Hannigan at the Phoenix Comicon, May 2015
|Born||Alyson Lee Hannigan
March 24, 1974
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Other names||Alyson Denisof|
|Alma mater||California State University, Northridge|
|Occupation||Actress, television host|
|Spouse(s)||Alexis Denisof (m. 2003)|
Alyson Lee Hannigan (born March 24, 1974) is an American actress. She is best known for her roles as Lily Aldrin on the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014), Willow Rosenberg in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003) and Michelle Flaherty in the American Pie film series (1999–2012).
Hannigan was born in Washington, D.C., the only child of Emilie (Posner) Haas, a real estate agent, and Al Hannigan, a truck driver. Her father is of Irish ancestry and her mother is Jewish. Her parents divorced when she was two and she was raised mostly by her mother in Atlanta, Georgia.
Childhood and early years
At age four, Hannigan began appearing in commercials. She moved to Hollywood at age 11. Living with her mother and attending North Hollywood High School, she successfully auditioned for agents while visiting her father in Santa Barbara. After attending North Hollywood High School, she attended California State University, Northridge where she was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority and earned a degree in psychology.
Hannigan's first major film role was in My Stepmother Is an Alien, a science fiction comedy released in 1988; one of her co-stars in the film was actor Seth Green, who later joined her in the regular cast of Buffy as her on-screen boyfriend. Then in 1989, her first regular role on a TV series came when she was cast in the short-lived ABC sitcom Free Spirit. As a teenager, Hannigan babysat for her future How I Met Your Mother costar Bob Saget's children.
The Buffy years
In 1997, Hannigan was cast to play Willow Rosenberg, Buffy Summers' best friend, on the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The show became a success, and Hannigan gained recognition, subsequently appearing in several films aimed at teenage audiences, including American Pie (1999), Boys and Girls (2000), American Pie 2 (2001), and American Wedding (2003). She also had a guest spot on the Buffy spin-off, Angel, reprising her role of Willow in a few episodes (including most notably "Orpheus", during the fourth season of Angel and the seventh season of Buffy), but none after Buffy finished production.
Stage, television, and movie work
In 2005, Hannigan returned to starring in a regular television series, taking the main role of Lily Aldrin in the hit comedy How I Met Your Mother, and also playing a recurring guest role on Veronica Mars as Trina Echolls. In February 2006, Hannigan starred as Julia Jones in Date Movie, a parody of romantic comedies. She was also a guest star on the ABC animated sitcom The Goode Family in 2009.
Hannigan joined forces with Emily Deschanel, Jaime King, Minka Kelly, and Katharine McPhee in a "video slumber party" featured on FunnyorDie.com to promote regular breast cancer screenings for the organization Stand Up 2 Cancer.
|1986||Impure Thoughts||Patty Stubbs|
|1988||My Stepmother Is an Alien||Jessie Mills|
|1998||Dead Man on Campus||Lucy|
|1999||American Pie||Michelle Flaherty|
|2000||Boys and Girls||Betty|
|2001||American Pie 2||Michelle Flaherty|
|2001||Beyond the City Limits||Lexi|
|2003||American Wedding||Michelle Flaherty|
|2006||Date Movie||Julia Jones|
|2007||Farce of the Penguins||Hottie Penguin (voice)|
|2011||Love, Wedding, Marriage||Courtney|
|2012||American Reunion||Michelle Flaherty-Levenstein|
|2016||Modern Love||Rachael||Upcoming role|
|1989–90||Free Spirit||Jessie Harper||Main role (14 episodes)|
|1990||Roseanne||Jan||Episode: "Like, a New Job"|
|1991||Switched at Birth||Gina Twigg, Age 13–16||TV movie|
|1993||Almost Home||Samantha||2 episodes|
|1994||Touched by an Angel||Cassie Peters||Episode: "Cassie's Choice"|
|1995||The Stranger Beside Me||Dana||TV movie|
|1996||A Case for Life||Iris||TV movie|
|1996||For My Daughter's Honor||Kelly||TV movie|
|1996||Picket Fences||Peggy Patterson||Episode: "To Forgive Is Devine"|
|1996||Friends for Life||Emma Daniels||Pilot|
|1997–2003||Buffy the Vampire Slayer||Willow Rosenberg||Main role
|1999–2000||100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd||Gigi||Voice
|1999||Hayley Wagner, Star||Jenna Jakes||TV movie|
|2000||Wild Thornberrys, TheThe Wild Thornberrys||Gerda||Voice
Episode: "Every Little Bit Alps"
|2001–03||Angel||Willow Rosenberg||3 episodes|
|2002–03||Rugrats||Cynthia P.I. / Young Starlet||Voice
|2004||That '70s Show||Suzy Simpson||2 episodes|
|2004||King of the Hill||Stacey Gibson||Voice
Episode: "Talking Shop"
|2004||In the Game||Role unknown||Pilot|
|2005–06||Veronica Mars||Trina Echolls||3 episodes:
"My Mother, the Fiend"
|2005–14||How I Met Your Mother||Lily Aldrin||Main role
|2009||Gordon Ramsay: Cookalong Live||Herself||Guest Star
Episode: "Gordon Ramsay: Cookalong Live"
|2009||Goode Family, TheThe Goode Family||Michelle||Voice
Episode: "Graffiti in Greenville"
|2011||Simpsons, TheThe Simpsons||Melody||Voice
Episode: "Flaming Moe"
Episode: "Big Trouble in Little Clerks 2"
|2011, 2013||American Dad!||Chelsea / Peasant's Daughter||Voice
|2013, 2016||Hollywood Game Night||Herself||Episode: "The One with the Friends"
Episode: "Hannigan, Hale & Hunt... Oh My!"
|2014||Sofia the First||Winter||Voice
Episode: "Winter's Gift"
|2014||The McCarthys||Pam||Episode: "Red Sox Swap"|
|2016||Penn & Teller: Fool Us||Herself||Host|
Awards and nominations
- Wihlborg, Ulrica (2009-03-31). "Alyson Hannigan Welcomes a Daughter!". People. Retrieved 2009-03-31.
- "How I Met Your Mother Cast: Alyson Hannigan". CBS. Retrieved 2012-06-12.
- "Former Atlantan Alyson Hannigan interview for 'How I Met Your Mother'". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. September 21, 2009. Retrieved 2012-06-12.
- "Film Reference Alyson Hannigan Bio". Filmreference.com. Archived from the original on 10 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-07.
- Bloom, Nate (2004-07-09). "Celebrity Jews". the Jewish News Weekly of Northern California. Retrieved 2006-07-16.
- "Hollywood Now: Alyson Hannigan, Jewish Male Actors, Fall Feature - InterfaithFamily". Retrieved 27 October 2014.
- Biography for Alyson Hannigan at the Internet Movie Database
- "Interview: Alyson Hannigan on American Pie". Scotland on Sunday. April 22, 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-12.
- "Alyson Hannigan". SuperiorPics.com. Retrieved 2010-04-18.
- "Alyson Hannigan Biography". Biography.com. Retrieved 13 August 2015.
- "It's Evening in America". Vanity Fair. May 2012. Page 158.
- "Where Are They Now? Buffy the Vampire Slayer". People. December 3, 2007. Retrieved 2012-06-12.
- "When Harry Met Sally, Review by Philip Fisher (2004)". British Theatre Guide. Retrieved 2010-04-18.
- "'Veronica Mars' scoop". Chicago Tribune. January 20, 2006. Retrieved 2012-06-12.
- Alyson Hannigan at the Internet Movie Database
- Kate Stanhope (2009-10-01). "Deschanel, Hannigan and Others Cop a Feel for a Cause". TVGuide.com. Archived from the original on 1 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-01.
- "Alyson Hannigan, Cobie Smulders and 'Mother'-hood". USA Today. April 15, 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-12.
- Alyson Hannigan tapped to host Penn & Teller: Fool Us in season 3
- "Alyson Hannigan and Alexis Denisof Welcome Daughter Keeva Jane". People. June 12, 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-12.
- Virtel, Louis (July 12, 2013). ""Hollywood Game Night": Jane, We Love You, But Let's Revamp". The Backlot. Retrieved July 13, 2015.
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