Brooke Lyons

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Brooke Lyons
Born (1980-11-08) November 8, 1980 (age 36)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Alma mater Yale University
Occupation Actress
Years active 2004–present
Spouse(s) Max Osswald (m. 2014)
Parent(s) James R. Lyons (father)
Penny A. Sousa (mother)

Brooke Lyons (born November 8, 1980)[1][2] is an American actress. She is known for her roles as Amy in the 2008 film Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins and as Peach Landis in the CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls.

Early life and education[edit]

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.[3]

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.[3] She wore a back brace throughout her time in the ninth grade.[4] She ultimately had surgery to correct her spine.[3] While she was freshman at Yale University, she founded the Connecticut Scoliosis Association[4] and wrote about her experiences with the disease in the book titled Scoliosis: Ascending the Curve.[5] The book was published before she began classes at Yale in 1999.[3]

While at Yale she majored in English literature and was a member of the "Arts and Letters" Manuscript Society.[3]


Lyons then became interested in acting, receiving her first speaking role in the Neil Simon play Rumors.[6] She also worked in the productions The Maids and Heartbreak House. She received additional acting training at The Groundlings in Los Angeles.[3]

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.[6]

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).

Personal life[edit]

In 2014, Lyons married film producer Max Osswald.[7] Lyons co-starred in two films that Osswald produced, the short film To Sonnets and the television film A Deadly Adoption.


Year Title Role Notes
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
Year Title Role Notes
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 Perception Anne Episode: "Shiver"
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"
Life Sentence Elizabeth
Year Title Role Notes
2010 Ruthie 6 episodes
Video Games
Year Title Role Notes
2016 World of Final Fantasy Princess Sarah


  1. ^ it's my birthday!... Brooke Lyons' official Twitter account
  2. ^ Tweet from Brooke Lyons' official Twitter account, stating birth year on IMDb is factual
  3. ^ a b c d e f Grandjean, Patricia (October 2008). "Q&A: Brooke Lyons". Connecticut Magazine. Retrieved February 17, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b 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. 
  5. ^ Scoliosis: Ascending the Curve - Brooke Lyons, Oheneba Boachie ..., Google Books
  6. ^ a b Fasehum, Sola (September 13, 2011). "Brooke Lyons: A star is born.". Campus Circle. Retrieved February 17, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Brooke Lyons and Maximillian Osswald". The New York Times. April 27, 2014. Retrieved August 11, 2015. 

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