Hannigan in 2003
|Born||Alyson Lee Hannigan
March 24, 1974
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Alexis Denisof (m. 2003)|
Alyson Lee Hannigan (born March 24, 1974) is an American actress. She is best known for her roles as Willow Rosenberg in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003), Lily Aldrin on the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother (2005–present) and Michelle Flaherty in the American Pie film series (1999–present).
Hannigan was born in Washington, D.C., the only child of Emilie (Posner) Haas, a real estate agent, and Al Hannigan, a truck driver. Her father is of Irish descent and her mother is Jewish. Her parents divorced when she was two and she was raised mostly by her mother in Atlanta, Georgia.
At age four, Hannigan began appearing in commercials. She moved to Hollywood at age 11. Living with her mother and attending North Hollywood High School, she successfully auditioned for agents while visiting her father in Santa Barbara. After attending North Hollywood High School, she attended California State University, Northridge where she earned a degree in psychology.
Hannigan's first major film role was in My Stepmother Is an Alien, a science fiction comedy released in 1988; one of her co-stars in the film was actor Seth Green, who later joined her in the regular cast of Buffy as her on-screen boyfriend. Then in 1989, her first regular role on a TV series came when she was cast in the short-lived ABC sitcom Free Spirit. As a teenager, Hannigan babysat for the kids of Bob Saget, who later narrated her TV series, How I Met Your Mother.
In 1997, Hannigan was cast to play Willow Rosenberg, Buffy Summers' best friend, on the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The show became a success, and Hannigan gained recognition, subsequently appearing in several notable films aimed at teenage audiences, including American Pie, American Pie 2, Boys and Girls and American Wedding. She also had a guest spot on the Buffy spin-off, Angel, reprising her role of Willow in a few episodes (including most notably "Orpheus," during the fourth season of Angel and the seventh season of Buffy), but none after Buffy finished production.
In early 2004, Hannigan made her West End debut, starring in a stage adaptation of When Harry Met Sally... at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, opposite Luke Perry. In 2005, Hannigan returned to starring in a regular television series, appearing in the hit comedy How I Met Your Mother as Lily, and also playing a recurring guest role on Veronica Mars as Trina Echolls. In February 2006, Hannigan starred as Julia Jones in Date Movie, a parody of romantic comedies. She was also a guest star on the ABC animated sitcom The Goode Family in 2009.
Hannigan joined forces with Emily Deschanel, Jaime King, Minka Kelly, and Katharine McPhee in a "video slumber party" featured on FunnyorDie.com to promote regular breast cancer screenings for the organization Stand Up 2 Cancer.
Hannigan married fellow Buffy the Vampire Slayer actor Alexis Denisof at Two Bunch Palms Resort in Desert Hot Springs, California, on October 11, 2003. The couple have two daughters, Satyana Marie Denisof, born March 24, 2009, and Keeva Jane Denisof, born May 23, 2012. Hannigan and her husband are godparents to Joss Whedon's son, Arden.
On February 13, 2013, Hannigan was granted a temporary restraining order against New Hampshire resident John Hobbs after he began sending her threatening and obsessive messages via the Internet, wishing to meet and possibly kill her. On March 6, 2013, the restraining order was extended to last for an additional 4 years.
|1986||Impure Thoughts||Patty Stubbs||As Allison Hannigan|
|1988||My Stepmother Is an Alien||Jessie Mills|
|1991||Switched at Birth||Gina Twigg, Age 13–16||TV movie|
|1995||The Stranger Beside Me||Dana||TV movie|
|1996||A Case for Life||Iris||TV movie|
|1996||For My Daughter's Honor||Kelly||TV movie|
|1998||Dead Man on Campus||Lucy|
|1999||Hayley Wagner, Star||Jenna Jakes||TV movie|
|1999||American Pie||Michelle Flaherty|
|2000||Boys and Girls||Betty|
|2001||American Pie 2||Michelle Flaherty|
|2001||Beyond the City Limits||Lexi|
|2003||American Wedding||Michelle Flaherty|
|2005||In the Game||Unknown||TV series|
|2006||Date Movie||Julia Jones|
|2011||Love, Wedding, Marriage||Courtney|
|2012||American Reunion||Michelle Flaherty-Levenstein|
|1989–1990||Free Spirit||Jessie Harper||Main role; 14 episodes|
|1990||Roseanne||Jan||Episode: "Like, a New Job"|
|1993||Almost Home||Samantha||2 episodes|
|1994||Touched by an Angel||Cassie Peters||Episode: "Cassie's Choice"|
|1996||Picket Fences||Peggy Patterson||Episode: "To Forgive Is Devine"|
|1996||Friends for Life||Emma Daniels||Unaired TV pilot|
|1997–2003||Buffy the Vampire Slayer||Willow Rosenberg||Main role; 144 episodes|
|1999–2000||100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd||Gigi||2 episodes|
|2000||Wild Thornberrys, TheThe Wild Thornberrys||Gerda||Episode: "Every Little Bit Alps"|
|2001–2003||Angel||Willow Rosenberg||3 episodes|
|2004||That '70s Show||Suzy Simpson||2 episodes|
|2004||King of the Hill||Stacey Gibson||Episode: "Talking Shop"|
|2005||Veronica Mars||Trina Echolls||3 episodes|
|2005–2014||How I Met Your Mother||Lily Aldrin||Main Role|
|2009||Goode Family, TheThe Goode Family||Michelle||Episode: "Graffiti in Greenville"|
|2011||Simpsons, TheThe Simpsons||Melody||Episode: "Flaming Moe"|
|2011||American Dad!||Chelsea||2 episodes|
|2013||Hollywood Game Night||Herself||Episode: "The One With the Friends"|
Awards and nominations
- Wihlborg, Ulrica (2009-03-31). "Alyson Hannigan Welcomes a Daughter!". People. Retrieved 2009-03-31.
- "How I Met Your Mother Cast: Alyson Hannigan". CBS. Retrieved 2012-06-12.
- "Former Atlantan Alyson Hannigan interview for ‘How I Met Your Mother’". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. September 21, 2009. Retrieved 2012-06-12.
- "Film Reference Alyson Hannigan Bio". Filmreference.com. Archived from the original on 10 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-07.
- Bloom, Nate (2004-07-09). "Celebrity Jews". the Jewish News Weekly of Northern California. Retrieved 2006-07-16.
- Biography for Alyson Hannigan at the Internet Movie Database
- "Interview: Alyson Hannigan on American Pie". Scotland on Sunday. April 22, 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-12.
- "Alyson Hannigan". SuperiorPics.com. Retrieved 2010-04-18.
- "It's Evening in America". Vanity Fair. May 2012. Page 158.
- "Where Are They Now? Buffy the Vampire Slayer". People. December 3, 2007. Retrieved 2012-06-12.
- "When Harry Met Sally, Review by Philip Fisher (2004)". British Theatre Guide. Retrieved 2010-04-18.
- "'Veronica Mars' scoop". Chicago Tribune. January 20, 2006. Retrieved 2012-06-12.
- Alyson Hannigan at the Internet Movie Database
- Kate Stanhope (2009-10-01). "Deschanel, Hannigan and Others Cop a Feel for a Cause". TVGuide.com. Archived from the original on 1 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-01.
- "Alyson Hannigan, Cobie Smulders and 'Mother'-hood". USA Today. April 15, 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-12.
- "Alyson Hannigan and Alexis Denisof Welcome Daughter Keeva Jane". People. June 12, 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-12.
- Hannigan is godmother of Joss Whedon's son, Alyson Hannigan.
- Finn, Natalie. Alyson Hannigan Secures Restraining Order Over Alleged Online Death Threats ca.eonline.com. February 13, 2013. Retrieved on March 13, 2013.
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