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 roles have been playing “Caitlyn Strucker” on Marvel’s “The Gifted” and 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 “Grey’s Anatomy”, “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.
Filmed over a two-week period during the pandemic with an old iPhone, “Outside” is a 14 minute film written, filmed, and produced by Amy and her husband James Carpinello. The film is about a woman who begins to question her husband’s threats about remaining inside.