Amy Acker

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Amy Acker
Amy Acker 2012.jpg
Acker at the Wizard World Toronto in 2012
BornAmy Louise Acker
(1976-12-05) December 5, 1976 (age 37)
Dallas, Texas, United States
Years active1998–present
Spouse(s)James Carpinello (m. 2003)
Website (not currently maintained)
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Amy Acker
Amy Acker 2012.jpg
Acker at the Wizard World Toronto in 2012
BornAmy Louise Acker
(1976-12-05) December 5, 1976 (age 37)
Dallas, Texas, United States
Years active1998–present
Spouse(s)James Carpinello (m. 2003)
Website (not currently maintained)

Amy Louise Acker (born December 5, 1976) is an American actress. She has played roles on the television series Angel as Winifred Burkle and Illyria, and on Alias as Kelly Peyton. She also portrayed Dr. Claire Saunders on Dollhouse and Samantha "Root" Groves on Person of Interest.

Early life[edit]

Acker was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, to a homemaker mother and a lawyer father.[1][2] She graduated from Lake Highlands High School in Dallas. She subsequently earned a bachelor's degree in theater from Southern Methodist University.[3]

In her junior year of college, Acker modeled for J. Crew's catalog. In 1999 she was nominated for a Leon Rabin award for "Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role" for her performance in the play Thérèse Raquin. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in the same year. She worked as a stage actress for several seasons, including a stint at American Players Theatre in Spring Green, Wisconsin.


Acker made her major television debut when she starred as Winifred "Fred" Burkle on the 2nd - 5th seasons of Angel, and also as the character of Illyria for part of the show's 5th and final season. She won the 2003 Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television for her portrayal.

She joined the cast of Alias in 2005 for its final season, playing the villainous character, Kelly Peyton. Acker graduated from guest star to fully credited cast member as the show entered the final episodes in April and May 2006.

Also in 2005, Acker provided voice acting for the character of Huntress on the animated series Justice League Unlimited.

Acker guest starred on fellow Buffyverse actress, Alyson Hannigan's show How I Met Your Mother, in which she was reunited with Angel co-star, Alexis Denisof (Hannigan's real-life husband), who had a recurring role on the show.

She portrayed Dr. Claire Saunders/Whiskey, a recurring character, on Joss Whedon's Dollhouse.[4] Acker guest starred in 10 of the 13 episodes of the first season and three episodes of the second.

In 2010, she was a series regular in the ABC drama Happy Town, portraying the character Rachel Conroy. Also in 2010, she starred in the season-one finale of the Fox series Human Target, as the mysterious Katherine Walters. On May 25, 2010, she appeared on CBS's The Good Wife. She appeared in the horror movie The Cabin in the Woods, released April 13, 2012. She also portrayed Samantha "Root" Groves on CBS's Person of Interest in the season-1 finale/cliffhanger, and guest starred on multiple episodes on the subsequent season. She was promoted to a series regular in 2013 for season 3. Also in 2012, she revisited the science fiction and fantasy genres that had brought her to prominence, with guest performances in Warehouse 13, Once Upon A Time, and Grimm.

In 2012, she starred as Beatrice in Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing.

Acker appeared in the sitcom Husbands's third season as Claudia, the ex-fiancée of Brady Kelly who unexpectedly shows up.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Acker with her husband, James Carpinello, in 2005

On April 25, 2003, Acker and actor James Carpinello were married in California. On January 22, 2005, she gave birth to a son, Jackson James Carpinello, and on September 1, 2006, to a daughter, Ava Grace.[6]



2001The AccidentNina
2002Groom LakeKate
2002Catch Me If You CanMiggy
2003Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and BurtBonnie LindsayTV film
2005Mr. DramaticJodiShort film
2006The NoviceJill Yarrut
2008A Near Death Experience, VoicesEllie DalyTV film
2008Fire and Ice: The Dragon ChroniclesPrincess LuisaTV film
200921 and a Wake-UpCaitlin Murphy
2011VileWhitney Richards
2011Dear SantaCrystal CarruthersTV film
2012The Cabin in the WoodsWendy Lin
2012Much Ado About NothingBeatrice
2013The Energy SpecialistClairePost-production


1998WishboneCatherine MorlandEpisode: "Pup Fiction"
1999To Serve and ProtectMelissa JorgensenEpisode: "1.2"
1999WishbonePriscillaEpisode: "A Bone of Contention"
1999WishboneVenusEpisode: "A Roamin' Nose"
2001Special Unit 2NancyEpisode: "The Invisible"
2001–2004AngelWinifred 'Fred' Burkle/Illyria70 episodes
Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television
Nominated-Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress - Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated-Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television (2003, 2005)
2005SupernaturalAndrea BarrEpisode: "Dead in the Water"
2005–2006Justice League UnlimitedHuntress/Helena Bertinelli4 episodes
2005–2006AliasKelly Peyton13 episodes
2006How I Met Your MotherPenelopeEpisode: "Come On"
2007DriveKathryn Tully3 episodes
2007Law & Order: Criminal IntentLeslie LeZardEpisode: "Smile"
2007Ghost WhispererTessaEpisode: "Weight of What Was"
2008October RoadGirl in Blue UniformEpisode: "Dancing Days Are Here Again"
2008October RoadJenny BristolEpisode: "Hat? No Hat?"
2008Private PracticeMolly MadisonEpisode: "A Family Thing"
2009–2010DollhouseVarious14 episodes
2010Human TargetKatherine WaltersEpisode: "Christopher Chance"
2010Good Wife, TheThe Good WifeTrish ArkinEpisode: "Running"
2010Happy TownRachel Conroy8 episodes
2010No Ordinary FamilyAmanda Grayson2 episodes
2011–2013CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationSandy Colfax2 episodes
2012GrimmLena MarcenkoEpisode: "Tarantella"
2012Once Upon a TimeAstrid/NovaEpisode: "Dreamy"
2012Warehouse 13TraceyEpisode: "The Ones You Love"
2012–presentPerson of InterestRoot/Samantha Groves5 episodes, season 1-2, series regular season 3[7]
2013Scooby-Doo! Mystery IncorporatedNova4 episodes


  1. ^ "Amy Acker Biography (1976-)". Retrieved 2012-05-29. 
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  3. ^ 'Happy Town' star Amy Acker first caught acting bug while growing up in Dallas by Kurt Anthony Krug. The Dallas Morning News, 27 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-02.
  4. ^ Angel Vet Moves into Whedon's Dollhouse!" TV Guide. April 17, 2008. Retrieved on April 17, 2008.
  5. ^ Ng, Philiana (July 5, 2013), Amy Acker to Guest Star on 'Husbands' (Exclusive),, retrieved July 6, 2013 
  6. ^ Alias's Amy Acker, Husband Have a Girl, People Magazine, September 07, 2006
  7. ^ Webb Mitovich, Matt (July 20, 2013). "Person of Interest: Amy Acker Now Series Regular". TVLine. Retrieved August 14, 2013. 

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