A Texas native and graduate of Southern Methodist University with a BFA in Acting, Amy Acker first gained recognition for her starring role as Winifred “Fred” Burkle on the television series “Angel.” She won a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series and received nominations from the Cinescape and Golden Satellite Awards for the role. Her most recent television role has been playing the hacker/assassin turned Machine, “Root,” on “Person of Interest.” Acker’s other series regular roles include “Alias,” “Dollhouse,” and “Happy Town.” Guest-starring roles include “Suits,” “Agents of Shield,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “The Good Wife,” “Grimm,” “Once Upon a Time,” “No Ordinary Family,” “Private Practice,” “Supernatural,” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.”
Acker starred as “Beatrice” in the independent feature film “Much Ado About Nothing,” directed by Joss Whedon. The film premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and was screened at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival, Seattle Film Festival, USA Film Festival, Independent Film Festival Boston and the San Francisco International Film Festival. Additionally, Acker appeared in the horror thriller “Cabin in the Woods,” which was selected as the opening night feature at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival, the independent drama “Sironia,” which won the Audience Award at the 2011 Austin Film Festival, “Amanda and Jack Go Glamping,” “Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife,” “21 and a Wake-Up,” “The Novice,” “Groom Lake,” “The Accident,” and Steven Spielberg’s “Catch Me if You Can.” On the stage, she appeared in the regional productions of “Much Ado About Nothing,” “Master Builder,” “Therese Raquin,” and “Beast on the Moon,” among others.
Acker studied dance for 13 years before she turned her attention to acting. Currently, she resides between New York and Los Angeles with her husband, actor James Carpinello, and their two children.
Currently Starring in The Gifted on FOX
Family adventure series THE GIFTED, from 20th Century Fox Television in association with Marvel Television, tells the story of a suburban couple whose ordinary lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins up with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive. Written by Matt Nix (APB, “Burn Notice”), directed by Bryan Singer (the “X-Men” franchise”) and executive-produced by Nix, Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner (“X-Men: Apocalypse,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “The Wolverine”), Simon Kinberg (“X-Men: Apocalypse,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past”), Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Daredevil,” “Marvel’s Jessica Jones”) and Jim Chory (“Marvel’s Daredevil,” “Marvel’s Jessica Jones”), the series stars Stephen Moyer (SHOTS FIRED), Amy Acker (“Person of Interest”), Sean Teale (“Reign”), Jamie Chung (GOTHAM), Coby Bell (“Burn Notice”), Emma Dumont (“Aquarius”), Blair Redford (“Satisfaction”), Natalie Alyn Lind (GOTHAM) and Percy Hynes White (“Night at the Museum 3”).