Emily Procter is an American actress best known for her roles as Ainsley Hayes in The West Wing (2000-2002) and as Calleigh Duquesne in CSI: Miami, from 2002-2012.
Procter was raised in Raleigh, North Carolina. She was two years old when her parents William (a general practitioner) and Barbara divorced.
Emily is a graduate of Ravenscroft School in Raleigh. While at East Carolina she was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority.
After she received her degrees in journalism and dance at East Carolina University, she was employed as a television weather anchor at WNCT-TV in Greenville, North Carolina.
After the move to Los Angeles, her father provided the costs for acting school for two years. Before even graduating, she had already landed a number of small roles in films such as Jerry Maguire (1996) and Breast Men (1997).
During the 1995–96 season (Season 3) of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, she became the first blond actress to play the role of Lana Lang. She also briefly appeared in the 1997 TV movie The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion!, as Mavis.
Procter also had a recurring guest role as Associate White House Counsel Ainsley Hayes on The West Wing, in the second and third seasons. She reprised her role for one episode in the final season.
She landed her breakthrough with the role of Calleigh Duquesne in the television series CSI: Miami, which ran on American television from 2002-2012.