Paget Brewster

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Paget Brewster
Paget Brewster.jpg
Brewster performing at the Thrilling Adventure Hour comedy radio show.
Born Paget Valerie Brewster
(1969-03-10) March 10, 1969 (age 45)
Concord, Massachusetts, United States
Occupation Actress
Years active 1997–present
Partner(s) Steve Damstra (2009-present)

Paget Valerie Brewster (born March 10, 1969) is an American actress. Her best-known roles are Kathy on NBC's Friends (first as Joey's girlfriend and later Chandler's), Supervisory Special Agent Emily Prentiss on CBS's Criminal Minds, Judy Ken Sebben aka Birdgirl on Adult Swim's Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, and Elise and Mr. Mumbles on The Hub's Dan Vs. She had numerous guest appearances on shows such as Two and a Half Men, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Modern Family, and Community.


Brewster hosted a late-night talk show in the San Francisco Bay Area in the mid-1990s called The Paget Show for 65 episodes.[1] She first came to prominent attention in her recurring role as "Kathy" in the fourth season of NBC's Friends. She appeared in Andy Richter Controls the Universe and Huff. On film she played Ms. Indestructible, the female lead in James Gunn's low-budget superhero comedy The Specials (2000). She played Amy Pierson, a calculus teacher afraid of the water, in the independent film The Big Bad Swim, which premiered at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival.

In 2005, she began voice work as Judy Sebben/Birdgirl, a recurring character on the animated series Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law (and later played a similar guest character on American Dad!).

Brewster had a long run with the show Criminal Minds, playing multi-lingual Supervisory Special Agent Emily Prentiss until the show's sixth season, when she and A. J. Cook were released from their contracts by CBS in a cost-cutting move. Due to complaints from fans, both she and Cook were rehired and kept for the following season. In February 2012, Brewster announced via Deadline that she was leaving Criminal Minds at the end of the season to pursue a possible career in comedy television.[2] Brewster reprised as Emily Prentiss in season nine for the 200th episode, as a special guest star.[3]

Brewster subsequently portrayed bureau chief ADA Paula Foster in the Public Integrity Unit of the District Attorney's office on NBC's long-running police drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Her character handled the case against SVU commanding officer Captain Donald Cragen (Dann Florek), suspected of murder after awakening next to a dead woman in the 13th season finale.[4][5][6]

Brewster is a regular on The Thrilling Adventure Hour, a staged production in the style of old-time radio that is recorded monthly at the Coronet Theatre in Los Angeles. She plays the recurring character of Sadie Doyle, the alcoholic socialite who can communicate with the supernatural alongside her husband, Frank (Paul F. Tompkins), in the "Beyond Belief" segments. In early April 2013, Brewster appeared in Modern Family as Trish in episode 20, "Flip Flop," playing an art expert who is dating Gloria's ex-husband, Javier. In August 2013, Brewster appeared in episode 106 of the Drunk History television series on Comedy Central. In January 2014 Brewster appeared on Community. In February 2014 it was announced that she had been cast in a new ABC comedy called St. Francis.

Personal life[edit]

Brewster was born on March 10, 1969, in Concord, Massachusetts. Her mother, Hathaway Brewster (née Tew), worked as a government official, and her father, Galen Brewster, worked as a school administrator.[7][8][9] She has a younger brother, Ivan.

Brewster grew up in Massachusetts and moved to New York City to attend Parsons School of Design. During her first year, she made her acting debut and eventually dropped out of design school to pursue her acting career. In the mid 1990s, Brewster moved to San Francisco and enrolled in acting classes. As of 2014 she resides in Los Angeles.

On the March 30, 2006, episode of Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Brewster revealed that she had recently received a handwritten note indicating Hugh Hefner would like her to pose for Playboy. She seriously considered the offer, but even though she said that she admired Playboy more than magazines such as Maxim and FHM and her parents gave her their blessing, she eventually turned it down for career reasons.[10] She has volunteered as an actress with the Los Angeles Young Storytellers Program.[11]

On March 17, 2013, Brewster became engaged to Steve Damstra. She made the announcement via Twitter by posting a photograph of the jade engagement ring on her finger.[12][13] Damstra is in the band Folded Light and is a friend of Brewster's Criminal Minds co-star Matthew Gray Gubler.[citation needed]


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Let's Talk About Sex Michelle
1998 Max Q Rena Winter
1999 Desperate But Not Serious Frances
2000 Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, TheThe Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle Jenny Spy
2000 Star Patrol Rachel Striker
2000 One True Love Tina
2000 The Specials Emily Tilderbrook / Ms. Indestructible
2001 Agent 15 Agent 15
2001 Hollywood Palms Phoebe
2001 Skippy Julie Fontaine
2002 Now You Know Lea
2004 Eulogy Aunt Lily
2005 Man of the House Binky Beauregard
2005 My Big Fat Independent Movie Julianne
2005 Amber Frey: Witness for the Prosecution Carol Carter
2006 Cyxork 7 Bethany Feral
2006 The Big Bad Swim Amy Pierson
2006 Kidney Thieves Melinda
2006 Unaccompanied Minors Valerie Davenport
2006 A Perfect Day[disambiguation needed] Allyson Harlan
2007 Sublime Andrea
2008 Lost Behind Bars Lauren Wilde
2012 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Lana Lang Voice
2014 Gumshoe Stiletto Voice
2014 Pint Sized True Believers Voice (Soundtrack)
2015 "Uncle Nick"
2015 "Welcome to Happiness" Prescilla
Year Title Role Notes
1997–1998 Friends Kathy Guest Star Season 4 (6 episodes)
1998 Ghost Cop Anette Episode: "Pilot"
1998 Godzilla: The Series Audrey Timmonds (voice) Recurring role
1999 The Expert Dr. Jo Hardy Episode: "Pilot"
1999–2000 Love & Money Allison Conklin Main Cast Season 1 (13 episodes)
2000–2001 The Trouble With Normal Claire Garletti Main Cast Season 1 (13 episodes)
2001 DAG Patti Donovan Season 1 Episode 10
2001 Raising Dad Gracie Season 1 Episode 2
2002 George Lopez Ginger Season 2 Episode 7
2002–2004 Andy Richter Controls the Universe Jessica Green Main Cast Seasons 1–2 (19 episodes)
2003 Time Belt Col. Jocelyn Anchor Season 1 Episode 5
2004 Rock Me, Baby Debbie Season 1 Episode 12
2004–2006 Huff Beth Huffstodt Main Cast Seasons 1–2 (25 episodes)
2005 Two and a Half Men Jamie Eckleberry Season 2 Episode 12
2005 Duck Dodgers Rona Vipra (voice) Season 3 Episodes 9 & 13
2005–2007 Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law Birdgirl (voice) Recurring Cast Seasons 1–4 (19 episodes)
2005–2011 American Dad! Various (voice) Recurring Cast Seasons 1–7 (13 episodes)
Stacked Charlotte Episode: "Pilot"
Season 2 Episodes 13–14
2006 Drawn Together Child Services (voice) Season 2 Episode 9
Criminal Minds Emily Prentiss Main Cast Seasons 2–7 (126 episodes)
Guest Star Season 9 Episode 14
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Sheila Tierney
ADA Paula Foster
Season 8 Episode 10
Season 14 Episodes 1–2
2009 King of the Hill Myrna (voice) Season 13 Episode 8
2011–2012 Dan Vs. Elise and Mr. Mumbles (voice) Main Cast Seasons 1–2 (27 episodes)
2012 Talking Dead Herself Season 1 Episode 9
2013 Modern Family Trish Guest Star, Episode: "Flip Flop"
2013 The Venture Bros. Amber (Voice) Guest Star Season 5, Episode 5
2013 Drunk History Herself Season 1, Episode 6
Season 2, Episodes 1 & 4
2014 Community Debra Chambers Season 5, Episode 6
2014 The Boondocks Various (Voice) Season 4, Episode 10
2014 Adventure Time Viola (Voice) Season 5, Episode 12


  1. ^ Rubin, Sylvia (September 12, 1999). "Fall TV Preview / Paget Brewster Puts Her Money on `Love'". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2014-03-03. 
  2. ^ Brewster, Paget (February 16, 2012). "That's a wrap. [...]". Twitter. 
  3. ^ Eng, Joyce (February 4, 2014). "Paget Brewster on Criminal Minds 200th Episode Return: "It Was Bittersweet"". TV Guide. 
  4. ^ O'Connell, Michael (July 18, 2012). "Paget Brewster to Guest on 'Law & Order: SVU' Season 14 Premiere (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 20, 2012. 
  5. ^ Daniels, Janice (July 20, 2012). "Paget Brewster to Guest Star on ‘Law & Order: SVU’ — Her Next Role Possibly?". Hollywood TV Critics. Retrieved July 20, 2012. 
  6. ^ Raftery, Liz (July 20, 2012). "Criminal Minds' Paget Brewster Lands Guest Spot on SVU". TV Guide. Retrieved July 18, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Paget Brewster Biography (1969-)".
  8. ^ Social Register, Volume 101. Social Register Association. 1981.  via Google Books.
  9. ^ "Hathaway Tew, 1966 Debutante, Engaged to Wed; Bradford Student and Galen Brewster to Marry in Summer". The New York Times. April 9, 1967. 
  10. ^ "Paget Brewster Interview – Huff". Archived from the original on 2007-11-01. Retrieved 2013-03-03. 
  11. ^ "YSF - Young Storytellers Foundation - Press & Events". May 2012.
  12. ^ "Twitter / pagetpaget: It's jade. And he's the best. ...". Twitter. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  13. ^ Bustos, Kristina (March 17, 2013). "'Criminal Minds' star Paget Brewster reveals engagement". DigitalSpy. 

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