Allison Tolman

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Allison Tolman
Allison Tolman 2014 .jpg
Tolman at 66th Emmy Awards Producers Peer Group Reception, August 2014
Born Allison Cara Tolman
(1981-11-18) November 18, 1981 (age 35)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2004–present

Allison Cara Tolman (born November 18, 1981)[1] is an American actress. She received widespread critical acclaim and awards recognition for her portrayal of police officer Molly Solverson in the FX television series Fargo.[2]

Early life[edit]

Tolman was born in Houston, Texas,[3] the daughter of Valerie (Clohecy) and Davis Nichols Tolman.[4] Her family moved to England when she was a few months old and stayed until she was four years old. She spent the next five years in Oklahoma and West Texas, before moving to Sugar Land, Texas. She started taking acting classes when she was 10 years old at the Fort Bend Community Theatre. She attended Clements High School, graduating in 2000.[5]

She graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatrical performance. After college, she moved to Dallas, Texas, where she was one of the founding members of Second Thought Theatre.[6]


In 2014, Tolman starred in the FX series Fargo. For her role, she won the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Movie/Miniseries and received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie. The same year, it was also announced she would have a two episode guest role on The Mindy Project as Abby Berman, a romance novelist.[7] In 2015, she had a supporting role in Michael Dougherty's comedy horror film Krampus, in which she co-starred with Adam Scott, David Koechner, Emjay Anthony, and Stefania Owen.[8]

In 2017 Tolman starred in ABC's Downward Dog. In the series based on the Animal Inc. web series, Tolman's character has a dog, Martin, who communicates with the TV audience. The series was filmed in Pittsburgh.[9] It was canceled on June 23, 2017.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Tolman has two older brothers and a younger sister. In 2009, she moved to Chicago, Illinois to study performance at The Second City Training Center.[11][12]



Year Title Role Notes
2009 A Thousand Cocktails Later Mandy Short film
2015 Addicted to Fresno Ruby
The Gift Lucy
Krampus Linda
2017 The House Dawn


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Prison Break Nurse Episode: "Scan"
2008 Sordid Lives: The Series Tink 4 episodes
2014–2015 Fargo Deputy Molly Solverson 11 episodes
2014 The Mindy Project Abby Berman 2 episodes
Hello Ladies Kate Television film
2015 Archer Edie Poovey (voice) Episode: "Edie's Wedding"
Comedy Bang! Bang! Ellen Episode: "Joseph Gordon-Levitt Wears a Heart T-Shirt and Blue Jeans"
Review Marissa Episode: "Brawl; Blackmail; Glory Hole"
2016 Mad Dogs Rochelle 3 episodes
Drunk History Jessie Cherry Episode: "Shit Shows"
2017 Downward Dog Nan Lead Role (8 episodes)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominated work Association Category Result
2014 Fargo Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Movie/Miniseries Won
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie Nominated
2015 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated


  1. ^ Date of birth per; accessed June 19, 2014.
  2. ^ Nussbaum, Emily (June 23, 2014). "SNOWBOUND: The Minnesota noir of Fargo". The New Yorker. 
  3. ^ Allison Tolman on IMDb
  4. ^ "Person Details for Allison Cara Tolman, "Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997" —". Retrieved 13 May 2016. 
  5. ^ Maines, Don (April 11, 2014). "Clements grad stars in 'Fargo'". Houston Chronicle. 
  6. ^ Thomas, Mike (April 14, 2014). "‘Fargo’ the place to be for Chicago’s Allison Tolman". Chicago Sun Times. Retrieved August 28, 2014. 
  7. ^ Eakin, Marah. "The Mindy Project recruits Shonda Rhimes and Fargo's Allison Tolman". The A.V. Club. The A.V. Club. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  8. ^ La Vigna, Christopher. "Actors to Lead Dougherty’s “KRAMPUS” Flick". The A.V. Club. Fangoria. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  9. ^ Owen, Rob (2015-11-06). "TV Q&A: 'The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,' 'The Graham Norton Show' and closed captioning". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2015-11-06. 
  10. ^ Holloway, Daniel (2017-06-23). "‘Downward Dog’ Canceled by ABC". Variety. Retrieved 2017-07-08. 
  11. ^ Metz, Nina (April 28, 2014). "Allison Tolman is breakout star on Fargo on FX". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved April 30, 2014. 
  12. ^ Schwindt, Oriana (April 16, 2014). "Fargo Star Allison Tolman Will Thaw Your Icy Heart". TV Guide. 

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