Emily Bergl is an English-American actress best known for her role as Annie in the television drama series Men In Trees, from 2006-2008.
Bergl was born in Milton Keynes, England to a British father and Irish mother. The family moved to the States when she was six, eventually settling in Chicago.
Bergl soon began acting in local theatre productions, all of which she produced, directed, designed and catered in her backyard. The reviews, also written by Bergl, were glowing.
After she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Grinnell College, Bergl quickly moved to New York to pursue a stage career, where she lived in a studio apartment above a strip club along with another actor and a tap dancer.
She supported herself by understudying on Broadway in the evening, and then working the graveyard shift at various law firms.
After only a few months, she was chosen from a nationwide casting call to play the lead in The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999), her first job on camera. The film led to starring roles in independent films such as Happy Campers (2001) and Chasing Sleep (2000), opposite Jeff Daniels.
Bergl soon returned to the theatre, starring in Romeo and Juliet at the Old Globe, and on Broadway in The Lion in Winter opposite Laurence Fishburne and Stockard Channing, for which she won the FANY award for Best Broadway Debut.
Many guest star roles on television soon followed, including ER, NYPD Blue, Providence, CSI: Miami, Star Trek Enterprise, Law and Order: Criminal Intent and two seasons as the malevolent Francie on Gilmore Girls.
Bergl also starred in Steven Spielberg Presents Taken, a historic 20-hour mini-series, as Lisa, the mother to Dakota Fanning.
While maintaining a career in film and television, Bergl has worked throughout the country at regional theatres such as the Williamstown Theatre Festival, New York Stage and Film, South Coast Repertory, La Jolla Playhouse, and The Globe Theatres, playing lead roles in Proof and Our Town.
She starred on Broadway in The Rivals at Lincoln Center (a performance the New York Times described as infinitely nuanced), and originated roles off-Broadway in new plays by Christopher Shinn and Steven Dietz.
Bergl is also a company member of Antaeus, a theatre company in Los Angeles that produces classic works.
In 2006 Bergl returned to Broadway to star opposite Gabriel Byrne in Eugene O'Neill's A Touch of the Poet. Later that year she had a role in the Diane Arbus biopic Fur, opposite Nicole Kidman.
In September 2006 Bergl began her role as Annie on the series Men in Trees, a comedy starring Anne Heche as a relationship expert who moves to Alaska.
Bergl spends her free time volunteering for Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic.