Bergl was born in Milton Keynes, England to a British father and Irish mother. The family moved to the U.S. when she was six, eventually settling in Chicago. Bergl soon began acting in local theatre productions, all of which she produced, directed, designed and catered in her backyard. The reviews -- which she also wrote -- were glowing.
After she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Grinnell College, Bergl quickly moved to New York to pursue a stage career, living in a studio apartment above a strip club along with another actor and tap dancer. She supported herself by understudying on Broadway in the evening and then working the graveyard shift at various law firms. After only a few months, she was chosen from a nationwide casting call to play the lead in The Rage: Carrie 2, her first job on camera. The film earned rave reviews for the novice film actress' performance and led to starring roles in independent films such as Happy Campers and Chasing Sleep, opposite Jeff Daniels. She can also be seen in the upcoming Diane Arbus biopic, Fur, opposite Nicole Kidman.
Bergl soon returned to the theatre, starring in Romeo and Juliet at the Old Globe and on Broadway in The Lion in Winter, opposite Laurence Fishburne and Stockard Channing, for which she won the FANY Award for Best Broadway Debut. Many guest star roles in television soon followed, including ER, NYPD Blue, Providence, CSI: Miami, Star Trek Enterprise, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and two seasons as the malevolent Francie on Gilmore Girls. She also starred in Steven Spielberg Presents Taken, a historic 20-hour miniseries, as Lisa, the mother to Dakota Fanning.
While maintaining a career in film and television, Bergl has worked throughout the country at regional theatres such as the Williamstown Theatre Festival, New York Stage and Film, South Coast Repertory, La Jolla Playhouse and The Globe Theatres, playing lead roles in Proof and Our Town. She starred on Broadway in The Rivals at Lincoln Center (a performance the New York Times described as infinitely nuanced), and originated roles off-Broadway in new plays by Christopher Shinn and Steven Dietz. She is also a member of Antaeus, a theatre company in Los Angeles that produces classic works. In 2006 Bergl returned to Broadway to star opposite Gabriel Byrne in Eugene O'Neill's A Touch of the Poet.
Currently living in Los Angeles, Bergl traveled to Alaska to research MEN IN TREES and plans to document her trip online. In her free time, she volunteers for Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic.
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|Birthday||April 25, 1975 (46)|
|Birthplace||Milton Keynes, United Kingdom|
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