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Amy Acker is the American actress who portrays Nova and Astrid on ABC's Once Upon a Time.


Amy Louise Acker was born on December 5, 1976 in Dallas, Texas[1] to homemaker Judy Bruyer and lawyer Charles Acker.[1][2] As a child, she danced ballet for fourteen years,[3] but knee surgery forced her to look at other options, which led her to theater classes at Lake Highlands High School.[4] Subsequently, she earned a bachelor's degree in theater from the Southern Methodist University.

In her junior year of college, she appeared in the J. Crew clothing catalog and also did modeling overseas in Japan. While at university, Amy acted in a number of local professional theaters, including at Undermain Theatre in Therese Raquin, for which she was nominated for a Leon Rabin Award; and at Stage West in 1998, in Richard Kalinoski's Beast on the Moon, about survivors of the Armenian genocide.[4] She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in the same year. She worked as a stage actress for several seasons, including a stint at American Players Theatre in Spring Green, Wisconsin playing Hero in a production of Much Ado About Nothing.[4]

Her big break came in the form of an audition for Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer spin-off, Angel, starring David Boreanaz as a brooding vampire with a soul. She was cast in the part of Fred, who debuted at the end of season two and became a series regular. After Angel came to an end, Amy appeared in shows like Alias, Dollhouse and Person of Interest[4] and done voice credits for animated series Justice League and Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated.

She is married to theater actor James Carpinello.[4] They have two children, Jackson James and Ava Grace.[5]



Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Accident Nina Movie
2002 Groom Lake Kate Movie
2002 Catch Me If You Can Miggy Movie
2005 Mr. Dramatic Jodi Short film
2006 The Novice Jill Yarrut Movie
2009 21 and a Wake-Up Caitlin Murphy Movie
2011 Sironia Molly Movie
2011 The Cabin in the Woods Wendy Lin Movie
2012 Much Ado About Nothing Beatrice Movie
2013 The Lord of Catan Krysta Short film
2013 The Energy Specialist Claire Post-production
2014 Ward's Wife Geena Post-production
Year Title Role Notes
1998 Wishbone Catherine Morland / Priscilla / Venus 3 Episodes
1999 To Serve and Protect Melissa Jorgensen TV miniseries
2001 Special Unit 2 Nancy 1 episode
2003 Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt Bonnie Lindsay TV movie
2001-2004 Angel Winifred "Fred" Burkle / Illyria 70 Episodes
2005 Supernatural Andrea Barr 1 episode
2006 How I Met Your Mother Penelope 1 episode
2005-2006 Alias Kelly Peyton 13 Episodes
2007 Drive Kathryn Tully 3 Episodes
2007 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Leslie LeZard 1 episode
2007 Ghost Whisperer Tessa 1 episode
2008 A Near Death Experience Ellie Daly TV movie
2008 October Road Girl in Blue Uniform / Jenny Bristol 2 Episodes
2008 Fire & Ice Princess Luisa TV movie
2008 Private Practice Molly Madison 1 episode
2009-2010 Dollhouse Dr. Claire Saunders / Whiskey / Clyde Randolph 14 Episodes
2010 Human Target Katherine Walters 1 episode
2010 The Good Wife Trish Arkin 1 episode
2010 Happy Town Rachel Conroy 8 Episodes
2010 No Ordinary Family Amanda Grayson 2 Episodes
2011-2013 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Sandy Colfax / Sandy Larken 2 episode
2011 Dear Santa Crystal TV movie
2012 Once Upon a Time Nova / Astrid 1 episode
2012 Warehouse 13 Tracey 1 episode
2012 Grimm Lena Marcenko 1 episode
2012-2015 Person of Interest Root/Samantha Groves 7 episodes in season 1–2, regular as of Season 3 and Season 4
Year Title Role Notes
2005-2006 Justice League Helena Bertinelli / The Huntress / Little Girl 4 episodes (Voice credit)
2013 Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Nova 4 episodes (Voice credit)


Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.

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