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Stephanie Italia Ricci (Italian: [iˈtaːlja ˈrittʃi]; born October 29, 1986) is a Canadian actress best known for playing White House Chief of Staff and Special Advisor Emily Rhodes in Designated Survivor.

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Ricci at the 2017 Heroes & Villains FanFest
Stephanie Italia Ricci

(1986-10-29) October 29, 1986 (age 32)
Alma materQueen's University
Years active2007–present
Robbie Amell (m. 2016)


Ricci made her major acting debut in 2007, in the American Pie direct-to-video film, Beta House.[1] She then went on to have a recurring role on the Disney XD series Aaron Stone. Ricci also appeared in the music video "Hate" by Plain White T's as the ex-girlfriend.

During 2009, Ricci began appearing in American productions with minor roles in How I Met Your Mother, House and Greek. During that same year, she had a recurring role in the Comedy Central series Secret Girlfriend as Sasha. In 2010, she co-starred in the Cartoon Network live-action series Unnatural History as Maggie Winnock. She also appeared in a Clean & Clear commercial as herself. In 2011, she appeared in the short film Valediction.

In 2013, Ricci appeared in a small role in Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut film Don Jon. From 2014 to 2015, she played April Carver in the ABC Family series Chasing Life.[2][3]

Ricci joined the cast of Supergirl in December 2015 as Siobhan Smythe / Silver Banshee.[4] Since September 2016, Ricci has starred as Emily Rhodes in the ABC political drama Designated Survivor.[5] The show was renewed by Netflix for a third season which was released on June 7, 2019.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

Ricci was born in Richmond Hill, Ontario, and is of Italian descent. She graduated from Queen's University.

She began dating Canadian actor Robbie Amell in July 2008.[7] They became engaged on August 19, 2014,[8] and were married on October 15, 2016.[9] In April 2019, they revealed they were expecting their first child. They welcomed their son, Robert Amell V, on September 12th, 2019.[10]


Year Title Role Notes
2007 American Pie Presents: Beta House Laura Johnson Direct-to-video film
2008 The Death of Indie Rock Diane
2012 Valediction Erica Short film
2013 Don Jon Gina
2013 Dean Slater: Resident Advisor Samantha Montaigne
2014 The Remaining Allison
2019 Rome in Love Amelia Tate Hallmark Movie
Year Title Role Notes
2009 Aaron Stone Chase Ravenwood 5 episodes
2009 How I Met Your Mother Hot Woman #1 Episode: "The Front Porch"
2009 House Immigration Officer #2 Episode: "House Divided"
2009 Greek Delia Episode: "Social Studies"
2009 Secret Girlfriend Sasha 6 episodes
2010 True Jackson, VP Herself Episode: "Pajama Party"
2010 Unnatural History Maggie Winnock Series regular
2012 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Vanessa Drake Episode: "Pick and Roll"
2014–15 Chasing Life April Carver Lead role
Nominated – Golden Maple Award for Newcomer of the Year in a TV series broadcasted in the U.S. (2015)[11]
2015 Fatal Memories Sutton Roberts Lifetime movie
2016 Supergirl Siobhan Smythe / Silver Banshee 5 episodes [12]
2016 Late Bloomer Jenny Taft Hallmark TV Movie
2016–2019 Designated Survivor Emily Rhodes Series regular


  1. ^ Italia Ricci: Her Lucky Break and Her New Show Archived 2012-11-17 at the Wayback Machine,
  2. ^ "Breaking News - ABC Family Starts Production on New Drama Series "Chasing Life"". August 14, 2013. Retrieved October 3, 2013.
  3. ^ "ABC Family's 'Chasing Life' Canceled After Two Seasons". Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  4. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: 'Supergirl' Lands 'Chasing Life' Star in Major Villain Role". Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (5 February 2016). "'Designated Survivor' Casts Kal Penn, Maggie Q, Natascha McElhone, Italia Ricci".
  6. ^ Nellie, Andreeva; Petski, Denise (October 18, 2018). "'Designated Survivor': Anthony Edwards & Julie White Cast In Season 3 On Netflix". Deadline. Retrieved October 27, 2018.
  7. ^ Falls, Kayla (June 16, 2013). "Italia Ricci is Robbie Amell's real life leading lady". Archived from the original on April 22, 2014. Retrieved May 22, 2014.
  8. ^ Longeretta, Emily (August 20, 2014). "Italia Ricci & Robbie Amell Engaged — After 6 Years Of Dating". Hollywood Life. Retrieved August 27, 2014.
  9. ^ "Italia Ricci's Wedding Day Beauty Look". Retrieved March 27, 2017.
  10. ^ Cronin, Colleen. "The Flash's Robbie Amell and Designated Survivor's Italia Ricci Welcome Son Robert V". Retrieved October 9, 2019.
  11. ^ Levine, Sydney. "Golden Maple Awards'15 Winners Include Brandon Jay McLaren and Amanda Crew | IndieWire". Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  12. ^ ""Supergirl" Italia Ricci joins series as Silver Banshee". Chidumga Izuzu. Retrieved 2 February 2016.

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