Emily Swallow

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Emily Swallow
Born (1979-12-18) December 18, 1979 (age 38)
Occupation Actress
Years active 2006–present

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 eleventh season of Supernatural.


Swallow continues to act on stage whenever she can, starring 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, and in John Patrick Shanley's musical Romantic Poetry at Manhattan Theater Club. She is not tethered to any one genre and jumps from Shakespeare to musicals to contemporary comedy in shows on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and in LA and Minneapolis. She won the Falstaff Award for best Female Performer in 2010 for her performance as Kate in The Taming of the Shrew.

In 2012, Swallow and fellow singer/comedian Jac Huberman created a stage show called Jac N Swallow, which they perform in New York at the Laurie Beeckman Theater and Joe's Pub. 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.


Swallow was raised in Jacksonville, Florida.[1] While at Stanton College Preparatory School 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 a 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 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.[4]

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][5] In 2015 she was cast in the eleventh season of Supernatural as the new character Amara, "the Darkness".[6]

In 2013, Swallow took her first role in movies, in a yet-to-be-titled thriller directed by Shana Betz scheduled for release in 2014.[1][needs update]



Year Title Role Notes
2008 The Lucky Ones Brandi
2010 The Odds Becca Facelli Television film


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"
2015–2016 Supernatural Amara / The Darkness 12 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 Castlevania Lisa Tepes (voice) 3 episodes
2018 Timeless (TV series) Bathsheba Pope Episode: "The Salem Witch Hunt"

Video Games[edit]

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


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Emily Swallow". CBS. Archived from the original on 5 March 2014. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Charlie Patton (June 27, 2013). "Decorated cast will read 'Steel Magnolias' at Theatre Jax on Saturday". Florida Times Union. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Nancy McAlister (April 19, 2001). "Careers for Jacksonville hopefuls at a healthy stage". Florida Times Union. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Devore, Kim (2016-05-26). "Malibu Seen: Curtain Call". Malibu Times. Retrieved 2016-05-27. 
  5. ^ Richenthall, Matt (November 15, 2013). "Emily Swallow Upped to Series Regular on The Mentalist". TV Fanatic. Retrieved December 3, 2013. 
  6. ^ Ausiello, Michael (2015-07-20). "Supernatural Season 11: The Mentalist's Emily Swallow Joins Cast as 'Sinister' and 'Seductive' Femme Fatale". TVLine. 

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