A winsome ingenue with an impressive stage pedigree, Emily Bergl was understudying a part in a Broadway revival of Ah, Wilderness! when she landed the fiery lead role in The Rage: Carrie 2. Although she was subsequently offered a number of horror projects, she turned them down in favor of an illustrious theater career, which allowed her to showcase her range and her knack for accents, a talent she attributed to her English mother and Irish dad. Born on April 25, 1975 in Milton Keynes, England, the actress moved to Chicago with her family as a child. She attended Glenbrook South High School and Grinnell College, pursuing acting by taking on the lead role in many school productions. In 1997, she graduated with a degree in English and Theater.
Much of the acting that Emily Bergl displays takes place on television. After her breakthrough performance on the sequel to Carrie, she found herself filming episodes of NYPD Blue, ER and Providence. She was next seen in the psychological thriller film Chasing Sleep, co-starring Jeff Daniels. She followed this up with a comedy titled Happy Campers, starring Brad Renfro and Dominique Swain. After a number of TV appearances, including a high-profile part as a human-alien hybrid in the sci-fi miniseries Taken, Bergl signed on to play the character Annie O’Donnell in Men in Trees in 2006. It was her first series-regular role. Bergl has also been noted for her recurring appearance on the series Gilmore Girls, and was also credited for her role in Star Trek: Enterprise in 2003. She was next seen in CSI: Miami and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Her other projects include performances in the romantic comedy Final Draft, as well as the action film The Hard Easy starring David Boreanaz. Emily Bergl was also cast in the biographical drama Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus, starring Nicole Kidman and Robert Downey, Jr.