Artemis Pebdani

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Artemis Pebdani
Born (1977-08-02) August 2, 1977 (age 45)
Texas, U.S.
EducationSouthern Methodist University (BFA)
Years active2004–present

Artemis Pebdani (born August 2, 1977) is an American actress, best known for her roles as Susan Ross on Scandal, Artemis on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Gramma Alice on Big City Greens.

Early life[edit]

Pebdani was born and raised in Texas.[1] Her parents were Iranians who left Iran in the mid-1970s, five years before the Islamic Revolution.[2] She received her BFA in theatre from Southern Methodist University and is also an alum of the Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre in Blue Lake, California.


In the early 2000s, Pebdani began appearing on television shows such as The Shield, Ugly Betty, and House. From 2005 onwards, she has had the recurring role of Artemis, the foul-mouthed friend of Sweet Dee, in the FX comedy series It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.[1]

Pebdani has had guest starring roles on How I Met Your Mother, Modern Family, Raising Hope, Garfunkel and Oates, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Hot in Cleveland, and House of Lies. Her breakthrough role came in 2014, playing the role of Flo Packer in the second season on the Showtime period drama Masters of Sex.[1][3] Her character is the owner of a diet pill company for which Virginia Johnson works as a salesperson for part of the season. Then she becomes involved in a table-turning sexual relationship. In 2015, Pebdani joined the cast of Shonda Rhimes's political drama Scandal as Susan Ross, the new Vice President of the United States.[1][4] In 2016, she joined the cast of the Fox comedy Son of Zorn as Linda Orvend (Zorn's boss).[5] In 2018, Pebdani had a voice role on the Disney animated series Big City Greens.[6] She appeared on Disney's Godmothered.[7]

She played the wallflower in the New Kids on The Block's video "Remix (I Like The)" released in 2013.[8]



Year Title Role Notes
2014 Sex Tape Kia
2015 Quarter-Life Crisis Linda
2016 I Love You Both Linda
2016 Rainbow Time Justine
2018 Dude Sapphire
2020 Godmothered Duff
2020 The Croods: A New Age Additional voices
2022 Sex Appeal Ms. Carlson
2022 Puss in Boots: The Last Wish Jan Serpent (voice)


Year Title Role Notes
2004 The Shield Witness Woman Episode: "Cracking Ice"
2005–present It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Artemis Dubois Recurring role, 16 episodes
2006 Jake in Progress Beth Peters Episode: "Notting Hell"
2006 Help Me Help You Office Worker Episode: "Pilot"
2006 Big Day Dina Episode: "The Bachelor Party"
2007 Ugly Betty Rita Episode: "A League of Their Own"
2008 Rules of Engagement Waitress Episode: "Buyer's Remorse"
2009 House Diane Episode: "Broken"
2010–2011 How I Met Your Mother Anna 3 episodes[9]
2010–2011 Modern Family Bethenny 2 episodes
2012 Raising Hope Tarot Reader Episode: "Tarot Cards"
2013 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Carlene Episode: "The Tagger"
2013 Drunk History Herself Episode: "San Francisco"
2014 Garfunkel and Oates Janice 3 episodes
2014 Masters of Sex Flo Packer Recurring role, 7 episodes
2014–2016 Scandal Susan Ross Recurring role, 19 episodes
2015 Hot in Cleveland Miss O'Roarke Episode: "About a Joy"
2015 House of Lies Episode: "Trust Me, I'm Getting Plenty of Erections"
2015 New Girl Martha Yowtz Episode: "Par 5"
2015 Another Period Hortense Bellacourt Pilot
2015 You're the Worst Kasia Episode: "A Rapidly Mutating Virus"
2016–2017 Son of Zorn Linda Orvend Main cast; 11 episodes
2017 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. L.T. Koenig Episode: "Hot Potato Soup"[10]
2017 Superstore Nurse Ella Episode: "Wellness Fair"
2017 Dogs in a Park Various Dogs (voice) 8 episodes[11]
2017 Life in Pieces Gittel Episode: "Favorite Vision Miguel Matchmaker"
2018–present Big City Greens Gramma Alice Green (voice) Main cast
2018 The Cool Kids Allison Recurring role
2019 Future Man Dr. Mina Ahmadi Recurring role
2019 Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure Captain Creighton (voice) Episode: "Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf?"
2019 Santa Clarita Diet Jenny Episode: "Cult of Sheila"
2021 The Big Leap Bernadette Episode: "Big Dumb Life"
2021–present The Croods: Family Tree Gran Main cast
2022 Love, Victor Rahim's mother 2 episodes
2022 Grey's Anatomy Sharon Peters Episode: "Wasn't Expecting That"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2020 Fallout 76: Wastelanders Frida Madani
Fallout 76: Steel Dawn Paladin Leila Rahmani
2021 The Artful Escape Frida/Various[12]


  1. ^ a b c d Goldstein, Rich (23 January 2015). "Artemis Pebdani Is the Dirtiest Woman in Show Business". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  2. ^ Shore Thing,, access date 1. July 2016
  3. ^ "'Masters of Sex' Recruits 'It's Always Sunny' Actress for Season 2 (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 18 June 2014. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Scandal Recap: Shonda Rhimes Takes On Ferguson :". Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Son Of Zorn – TV Series News, Show Information – FOX".
  6. ^ Nordyke, Kimberly (May 17, 2018). "Disney Channel Renews Animated Series 'Big City Greens' Ahead of Premiere (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  8. ^ Katz, Amber. "New Video: New Kids On The Block, '(Remix) I Like The'". MTV News. Retrieved 2021-08-03.
  9. ^ Reilly, Phoebe (February 15, 2011). "How I Met Your Mother Recap: Who Gives Love a Bad Name?". Vulture. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  10. ^ Valentine, Evan (January 31, 2017). "'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Recap: "Hot Potato Soup" – Koenig Returns!". Collider. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  11. ^ "Artemis Pebdani – IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  12. ^ Gardner, Matt. "'The Artful Escape' Review: The Most Beautiful Indie Game Of 2021". Forbes. Retrieved 8 September 2021.

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