Alia Shawkat

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Alia Shawkat
Alia Shawkat at Arrested Development Reunion.jpg
Shawkat in October 2011
Born Alia Martine Shawkat
(1989-04-18) April 18, 1989 (age 25)
Riverside, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1999–present

Alia Martine Shawkat (/ˈæliə ˈʃkɑːt/ AL-ee-ə SHOH-kaht; born April 18, 1989) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Maeby Fünke in the Fox television series Arrested Development.

Personal life[edit]

Shawkat was born in Riverside, California to Dina (née Burke) and actor Tony Shawkat. She grew up in nearby Palm Springs.[1] She has two brothers.[2] The actor Paul Burke was her maternal grandfather. Her father is Iraqi, from Baghdad.[3] Her mother is of half-Norwegian, one-quarter-Irish, and one-quarter-Italian descent.[4]

When she is not working (acting), she likes to paint; she has participated in gallery shows in Los Angeles, Mexico City and Paris. She also likes to make music and sing in jazz bars.[5]


As Maeby Fünke, Shawkat was a regular cast member of Arrested Development for the entire run of the show from 2003 to 2006.[6] The series received nearly universally positive reviews, with Shawkat's performance occasionally singled out for praise. Pop-culture commentator Brian M. Palmer remarked that she was "one of the brightest lights on a show populated solely by bright lights,"[7] and Scott Weinberg of eFilmCritic described her as "one funny young lady."[8] In an interview with The A.V. Club in 2010, Shawkat remarked that many of her "formative moments" as an actress took place on the Arrested Development set: " [Show creator] Mitch Hurwitz was like a father figure to me. In a way, it was great to be around [the cast], because I feel that my understanding of comedy was able to grow really well during that time."[9]

In 2009, Shawkat appeared in Whip It co-star Har Mar Superstar's music video for "Tall Boy", which also featured Eva Mendes and Eric Wareheim. In October 2009, it was announced that Shawkat, Har Mar, and fellow Whip It co-star Page would produce and write a show for HBO called Stitch N' Bitch.[9] According to the Hollywood Reporter, the show "follows two painfully cool hipster girls as they relocate from Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood to Los Angeles' Silver Lake enclave in hopes of becoming artists--of any kind."[10]

Shawkat, along with Arrested Development co-star Mae Whitman, sang guest vocals on a number of tracks from indie-punk band Fake Problems' 2010 album Real Ghosts Caught on Tape.[11]

Six years after the series was canceled by Fox, filming for a revived fourth season of Arrested Development began on August 7, 2012 and Shawkat reprised her role as Maeby Fünke. The season consists of 15 new episodes which debuted at the same time on Netflix on May 26, 2013. Each episode focuses on one particular character, with Shawkat's Maeby, now a high school senior, featured in episode 12, "Señoritis" and appearing in several other episodes of the season.


Year Title Role Notes
1999 JAG Young Mac 1 Episode
Three Kings Amir's Daughter
2000 Trial of Old Drum, TheThe Trial of Old Drum Dee TV film
2002 State of Grace Young Hannah Rayburn Series regular
Presidio Med Tara Wegman 1 Episode
2003 Without a Trace Siobhan Arintero 1 Episode
Boomtown Denise Stein 1 Episode
2003-2006; 2013 Arrested Development Mae "Maeby" Fünke Series regular (68 Episodes)
2005 Rebound Amy
Queen of Cactus Cove Billie
Last Call with Carson Daly Herself 1 Episode
Blow Out Herself 1 Episode
2006 Veronica Mars Stacy Wells 1 Episode
Not Like Everyone Else Brandi Blackbear TV Film
Deck the Halls Madison Finch
2007 Business, TheThe Business Screenwriting Manicurist 2 Episodes
2008 Bad Mother's Handbook, TheThe Bad Mother's Handbook Charlotte TV Film
Bart Got a Room Camille
Prom Wars Diana Riggs
Starter Series, TheThe Starter Series Robin 3 Episodes
2009 Amreeka Salma
Whip It Pash
Arrested Development Documentary Project Herself
Made in Hollywood Herself 1 Episode
Sundance Directors Lab Herself 1 Episode
2010 Runaways, TheThe Runaways Robin
The League April 1 Episode
Lie, TheThe Lie Seven
2011 Cedar Rapids Bree
Oranges, TheThe Oranges Vanessa
"Our Deal" Best Coast music video
2012 Damsels in Distress Madge
That's What She Said Clementine
Ruby Sparks Mabel
The Brass Teapot Louise
2013 The End of Love Herself Cameo
The To Do List Fiona
Night Moves Surprise
The Late Late Show Herself 1 Episode
NTSF:SD:SUV:: Gail 1 Episode
Getting Doug With High Herself 1 Episode
The Moment Jessie
2014 Life After Beth Roz
Drunk History Frances Cleveland 1 episode
Getting On Colleen Hoover 4 episodes
2015 The Final Girls Gertie Filming
The Driftless Area Carrie
Green Room Filming


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