Carrie Preston

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Carrie Preston
Carrie Preston 2009 (cropped).jpg
Preston in April 2009
Born(1967-06-21) June 21, 1967 (age 47)
Macon, Georgia, U.S.
EducationUniversity of Evansville (BFA 1990), Juilliard School (Diploma 1994)
OccupationActress, director, producer
Years active1995–present
Spouse(s)Michael Emerson (m. 1998)
Website
CarriePreston.com
 
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Carrie Preston
Carrie Preston 2009 (cropped).jpg
Preston in April 2009
Born(1967-06-21) June 21, 1967 (age 47)
Macon, Georgia, U.S.
EducationUniversity of Evansville (BFA 1990), Juilliard School (Diploma 1994)
OccupationActress, director, producer
Years active1995–present
Spouse(s)Michael Emerson (m. 1998)
Website
CarriePreston.com

Carrie Preston (born June 21, 1967)[1] is an American film and television actress, producer and director. She is known for her work on the television series True Blood and Person of Interest, as well as The Good Wife, which earned her the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series.

Early life and education[edit]

Preston was born and raised in Macon, Georgia. Her mother is an artist and art therapist, and her father is a geo-technical engineer. She began performing in community theater shows at age 8, and by age 12 she had begun her own front-yard theater company with other neighborhood kids.[2] Her brother is actor John G. Preston.

She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Evansville (1990), followed by an acting diploma from the Juilliard School's Drama Division[3][4] (Group 23: 1990–1994).[5]

Career[edit]

Preston has worked with her husband, actor Michael Emerson, on a number of projects. Emerson played Ben Linus on television's Lost, and Preston was a guest star in episode 20 of season 3, "The Man Behind the Curtain" as Ben's mother Emily in flashback scenes, though she and Emerson never shared scenes together. The couple were featured in the 2004 comedy film Straight-Jacket and the 2008 feature film, Ready? OK!. Most recently, she has appeared in several episodes of Person of Interest as Grace Hendricks, the former fiancée of Emerson's character, Harold Finch.

Preston is co-owner of the production company Daisy 3 Pictures with James Vasquez and Mark Holmes. Since 2008, she has played Arlene Fowler on True Blood.[6] On July 31, 2010, Carrie Preston and her husband, Michael Emerson, read A. R. Gurney's Love Letters, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, at the Charleston Stage. They performed it as a fundraiser for the South Carolina's theatre. The reading was followed by a brief "Question and Answer" session.

Since 2010, she has played the recurring character of Elsbeth Tascioni in CBS's The Good Wife,[7] a role for which she has won the 2013 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series. She returned as a recurring character on season 5 of The Good Wife which premiered on September 29, 2013.[8]

On September 6, 2013, it was announced that Preston had signed on to play a recurring character in the second season of the Kevin Bacon-led thriller, The Following; she portrayed Judy, a prostitute and ill-fated groupie of Joe Carroll. The show's second season premiered in January 2014.[9]

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
1985Just a FriendMint Jennifer
1997My Best Friend's WeddingMandy Newhouse
1997Journey, TheThe JourneyLaura Singh
1997For Richer or PoorerRebecca Yoder
1998Mercury RisingEmily Lang
1999GuineverePatty
1999Cradle Will RockVTA – Administrator
2000Woman WantedMonica
2000Legend of Bagger Vance, TheThe Legend of Bagger VanceIdalyn Greaves
2004Straight JacketSally Stone
2004Stepford Wives, TheThe Stepford WivesBarbara
2005TransamericaSydney
2007Lovely by SurpriseMarian
2007TowelheadEvelyn Vuoso
2008Ready? OK!Andy Dowd
2008Vicky Cristina BarcelonaSally
2008DoubtChristine Hurley
2009DuplicityBarbara Bofferd
2009That Evening SunLudie Choat
2010VirginiaBetty
2011Carrier, TheThe CarrierSister (voice)Short film
2011Bag of Hammers, AA Bag of HammersLynette
2011SironiaGrace
2012Vino VeritasClaire
2012Who's Afraid of Vagina Wolf?Chloe
2013Beneath the Harvest Sky (previously known as Blue Potato)Kim
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1996Cutty WhitmanSheriffTV film
1997Union SquareJesterEpisode: "Michael's First Stand"
1998Five HousesTV film
1998Significant OthersPatti PasternakEpisode: "My Left Kidney"
1998Grace & GlorieCharlene StilesTV film
1999Spin CityGayleEpisode: "Carter & Stuart & Bennett & Deirdre"
1999Sex and the CityMadeline DunnEpisode: "The Chicken Dance"
2001EmerilB.D. Benson10 episodes
2003Good Morning, MiamiKieraEpisode: "The Slow and the Furious"
2003Law & Order: Criminal IntentMegan ColbyEpisode: "Zoonotic"
2004Law & Order: Criminal IntentDoreen WhitlockEpisode: "Magnificat"
2004WonderfallsSister KatrinaEpisode: "Wound-Up Penguin"
2004Hope & FaithSally JonesEpisode: "Queer as Hope"
2005Numb3rsVicky SitesEpisode: "Dirty Bomb"
2005Inside, TheThe InsideKelly ComackEpisode: "Pre-Filer"
2006Arrested DevelopmentJan EaglemanEpisode: "Fakin' It"
2006Law & Order: Criminal IntentLena CopelandEpisode: "Bedfellows"
2007LostEmily LinusEpisode: "The Man Behind the Curtain"
2007Desperate HousewivesLucyEpisode: "You Can't Judge a Book by Its Cover"
2008–presentTrue BloodArlene FowlerMain role (70 episodes)
2009Private PracticeMiss PierceEpisode: "Do the Right Thing"
2010–2014Good Wife, TheThe Good WifeElsbeth TascioniRecurring role (9 episodes)
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Nominated—Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series
2011Law & Order: Special Victims UnitBella ZaneEpisode: "Educated Guess"
2012Royal PainsJackie Van ArkEpisode: "Hurts Like a Mother"
2012–2014Person of InterestGrace HendricksEpisodes: "No Good Deed," "The High Road," "Til Death," "Zero Day," "God Mode," "Beta"
2014The FollowingJudy3 episodes

Theatre[edit]

Theatre
YearTitleRoleNotes
1995IndiscretionsMadeleine
1995Tempest, TheThe TempestMirandaBroadway
1997Antony and CleopatraOctaviaThe Public Theater
1998FreedomlandPollyPlaywrights Horizons
2000Straight JacketSallyPlayhouse 91
2000She Stoops to ConquerKate HardcastleCenter Stage
2001Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?HoneyGuthrie Theater
2001Chaucer in RomeSarahLincoln Center
2002Boys and GirlsShellyDuke on 42nd Street
2002No Foreigners Beyond This PointPaula WheatonCenter Stage
2004–2005Rivals, TheThe RivalsJuliaBroadway
2005Cycling Past the MatterhornAmyClurman Theatre
2005HamletOpheliaMcCarter Theatre Center
2006FestenMetteBroadway
2008Esther DemsacReluctant NannyNY Theatre Workshop's 4th Street Theatre
2008LikenessPrimary Stages
2010Love LettersMelissa GardnerCharleston Stage

Other works[edit]

Other works
YearTitleNotes
200529th and GayDirector, executive producer, editor
2007Feet of ClayDirector, executive producer
2008Ready? OK!Executive producer
2008Girl TalkDirector
2012That's What She SaidDirector, producer

References[edit]

  1. ^ Carrie Preston at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ "Carrie Preston". Movies & TV. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  3. ^ "About Carrie Preston". CarriePreston.com. Retrieved April 4, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Carrie Preston". TV Guide. Retrieved April 4, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Alumni News". The Juilliard School. May 2008. Archived from the original on 2011-11-11. 
  6. ^ Eramo, Steven. Actress Goes Through Transformation on "True Blood", Newsarama.com, November 7, 2008; retrieved June 25, 2011.
  7. ^ "Filmography by TV series for Elsbeth Tascioni (Character) from "The Good Wife" (2009)". Retrieved January 15, 2013. 
  8. ^ "‘The Good Wife’ Season 5 — Carrie Preston Poised to Return as Elsbeth - TVLine". tvline.com. Retrieved 2014-05-03. 
  9. ^ "The Following Casting Scoop: True Blood's Carrie Preston to Guest Star as Joe Carroll's Groupie". E!. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 

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