The Many Faces of Amy Acker

There are just some actors who have the ability to star in everything. This is a brand new monthly feature, which stemmed from my article “The Many Faces of Mark Pellegrino.” This series will focus on those talented entertainers that have a knack for appearing all over the small screen. This month I feature the extremely talented Amy Acker.

Every time I turned around - bam - there’s Acker! She’s played nice, she’s played sweet, she’s played mean and she’s played downright crazy evil. No matter the role, Acker is adored and praised for her characters. Here is only some of her work and the many faces that are Amy Acker. Warning: some spoilers are ahead.

1. Winifred “Fred” Burkle/Illyria on “Angel”
The Many Faces of Amy Acker
She originally appeared as Winifred “Fred” Burkle in the popular Joss Whedon supernatural hit series “Angel.” After Fred died, her body was overtaken by an ancient demon named Illyria.Once Fred was reincarnated, Illyria released scorn and fury like any typical demon. After struggling to find her place in the world, Illyria, eventually, joined Team Angel in their fight. This role really put Acker on the map, and ever since then she has been making a name for herself.

2. Andrea on “Supernatural”
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In 2005, Acker went back to her supernatural roots by starring alongside Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles in The CW’s “Supernatural.” This time around she didn’t play a supernatural being, but rather a mother protecting her child from an evil creature lurking in the town’s water. She even had a little somethin’ somethin’ going on with Dean Winchester. Who wouldn’t?

3. Kelly Peyton on “Alias”
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She is so good at being bad. In the final season of “Alias,” Acker portrayed Kelly Peyton, who worked for the Prophet Five organization - aka the bad guys. She was good at killing, lying and double crossing anyone to get her way. If that doesn’t say enough, she even allied herself with Arvin Sloane and Julian Sark. Yes, two of the top antagonists throughout the entire series of “Alias.”

4. Dr. Claire Saunders/Whiskey on “Dollhouse”
The Many Faces of Amy Acker
Joss Whedon fans probably can’t get enough of Acker, especially since she’s starred in two of his shows. This time around it was “Dollhouse,” starring Eliza Dushku. Off and on, for 14 episodes, she portrayed Dr. Claire Saunders and Whiskey. Throughout the short-lived series, one of her most memorable traits were the permanent scars scratched across face.

5. Trish Arkin on “The Good Wife”
The Many Faces of Amy Acker
She might have only starred in one episode of the CBS drama “The Good Wife,” but Acker definitely made her mark - as always. In the Season 1 finale, she played an important part as a client for Alicia’s firm. Let’s just say she wasn’t as innocent as presumed. In this particular episode, Acker’s husband, James Carpinello, also starred, as he did many times previously. He played Kalinda’s cop friend/lover, Detective Anthony Burton.

6. Rachel Conroy on “Happy Town”
The Many Faces of Amy Acker
In 2010, Acker played Rachel Conroy in ABC’s mystery “Happy Town” about a Minnesota town dealing with child kidnappings. As Rachel, Acker played a smart and beautiful woman, who eventually ends up abducted. She also had the tough job of playing Geoff Stults’ wife in the series. Unfortunately, for viewers, the show only lasted for six episodes.

7. Amanda Grayson on “No Ordinary Family”
The Many Faces of Amy Acker
In the ABC series about a family with special superhero powers, Acker played lawyer Amanda Grayson. In two “No Ordinary Family” episodes, Acker did manage to go through some adrenaline rushing moments aka getting shot and developing an attraction for A.D.A. George St. Cloud.

8. Lena Marcenko on “Grimm”
The Many Faces of Amy Acker
Acker just can’t get away from supernatural thrillers. In 2012, she played Lena Marcenko in NBC’s “Grimm.” At first she came off as this sweet, sexy lady, but soon enough she showed her true form as a Spinnetod aka a spider-like creature. This was her Wesen form, which had to feed off of three young men, every five years, to stay young. Isn't her Wesen form scary?

9. Nova/Astrid on “Once Upon a Time”
The Many Faces of Amy Acker
“Dollhouse” wasn’t the only time Acker played two characters at once. In ABC’s hit series “Once Upon a Time,” she did it again and this time as fairy Nova and nun Astrid. For those who watch the show, they’ll understand that she is Astrid in Storybrooke, and she is Nova in the Enchanted Forest. Not only did Acker steal hearts as the pretty fairy, but her character also stole dwarf Grumpy’s heart.

10. Root on “Person of Interest”
The Many Faces of Amy Acker
Most recently, Acker won fans hearts as Root on the hit drama “Person of Interest.” As Root, she plays a mentally deranged - yet very intelligent - woman and hacker who wants to set The Machine free. Her relationship with Michael Emerson’s character is a unique one, and one that keeps audiences intrigued. Are you excited to see what Root does next?

Which Amy Acker role is your favorite?


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Message Posted On Jan 21st, 2014, 4:21 am
yes i agree, send her back to CSI and axe her from Person of Interest. She is the worst actor by far.

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Message Posted On Jun 20th, 2013, 8:55 am

My first introduction to her was as Fred. That was followed by Dollhouse, where I adored her all over again. She cannot do a bad role. She keeps proving this.


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Message Posted On Jun 17th, 2013, 11:11 pm

I think you are all mad, Amy is simply a good actor.

There are so many average actors out there flooding the entertainment industery in recent years that when a good one comes along everyone is amazed and thinks they are fantastic.

OK, ok, Amy is actually really good, but it's true, there are too many barley average actors out there now and it's just getting worse. Studios are trying to keep fresh new faces coming all the time and that just isnt sastanable if you want to keep good quality actors on screen. Let storys develop and start making shows that star 30-40 year olds playing 30-40 year old people. All these young people playing teenageres is starting to get a bit too much to take and make us older (35+) people feel old and left with either Soaps, Reallity or Talk Shows and I personaly dislike all 3.

So some one wright Amy a script that shows here true talent that also has atleast 5 other full time cast and a full and continuing story line and convince a studio to make it and I garentee that it'll be a huge sucsess.

If it coild be a huge Sci/Fi show in space, that would just rock my world. Amy in a skin tite one pice uniform, mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.


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Message Posted On Jun 11th, 2013, 9:56 am

I think my favorite is Fred/Illyria.  I LOVE the last thing she did for Wesley when she said, "Do you want me to lie to you now?"  Awesome.  Also, it showcased how good she was since in one role she played two TOTALLY different characters, not to mention how the character of Fred grew throughout her run before her death.


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Message Posted On Jun 11th, 2013, 9:10 am

Can't wait to see her in "Much Ado About Nothing!"


Message Posted On Jun 11th, 2013, 8:10 am
You left out one of the best roles...her on again/ off again role on CSI!!! They may bring her back as Hodges isn't quite convinced of her innocence!