Allison Williams (actress)

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Allison Williams
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Williams in 2018
Born (1988-04-13) April 13, 1988 (age 34)
Alma materYale University (BA)
Years active2004–present
(m. 2015⁠–⁠2019)
PartnerAlexander Dreymon (2022–present)

Allison Howell Williams[1] (born April 13, 1988[2]) is an American actress. Following several minor roles in television, she played Marnie Michaels in the HBO comedy-drama series Girls (2012–2017), which earned her a Critics' Choice Award nomination. After playing the titular role in Peter Pan Live! (2014), she earned several accolades for starring as Rose Armitage in the horror film Get Out (2017). She has since appeared as Kit Snicket in the series A Series of Unfortunate Events (2017–2019) and starred as Gemma in the horror film M3GAN (2022).

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] Williams attended New Canaan Country School and Greenwich Academy.[6] She later attended Yale University majoring in English; she was a member of Morse College and the St. Elmo secret society.[7][8]

While in New Canaan, Williams worked in a Ralph Lauren outlet store.[9] She was also a member of the improv comedy troupe Just Add Water for four years and acted in the YouTube series College Musical.[10][11] The project featured Sam Tsui and was directed by Kurt Hugo Schneider, both of whom attended Yale.[11] She graduated with a degree in English in 2010.[4][12]


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.[13] The YouTube video of the performance received widespread praise on the Internet.[14] Judd Apatow subsequently cast Williams in the HBO series Girls,[4][10][15] which premiered on April 15, 2012, generating universal praise from television critics.[16][17][18][19] In 2016, Williams received a nomination for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.[20]

From 2011 to 2012, Williams appeared as Cheryl in the CollegeHumor series Jake and Amir.[21][22] 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.[23]

In November 2016, Williams appeared in Past Forward, a short film collaboration between David O. Russell and Prada. Williams wrote a series of Funny or Die sketches starring as newlywed Kate Middleton,[4] with English actor and model Oliver Jackson-Cohen as Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.[24]

In 2017, Williams starred in the horror film Get Out. Director Jordan Peele was convinced she was right for the role of Rose after seeing her performance in Peter Pan Live!.[25] Peele cast her in a role made to "disorient audiences",[26] and Williams later said "I was looking for a role that would weaponize everything that people take for granted about me. So I instantly signed on to it."[27] The film received critical acclaim, and the performances of the acting ensemble and Williams were praised, earning her several awards and nominations, including being nominated for the MTV Award for Best Villain and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.[28][29]

Williams was cast in the role of Charlotte on the Netflix horror film, The Perfection,[30] which was released on May 24, 2019 to positive reviews,[31] and her performance was called "compelling".[32] She was cast in the role of Kit Snicket throughout the second and third seasons of the Netflix comedy-drama series A Series of Unfortunate Events.[33] Williams appeared in the Swedish thriller film Horizon Line, which released in 2020.[34][35]

In 2020, Williams reteamed with Blumhouse Productions to executive produce and star in M3GAN.[36] She plays Gemma, a roboticist and the aunt of Cady (Violet McGraw).[37] The film was released on January 6, 2023, to significant critical and commercial success.[38][39] She will reprise the role in its sequel, M3GAN 2.0, set for release in 2025.[40][41] She will also star in the upcoming miniseries Fellow Travelers.[42]

Personal life[edit]

Williams began dating Ricky Van Veen who is the co-founder of CollegeHumor, in 2011. They were engaged in 2014[43] and married on September 19, 2015, in a private ceremony in Saratoga, Wyoming.[44] Tom Hanks officiated the ceremony.[45] She and her husband then lived in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan.[46][47] On June 27, 2019, Van Veen and Williams released a joint statement announcing their separation.[48]

In late 2019, Williams began dating German actor Alexander Dreymon. They met while filming Horizon Line. In late 2021 they had a son.[49] In December 2022 it was reported that the couple became engaged.[50]



Year Title Role Notes Ref(s)
2016 Past Forward Woman #1 Short film
2017 Get Out Rose Armitage
2018 The Perfection Charlotte Willmore
2020 Horizon Line Sara
2023 M3GAN Gemma Also executive producer
2025 M3GAN 2.0 Gemma


Year Title Role Notes Ref(s)
2004 American Dreams Deborah 2 episodes
2011 Will & Kate: Before Happily Ever After Kate Middleton Recurring role; 4 episodes; also writer
The League Danielle Episode: "The Guest Bong"
2011–2012 Jake and Amir Cheryl 2 episodes
2012–2017 Girls Marnie Michaels Main role
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 Patrick Melrose Marianne Episode: "Bad News"
2018–2019 A Series of Unfortunate Events Kit Snicket Recurring role; 8 episodes
2019 Sesame Street Sanitation Worker Episode: "Oscar Uncanned"
2023 Saturday Night Live Herself Episode: "Aubrey Plaza/Sam Smith"
TBA Fellow Travelers Lucy Smith Upcoming Miniseries [51]

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 [20]
2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Villain Get Out Nominated [28]
National Board of Review Best Cast Won [52]
San Diego Film Critics Society Best Ensemble Nominated [53]
Seattle Film Critics Society Best Ensemble Won [54]
Florida Film Critics Circle Best Cast Nominated [55]
Online Film Critics Society Best Ensemble Nominated [56]
IGN Awards Best Supporting Performer in a Movie Nominated [58]
2018 Georgia Film Critics Association Best Ensemble Nominated [59]
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated [29]


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