Carrie Preston (D.O.B- 21 June 1967) is an American actress who appears in films and television shows. Apart from acting, she is a producer and director as well. She is best known for her roles in TV series’ True Blood and Person of Interest. Her guest appearance on the show “The Good Wife” has earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series as well. She spent most of her childhood Macon, Georgia, the place of her birth. Her father was a geo-technical engineer, and her mother worked as an artist and art therapist there. Carrie discovered that her true calling lay in performing arts, and she used to perform in community theater shows at the age of eight. When she was aged 12, she became the impresario of her front-yard theater company as a producer, writer, casting director, director and of course, actress. Preston later obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Evansville followed by a diploma in acting from the distinguished Juilliard School. It was Preston's Outer Critics Award-nominated role as "Miranda" in George C. Woolf's Broadway adaptation of Shakespeare's “The Tempest with Patrick Stewart” that catalyzed her debut on the silver screen. She played one of the two sexy, Southern bridesmaid sisters in the Julia Robert's blockbuster My Best Friend's Wedding. Following her debut, she had worked alongside her husband on numerous projects, whom she met when they both appeared in a production of “Hamlet” at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. They have also starred in the movie Straight-Jacket and also had a recurring role with him in the TV series “Person of Interest”, where they played lovers. She has appeared in the TV series Lost in 2004 playing the mother of ‘Ben Linus’.
Her recurring role as a scatterbrained, genius lawyer Elsbeth Tascioni on “The Good Wife” is a fan favorite and has earned her widespread acclaim. Preston turned director and producer with her production company, Daisy 3 Pictures. Her directorial debut was the feature film “29th and Gay”, which was released on DVD by TLA Releasing. She has also directed the short film Feet of Clay, which made the festival rounds. James Vasquez’s “Ready? Ok!”, which she starred in and produced, played in more than 50 festivals, domestic and international. She even won the best actress at Film Out San Diego, where the film had its world premiere. Her third directorial “That’s What She Said”, was also a huge success and was a favorite at various film festivals. Preston travels with her husband Michael back and forth between Los Angeles and
with their adopted dog Chumley. She loves her work and gets into the teeth of the character as much as possible, be it direction or acting. As she says— “Directing is definitely something that is in my life for keeps, and the more I do it, the more I realize how much I want to learn and how much I have to give. And it kind of bolsters my acting - it enhances it in a really wonderful way that I wasn't expecting.”