Who Is Erica Shepherd on ‘The Enemy Within?’

Erica Shepherd is played by Jennifer Carpenter on NBC’s new crime drama The Enemy Within. Carpenter is most known for playing Debra Morgan on the Showtime series Dexter, in which she starred as the title character’s sister and earned a Saturn Award for her performance in 2009.

Jennifer Carpenter
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Also known for playing Rebecca Harris on the CBS show Limitless, Jennifer Carpenter tends towards powerful and determined characters. Thus, it’s no surprise that she now stars as an ex-CIA operative turned American traitor in The Enemy Within.

Jennifer Carpenter was born in Louisville, Kentucky and moved to NYC to attend The Julliard School following her studies at Sacred Heart Academy. Before graduating Julliard, Carpenter was cast in The Crucible On Broadway alongside Liam Neeson and Laura Linney.

In 2004, Carpenter appeared in the comedy White Chicks starring Marlon and Shawn Wayans. This role catapulted her into stardom; she would premiere in Dexter, as a significant member of the ensemble, just two years later.

What is Jennifer Carpenter’s net worth?

Jennifer Carpenter is worth $8 million, according to CelebrityNetWorth. While starring on Dexter, she earned $100,000 per episode, which is still her greatest success to date. However, her new lead role on The Enemy Within might change that; it is a primetime network show.

While Jennifer Carpenter’s pay per episode for The Enemy Within has yet to be reported, you can estimate her salary based on what NBC tends to pay its actors.

Using This Is Us as an example, the two actors with the most comprehensive resumes – Milo Ventimiglia and Mandy Moore – started with a salary of $185,000 each per episode. However, newcomer Chrissy Metz started at $40,000 an episode, while Sterling K. Brown started at $85,000, according to Money.com.

Given that Jennifer Carpenter is definitely more accomplished than Metz, but not quite as famous as Ventimiglia or Moore, she likely makes a value similar to Sterling K. Brown; however, this is just an educated guess.

Is Jennifer Carpenter married?

From 2008 until 2011, Carpenter was married to her Dexter co-star Michael C. Hall. In the show, Carpenter and Hall played siblings; however, Dexter was adopted, and the show made clear that there was more than sibling love coming from Carpenter. Looks like there was more than mutual respect between the two co-stars during filming as well; maybe that’s why the chemistry was so palpable.

Jennifer Carpenter has been married to Seth Avett since 2016, and together they have one son, Isaac Avett. He was born in 2015.

Seth Avett is one of the founding members and lead singers of the American folk-rock band The Avett Brothers. Some of the bands biggest hits include, “No Hard Feelings,” “I and Love and You,” and “Murder in the City.”

What other movies has Carpenter been in?

While starring in White Chicks and proceeding to play Debra Morgan made Carpenter a household name, she has been in a handful of other Hollywood hits. From The Exorcism of Emily Rose to Quarantine and Gone, Jennifer Carpenter has starred in several thrillers and horror flicks.

If you tend towards lighter comedies and realistic dramas, you’re less likely to be familiar with her body of work. However, if suspenseful crime dramas are up your alley, be sure to catch her every Monday at 10:00 pm EST on NBC.