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Born and raised in Macon, Georgia, where her mother was an artist and art therapist while her dad was a geo-technical engineer, a young Carrie Preston discovered her true calling in life lay in performing arts. At the age of 12, she became the impresario of her own front-yard theater company as producer, writer, casting director, costumer, ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 5 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Claws Polly / Lillian
(2017-2022)
The Good Wife Elsbeth Tascioni
(2010-2016)
True Blood Arlene Fowler
(2008-2014)
To the Bone Susan
(2017)

Filmography

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  The Holdovers (filming)
Lydia Crane
 2022 They/Them
Cora
 2022 Space Oddity
Jane McAllister
 2022 Glimpse
Emily
 2017-2022 Claws (TV Series)
Polly / Lillian
- Chapter Ten: Mercy (2022) ... Polly
- Chapter Nine: Wrath (2022) ... Polly
- Chapter Eight: Reckoning (2022) ... Polly
- Chapter Seven: Ascension (2022) ... Polly
- Chapter Six: Greed (2022) ... Polly
 2021 Dr. Death (TV Series)
Robbie McClung
- Hardwood Floors (2021) ... Robbie McClung
- Feet of Clay (2021) ... Robbie McClung
 2020/I One of These Days
Joan Dempsey
 2019 Saweetie: My Type (Claws Remix) (Music Video)
Polly
 2018 30 Miles from Nowhere
Sylvia
 2018 Brockmire (TV Series)
Elle
- In the Cellar (2018) ... Elle
- Caught in a Rundown (2018) ... Elle
- Make-Up Game (2018) ... Elle
 2017-2018 The Good Fight (TV Series)
Elsbeth Tascioni
- Day 429 (2018) ... Elsbeth Tascioni
- Not So Grand Jury (2017) ... Elsbeth Tascioni
- Social Media and Its Discontents (2017) ... Elsbeth Tascioni
- Stoppable: Requiem for an Airdate (2017) ... Elsbeth Tascioni
 2017 The Dating Game Killer (TV Movie)
Carol Jensen
 2017 Daisy Winters
Aunt Margaret
 2017 And Then I Go
Ms. Arnold
 2017 When We Rise (TV Mini Series)
Sally Gearhart
- Night II: Parts II and III (2017) ... Sally Gearhart
- Night I: Part I (2017) ... Sally Gearhart
 2017/I To the Bone
Susan
 2016 Six LA Love Stories
Diane Mackey
 2012-2016 Person of Interest (TV Series)
Grace Hendricks
- Return 0 (2016) ... Grace Hendricks
- B.S.O.D. (2016) ... Grace Hendricks
- Beta (2014) ... Grace Hendricks
- God Mode (2013) ... Grace Hendricks
- Zero Day (2013) ... Grace Hendricks
 2016 Crowded (TV Series)
Martina Moore
- Come Back (2016) ... Martina Moore
- In Hiding (2016) ... Martina Moore
- Daughter (2016) ... Martina Moore
- Better Man (2016) ... Martina Moore
- Unemployable (2016) ... Martina Moore
 2016 Grace and Frankie (TV Series)
Krystle
- The Goodbyes (2016) ... Krystle
 2010-2016 The Good Wife (TV Series)
Elsbeth Tascioni
- Targets (2016) ... Elsbeth Tascioni
- Old Spice (2014) ... Elsbeth Tascioni
- Shiny Objects (2014) ... Elsbeth Tascioni
- A Few Words (2014) ... Elsbeth Tascioni
- Outside the Bubble (2013) ... Elsbeth Tascioni
 2016/I Equity
Compliance Officer Abby
 2015 The Sonnet Project (TV Series)
- Sonnet #27 (2015)
 2014 Recorded Lives (TV Series)
Risa (2014)
 2014 Getting On (TV Series)
Denya Thorp
 2014 5 Flights Up
Miriam Carswell
 2008-2014 True Blood (TV Series)
Arlene Fowler
- Thank You (2014) ... Arlene Fowler
- Love Is to Die (2014) ... Arlene Fowler
- Almost Home (2014) ... Arlene Fowler
- May Be the Last Time (2014) ... Arlene Fowler
- Karma (2014) ... Arlene Fowler
 2014 The Following (TV Series)
Judy
- Trust Me (2014) ... Judy
- For Joe (2014) ... Judy
- Resurrection (2014) ... Judy
 2013 Vino Veritas
Claire
 2013 Who's Afraid of Vagina Wolf?
Chloe / Angel Tits
 2012 Royal Pains (TV Series)
Jackie Van Ark
- Hurts Like a Mother (2012) ... Jackie Van Ark
 2012/II The Carrier (Short)
Sister (voice)
 2011 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Bella Zane
- Educated Guess (2011) ... Bella Zane
 2011 Sironia
Grace
 2011 True Blood: Jessica's Blog (TV Series)
Arlene Fowler
- The Ethics of Glamouring (2011) ... Arlene Fowler
 2011 A Bag of Hammers
Lynette
 2010 Virginia
Betty
 2009 Private Practice (TV Series)
Yvonne Pierce
- Do the Right Thing (2009) ... Yvonne Pierce
 2009 That Evening Sun
Ludie Choat
 2009 Duplicity
Barbara Bofferd
 2008/I Doubt
Christine Hurley
 2008/I Ready? OK!
Andy Dowd
 2007 Desperate Housewives (TV Series)
Lucy
 2007 Towelhead
Evelyn Vuoso
 2007 Lovely by Surprise
Marian
 2007 Lost (TV Series)
Emily Linus
- The Man Behind the Curtain (2007) ... Emily Linus
 2003-2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent (TV Series)
Lena Copeland / Doreen Whitlock / Megan Colby
- Bedfellows (2006) ... Lena Copeland
- Magnificat (2004) ... Doreen Whitlock
- Zoonotic (2003) ... Megan Colby
 2006 Arrested Development (TV Series)
Jan Eagleman
- Fakin' It (2006) ... Jan Eagleman
 2005 The Inside (TV Series)
Kelly Comack
- Pre-Filer (2005) ... Kelly Comack
 2005 Numb3rs (TV Series)
Vicky Sites
- Dirty Bomb (2005) ... Vicky Sites
 2005 Transamerica
Sydney
 2004 Hope & Faith (TV Series)
Sally Jones
- Queer as Hope (2004) ... Sally Jones
 2004 The Stepford Wives
Barbara
 2004 Wonderfalls (TV Series)
Sister Katrina
- Wound-up Penguin (2004) ... Sister Katrina
 2004 Straight-Jacket
Sally
 2003 Good Morning, Miami (TV Series)
Kiera
- The Slow and the Furious (2003) ... Kiera
 2001 Emeril (TV Series)
B.D. Benson
- The Sidekick (2001) ... B.D. Benson
- Halloween (2001) ... B.D. Benson
- The Sopranos Come to Dinner (2001) ... B.D. Benson
- Whose Life Is It Anyway? (2001) ... B.D. Benson
- Blind Dates (2001) ... B.D. Benson
 2000 The Legend of Bagger Vance
Idalyn Greaves
 1999 Woman Wanted
Monica
 1999 Sex and the City (TV Series)
Madeline Dunn
- The Chicken Dance (1999) ... Madeline Dunn
 1999 Cradle Will Rock
VTA - Administrator
 1999 Spin City (TV Series)
Gayle
 1999 Guinevere
Patty
 1998 Five Houses (TV Movie)
 1998 Grace & Glorie (TV Movie)
Charlene Stiles
 1998 Mercury Rising
Emily Lang
 1998 Significant Others (TV Mini Series)
Patti Pasternak
- My Left Kidney ... Patti Pasternak
 1997 Norville and Trudy
Sam
 1997 For Richer or Poorer
Rebecca Yoder
 1997/I The Journey
Laura Singh
 1997 Union Square (TV Series)
Jester
- Michael's First Stand (1997) ... Jester
 1997 My Best Friend's Wedding
Amanda Newhouse
 1996 Cutty Whitman (TV Movie)
Sheriff
 1985 Just a Friend
Mint Jennifer
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Show Show Soundtrack (2 credits)
Show Show Editor (1 credit)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

: Played Julia Melville in "The Rivals" play by Richard Brinsley Sheridan (Vivian Beaumont Theater, New York City, New York, USA). See more »

Publicity Listings:

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Official Sites:

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Height:

5' 4" (1.63 m)

Spouse:

Michael Emerson

Parents:

Preston, Ray | Preston, Pam

Relatives:

Preston, John G. (sibling) | See more »
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

Everyone thinks they went to high school with me. I take it as a compliment that I look different in every role. See more »

Trivia:

Preston met her now-husband Michael Emerson during the mid-1990s when they both appeared in a production of "Hamlet" at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Preston played Ophelia and Emerson played Guildenstern in the production. See more »

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