Born: April 25, 1975
Birthplace: Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England
Emily Bergl (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.
Bergl was born in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England, to an Irish mother and an English architect father. 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. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts degree 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.
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.
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.
A later article elaborated on her cabaret acts.
|1999||Rage: Carrie 2, TheThe Rage: Carrie 2||Rachel Lang|
|2006||Hard Easy, TheThe Hard Easy||Natalie|
|2009||Get the Dime||Kristy||Short film|
|2009||Date Blind||Susan||Short film|
|2013||I Know What I'm Doing||June Bennett|
|2013||Blue Jasmine||Hal & Jasmine's Friend|
|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.