Before playing the fan-favorite character Special Agent Eleanor Bishop on “NCIS” starting in 2013, Wickersham was staying busy with other acting roles.
From guest roles in shows like “Gossip Girl,” “The Bridge,” “The Sopranos,” “Trauma,” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” Wickersham got valuable on-screen experience. She recently announced she would not be coming back to “NCIS” for season 19 in the fall.
So, although her career as an “NCIS” agent is over, it’s clear Wickersham is talented beyond her duties as a fictional agent.
In fact, she even appeared alongside a “Yellowstone” actor in one of the first films she appeared in.
She was in the hit thriller “Gone” from 2012. She played the character Molly Conway. Her role was not huge in the film, however. She was off-screen most of the time, but her character was still pretty vital to the plot. Her sister in the film, Jill, played by Amanda Seyfried, had escaped from a serial killer the year before. Also in the movie were huge Hollywood stars Sebastian Stan (known for playing the Winter Soldier in the Marvel Universe), Jennifer Carpenter (“Dexter”), and “Yellowstone” star Wes Bentley.
Fans of the Kevin Costner-led Western series “Yellowstone” on Paramount Network will recognize Bentley. He plays Jamie Dutton on the television series.
In the film, Wickersham’s character actually goes missing. Her sister believes it’s that same killer that abducted her last year. As it turns out, there is definitely a killer on the loose again. Molly is off the screen because she ends up literally tied down somewhere for the majority of the film.
You may also recognize Wickersham for very small appearances in movies like “Glitch,” “I Am Number Four,” “Remember Me,” and “Definitely, Maybe.”
Emily Wickersham Leaving ‘NCIS’
Wickersham has not provided any real reasoning as to why she is leaving behind “NCIS” and her role as Special Agent Eleanor Bishop.
There appears to be no bad blood between her and the show or network. It’s most likely, not confirmed, that she left the show to pursue new projects instead. She had been with “NCIS” for eight years and about 172 episodes. It may have just been time for something new and more exciting.
“I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of a show where I got to show up and act and laugh and learn with wonderful people. A moment in time I surely won’t forget. Thank you CBS and NCIS for including me in a part of television history,” Wickersham wrote in an Instagram post.
Many fans took the news hard. “NCIS” characters tend to be around for years, so when they leave, it can be a tough pill to swallow. One Twitter user shared that her character inspired her to pursue a similar career. Wickersham’s powerful and confident presence on the show inspired a lot of women.
“Emily Wickersham played Ellie Bishop, a powerful, talented, persevering and empowered woman!…Thank you @EmilyWickersham for creating such an amazing character — one that inspired me to pursue a career in intelligence myself. Fans will miss you, but I think I speak for all of us when I say there’s only one Ellie Bishop,” one Twitter user said.