Allison Williams (actress)

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Allison Williams
Allison Williams on Inauguration Day, January 21, 2013 (1).jpg
Williams in 2013
Born (1988-04-13) April 13, 1988 (age 33)
Alma materYale University
Years active2004–present
(m. 2015⁠–⁠2019)

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, and the title role in Peter Pan Live! (2014). She rose to widespread recognition for starring as Rose Armitage in the horror film Get Out (2017), for which she received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination. She subsequently appeared as Kit Snicket in the series A Series of Unfortunate Events (2017–2019).

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 also attended Yale University, where she majored in English and was a member of Morse College and St. Elmo secret society.[7][8] At Yale, Williams was also a member of the improv comedy troupe Just Add Water for four years and acted in the YouTube series College Musical.[9][10] The project featured Sam Tsui and was directed by Kurt Hugo Schneider, both of whom attended Yale.[10] She graduated with a degree in English in 2010.[4][11]


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.[12] The YouTube video of the performance received widespread praise on the Internet,[13] and filmmaker Judd Apatow cast her in the HBO series Girls.[4][9][14] The series premiered on April 15, 2012, generating criticism over its depiction of sexual assault,[15] male ejaculate,[16] and Dunham's frequent on-screen nudity.[17][18] Williams received praise for her role in the series, and in 2016 she received a nomination for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.[19]

From 2011 to 2012, Williams appeared as Cheryl in the CollegeHumor series Jake and Amir.[20][21] 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.[22]

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, in which she starred as newlywed Kate Middleton,[4] with English actor and model Oliver Jackson-Cohen as Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.[23]

In 2017, Williams starred in the horror film Get Out. She was cast in the film by director Jordan Peele, who became convinced she was right for the role of Rose after seeing her performance in Peter Pan Live!.[24] 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.[25][26]

Williams in 2019

Williams was cast in the role of Charlotte on the Netflix horror film, The Perfection,[27] which was released on May 24, 2019 to positive reviews,[28] and her performance was called "compelling".[29] 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.[30] Williams next appeared in the Swedish thriller film Horizon Line, which released in 2020.[31][32]

In 2020, Williams Reteamed with Blumhouse Productions to star and executive produce M3GAN.[33]


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.[34] She has also done work with Product Red to fund HIV/AIDS programs in Africa, and is currently involved with the Transformational Prison Project as an advocate for criminal justice reform. In 2017, she talked about her political views, advocacy, millennial activism, and women in Hollywood on the Politico podcast, Women Rule.[35]

Personal life[edit]

Williams began dating Ricky Van Veen, co-founder of CollegeHumor, in 2011. They became engaged in 2014,[36] and married on September 19, 2015 in a private ceremony in Saratoga, Wyoming.[37] Tom Hanks officiated the ceremony.[38] She and her husband lived in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan.[39][40] On June 27, 2019, Van Veen and Williams issued a joint statement of their separation.[41]



Year Title Role Notes
2016 Past Forward Woman #1 Short film
2017 Get Out Rose Armitage
2018 The Perfection Charlotte Willmore
2020 Horizon Line Sara


Year Title Role Notes
2004 American Dreams Deborah 2 episodes
2011 Will & Kate: Before Happily Ever After Kate Middleton Recurring role; 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 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"
2018–2019 A Series of Unfortunate Events Kit Snicket Recurring role; 8 episodes
2018 Patrick Melrose Marianne Episode: "Bad News"
2019 Sesame Street Sanitation Worker Episode: "Oscar Uncanned"

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 [19]
2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Villain Get Out Nominated [25]
National Board of Review Best Cast Won [42]
San Diego Film Critics Society Best Ensemble Nominated [43]
Seattle Film Critics Society Best Ensemble Won [44]
Florida Film Critics Circle Best Cast Nominated [45]
Online Film Critics Society Best Ensemble Nominated [46]
IGN Awards Best Supporting Performer in a Movie Nominated [48]
2018 Georgia Film Critics Association Best Ensemble Nominated [49]
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated [26]


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