Chicago native Emily Bergl honed her performance skills reciting poetry in competition for the National Forensics League when she was enrolled at the prestigious Grinnell College in Iowa. After graduating, she pursued a professional career, which started with a bang when she earned the lead role in The Rage: Carrie 2. She followed this with appearances on ER and NYPD Blue, and in 2003, she was cast in the role of Francie Jarvis on the hit one-hour dramedy Gilmore Girls. In 2006, she enjoyed two great successes, being cast in the series Men in Trees, as well as in the experimental film Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus. In 2010, she worked with Jason Biggs and Cedric the Entertainer in the political comedy Grassroots.
Biography by Cammila Collar
- Graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Grinnell.
- Was the National Forensic League's Poetry Reading champion in 1993.
- Has been nominated twice for a Saturn Award (presented by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films), once in 2000 for her role in The Rage: Carrie 2 and again in 2003 for her performance in the Steven Spielberg-produced miniseries Taken.
- Won a FANY Award (from the Friends of New York Theatre) in 1999 for Outstanding Broadway Debut for her work in A Lion in Winter, in which she starred opposite Laurence Fishburne and Stockard Channing.
- Volunteers with Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, and has helped build houses for charity in Thailand, Malaysia and in the U.S.
- In 2009, took on the role of Susanna in the acclaimed play, Becky Shaw, at New York's Second Stage Theater.