Date Of Birth

June 21, 1967


American actress Carrie Preston was born on June 21, 1967 in Macon, Georgia to an artist mother and a geotechnical engineer father. She spent her freshman year at the College of Charleston, but decided to earn her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Evansville. Later, she graduated from the renowned school of performing arts, The Juilliard School in New York.

Carrie Preston began her acting career in the late 1990s, appearing on films like Norville and Trudy and The Journey. In 1997, she was cast in the movie My Best Friend’s Wedding, starring Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, Cameron Diaz and Rupert Everett. Preston then got roles in series like Union Square, Significant Others, and Spin City. In 1999, she guest-starred on the hit show Sex and the City, appearing on the episode titled “The Chicken Dance.” The next year, Preston landed roles in films like Women Wanted and The Legend of Bagger Vance. She later acted alongside her husband, Michael Emerson, in the 2004 comedy Straight-Jacket.

Preston soon got roles in a number of series after her film work. She was seen on Wonderfalls and Hope& Faith, while landing a part on the movie The Stepford Wives. In 2005, she portrayed the character Sydney in Transamerica, later booking guest spots on Numb3rs and The Inside. In 2006, she was cast in Arrested Development as Jan Eagleman and made appearances on three episodes of Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Her next role was in the award-winning series Lost, where she landed the role of Emily Linus. In 2007, Preston worked on two films. First was the dramatic comedy Lovely by Surprise and the other was the Alan Ball-directed drama Nothing is Private. Preston later got a part in Desperate Housewives, and in 2008 joined the cast of the HBO series True Blood. Her other credits include roles in Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Ready? OK!

Place of Birth

Macon, Georgia USA

Birth Name

Carrie Preston



Fun Facts

-She has been married to Lost actor Michael Emerson since September 1998.

-She is one of the owners of the production company Daisy 3 Pictures.


2009: Special Jury Award – Best Ensemble Cast for That Evening Sun

2009: Special Achievement Award – Best Ensemble, Television for True Blood


2011 Vino Veritas
2011 Heated Rivalry
2011 The Carrier (short)
2011 Sironia (
2008-present True Blood (TV series)
2010 What’s Wrong with Virginia
2010 The Good Wife (TV series)
2010 A Bag of Hammers
2009 Private Practice (TV series)
2009 That Evening Sun
2009 Duplicity
2008/I Doubt
2008 Vicky Cristina Barcelona
2008/I Ready? OK!
2007 Desperate Housewives (TV series)
2007 Towelhead
2007 Lovely by Surprise
2007 Lost (TV series)
2003-2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent (TV series)
2006 Arrested Development (TV series)
2005 The Inside (TV series)
2005 Numb3rs (TV series)
2005 Transamerica
2004 Hope & Faith (TV series)
2004 The Stepford Wives
2004 Wonderfalls (TV series)
2004 Straight-Jacket
2003 Good Morning, Miami (TV series)
2001 Emeril (TV series)
2000 The Legend of Bagger Vance
2000 Woman Wanted
1999 Sex and the City (TV series)
1999 Cradle Will Rock
1999 Spin City (TV series)
1999 Guinevere
1998 Grace & Glorie (TV movie)
1998 Mercury Rising
1998 Significant Others (TV series)
1998 Five Houses (TV movie)
1997 For Richer or Poorer
1997/I The Journey
1997 Union Square (TV series)
1997 My Best Friend’s Wedding
1997 Norville and Trudy
1996 Cutty Whitman (TV movie)
1985 Just a Friend




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