginia,[3] and then studied for an MFA in Acting from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.[1]


Swallow started her career in Broadway theatre, where she performed in various productions, including High Fidelity, King Lear, The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Guthrie Theater, Much Ado About Nothing for Shakespeare in the Park, and the world-premiere of off-Broadway shows Romantic Poetry and Measure for Pleasure.

In 2008, Swallow made her film debut in the military drama The Lucky Ones. She starred in world premieres of Donald Margulies' play The Country House at Los Angeles' Geffen Playhouse, opposite Mark Rylance in Louis Jenkins' play Nice Fish at the Guthrie Theatre,[citation needed] and in John Patrick Shanley's musical Romantic Poetry at Manhattan Theater Club.[citation needed] She won the Falstaff Award for best Female Performer in 2010 for her performance as Kate in The Taming of the Shrew.[4]

In 2012, Swallow and fellow singer/comedian Jac Huberman created a stage show called Jac N Swallow, which they performed in New York at the Laurie Beeckman Theater and Joe's Pub.[5] The show centers on the comic misadventures of the duo as they navigate very different life challenges with varying degrees of sanity and dignity. They are developing a series based on the characters.[citation needed] In 2013 she collaborated with Mark Rylance and poet Louis Jenkins on the world premiere of Nice Fish at the Guthrie Theater.[1][2] In 2016 she was cast in the Center Theatre Group's production of Ayad Akhtar's Disgraced.[6]

Swallow's first television role was in Guiding Light, and she later played parts in Southland, Ringer, The Good Wife, NCIS, Flight of the Conchords, Medium, as series regular Dr. Michelle Robidaux on TNT's medical drama Monday Mornings[2] and Rizzoli & Isles.[1] She had a starring role in The Mentalist as FBI agent Kim Fischer.[1][7] In 2015 she was cast in the eleventh season of Supernatural as the new character Amara, "the Darkness".[8]

Starting in 2022 she took on the role of Armorer in the Star Wars series The Mandalorian as the leader of the traditionalist Mandalorians. Her face has not been seen in the series as the traditionalists never remove their helmets in view of others. The character has been increasingly seen in Season 3 as the story line focuses more on the entire Mandalorian race and not just the Mandalorian.

Personal life[edit]

Swallow married actor Chad Kimball on August 26, 2018.[9]



Year Title Role Notes
2008 The Lucky Ones Brandi
2010 The Odds Becca Facelli Television film
2018 Forget Me Not Mother Short film
2020 Haunting of the Mary Celeste Rachel


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Guiding Light Regina 1 episode
2007 Jericho Nurse Episode: "Why We Fight"
2007 Flight of the Conchords Becky Episode: "What Goes on Tour?"
2007 Journeyman Security Chief Episode: "The Hanged Man"
2009–2010 Southland Dina Clarke 5 episodes
2009 Medium Erica Duvall Episode: "New Terrain"
2009 NCIS Darlene Kelp Episode: "Child's Play"
2011 The Good Wife Mandy Cox Episode: "The Death Zone"
2011 Ringer Detective Elizabeth Saldana 3 episodes
2013 Ironside Tabitha Gates Episode: "Hell on Wheels"
2013 Monday Mornings Dr. Michelle Robidaux 9 episodes
2013 Rizzoli & Isles Elizabeth Keating Episode: "Build for Speed"
2013–2014 The Mentalist Kim Fischer 14 episodes
2015 Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce Carla 2 episodes
2015 Beauty & the Beast Mrs. Zalman Episode: "Heart of the Matter"
Supernatural Amara / The Darkness 14 episodes
2016 How to Get Away with Murder Lisa Cameron 3 episodes
2016 Adoptable Lisa Crane / Lisa Fishman 6 episodes
2017 Man with a Plan Doctor Knox Episode: "Doctor No"
2017, 2021 Castlevania Lisa Ţepeş (voice) 4 episodes
2018 Timeless Bathsheba Pope Episode: "The Salem Witch Hunt"
2018 Dealbreakers Maggie Episode: "The Yogi"
2019 Bull AUSA Audrey Valdez Episode: "The Good One"
2019 Elementary Bree Novacek Episode: "From Russia with Drugs"
2019 Instinct Allyson Randolph Episode: "Grey Matter"
2019–2020 SEAL Team Natalie Pierce 19 episodes (Season 3)
2019, 2023 The Mandalorian The Armorer 6 episodes
2022 The Book of Boba Fett The Armorer Episode: "Chapter 5: Return of the Mandalorian"
2023 S.W.A.T. Detective Ramona Quinn Episode 10 (Season 6)

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2015 The Order: 1886 Additional Voices
2020 The Last of Us Part II Emily


  1. ^ a b c d e "Emily Swallow". CBS. Archived from the original on 5 March 2014. Retrieved 4 March 2014.
  2. ^ a b c Patton, Charlie (June 27, 2013). "Decorated cast will read 'Steel Magnolias' at Theatre Jax on Saturday". The Florida Times-Union. Retrieved 4 March 2014.
  3. ^ McAlister, Nancy (April 19, 2001). "Careers for Jacksonville hopefuls at a healthy stage". Florida Times Union. Retrieved 4 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Falstaff Awards 2010". Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  5. ^ "JAC 'N SWALLOW". Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  6. ^ Devore, Kim (May 26, 2016). "Malibu Seen: Curtain Call". Malibu Times. Retrieved May 27, 2016.
  7. ^ Richenthall, Matt (November 15, 2013). "Emily Swallow Upped to Series Regular on The Mentalist". TV Fanatic. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
  8. ^ Ausiello, Michael (July 20, 2015). "Supernatural Season 11: The Mentalist's Emily Swallow Joins Cast as 'Sinister' and 'Seductive' Femme Fatale". TVLine.
  9. ^ "Come From Away Star Chad Kimball & Stage Alum Emily Swallow Announce Marriage". Broadway.com.

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