Amy Louise Acker was born and raised in Dallas, Texas; her birthday is December 5th. Amy's dad is a lawyer, her mother is a full
time mom, and she has two sisters and a brother; Amy is the oldest. Amy wanted to be a ballerina, and studied ballet, modern and
jazz dancing for 13 years. Unfortunately after knee surgery in high school, she couldn't dance full-time, so she took acting in high
school and discovered she loved it. In the ninth grade, Amy began modeling, and in 1996, she attended Southern Methodist
University. As part of her acting curriculum at SMU, she was trained in weapons and certified in combat. While a senior at SMU, she
was in the TV movie "To Serve and Protect" released in February 1999. She received her Bachelor in Fine Arts in Acting from SMU
when she graduated in 1999. After graduation, Amy did Shakespeare theater for about eight months in Wisconsin, then moved to
New York still wanting to do theater. She worked on a couple of independent films and a television pilot (MTV's Hell House). After
these experiences, she decided to pursue more on-screen roles, so she moved to LA in 2000. Before Amy auditioned for
Angel, she
appeared in the sci fi movie
Groom Lake, with William Shatner. Originally the character of "Fred" was supposed to be a three episode
deal, but Whedon and company liked her and the role, so they chose to make Fred ~ and Amy ~ a series regular. Amy enjoys
traveling, reading, skiing, hiking, horseback-riding, practices yoga, and is learning to play golf. Like Fred, Amy enjoys Mexican
food. Amy lives in LA, is 5'6'', and married actor James Carpinello in April 2003.  Their son, Jackson James Carpinello, made his
appearance in January, 2005.  The couple welcomed Ava Grace in September, 2006.
Amy Acker is Fred
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Winifred Burkle, aka Fred, was introduced onto Angel in the last three episodes of season two. Fred had worked at a library and,
being highly intelligent, managed to translate a few words in a strange book. Those words opened a portal to
Lorne's home,
which is
not a happy place for humans. Fred was trapped for five years in that demon dimension. She left with the Angel crew,
and settled in fairly well, after having some adjustment problems back in LA. Fred joined the cast as a series regular in
third season.  Fred and Gunn now have a history, although Wesley had very obviously crushed on her for some time.  In the last
season of
Angel, Fred finally realized what a lovely man was waiting in the office just down the hall, and she kissed the surprised
ex-Watcher.  He got over his surprise quickly, and kissed her right back.  A beautfiul romance was cut painfully [like
pull-heart-out, stomp-it-on-floor, then let-fire-ants-climb-in-the-cavity-and-start-chowing painful] short when Knox, Fred's lovelorn
lab assistant, decided the object of his adoration deserved to be truly worshipped, and, with an inadvertent assist from Gunn,
arranged for Fred to be taken over by a parasitic, ancient demon, Illyria.  Fred's body and soul were consumed, and as she died in
Wesley's arms,
Illyria was born.
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