Allison Williams (actress)

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Allison Williams
Allison Williams July 2012.jpg
Williams during an interview in New York City's Washington Square Park in July 2012
Born (1988-04-13) April 13, 1988 (age 26)
Education Yale University
Occupation Actress
Partner(s) Ricky Van Veen (engaged)
Parents Brian Williams
Jane Gillan Stoddard

Allison Williams (born April 13,[1] 1988) is an American actress, comedian, and musician. She stars as Marnie Michaels on the HBO television series Girls.

Early life[edit]

Williams was born in Connecticut,[2] and is the daughter of NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams[3] and Jane Gillan Stoddard, a TV producer. On her mother's side, she is a three times great-granddaughter of the abolitionist Rev. Owen Lovejoy.[citation needed] Williams was raised in New Canaan, Connecticut. She graduated from Yale University in 2010.[3] While at Yale, Williams was a member of the improv comedy troupe Just Add Water for four years,[4] as well as being a part of the YouTube web series College Musical,[5] and was inducted into St. Elmo.[6]


In 2010, Williams performed a mashup of "Nature Boy" set to RJD2's "A Beautiful Mine", the theme song for the television series Mad Men.[7] The YouTube video of the performance received widespread praise on the Internet,[8] and convinced Judd Apatow that she should be given a part in the HBO TV series Girls.[3] She was cast shortly after and credited her experience at Just Add Water for passing the audition.[4][9] Girls premiered on April 15, 2012.

Williams wrote a series of Funny or Die sketches, in which she starred as newlywed Kate Middleton[3] with British actor and model Oliver Jackson-Cohen as Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.[10] Williams appeared in the third season of The League, as Danielle in the episode "The Guest Bong."

Williams has appeared as a recurring character, Cheryl, in the CollegeHumor series Jake and Amir.[11][12]

Personal life[edit]

Williams is currently[when?] engaged to Ricky Van Veen, the co-founder of CollegeHumor.[13]


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Our Generation Deborah 2 episodes
2011 Will & Kate: Before Happily Ever After Kate Web series
The League Danielle 1 episode
2012–present Girls Marnie Michaels Main role
2013 The Mindy Project Jillian 3 episodes


  1. ^ "Celebrity Birthdays on April 13th". Miami Herald. 
  2. ^ "Allison Williams in town for Boston Common". The Boston Globe. 2013-03-08. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  3. ^ a b c d Schuster, Dana (2011-08-05). "Anchor’s away". New York Post. Retrieved 2011-12-28. 
  4. ^ a b Serna, Danny (2011-01-11). "HBO picks up new television series starring Allison Williams ’10". Yale Daily News. Retrieved 2011-12-28. 
  5. ^ Emily A. Farris (2010-07-19). "Brian Williams' Daughter Plays Sensual TA in College Musical Web Series". Retrieved 2013-04-16. 
  6. ^ Klein, Alex. "WEB EXCLUSIVE: Every Yale Secret Society, 2009-2010 (or, A Tribute to Rumpus)". IvyGate Blog. Retrieved 26 April 2012. 
  7. ^ Shea, Danny (2010-10-13). "Allison Williams, Brian Williams' Daughter, Sings 'Mad Men' Theme Song". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2011-12-28. 
  8. ^ Sklar, Rachel (2010-10-14). "Allison Williams, This Week The Biggest Star In Her Family (Sorry, BriWi)". Mediaite. Retrieved 2011-12-28. 
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2010-10-28). "Trio Cast In Lena Dunham’s HBO Pilot, Including Brian Williams’ Daughter Allison". Retrieved 2011-12-28. 
  10. ^ "Allison Williams on Funny or Die". Retrieved 2013-04-16. 
  11. ^ "Jake and Amir: Cheryl - CollegeHumor Video". 2011-12-01. Retrieved 2013-04-16. 
  12. ^ "Jake and Amir: Cheryl Part 2 (starring Allison Williams) - CollegeHumor Video". 2012-08-14. Retrieved 2013-04-16. 
  13. ^ Blumm, K.C. and Julie Jordan (February 26, 2014). "Allison Williams Is Engaged". Retrieved February 26, 2014. 

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