Carrie Preston, born June 21, 1967 in Macon, Georgia, is an American actress who plays the role of Arlene Fowler Bellefleur on the HBO original series True Blood. Making her debut in the series' premiere episode, "Strange Love", in the series' first season, Carrie is a guest starring actress who played a recurring role through the series' first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh seasons. Playing the role of the current owner of Bellefluer's Bar and Grill, and friend to Sookie Stackhouse, Carrie had been married five times, and has three children, Coby, Lisa and Mikey. Married to Terry Bellefleur in the fourth season, and taking his surname as her married name, her marriage was abruptly halted due to Terry's untimely death the series' sixth season. Although it has never been addressed directly, Carrie seems to be a medium, albeit one of far less power than Lafayette Reynolds. She was able to see the ghosts of Rene, Mavis and Zaafira. If she is a medium, even one of lesser power, this would explain Mikey's mediumship. Carrie was last seen in the series' finale episode, "Thank You", in the series' seventh, and final, season.
Born and raised in Macon, Georgia, to an artist and art therapist mother and a geo-technical engineer father, a young Carrie Preston discovered her true calling in performing arts. At the age of 12, she became the impresario of her own front-yard theater company as producer, writer, casting director, costumer, director and actress. Preston later obtained a bachelor's degree from the University of Evansville followed with an acting diploma from the prestigious performing arts school Juilliard School. After attending Juilliard, Preston went on to work in performing arts.
Preston has worked with her husband, actor Michael Emerson, on a number of projects. Emerson plays Ben Linus on television's Lost, and Preston was a guest star in episode 20 of season 3, The Man Behind the Curtain. She played Ben's mother Emily for several flashback scenes, though she and Emerson never appeared in any scenes together. Emerson and Preston were both featured in the 2004 comedy Straight-Jacket, and the 2008 feature film Ready? OK!.
Preston is co-owner of the production company Daisy 3 Pictures with James Vasquez and Mark Holmes.
Since 2008, Preston has appeared in the ongoing HBO series True Blood as Arlene Fowler.