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US Actress Amy Acker 1976

Amy Louise Acker (born December 5, 1976) is an American actress. She is best known for her roles on the television series Angel as Winifred Burkle and Illyria, on Alias as Kelly Peyton, and on Dollhouse as Dr. Claire Saunders/Whiskey. She also appeared in the ABC series Happy Town. Acker was born and raised in Dallas, where she graduated Lake Highlands High School. She subsequently earned a bachelor's degree in theater from Southern Methodist University.

Born Amy Louise Acker
December 5, 1976 (1976-12-05) (age 34)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1998–present
Spouse James Carpinello (m. 2003–present) «start: (2003)»"Marriage: James Carpinello to Amy Acker" Location: (linkback:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amy_Acker)

In her junior year of college, Acker enjoyed a short stint of modeling work for the J. Crew clothing 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 with J. August Richards at a 2004 John Kerry fund raiser.

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

In 2005, she joined the cast of Alias 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. Acker guest starred in ten out of the thirteen episodes of the first season and three episodes of the second season

In 2010, she began to co-star as a series regular in the ABC drama Happy Town, portraying the character Rachel Conroy. She will also co-star in Whedon's upcoming comedy/horror movie The Cabin in the Woods in 2011, which will be her first appearance in a 3-D movie. Also in 2010, she starred in FOX series Human Target Season One finale as the mysterious Katherine Walters. On May 25, 2010 she appeared on CBS's The Good Wife.

Personal life

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.



Acker at the 2005 Serenity premiere.
Title↓ Year↓ Role↓
The Accident 2001 Nina
Groom Lake 2002 Kate
Catch Me If You Can 2002 Miggy
The Novice 2004 Jill
Mr. Dramatic 2005 Jodi
Crossroads 2006 Jill
A Near Death Experience 2008 Ellie/Elly
Fire and Ice: The Dragon Chronicles 2008 Princess Luisa
21 and a Wake-Up 2008 Caitlin Murphy
Sironia 2010 Molly
The Cabin in the Woods 2011 Wendy Lin


Title↓ Year↓ Role↓ Notes↓
Wishbone 1995–1997 Catherine Morland / Priscilla / Venus 3 episodes
To Serve and Protect 1999 Melissa Jorgensen
Special Unit 2 2001 Nancy 1 episode "The Invisible"
Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt 2003 Bonney Lindsey (Mrs. Burt Ward)
Angel 2001-2004 Winifred "Fred" Burkle / Illyria 71 episodes
Supernatural 2005 Andrea Barr 1 episode "Dead in the Water"
Justice League Unlimited 2005-2006 Huntress 4 episodes (voiceover)
How I Met Your Mother 2006 Penelope 1 episode "Come On"
Alias 2005-2006 Kelly Peyton 13 episodes
Drive 2007 Kathryn Tully 3 episodes
Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2007 Leslie LeZard 1 episode- "Smile"
Ghost Whisperer 2007 Tessa 1 episode - "Weight of What Was"
October Road 2008 Girl in Blue Uniform / Jenny Bristol 2 episodes
Private Practice 2008 Molly 1 episode - "A Family Thing")
Dollhouse 2009-2010 Dr. Claire Saunders / Whiskey 14 episodes
Happy Town 2010 Rachel Conroy 8 episodes
The Good Wife 2010 Trish Arkin 1 episode - "Running"
No Ordinary Family 2010 Amanda 2 episodes
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2011 Sandy Colfax 1 Episode -"Man up"