Alison Pill

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Alison Pill
Alison Pill at PaleyFest 2013.jpg
Pill at the 2013 PaleyFest
Born Alison Pill
(1985-11-27) November 27, 1985 (age 30)
Toronto, Canada
Alma mater Vaughan Road Academy
Occupation Actress
Years active 1997–present
Spouse(s) Joshua Leonard (m. 2015)

Alison Pill (born November 27, 1985)[1][2] is a Canadian actress. A former child actress, Pill began her career at age twelve, appearing in numerous films and television series. She transitioned to adult roles and her breakthrough came with the television series The Book of Daniel (2006). That same year, she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her performance in The Lieutenant of Inishmore (2006).

Pill had prominent roles in the films Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (2004), Milk (2008), Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) and Midnight in Paris (2011), and the television series In Treatment (2009), The Pillars of the Earth (2010) and The Newsroom (2012–14).

Early life[edit]

Pill was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Her father, a financier, is Estonian.[3][4] Pill attended Vaughan Road Academy,[5] where she enrolled in the "Interact" program, designed for students interested in dance, music, athletics, and theatre.[6]


In 2006, she starred as Grace Webster in the short-lived NBC drama The Book of Daniel. That same year, she was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her performance as Mairead in Martin McDonagh's The Lieutenant of Inishmore.[7] Pill had a major supporting role as campaign manager Anne Kronenberg in the Oscar-winning 2008 film Milk.

She portrayed Empress Maud in the miniseries The Pillars of the Earth. She also starred in the film Snowpiercer, alongside Chris Evans and Jamie Bell, which was released in 2013. From 2012 until its ending in 2014, she appeared in Aaron Sorkin's HBO series The Newsroom as Maggie Jordan.

Personal life[edit]

Pill was engaged to actor Jay Baruchel from 2010 to 2013. Baruchel made their engagement public when he thanked his fiancée (Pill) during an acceptance speech at the Genie Awards in Ottawa, Canada.[8] Baruchel alluded to their break-up in a Twitter posting on February 16, 2013.[9] Pill became engaged to actor Joshua Leonard in January 2015.[10] They were married on May 24, 2015 after a four month long engagement.[11]



Year Title Role Notes
1998 You're Invited to Mary-Kate & Ashley's Camp Out Party Friend #2
1998 Degas & the Dancer Marie van Goethem TV movie
1998 Stranger in Town Hetty TV movie
1999 Locked in Silence Lacey TV movie
1999 God's New Plan Samantha Hutton TV movie
1999 Different Sally TV movie
1999 The Life Before This Jessica
1999 Jacob Two Two Meets the Hooded Fang Shapiro/Marfa
1999 A Holiday Romance Fern TV movie
2000 Redwall: The Movie Cornflower Voice only; TV movie
2000 Skipped Parts Chuckette Morris
2000 The Dinosaur Hunter Julia Creath TV movie
2000 The Other Me Allana Browning TV movie
2000 Baby Larkin Malone TV movie
2001 Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows Young Lorna Luft TV movie
2001 Midwives Constance Danforth TV movie
2001 What Girls Learn Tilden TV movie
2002 A.W.O.L. Patient Short film
2002 The Pilot's Wife Mattie Lyons TV movie
2002 Perfect Pie Marie (age 15)
2003 Pieces of April Beth Burns
2003 Fast Food High Emma Redding
2003 An Unexpected Love Samantha Mayer TV movie
2004 Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen Ella Gerard
2004 The Crypt Club Liesl Short film
2004 Dear Wendy Susan
2004 What Katy Did Katy Carr TV movie
2004 A Separate Peace Beth TV movie
2004 Plain Truth Katie Fisher TV movie
2007 Dan in Real Life Jane Burns
2008 Milk Anne Kronenberg
2009 The Awakening of Abigail Harris Abigail Harris Short film
2009 One Way to Valhalla Dale
2010 Goldstar, Ohio Kendra Harper Short film
2010 Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Kim Pine
2011 Midnight in Paris Zelda Fitzgerald
2011 Portraits in Dramatic Time Alison Pill
2011 Goon Eva
2012 To Rome with Love Hayley
2012 Denise Denise Short film
2012 Santa Baby Alice Short film
2013 Snowpiercer Teacher
2014 Cooties Lucy McCormick
2015 Zoom Emma
2016 Goon: Last of the Enforcers Eva In post-production
2017 Octavio is Dead [12]


Year Title Role Notes
1997 The New Ghostwriter Mysteries Lucy Episode: "Moving Parts"
1998 Fast Track Alexa Stokes Episode: "Real Time"
1998 Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal Sophie Schulman Episode: "The Night of the Setting Sun"
1998 The Last Don II Bethany Episode: "1.1"
1998 Anatole Paulette Voice only; 5 episodes
1999 Redwall Cornflower Voice only; 13 episodes
1999 Dear America: A Journey to the New World Various characters TV short
1999 Poltergeist: The Legacy Paige Episode: "Forget Me Not"
2000 Traders Andrea Exter Episode: "Hawks"
2006 The Book of Daniel Grace Webster Main role; 8 episodes
2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Lisa Ramsey Episode: "Wrongful Life"
2008 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Kelsey Murphy Episode: "Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda"
2009 In Treatment April Main role; 7 episodes
2010 Scott Pilgrim vs. the Animation Kim Pine Voice only; TV short
2010 The Pillars of the Earth Princess Maude Main role; 8 episodes
2012–14 The Newsroom Maggie Jordan Main role; 25 episodes
2014 7p/10e Alison Episode: "Day 16"
2014 Therapy Lucy Episode: "1.1"
2014 Dinner with Friends with Brett Gelman and Friends Herself TV short
2016 The Family Willa Warren Main role; upcoming series


Year Title Role Venue
2003 None of the Above Jamie Ohio Theatre [13]
2004 The Distance From Here Jenn MCC Theater [14]
2005 On The Mountain Jaime Playwrights Horizons [15]
2006 The Lieutenant of Inishmore Mairead Lyceum Theatre [16]
2007 Blackbird Una Manhattan Theater Club [17]
2007 Mauritius Jackie Biltmore Theatre [18]
2008 reasons to be pretty Steph Lucille Lortel Theatre
2010 The Miracle Worker Annie Sullivan Circle in the Square Theatre [19]
2010 This Wide Night Marie Peter Jay Sharp Theatre [20]
2011 The House of Blue Leaves Corrinna Stroller Walter Kerr Theatre [21]
2013 Wait Until Dark Susan Geffen Playhouse [22]
2015 The House That Jake Built Iama Theatre Company [23]

Music videos[edit]

Year Artist Song
2010 Owen Pallett "Lewis Takes Off His Shirt"
2010 Nick Casey "Medicine"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2000 Burbank International Children's Film Festival Best Child Actress Performance The Dinosaur Hunter Won
Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Movie or Pilot – Supporting Young Actress Degas and the Dancer Nominated
2001 Best Ensemble in a TV Movie (Shared with cast) The Other Me Nominated
2002 Best Performance in a TV Movie or Special – Leading Young Actress What Girls Learn Nominated
2006 Tony Award Best Featured Actress in a Play The Lieutenant of Inishmore Nominated
2009 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture (Shared with cast) Milk Nominated
Online Film & Television Association Award Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series In Treatment Nominated
2011 Best Original Song (Shared with cast) Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Nominated
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award Best Ensemble Acting (Shared with cast) Midnight in Paris Nominated
2013 Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award Best Supporting Actress in a Canadian Film Goon Nominated


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  2. ^ "Alison Pill Biography (1985–)". Retrieved July 14, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Teen Vogue's Holiday Soiree". WWD Eye Scoop. December 12, 2008. Retrieved October 16, 2010. 
  4. ^ Mechling, Lauren (June 4, 2007). "Star material". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved October 16, 2010. 
  5. ^ Pupo, Mark (July 23, 2010). "Jagged Little Pill: Toronto's Alison Pill lets loose in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World". Toronto Life. Retrieved June 15, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Alison Pill". New York Post. August 2010. 
  7. ^ Kaye, Kimberly (February 16, 2010). "What's Up, Alison Pill". Retrieved June 15, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Celebraty Weddings We Can't Wait For – Alison Pill & Jay Baruchel" E! News
  9. ^ "Exclusive: Alison Pill, Jay Baruchel Call Off Engagement" Us Weekly. Retrieved March 4, 2013
  10. ^ "Alison Pill Engaged to Actor Joshua Leonard: See Her Engagement Ring!". Us Magazine. January 3, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Alison Pill Marries Joshua Leonard in Yellow Wedding Dress: See Photos From the Newsroom Star's Nuptials". Us Weekly. May 25, 2015. 
  12. ^ Etan Vlessing , Pamela Rolfe. "San Sebastian: Canadians Line up Latin American Co-Productions". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 14, 2015. 
  13. ^ "None of the Above". Jenny Lyn Bader. Retrieved June 15, 2012. 
  14. ^ Sommer, Elyse (2004). "The Distance From Here, a CurtainUp review". CurtainUp. Retrieved June 15, 2012. 
  15. ^ Isherwood, Charles (February 25, 2005). "Seeking the Lost Song of a Lost Rock Star". The New York Times. Retrieved June 15, 2012. 
  16. ^ "The Lieutenant of Inishmore". The Broadway League. Retrieved June 15, 2012. 
  17. ^ Brantley, Ben (April 11, 2005). "Sorting Through the Wreckage of a Love Most Foul". The New York Times. Retrieved June 15, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Mauritius". The Broadway League. Retrieved June 15, 2012. 
  19. ^ "The Miracle Worker". The Broadway League. Retrieved June 15, 2012. 
  20. ^ Brantley, Ben (May 17, 2010). "Two Ex-Cellmates Disoriented by Time". The New York Times. Retrieved June 15, 2012. 
  21. ^ "The House of Blue Leaves". The Broadway League. October 2007. Retrieved June 15, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Wait Until Dark". Jenny Lyn Bader. Retrieved June 15, 2012. 
  23. ^ "The House That Jake Built with Alison Pill, Katie Lowes and more...". JONATHAN CAREN – Playwright TV/Film. Retrieved July 14, 2015. 

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