November 8, 1980 |
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Alma mater||Yale University|
|Spouse(s)||Max Osswald (m. 2014)|
|Parent(s)||James R. Lyons (father)
Penny A. Sousa (mother)
Early life and education
Lyons was born in Washington, D.C. She is the daughter of surgeon James R. Lyons and dancer Penny A. (née Sousa). She is of Italian, Irish and Portuguese descent and grew up in Fairfield and New Haven, Connecticut, and several other towns in the state.
As a child she suffered from scoliosis, which prevented her from a pursuing a career as a ballet dancer. Before being diagnosed, she studied dance at the Joffrey Ballet School, the New England Ballet School in Connecticut, the Boston Ballet and traveled to France. She wore a back brace throughout her time in the ninth grade. She ultimately had surgery to correct her spine. While she was freshman at Yale University, she founded the Connecticut Scoliosis Association and wrote about her experiences with the disease in the book titled Scoliosis: Ascending the Curve. The book was published before she began classes at Yale in 1999.
Lyons then became interested in acting, receiving her first speaking role in the Neil Simon play Rumors. She also worked in the productions The Maids and Heartbreak House. She received additional acting training at The Groundlings in Los Angeles.
Beginning in 2004, Lyons appeared in the television series American Dreams, That's So Raven, The Starter Wife, and Desperate Housewives, and has had recurring roles in 2 Broke Girls, The Affair, and Jane by Design.
In film, her most notable acting role to date was as Amy in the 2008 film Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins. She also appeared in the films The Trap (2005), Protecting the King (2007), and Dark Reel (2008).
|2005||Trap, TheThe Trap||Erica|
|2007||Protecting the King||Monica|
|2007||X's & O's||Hazel|
|2008||Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins||Amy|
|2008||Dark Reel||Tanya Kismen|
|2009||Morning After, TheThe Morning After||Kristen||Short film|
|2009||Inner Circle, TheThe Inner Circle||Sarah Lambert|
|2009||Good: The Green Hotel||Concierge (voice)||Short film|
|2010||Real Break-Up, AA Real Break-Up||Sarah||Short film|
|2010||Beautiful Boy||TV reporter voice|
|2012||To Sonnets||Unknown||Short film|
|2004||American Dreams||Erin||Episode: "A Clear and Present Danger"|
|2006||That's So Raven||Nikki Logan||Episode: "Unhappy Medium"|
|2008||American Mall, TheThe American Mall||Dori||Television film|
|2008||Starter Wife, TheThe Starter Wife||Edie||Episode: "Mollywood"|
|2009||Desperate Housewives||Candace||Episode: "Never Judge a Lady by Her Lover"|
|2010||Important Things with Demetri Martin||Helen||Episode: "Strategy"|
|2011||Law & Order: LA||Greta Thomas||Episode: "Benedict Canyon"|
|2011||Love Bites||Coby||Episode: "Keep on Truckin'"|
|2011–12||2 Broke Girls||Peach Landis||6 episodes|
|2012||Jane by Design||Birdie||4 episodes|
|2012||Sullivan & Son||Ashley||Episode: "Pilot: Last, Best, and Final"|
|2012||Royal Pains||Talia Clarke||Episode: "Something Fishy This Way Comes"|
|2013||Crazy Ones, TheThe Crazy Ones||Nancy||Episode: "Sixteen-Inch Softball"|
|2013||Psych||Elisa||Episode: "Psych: The Musical"|
|2014||Two and a Half Men||Gwen||Episode: "Baseball. Boobs. Boobs. Baseball."|
|2014||Anger Management||Dr. Everheart||Episode: "Charlie and Jordan Go to Prison"|
|2014||Deadbeat||Bloody Mary||Episode: "Raising the Dead"|
|2014||Friends with Better Lives||Linda||Episode: "Something New"|
|2014||Mulaney||Cassidy||Episode: "Motif & the City"|
|2015||One Big Happy||Erica||Episode: "Out of the Closet"|
|2015||Deadly Adoption, AA Deadly Adoption||Christine||Television film|
|2015||Exes, TheThe Exes||Sophie||Episode: "The 40 Year-Old Her-Gin"|
|2015||The Affair||Eden Ellery||3 episodes|
|2015||iZombie||Natalie||Episode: "Cape Town"|
|2016||Grandfathered||Juliet||Episode: "The Boyfriend Experience"|
|2016||World of Final Fantasy||Princess Sarah|
- it's my birthday!... Brooke Lyons' official Twitter account
- Tweet from Brooke Lyons' official Twitter account, stating birth year on IMDb is factual
- Grandjean, Patricia (October 2008). "Q&A: Brooke Lyons". Connecticut Magazine. Retrieved February 17, 2012.
- Hunter, Felcia (October 18–25, 1999). "Student seeks to raise awareness about scoliosis through book". Yale Bulletin and Calendar, Volume 28, Number 9. Retrieved February 17, 2012.
- Scoliosis: Ascending the Curve - Brooke Lyons, Oheneba Boachie ..., Google Books
- Fasehum, Sola (September 13, 2011). "Brooke Lyons: A star is born.". Campus Circle. Retrieved February 17, 2012.
- "Brooke Lyons and Maximillian Osswald". The New York Times. April 27, 2014. Retrieved August 11, 2015.