Paget Brewster is an American actress best known for her role as Emily Prentiss in the police procedural television series Criminal Minds.
She is also known for her starring role as Beth Huffstodt in the television drama series Huff, appearing in 24 episodes from 2004-2006.
Brewster has a reputation for being in short-lived shows - she has had leading roles in the series Godzilla: The Series (1998), The Expert (1999), Love & Money (1999), The Trouble with Normal (2000), and Andy Richter Controls the Universe (2002-2003), all of which were cancelled prematurely.
Brewster began her screen career with a memorable six-episode recurring role as Chandler's boyfriend on the 4th season of the sitcom Friends, in 1997 and 1998.
In 1998 she landed the role of Michelle in the feature film Let's Talk About Sex; starred in the failed Godzilla: The Series; and had a role in the made-for-TV movie Max Q.
In 1999 she appeared in the film Desperate Not Serious, before starring in two failed series in the same year: The Expert and Love & Money.
She began 2000 with a turn as Jenna Spy in the movie The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle, which she followed up with another movie role in The Specials.
She also filmed a made-for-TV movie called One True Love in 2000, and appeared in all 11 episodes of the television series The Trouble With Normal.
In 2001 she appeared in three feature films: Agent 15, Hollywood Palms and Skippy, as well as in the made-for-TV movie Last Dance. She had guest appearances on DAG and Raising Dad in the same year.
She began 2002 with a guest appearance on George Lopez, and appeared in the feature film Now You Know. She also starred as Jessica Green in 15 episodes of Andy Richter Controls the Universe, which carried her into 2003.
In 2003 she had a role in the made-for-TV movie The Snobs, as well as in the direct-to-video release Brainwarp.
2004 began with appearances in the movie Eulogy and in an episode of Rock Me Baby. Her career took a decidedly upward turn in the same year, when she appeared first in the made-for-TV movie !Huff, followed by her leading role as Beth Huffstodt in the accompanying serial.
She continued in the role for both seasons of the show, until it ended in 2006.
During her time on Huff, Brewster had guest appearances on Two And A Half Men and Duck Dodgers, and had a five-episode recurring voice role on the first and second seasons of the animated series American Dad!
She also had roles in the feature films Man of the House (2005), My Big Fat Independent Movie (2005), Cyxork 7 (2006) and The Big Bad Swim (2006); and in the made-for-TV movies Amber Frey: Witness for the Prosecution (2005) and Lost Behind Bars (2006).
Also in 2006, she had roles in the movies Kidney Thieves and Unaccompanied Minors, as well as in the TV movie A Perfect Day.
In the same year she had a four-episode recurring voice role in Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, and a three-episode role as Charlotte on the sitcom Stacked.
In November 2006, Brewster joined the cast of the drama Criminal Minds, debuting in the 9th episode of the second season in the role of Emily Prentiss.
In 2007, Brewster made a guest appearance in one episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and wrapped filming on the movie Sublime, in which she has a leading role.