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Emily Procter is a native North Carolinian raised in Raleigh. She graduated from Ravenscroft School, and then attended East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, where she earned a degree in Broadcasting while also studying dance. While in college she did her first work on television for WITN, a local NBC affiliate, as a “weather girl”.
A few months after college graduation she was considering moving to New York to pursue her acting career. Emily received a call from another Raleigh-born actress, Sharon Lawrence, advising her to save herself five years and suggesting that she move directly to Los Angles. Emily’s parents were supportive of her decision to move west and offered to pay for two years of acting classes considering this her “graduate school”.
Upon arriving in California Emily earned her Screen Actors Guild card by working as an extra in several television shows and films. Her early work includes filming several television pilots and small movie roles in Leaving Las Vegas and Jerry Maguire. She also made memorable appearances in several well-known television shows such as Friends, Lois & Clark, Early Edition and Just Shoot Me.
In the late 1990’s, Emily starred in HBO’s Breast Men with David Schwimmer & Chris Cooper, Family Plan with Leslie Nielsen & Judge Reinhold and Body Shots with Brad Rowe, Sybil Temchen, Ron Livingston, Amanda Peet, Jerry O’Connell, Tara Reid & Sean Patrick Flannery. She has also been featured in the following movies, Fast Company, Crosscut, Dukes of Hazzard Reunion, Love to Kill, The Big Tease, Kingdom Come, Forever Fabulous and Guinevere.
The fall of 2000 brought a new challenge, a special guest-starring role on the highly acclaimed & award winning NBC television drama, The West Wing. Emily plays the character Ainsley Hayes, a feisty Republican lawyer working in the midst of a Democratic Administration, who is often found bantering & debating political ideology with Rob Lowe’s character, Sam Seaborn. Aaron Sorkin’s West Wing ensemble cast includes acclaimed actors Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, John Spencer, Allison Janney, Bradley Whitford , Richard Schiff, Dule Hill, and Janel Maloney. Stockard Channing and Marlee Matlin are also frequent special guest stars.
In addition to her work on The West Wing Emily continues to make films. She stars with Sam Neill and Shea Whigham in the NBC movie Submerged that is based on Peter Maas's book TheTerrible Hours.
In her free time Emily enjoys interior decorating and has been featured several times on the Celebrity Homes show on E! Her own home has been highlighted as well as the work she has done for film producer John Bertolli.
Between working on television, making movies & decorating homes Emily continues to find time for volunteering at a local soup kitchen. She believes that this helps her to maintain balance and a more realistic perspective on life.