Yvette Nicole Brown

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Yvette Nicole Brown
Yvette Nicole Brown by Gage Skidmore 4.jpg
Brown in July 2013.
Born (1971-08-12) August 12, 1971 (age 43)
East Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2000–present

Yvette Nicole Brown (born August 12, 1971) is an American actress and comedian. Brown has appeared in numerous commercials, television shows, and films throughout her career. Since 2009, she has starred as Shirley Bennett on the NBC comedy series Community. She also is known for her role of Cookie in the popular American/Canadian animated series Pound Puppies, and her recurring role on the teen sitcom, Drake and Josh. She has also had small guest roles in television shows such as That 70's Show, The Office, Boston Legal, Chuck, and The Soul Man. In addition to television, she has had supporting roles in films such as (500) Days of Summer, Tropic Thunder, Repo Men, and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.

Early life and education[edit]

Brown was born in East Cleveland, Ohio.

Brown studied communication studies at the University of Akron and graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 1994.[1][2] She became a sister of the Delta Pi chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha as an undergrad at the university.

After graduating, Brown undertook acting classes in Hollywood, Los Angeles.[3]


Brown appeared as "Yvette" in the music video "1-4-All-4-1" by the East Coast Family, a Michael Bivins project, for Biv10 Records.[4] Brown said of the experience, "It was a great run, but I guess music was just never meant to be for me."[5]

Brown first appeared on commercials before entering television shows and films a few years later.[6] She has since played roles on television shows such as The War At Home, Malcolm in the Middle, That's So Raven, and the U.S. version of The Office. She also had a recurring role as movie theater manager Helen Dubois in the Nickelodeon TV show Drake & Josh. Brown reprised the role in the season 2 episode of Victorious entitled "Helen Back Again."[3] She also provides the voice of "Cookie" on The Hub's Pound Puppies.

Since 2009, Brown has starred as Shirley Bennett on the comedy series Community. Brown is very active with fans of the show on Twitter and in person at live events.

She has appeared in television commercials for Hamburger Helper, Big Lots, Pine-Sol, Comcast, Aquapod, Shout, Fiber One, Yoplait Yogurt, DiGiorno Pizza, Dairy Queen, and Time Warner. She has appeared on episodes of The Thrilling Adventure Hour as "The Troubleshooter" in the Sparks Nevada, Marshall On Mars series.

In 2012, Brown appeared as a celebrity contestant on GSN's version of The Pyramid with her fellow Community co-star Danny Pudi.

In 2014, it was reported that Brown joined the cast of the upcoming USA Network program, Benched. In addition to Brown, the cast also includes, Molly Shannon, Eliza Coupe, and Jay Harrington.[7]



Year Title Role Notes
2000 His Woman, His Wife
2003 180 Miles Away Other Woman
2004 Little Black Book Production Assistant
2005 The Kid & I Bunny
The Island Nurse
2006 Dreamgirls Curtis' Secretary
2008 The Neighbor Nurse
Meet Dave Old Navy Saleswoman
Tropic Thunder Vivica (Peck's Assistant)
Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh Helen Dubois
2009 (500) Days of Summer New Secretary
Hotel for Dogs Ms. Camwell
The Ugly Truth Dori
2010 Repo Men Rhodesia
2013 Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters[8] Gray Sister


Year Title Role Notes
2002 For the People Server 1 episode
Cyberchase Introduction Woman (voice) 1 episode
Do Over Woman 1 episode
2003 Girlfriends Sherri Childs 2 episodes
2004 Curb Your Enthusiasm Stewardess 1 episode
The Big House Eartha Cleveland 6 episodes
Two and a Half Men Mandy 1 episode
7th Heaven Leah Morris 1 episode
2004–2007 Drake & Josh Helen Dubois 15 episodes, 2004–2007
2005 Fat Actress Woman in Restaurant 1 episode
That's So Raven Monica 1 episode
That '70s Show Sgt. Davis 1 episode
The War at Home Airport Security Guard 1 episode
Hot Properties Oprah-Head 1 episode
2006 Sleeper Cell Woman 1 episode
Malcolm in the Middle Female Security Agent #2 1 episode
House Organ Procurement Coordinator 1 episode
2007 The Loop Isabelle Miller 1 episode
Entourage Woman answering a phone 1 episode
The Office Paris the Staples Employee 1 episode
American Body Shop Insurance Agent 1 episode
Boston Legal Doris Thumper 2 episodes
2008 Kath & Kim City Hall Employee "Competition"
2009 Rules of Engagement Mrs. Alberts 1 episode
True Jackson, VP Coral Barns 1 episode
2009–present Community Shirley Bennett Main role;
Gracie Allen Awards (2011: Outstanding Supporting Actress - Comedy Series)[9]
Gold Derby TV Award for Best TV Ensemble (2012)
Nominated – Gold Derby TV Award for Best TV Ensemble(2010)
2010 House Assistant 1 episode
2010–2013 Pound Puppies Cookie (voice) Main role
2011 Family Guy Sassy Black Nurse (voice) 1 episode
Victorious Helen Dubois 1 episode
Chuck Buy More Employee 1 episode
2012 The Soul Man Robin 2 episodes
2012 Match Game Panelist Montreal-based, English-language version. 2 episodes to date.
2013 Talking Dead Panelist 3 episodes to date.
2013 Mattie Pauline Lewis 1 episodes to date.
2013 Hollywood Game Night Herself Episodes: "Don't Kill My Buzz-er" & "Battle of the Champions"
2013 Shake it Up Tiffany 1 episode
2013 Family Guy Black woman with purse 1 episode
2013 Psych Hazel Lazarus 1 episode
2013 Once Upon A Time Ursula 1 episode
2014 Melissa and Joey Calista 1 episode
2015 The Odd Couple Dani Recurring role


  1. ^ "Community star Yvette Nicole Brown to be honored by UA". The University of Akron. 31 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "Yvette Nicole Brown". The University of Akron. 
  3. ^ a b Dawidziak, Mark (November 13, 2009). "Yvette Nicole Brown, an East Cleveland native, enjoys role on TV sitcom 'Community'". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved April 26, 2010. 
  4. ^ YouTube: East Coast Family 1-4-All-4-1 | Retrieved 11-20-2011 | 2:22 mark
  5. ^ EW.com: 'Community': Get to know Yvette Nicole Brown (and how she got to know Chevy, Joel, Jude, and Gerard) | 09-24-2009 | Retrieved 11-20-2011
  6. ^ Asim, Jabari (August 6, 2006). "The 'Trouble' With Black Actresses". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 26, 2010. 
  7. ^ Dawidziak, Mark. "Molly Shannon and Yvette Nicole Brown courted for USA Network's 'Benched'". cleveland.com. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  8. ^ "Yvette Nicole Brown". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "Awards for Yvette Nicole Brown". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 

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