Emily Bergl

  • Birth Place: Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England
  • Profession: Actor
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Biography

A winsome ingenue with an impressive stage pedigree, Bergl was understudying a part in a Broadway revival of Ah, Wilderness! when she landed the fiery lead role in The Rage: Carrie 2, her first on-screen job. Although she was subsequently offered a number of horror projects, she turned them down in favor of a 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. After a number of TV appearances, including a high-profile part as a human-alien hybrid in the 2002 sci-fi miniseries Taken, Bergl signed on to Men in Trees in 2006, her first series-regular role. She later landed a part as an eccentric photographer in the TV cop drama Southland, in addition to taking on the role of Susanna in the New York play Becky Shaw. She is also active in several charities, including Read Across America, Habitat for Humanity and the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project.

Fast Facts

  • Graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Grinnell.
  • Was the National Forensic League's Poetry Reading champion in 1993.
  • Has been nominated twice for a Saturn Award (presented by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films), once in 2000 for her role in The Rage: Carrie 2 and again in 2003 for her performance in the Steven Spielberg-produced miniseries Taken.
  • Won a FANY Award (from the Friends of New York Theatre) in 1999 for Outstanding Broadway Debut for her work in A Lion in Winter, in which she starred opposite Laurence Fishburne and Stockard Channing.
  • Volunteers with Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, and has helped build houses for charity in Thailand, Malaysia and in the U.S.
  • In 2009, took on the role of Susanna in the acclaimed play, Becky Shaw, at New York's Second Stage Theater.

Relationships

  • Sam Rockwell — Ex-significant Other
  • Richard Bergl — Brother

College

  • Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa, United States (BA in English and Theater, 1997)