Emily Swallow was raised in Jacksonville, Florida and grew up in Sterling, Virginia and Jacksonville, Florida. Intending to pursue a career as a Foreign Service Officer, she earned a BA degree in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Virginia. An audition for NYU's Graduate Acting Program caused her to change course, and she moved to New York to work towards her MFA degree.
Swallow continues to act on stage whenever she can, starring in world premieres of Donald Margulies' play The Country House at Los Angeles' Geffen Playhouse, opposite Mark Rylance in Louis Jenkins' play Nice Fish at the Guthrie Theatre, and in John Patrick Shanley's musical Romantic Poetry at Manhattan Theater Club. She is not tethered to any one genre and jumps from Shakespeare to musicals to contemporary comedy in shows on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and in LA and Minneapolis. She won the Falstaff Award for best Female Performer in 2010 for her performance as Kate in The Taming of the Shrew. In 2012, Swallow and fellow singer/comedian Jac Huberman created a stage show called Jac N Swallow, which they perform in New York at the Laurie Beeckman Theater and Joe's Pub. The show centers on the comic misadventures of the duo as they navigate very different life challenges with varying degrees of sanity and dignity. They are developing a series based on the characters. Swallow's first television role was in Guiding Light, and she later played parts in Southland, Ringer, The Good Wife, NCIS, Flight of the Conchords, Medium, as series regular Dr. Michelle Robidaux on TNT's medical drama Monday Mornings and Rizzoli & Isles. She had a starring role in the The Mentalist as FBI agent Kim Fischer. In 2015 she was cast in the eleventh season of Supernatural as the new character Amara, "the Darkness".
- ↑ http://members.jacksonville.com/entertainment/arts/2013-06-27/story/decorated-cast-will-read-steel-magnolias-theatre-jax-saturday
- ↑ https://web.archive.org/web/20140305014918/http://www.cbs.com/shows/the_mentalist/cast/214832/?pg=2
- ↑ http://www.tvfanatic.com/2013/11/emily-swallow-upped-to-series-regular-on-the-mentalist/
- ↑ http://tvline.com/2015/07/20/supernatural-emily-swallow-cast-season-11-amara/