Shawkat in October 2011
|Born||Alia Martine Shawkat
April 18, 1989
Riverside, California, U.S.
Shawkat was born in Riverside, California to Dina (née Burke) and actor Tony Shawkat. She grew up in nearby Palm Springs. She has two brothers. The actor Paul Burke was her maternal grandfather. Her father is Iraqi, from Baghdad. Her mother is of half-Norwegian, one-quarter-Irish, and one-quarter-Italian descent.
As Maeby Fünke, Shawkat was a regular cast member of Arrested Development for the entire run of the show from 2003 to 2006. 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," and Scott Weinberg of eFilmCritic described her as "one funny young lady." 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."
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. 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."
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.
|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||Arrested Development||Mae "Maeby" Fünke||Series regular (53 Episodes)|
|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|
|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||Post-production|
|Oranges, TheThe Oranges||Vanessa|
|"Our Deal"||Best Coast music video|
|2012||Damsels in Distress||Madge|
|That's What She Said||Clementine|
|The Brass Teapot||Louise|
|2013||The To Do List||Fiona|
|Arrested Development||Mae "Maeby" Fünke||13 Episodes|
|The Late Late Show||Herself||1 Episode|
|Getting Doug With High||Herself||1 Episode|
|2014||Life After Beth||Roz|
|2015||The Final Girls||Gertie||Filming|
- "Alia Shawkat – DVD – Interview". The A.V. Club.
- "Internet Movie Database – Alia Shawkat – Biography". IMDb.
- Alia Shawkat (2013-05-28). The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. CBS. Event occurs at 34:52. "(Shawkat) "I'm half Iraqi, my dad's from Bagdhad""
- Cheirif, Samantha (October 1, 2012). "Alia Shawkat Talks THE ORANGES, Cut Scenes and Alternate Ending, and Returning to ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT". Collider.com. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
- "Internet Movie Database – Alia Shawkat". IMDB.
- "Interview with Brian M. Palmer".
- "eFilmCritic – DVD Review: Arrested Development Season 1".
- "Interview". The A.V. Club.
- "Ellen Page, Arrested Development's Alia Shawkat, and Har Mar Superstar (!) working on HBO show". The A.V. Club.
- Alia Shawkat reference in CD release announcement