Kaitlin Olson

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Kaitlin Olson
Kaitlin Olson by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Born Kaitlin Willow Olson[1]
(1975-08-18) August 18, 1975 (age 39)
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
Alma mater University of Oregon
Occupation Actress
Years active 2000–present
Notable work Deandra Reynolds in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Spouse(s) Rob McElhenney
Children 2

Kaitlin Willow Olson (born August 18, 1975) is an American actress. A native of Oregon, Olson studied theatre in college and began her acting career as a member of the improvisational group Groundlings in Los Angeles. She made several supporting appearances in films and television in the early 2000s before landing the role of Deandra "Sweet Dee" Reynolds on the FX black comedy series It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, which she has starred in since 2005.

Early life[edit]

Olson was born in Portland, Oregon,[2] and lived on an island across from Seattle, Washington until the age of eight.[3] Olson later relocated with her family to the Tigard and Tualatin area outside of Portland, where she grew up on a farm.[4][5] Her father, Donald Olson, worked as the publisher of the Portland Tribune.[6] At age twelve, Olson was involved in a serious bike accident that resulted in her fracturing her skull, which required reconstructive surgery.[4] Olson studied theatre at the University of Oregon,[7] graduating with a B.S. in theatre arts in 1997.[8] After college, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting professionally.


Olson was a part of the improvisational group the Groundlings.[4] She toured with the USO to Bosnia, Kosovo, and Norway. She made several guest appearances in films and television series such as Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Drew Carey Show, The Jamie Kennedy Experiment, Out of Practice, Miss Match, Family Guy, and Punk'd. She had a minor role in the film Coyote Ugly.[9] In 2004, she was cast as Deandra "Sweet Dee" Reynolds in the FX sitcom It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.[10] She also voiced Ethel in the first season of the Comedy Central animated series Brickleberry. She had a recurring role as Hartley Underwood, the "one-armed" neighbor in the FX series The Riches.

Personal life[edit]

Olson married her It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia co-star, Rob McElhenney, in California on September 27, 2008.[11][12][13] The couple started dating in secret during season two of the TV series.[14][15] They had their first child, a boy named Axel Lee, on September 1, 2010. Olson went into labor at a Philadelphia Phillies game, and Axel was born in their home as planned.[16] Their second son, Leo Grey McElhenney, was born on April 5, 2012.[17]


Olson was named the 2008 "Mailbag Crush" by Sports Illustrated writer Stewart Mandel in his College Football Mailbag SI.com column.[18]



Olson at the Hollywood Walk of Fame in August 2011
Year Title Role Notes
2000 Eyes to Heaven
2000 Jacks Jocelyn
2000 Coyote Ugly Bidding Customer
2001 Fugly Cha Cha Short film
2002 Meet the Marks Kaitlin Marks
2003 Scapegoats Jeannie Short film
2009 Weather Girl Sherry
2010 Leap Year Libby
2010 Held Up Rocky 2
2013 The Heat Tatiana
2015 Vacation Filming
2016 Finding Dory Killer Whale Voice


Year Title Role Notes
2000–2007 Curb Your Enthusiasm Becky 6 episodes
2002–2004 The Drew Carey Show Traylor 12 episodes
2003 Miss Match Jillian Episode: "Who's Sari Now?"
2004 Significant Others Lauren Episode: "The First Time"
2004 George Lopez Janet Episode: "Home Sweet Homeschool"
2005 Kelsey Grammer Presents: The Sketch Show Various Characters
2005–present It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Deandra "Sweet Dee" Reynolds 103 episodes
2006 Out of Practice Debbie Episode: "Model Behavior"
2007 The Riches Hartley Underwood 5 episodes
2011 Family Guy Brenda Quagmire Voice
2 episodes
2012 Unsupervised Carol / Danielle Voice
7 episodes
2012 Brickleberry Ethel Voice
Season 1
2014-2015 New Girl Ashley 2 Episodes


  1. ^ "Kaitlin Willow Olson". Ancestry.com. 
  2. ^ Valentino, Silas (2013-11-15). "Q&A with Kaitlin Olson and Rob McElhenny from 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia'". Daily Emerald. Retrieved 2014-11-03. 
  3. ^ "One on One with Kaitlin Olson". Hobo Trash Can. 2008-09-18. Retrieved 2014-11-05. 
  4. ^ a b c Bartels, Eric (June 27, 2006). "Comedian gets funny in Philly". The Portland Tribune. Retrieved 2007-03-20. 
  5. ^ "Q&A: Kaitlin Olson, Tualatin native, stars in 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia'". Oregon Live. 2010-09-15. Retrieved 2014-11-05. 
  6. ^ Bartels, Eric. "Comedian gets funny in Philly". Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Biography". tv.com. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  8. ^ Fullmer, Chelsea. "Kaitlin Olson '97". UO Alumni. Retrieved 2014-11-04. 
  9. ^ "Seen on the screen". News & Observer. 20 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-17. 
  10. ^ Cunningham, Amrie (September 13, 2007). "Interview: Kaitlin Olson". TheTVaddict.com. Retrieved 2008-01-17. 
  11. ^ Gross, Dan (September 4, 2007). "It's Sunny for McElhenney". Philadelphia Daily News. Retrieved 2007-10-17. 
  12. ^ "'It's Always Sunny' Stars Wed!". Entertainment Tonight. 2008-10-01. Retrieved 2008-10-12. 
  13. ^ "OK! Exclusive: Kaitlin Olson & Rob McElhenney Wed". OK!. 2008-10-01. Retrieved 2008-10-12. 
  14. ^ "Still 'Sunny' after all these years: Kaitlin Olson talks 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia'". Metro. 2013-09-16. Retrieved 2013-09-16. 
  15. ^ "Interview with actress Kaitlin Olson". Elle. 2009-11-12. Retrieved 2009-11-12. 
  16. ^ "Kaitlin Olson, Rob McElhenney Welcome Son Axel Lee". People.com. 2010-09-02. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  17. ^ Johnson, Zach. "Meet Kaitlin Olson and Rob McElhenney's Son Leo Grey!". US Weekly. US Magazine. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  18. ^ Mandel, Stewart (2008-07-02). "Unveiling the Mailbag Crush, my surprise teams for '08 and more". SI.com. Retrieved 2008-07-03. 

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