Allison Williams (actress)

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Allison Williams
Allison Williams July 2012.jpg
Williams in July 2012
Born Allison Howell Williams[1]
(1988-04-13) April 13, 1988 (age 30)
New Canaan, Connecticut, U.S.
Residence Chelsea, New York
Alma mater Yale University
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active 2004–present
Ricky Van Veen (m. 2015)
Parent(s) Brian Williams

Allison Howell Williams (born April 13, 1988)[2] is an American actress, comedian, and singer. She is best known for her role as Marnie Michaels on the HBO comedy-drama series Girls and her critically acclaimed performance in the 2017 horror film Get Out.

Early life[edit]

Williams was born and raised in New Canaan, Connecticut,[3] the daughter of former NBC Nightly News anchor and managing editor Brian Williams[4] and TV producer Jane Gillan Stoddard. She has a brother, Doug, three years her junior.[5] She attended New Canaan Country School and Greenwich Academy,[6] then graduated from Yale University.[4] While at Yale, Williams was a member of the improv comedy troupe Just Add Water for four years,[7] was involved in the YouTube series College Musical,[8] and was inducted by St. Elmo.[9]


In 2010, Williams performed a mashup of "Nature Boy" set to RJD2's "A Beautiful Mine", the theme song for the television series Mad Men.[10] The YouTube video of the performance received widespread praise on the Internet,[11] and convinced Judd Apatow that she should be given a part in the HBO series Girls.[4] She was cast shortly after and credited her experience at Just Add Water for passing the audition.[7][12] Girls premiered on April 15, 2012.

Williams wrote a series of Funny or Die sketches, in which she starred as newlywed Kate Middleton,[4] with English actor and model Oliver Jackson-Cohen as Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.[13] Williams appeared as Danielle in an episode of the third season of The League titled "The Guest Bong."

Williams has appeared as a recurring character, Cheryl, in the CollegeHumor series Jake and Amir.[14][15]

On December 4, 2014 she starred in the title role on NBC's live television presentation of the musical Peter Pan Live!, opposite Christopher Walken as Captain Hook.[16] In November 2016, Williams appeared in Past Forward, a short film collaboration between David O. Russell and Prada.

In 2017, Williams starred in the hit horror film Get Out, directed by Jordan Peele, who became convinced she was right for the role of Rose after seeing her performance in Peter Pan Live! [17]

In 2018, Williams was cast in a recurring role throughout the second and third seasons of the Netflix comedy drama series A Series of Unfortunate Events.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Williams began dating Ricky Van Veen, co-founder of CollegeHumor, in 2011. They became engaged in 2014[19] and married on September 19, 2015 in a private ceremony in Saratoga, Wyoming.[20] Tom Hanks officiated the ceremony.[21] She and her husband live in Chelsea, New York.[22][23]


Williams is an ambassador for Horizons National. She led the 2016 "10 Days of Giving" campaign to raise awareness and funds for the organization's educational goals and is expected to revisit this role in 2017.[24] Williams recently talked about her political views, advocacy, millennial activism, and women in Hollywood on the Politico podcast Women Rule.[25]



Year Title Role Notes
2016 Past Forward Woman #1 Short film
2017 Get Out Rose Armitage


Year Title Role Notes
2004 American Dreams Deborah 2 episodes
2011 Will & Kate: Before Happily Ever After Kate Middleton 4 episodes; also writer
2011–2012 Jake and Amir Cheryl 2 episodes
2011 The League Danielle Episode: "The Guest Bong"
2012–2017 Girls Marnie Michaels Main cast; 55 episodes
2013 The Mindy Project Jillian 3 episodes
2014 Peter Pan Live! Peter Pan Television special
2015 The Simpsons Candace's friend (voice) Episode: "Every Man's Dream"
2018 A Series of Unfortunate Events Kit Snicket Episode: "The Carnivorous Carnival: Part 2"
2018 Patrick Melrose Marianne Episode: "Bad News"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref(s)
2016 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Girls Nominated [26]
2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Villain Get Out Nominated [27]
2017 National Board of Review Best Cast Won [28]
2017 San Diego Film Critics Society Best Ensemble Nominated [29]
2017 Seattle Film Critics Society Best Ensemble Won [30]
2017 Florida Film Critics Circle Best Cast Nominated [31]
2017 Online Film Critics Society Best Ensemble Nominated [32]
2018 Georgia Film Critics Association Best Ensemble Nominated [34]
2018 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated [35]


  1. ^ Adam Sachs (February 8, 2017). "Allison Williams on Her Brand-New Blonde, Daily Doughnuts, and Her Pal Katy Perry". Retrieved November 2, 2017. I think if I'd used my middle name professionally—Howell Williams—I'd have a totally different career.
  2. ^ "Celebrity birthdays on April 13". The Miami Herald. April 13, 2014. Archived from the original on April 16, 2014. Retrieved July 6, 2014. Actress Allison Williams ('Girls') is 26.
  3. ^ Kaufman, Amy (February 17, 2017). "How Allison Williams mined the horrors of white privilege for 'Get Out'". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, California: Tronc. Retrieved August 16, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d Schuster, Dana (August 5, 2011). "Anchor's away". New York Post. New York City: News Corp. Retrieved July 6, 2014.
  5. ^ Koblin, John (July 20, 2017). "Another Williams Takes His Turn Before the Camera, at SNY". The New York Times. New York City: New York Times Company. Retrieved February 5, 2018.
  6. ^ "Allison Williams flies high". New Canaan Advertiser. December 4, 2014. Archived from the original on 2017-03-08. Retrieved 2017-03-07.
    • "I went to the New Canaan Nature Center for preschool," she said. "I was so into that world, and still think about it all the time. It established my love for nature and animals." "New Canaan Country School and Greenwich Academy followed."
  7. ^ a b Serna, Danny (January 11, 2011). "HBO picks up new television series starring Allison Williams '10/". Yale Daily News. New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University. Retrieved November 16, 2017.
  8. ^ Farris, Emily A. (July 19, 2010). "Brian Williams' Daughter Plays Sensual TA in College Musical Web Series". Gawker. New York City: Gawker Media. Archived from the original on April 17, 2013. Retrieved April 16, 2013.
  9. ^ Klein, Alex (May 5, 2010). "WEB EXCLUSIVE: Every Yale Secret Society, 2009–2010 (or, A Tribute to Rumpus)". IvyGate. Archived from the original on 2012-04-20. Retrieved April 26, 2012.
  10. ^ Shea, Danny (October 13, 2010). "Allison Williams, Brian Williams' Daughter, Sings 'Mad Men' Theme Song (VIDEO)". The Huffington Post. New York City: Huffington Post Media Group. Retrieved December 28, 2011.
  11. ^ Sklar, Rachel (October 14, 2010). "Allison Williams, This Week The Biggest Star In Her Family (Sorry, BriWi)". Mediaite. Retrieved December 28, 2011.
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 28, 2010). "Trio Cast In Lena Dunham's HBO Pilot, Including Brian Williams' Daughter Allison". Deadline Hollywood. Los Angeles, California: Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved December 28, 2011.
  13. ^ "Allison Williams". Funny or Die. Los Angeles, California: Gary Sanchez Productions. Retrieved April 16, 2013.
  14. ^ "Jake and Amir / Cheryl". CollegeHumor. December 1, 2011. Retrieved April 16, 2013.
  15. ^ "Jake and Amir / Cheryl Part 2 (starring Allison Williams)". CollegeHumor. August 14, 2012. Retrieved April 16, 2013.
  16. ^ Sneticker, Marc (July 30, 2014). "Allison Williams to play Peter Pan in NBC's 'Peter Pan Live'". Entertainment Weekly. New York City: Meredith Corporation. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
  17. ^ Hipes, Patrick (November 4, 2015). "Allison Williams To Star In Jordan Peele's Horror Movie 'Get Out'". Deadline Hollywood. Los Angeles, California: Eldridge Industries. Retrieved May 27, 2016.
  18. ^ Otterson, Joe (March 20, 2018). "Allison Williams Joins 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' at Netflix". Variety. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  19. ^ Blumm, K.C.; Jordan, Julie (February 26, 2014). "Allison Williams Engaged to Ricky Van Veen". People. Time. Retrieved February 26, 2014.
  20. ^ "Allison Williams and Ricky Van Veen Are Married". September 19, 2015. Retrieved September 19, 2015.
  21. ^ "Allison Williams and Ricky Van Veen's honeymoon was 'heavenly'". HELLO! US. Hello. 2015-10-06. Retrieved 2015-10-16.
  22. ^ "Chelsea 'Girl': Allison Williams makes her home on Manhattan's West side". Brick Underground. February 18, 2015.
  23. ^ "Allison Williams Might Be the Most Boring Person in New York". Gawker. February 11, 2015.
  24. ^ "Allison Williams Sets the Stage for Horizons Giving Day". Horizons National. May 4, 2016. Retrieved June 24, 2017.
  25. ^ "Allison Williams re-imagines 'Girls' in the Trump era". Politico. June 6, 2017. Retrieved June 24, 2017.
  26. ^ Lincoln, Ross (November 14, 2016). "Critics' Choice TV Nominations Unveiled". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 15, 2016.
  27. ^ Bell, Crystal (April 6, 2017). "Here Are Your 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards Nominations: See The Full List". MTV. Retrieved April 6, 2017.
  28. ^ National Board of Review Editors (November 29, 2017). "National Board Of Review Announces 2017 Award Winners". National Board of Review. Retrieved December 9, 2017.
  29. ^ Murray, Rebecca (December 9, 2017). "San Diego Film Critics 2017 Nominees: 'Three Billboards,' 'Shape of Water,' and 'Dunkirk' Top the List". Showbiz Junkies. Retrieved December 9, 2017.
  30. ^ Seattle Film Critics Society Editors (December 11, 2017). "'Blade Runner 2049' Leads the 2017 Seattle Film Critics Society Nominations". Seattle Film Critics Society. Retrieved December 11, 2017.
  31. ^ "'The Shape of Water' Leads 2017 Florida Film Critics Awards Nominations". Florida Film Critics Circle. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  32. ^ Neglia, Matt. "The 2017 Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) Nominations". NextBigPicture. Retrieved December 18, 2017.
  33. ^ Hipes, Patrick (December 28, 2017). "'Get Out' Named Best Picture By Online Film Critics Society". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  34. ^ "2017 Awards". Georgia Film Critics Association. January 8, 2018. Retrieved January 8, 2018.
  35. ^ Vanity Fair Editors (December 13, 2017). "2018 SAG Awards Nominations: See the Full List". Vanity Fair. Retrieved December 13, 2017.

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