Alison Brie

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Brie at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con
Alison Brie Schermerhorn

(1982-12-29) December 29, 1982 (age 37)
Alma materCalifornia Institute of the Arts
Years active2004–present
Dave Franco (m. 2017)

Alison Brie Schermerhorn (born December 29, 1982) is an American actress. Brie is best known for her starring roles as Annie Edison in the comedy series Community (2009–2015), Trudy Campbell in the drama series Mad Men (2007–2015), Diane Nguyen in the animated comedy series BoJack Horseman (2014–2020) and as Ruth Wilder in the comedy-drama series GLOW (2017–present), for which she received nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy.

In addition to her television work, Brie has starred in films such as Scream 4 (2011), The Five-Year Engagement (2012), The Lego Movie (2014), Get Hard (2015), Sleeping with Other People (2015), How to Be Single (2016), The Little Hours (2017), The Disaster Artist (2017), The Post (2017), Promising Young Woman (2020), and Horse Girl (2020), the lattermost of which she also co-wrote and produced.

Early life[edit]

Alison Brie Schermerhorn was born on December 29, 1982, in Hollywood, California.[1][2] Her father, Charles Terry Schermerhorn, is a musician and freelance entertainment reporter.[3][4] Her mother, Joanne Brenner, works at Para los Niños ("For the Children"), a non-profit childcare agency.[5] She has an older sister named Lauren.[3][4] Brie's mother is Jewish.[6][7][8][9] Her father has Dutch, English, and Scottish ancestry. While being raised by her divorced parents, she occasionally attended a "ChristianHindu hybrid church" called the Self-Realization Fellowship with her father. However, her mother "would always make sure we knew we were Jewish".[6][10][11]

Brie began acting onstage at the Jewish Community Center in Southern California.[4][12] She graduated from the California Institute of the Arts with a bachelor's degree in theater in 2005.[13] She also lived in the United Kingdom, where she studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, Scotland.[4][14] She later worked as a clown at birthday parties and performed in theater in California.[15]


Brie at the 2009 LA Film Festival

One of Brie's first television roles was as Nina, a novice hairdresser, on the Disney Channel sitcom Hannah Montana. She went on to star in the web series My Alibi, and was chosen for the role of Trudy Campbell in the period drama series Mad Men. From 2009 to 2015, she portrayed Annie Edison on the NBC (and later Yahoo! View) sitcom Community.

In April 2010, Brie co-hosted an episode of Attack of the Show![16] and appeared in a segment on Web Soup.[17] She appeared in the 2010 comedy film Montana Amazon.[18] Brie made Maxim magazine's 2010 Hot 100 list at number 99[19] and appeared at number 49 in their 2011 list.[20] She was voted the 57th Sexiest Woman in the World by FHM readers in 2013.[21] She was also voted the 2nd most desirable woman in the world by AskMen readers in 2014.[22]

Brie starred in several major film roles, including Sidney Prescott's assistant in the 2011 horror film Scream 4,[23] and appeared in the 2012 comedy film The Five-Year Engagement. She voiced Princess Unikitty in The Lego Movie (2014), and voiced a character in an episode of the animated series American Dad!, which aired during their eighth season.[24][25]

In June 2014, Brie joined the cast of the Netflix series BoJack Horseman, which debuted on August 22. Over the first two seasons, she has voiced a variety of characters, including main character Diane Nguyen and recurring character Vincent Adultman.[26][27] Brie also appeared on Lip Sync Battle and won against Will Arnett with performances of "Shoop" by Salt-N-Pepa and "Bang Bang" by Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj.[28]

In 2015, she starred with Jason Sudeikis in Leslye Headland's romantic comedy film Sleeping with Other People, and played Will Ferrell's character's fiancée in the comedy film Get Hard.[29] In 2016, Brie starred as Lucy in the romantic comedy film How to Be Single. In 2017, she co-starred in several films, including the historical comedy The Little Hours, the biographical comedy-drama The Disaster Artist, and the historical drama The Post.

In 2017, Brie began her starring role as Ruth Wilder in the Netflix comedy-drama series GLOW, inspired by the 1980s female professional wrestling league Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling;[30] the series began streaming on June 23, 2017. Brie noted that since appearing in GLOW and receiving critical praise for the role, she has become more focused on taking meaningful roles.[31]

In 2018, she co-starred in the music video for Beck's "Colors".[32] In 2019, she reprised her voice role as Princess Unikitty in the animated comedy sequel film The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part and provided an English dub for the Japanese animated romantic fantasy film Weathering with You.

In 2020, Brie starred in the acclaimed drama thriller film Promising Young Woman, directed by Emerald Fennell.[33] Also in 2020, she wrote, produced and starred as Sarah in the Netflix drama film Horse Girl, which was directed by Jeff Baena.[34] Brie will next star opposite Dan Stevens in the horror film The Rental, which was directed by husband Dave Franco.[35]

Personal life[edit]

Brie began dating Dave Franco in 2012 after meeting him at a 2011 Mardi Gras party in New Orleans.[36] On August 25, 2015, it was reported the two were engaged.[36][37] They married on March 13, 2017.[38]



Year Title Role Notes
2004 Stolen Poem Alice Short film
2007 Born Mary Elizabeth Martino
Dickie Smalls: From Shame to Fame Mya
2008 Parasomnia Darcy
The Coverup Grace
Buddy 'n' Andy Michelle Short film
Salvation, Texas Lisa Salter
2009 Us One Night Alyson
2010 The Home Front Hannah
Raspberry Magic Ms. Bradlee
2011 Scream 4 Rebecca Walters
2012 Save the Date Beth
The Five-Year Engagement Suzie Barnes-Eilhauer
Montana Amazon Ella Dunderhead
2013 The Kings of Summer Heather Toy
2014 The Lego Movie Princess Unikitty (voice)
Search Party Elizabeth
2015 Sleeping with Other People Elaine "Lainey" Dalton
Get Hard Alissa Barrow
No Stranger Than Love Lucy Sherrington
2016 How to Be Single Lucy
Joshy Rachel
Get a Job Tanya Sellers
A Family Man Lynn Vogel
2017 The Little Hours Sister Alessandra
The Disaster Artist Amber
The Post Lally Weymouth
2019 The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part Princess Unikitty (voice)
Weathering with You Natsumi Suga (voice) English dub
2020 Promising Young Woman Madison
Horse Girl Sarah Also writer and producer
Happiest Season Sloane Post-production
The Rental Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Hannah Montana Nina Episode: "It's My Party and I'll Lie if I Want To"
2007–2015 Mad Men Trudy Campbell Recurring role, 36 episodes
2008 The Deadliest Lesson Amber Television film
2009–2015 Community Annie Edison Main role, 110 episodes
2011 Robot Chicken Martha Stewart / Vampire Lifeguard Voice role; episode: "The Godfather of the Bride 2"
2012 NTSF:SD:SUV:: Joanie Episode: "Sabbath-tage"
American Dad! Lindsay Voice role; episode: "Adventures in Hayleysitting"
2013 High School USA! Miss Temple Voice role; episode: "Choices"
Axe Cop Beautiful Girly Bobs Voice role; episode: "The Dumb List"
2014 Comedy Bang! Bang! Herself Episode: "Alison Brie Wears a Black Mesh Top & Mini-Skirt"
2014–2020 BoJack Horseman Diane Nguyen / Various voices Main role, 74 episodes
2015 Lip Sync Battle Herself Episode: "Alison Brie vs. Will Arnett"
2016 Teachers Lauren Lark Episode: "Pilot"; also executive producer
Doctor Thorne Martha Dunstable 3 episodes
2017 Dr. Ken Herself Episode: "Ken's Big Audition"
2017–present GLOW Ruth Wilder Main role, 30 episodes
2018 WWE SmackDown Herself Episode: "The Road to WWE Extreme Rules 2018 Begins"
2019 Drunk History Thea Spyer Episode: "Love"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
2015 Lego Dimensions Princess Unikitty
2016 Marvel Avengers Academy Black Widow[39]


Year Title Role Notes
2008–2009 My Alibi Rebecca Fuller 18 episodes
2009 Hot Sluts Amber[40] 5 episodes
2012 Sketchy Meg Episode: "You Got Retweeted"
2013 The ArScheerio Paul Show Madonna Episode: "Madonna & Rosie O'Donnell"

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist Role Ref.
2018 "Colors" Beck Herself

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2009 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Mad Men Won
2012 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Community Nominated
2018 Best Actress in a Comedy Series GLOW Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated [41][42][43][44]
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
2019 Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy GLOW Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
2020 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Actress in a Comedy Series GLOW Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated


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