Lisa Emery

Lisa Emery

Highest Rated: 40% The Night Listener (2006)

Lowest Rated: 40% The Night Listener (2006)

Birthday: Jan 29, 1952

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

American character actress Lisa Emery did yeoman work on stage and in small screen parts before finding mainstream recognition on streaming service programming. After beginning her career on the New York stage in the early-1980s, the Pittsburgh native moved into screen work during the middle part of the decade with small roles on the miniseries "Doubletake" (CBS, 1985) and the horror film "Dreamaniac" (1986). In the '90s, the actress began a consistent run of small parts, including a role on the daytime soap opera "As the World Turns" (CBS, 1956-2010) and in the indie comedy "How to Be Louise" (1990). Roles in the the TV shows "H.E.L.P." (ABC, 1990) and "Class of '96" (FOX, 1993) led to parts in the high-profile projects "Wolf" (1994), "In & Out" (1997), and "Sex and the City" (HBO, 1998-2004). Her lengthy theater credits provided the opportunity to move into a more prominent TV role when public television aired a filmed version of the Off-Broadway play "Far East" (2001), with Emery in a role that she originated on stage. She found similar success appearing opposite Cynthia Nixon and Jennifer Coolidge in the public television production of Clare Boothe Luce's play "The Women" (2002). She continued acting in guest roles on television, including a recurring role on "Ed" (NBC, 2000-04) as well as multiple episodes of "Law & Order" (NBC, 1990-2010) and "Louie" (FX, 2010-15). On the big screen, she appeared opposite Tina Fey and Paul Rudd in the comedy "Admission" (2013). Her profile jumped significantly when she signed on to the Marvel superhero drama "Jessica Jones" (Netflix, 2015-) playing Louise Thompson, the warped mother of the villain Killgrave. She followed that with a supporting role in the Jason Bateman-Laura Linney drama "Ozark" (Netflix, 2017-) where she portrayed the wife of Peter Mullan's crime boss.

Highest rated movies

Catch the Fair One
The Night Listener




92% No Score Yet Catch the Fair One Unknown (Character) - 2021
40% 35% The Night Listener Darlie Noone (Character) $7.8M 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet Out There Kris (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet 33% Brother's Shadow Sylvia (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet How to Be Louise Nancy (Character) - 1990


81% 89% Ozark Darlene Snell (Character) 2020 2017-2018
No Score Yet 78% Madam Secretary Maggie Brixton (Guest Star) 2019
90% 72% The Sinner Unknown (Guest Star) 2018
95% 89% Elementary Mrs. Barnes (Guest Star) 2015
No Score Yet 95% Louie Karleen (Guest Star) 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 2009 2003 2000 1994 1991
90% 76% Fringe Paula Kramer (Guest Star) 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent Callie's Mother (Guest Star) 2008
58% No Score Yet Canterbury's Law Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
78% 89% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Anna Gable (Guest Star) 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Jury Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
45% No Score Yet Madigan Men Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
70% 85% Sex and the City Ruth (Guest Star) 1998


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