Emily Procter


Emily Mallory Procter (born October 8, 1968) is an American actress and activist. She played Ainsley Hayes in the NBC political drama The West Wing (2000–2002; 2006) and Det. Calleigh Duquesne in the CBS police procedural drama CSI: Miami (2002–2012).[1]

Emily Procter
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Procter presenting at Fashion Rocks 2008
Emily Mallory Procter

(1968-10-08) October 8, 1968 (age 54)
Alma materEast Carolina University
Years active1988–2016, 2020–present
PartnerPaul Bryan (2008–present)

Early lifeEdit

Procter was born on October 8, 1968.[1] She was adopted as an infant by William Procter, a general practitioner, and Barbara Jones, a volunteer worker, and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina. She was three years old when her parents divorced. She has an older brother, Whit, who is also adopted.[2]

Procter attended Ravenscroft School in Raleigh. While at East Carolina University, she became a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority[3] and worked as a television weather anchor at WNCT-TV in Greenville, North Carolina, eventually graduating with degrees in journalism and dance.


After Procter moved to Los Angeles, her father paid for her to attend acting school for two years. Before even graduating, she had already landed a number of small film roles, including Cameron Crowe's sports romantic comedy-drama Jerry Maguire (1996), and as a co-star with David Schwimmer and Chris Cooper in the TV movie Breast Men (1997). In 1996, Procter guest-starred as Lana Lang in the ABC superhero drama Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. She briefly appeared in the TV movie The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion! (1997) as Mavis and the drama Body Shots (1999) as Whitney Bryant.

In 1995, Procter played Annabel, a brief love interest of Joey Tribbiani (Matt LeBlanc), in the second episode of season two of the NBC sitcom Friends, titled "The One with the Breast Milk." From 2000 to 2002 and again in 2006, Procter played the recurring role of Associate White House Counsel Ainsley Hayes in the NBC political drama The West Wing.

Procter is friends with actress Jorja Fox, who starred as Sara Sidle in the CBS police drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation from 2000 to 2015. Fox persuaded Procter to audition for the starring role of Calleigh Duquesne in the CSI spin-off CSI: Miami, which she ended up winning. The show ran on CBS for 10 seasons, from September 23, 2002, to April 8, 2012.[4][5]

Procter participated in 2007's Live Earth event by reading aloud, along with a number of other actresses, an essay that Michelle Gardner-Quinn wrote while she was a student at the University of Vermont.[6]

In February 2013, Procter had a recurring role in the final two episodes of season four of the USA Network crime drama White Collar. She played Amanda Callaway, an agent from Atlanta who is promoted to head of the FBI's white collar crimes division in New York City.[7]


In 2019, Procter founded a nonprofit organization called Ground Breakers that supports change, community and equitable infrastructure.[8][9] Her nonprofit The Ground offers social and emotional language awareness to combat negative personal narratives and promote peaceful conflict resolution. The Ground teams up Defy Ventures, a nonprofit that addresses social problems such as mass incarceration and recidivism, to offer programs at Kern Valley State Prison and Nightingale school in Stockton, California.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

Procter has been in a relationship with musician Paul Bryan since 2008. On December 8, 2010, she gave birth to their daughter Philippa Frances (called "Pippa").[10] Because her pregnancy was not written into the ninth season of CSI: Miami, her appearances were limited.[11][12]

Procter has taken part in various triathlons and marathons. She is an avid poker player and has participated in at least one celebrity poker tournament.[13] Procter also sings in a 1980s cover band originally called White Lightning but since renamed Motion.[14] Procter has volunteered with the Young Storytellers Program[15] and at homeless shelters.[16]

Procter has an interest in interior decoration and antiques[17] that she put to practical use when decorating the 1921 Spanish-style home that she owns in Los Angeles. During the 2007–08 Writers Guild strike, she designed a home for a friend in Saint John, U.S. Virgin Islands and, according to People magazine's Country Special of March 2009, decorated Kenny Chesney's home in Malibu. She was also a guest judge on the Home & Garden Television show Summer Showdown.[18] Procter was keynote speaker at the Spring 2019 commencement at her alma mater, East Carolina University.



Year Title Role Notes
1995 Leaving Las Vegas Debbie
1996 Jerry Maguire Former Girlfriend
1997 The Girl Gets Moe Tammy
1997 Family Plan Julie Rubins
1999 Guinevere Susan Sloane
1999 Forever Fabulous Tiffany Dawl
1999 Body Shots Whitney Bryant
2006 Big Momma's House 2 Leah Fuller
2008 Turnover Lillian Chait Short film
2010 Barry Munday Deborah
2016 Love Everlasting Helen [19]


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Great Scott! Dream Girl Episode: "Stripe Gripe"
1993 Gloria Vane Peggy Television film
1995 Renegade Brenda Episode: "Living Legend"
1995 Platypus Man Mindy Episode: "NYPD Nude"
1995 Fast Company Roz Epstein Television film
1995 Friends Annabel Episode: "The One with the Breast Milk"
1996 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Lana Lang Episode: "Tempus, Anyone?"
1997 The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion! Mavis Television film
1997 Early Edition Colleen Damski Episode: "A Regular Joe"
1997 Breast Men Laura Pierson Television film
1997 Just Shoot Me! Anchorwoman Episodes: "Back Issues", "Just Shoot Me"
2000–2002, 2006 The West Wing Ainsley Hayes Recurring role, 12 episodes (seasons 2–3), guest (season 7)
2001 Submerged Frances Naquin Television film
2002 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Calleigh Duquesne Episode: "Cross-Jurisdictions"
2002–2012 CSI: Miami Main role, 232 episodes
2013 White Collar Amanda Callaway Episodes: "The Original" and "In the Wind"
2020 A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote Narrator of Stage Directions Television special


  1. ^ a b Crean, Ellen (October 2, 2006). "The Southern Belle Of 'CSI'". CBS News. Archived from the original on November 11, 2013. Retrieved May 27, 2009.
  2. ^ O'Neill, Anne-Marie (March 6, 2011). "A mother's journey". Parade Magazine. Retrieved February 8, 2013.
  3. ^ "Accomplished Alpha Delta Pi Members in Arts and Entertainment". Alpha Delta Phi. Archived from the original on February 3, 2009. Retrieved September 6, 2009.
  4. ^ Teo, Evelyn (September 4, 2005). "Procter prospers". www.star-ecentral.com. Retrieved November 24, 2007.
  5. ^ Hibberd, James (May 13, 2012). "CBS cancels 'CSI: Miami'". EW.com. Retrieved June 4, 2012.
  6. ^ YouTube – This I Believe
  7. ^ Stanhope, Kate (February 25, 2013). "CSI: Miami's Emily Procter Talks White Collar: It's a Nice Way to Start Dating Again". Retrieved September 17, 2017.
  8. ^ a b "About 1". Emily Procter. Retrieved October 25, 2021.
  9. ^ Baranowski, Jordan (March 1, 2021). "What Happened To The Cast Of CSI: Miami?". Looper.com. Retrieved October 25, 2021.
  10. ^ Rizzo, Carita (January 20, 2011). "Exclusive: CSI: Miami's Emily Procter Welcomes a Baby Girl". tvguide.com. Retrieved January 20, 2011.
  11. ^ Moynihan, Rob (July 26, 2010). "Exclusive: CSI: Miami's Emily Procter is Pregnant!". tvguide.com. Retrieved August 6, 2010.
  12. ^ Serpe, Gina (July 28, 2010). "Emily Procter's Pregnant!". E!Online. Retrieved August 3, 2010.
  13. ^ "Emily Procter: Fun, Fearless Female". Cosmopolitan. Archived from the original on January 1, 2006. Retrieved May 27, 2009. Alt URL
  14. ^ Dakss, Brian (January 23, 2006). "Emily Procter's Unlikely Side". CBS News. Archived from the original on October 24, 2012. Retrieved May 27, 2009.
  15. ^ "Get Involved: Act with YSF". Young Storytellers Foundation. Retrieved November 16, 2011.
  16. ^ "Bio". Emily Procter. Archived from the original on September 22, 2009. Retrieved November 16, 2011.
  17. ^ Charkalis, Diana McKeon (February 10, 2005). "'CSI' star takes mystery out of tasteful décor". USA Today. Retrieved May 27, 2009.
  18. ^ Yovanovich, Linda (July 24, 2009). "HGTV's 'Showdown' smacks of 'Iron' competition". North Bay Nugget. Archived from the original on August 22, 2009. Retrieved July 24, 2009.
  19. ^ "Love Everlasting 2016 Directed by Rob Diamond". LetterBoxD.com. Retrieved April 29, 2018.

External linksEdit

  • Official website
  • Emily Procter at IMDb