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Elaine Richards

played by Samaire Armstrong

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Elaine Richards is Maggie’s best friend. A single, attractive woman, Elaine is well put-together and good at her job as an assistant bank manager, but there is a fragility to her competent exterior. Being the financial and emotional support for her brother Ray has made it difficult for Elaine to live her own life. But when a phenomenon happens that directly affects her family, will she finally get the help she needs?

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Most recently, Samaire Armstrong has appeared on television in the recurring roles of Darvany Jennings in Sons of Anarchy and Summer Edgecombe in The Mentalist. She starred as Juliet Darling in ABC's Dirty Sexy Money. Feature film work has included Windsor Drive, A Winter Rose, 5 Souls, Concrete Blondes, It's A Boy Girl Thing, and Around June. Other film credits include the thriller Stay Alive and the Fox feature Just My Luck, opposite Lindsay Lohan.

Armstrong is well known for her portrayal of Emily on HBO's Entourage and as Anna on Fox's The O.C. In 2004 Entertainment Weekly named her as a Breakthrough Artist of the Year for her work on both shows. Other television roles include Freaks and Geeks, Judging Amy, Party of Five, That's Life, ER and a pivotal role in a particularly creepy episode of the X-Files.

Born in Japan, Armstrong's mother still has the video of her at three years old saying that she wanted to be an actress. Although she didn't pursue it professionally until a few years ago, she spent her high school and college years performing in various stage productions, including The Miracle Worker, The Hobbit, A Chance Meeting and Impromptu. It was in Japan that a five-year-old Armstrong was trained in the martial arts of sword training and judo, and although she hasn't been called on to use her expert skills yet, she still practices weekly.

When not busy working, Armstrong spends some of her spare time designing a line of clothing, NARU, which has been featured in magazines like Vogue, Elle, W, Cosmogirl and InStyle, and is currently being sold in small boutiques in Los Angeles.

Currently Armstrong resides in Los Angeles.

PERSONAL INFORMATION
HOMETOWN Tokyo, Japan
BIRTHDATE October 31