Emily Swallow

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Emily Swallow
Born (1979-12-18) December 18, 1979 (age 41)
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 eleventh season of Supernatural. She appears in the live-action Star Wars series The Mandalorian on Disney+ as The Armorer.


Swallow 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.[1]

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.[2] 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]


Swallow was raised in Jacksonville, Florida.[3] While at Stanton College Preparatory School she began acting in various college, amateur and professional theatre productions.[4] She graduated in 2001 with a BA in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Virginia,[5] and then studied for an MFA in Acting from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.[3]

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.[3][4] 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[4] and Rizzoli & Isles.[3] She had a starring role in The Mentalist as FBI agent Kim Fischer.[3][7] In 2015 she was cast in the eleventh season of Supernatural as the new character Amara, "the Darkness".[8]

In 2008, Swallow made her film debut in the military drama The Lucky Ones.

Personal life[edit]

Swallow has been married to actor Chad Kimball since 26 August 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 Castlevania Lisa Tepes (voice) 12 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–present SEAL Team Natalie Pierce
2019 The Mandalorian The Armorer 3 episodes

Video Games[edit]

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


  1. ^ "Falstaff Awards 2010". Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  2. ^ "JAC 'N SWALLOW". Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Emily Swallow". CBS. Archived from the original on 5 March 2014. Retrieved 4 March 2014.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ McAlister, Nancy (April 19, 2001). "Careers for Jacksonville hopefuls at a healthy stage". Florida Times Union. Retrieved 4 March 2014.
  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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