Carrie Preston (born June 21, 1967) is an American actress, producer and director. She is known for her roles as Arlene Fowler in the HBO thriller series True Blood. She also starred as Polly in TNT comedy-drama series Claws.

For Disney, she played VTA- Administrator in the 1999 Touchstone Pictures film Cradle Will Rock, Emily Linus in Lost, and Lucy Lindquist in Desperate Housewives. She also appeared in other ABC Studios TV shows.