Paget Brewster

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Paget Brewster
Paget Brewster.jpg
Brewster performing at the Thrilling Adventure Hour comedy radio show
Born Paget Valerie Brewster
(1969-03-10) March 10, 1969 (age 46)
Concord, Massachusetts, United States
Occupation Actress
Years active 1997–present
Spouse(s) Steve Damstra (m. 2014)

Paget Valerie Brewster (/ˈpæɛt brstər/; born March 10, 1969) is an American actress. Her best-known roles are Kathy on NBC's Friends (first as Joey's girlfriend and later Chandler's), Supervisory Special Agent Emily Prentiss on CBS's Criminal Minds, Elise and Mr. Mumbles on The Hub's Dan Vs., Frankie Dart on Yahoo's Community and Sadie Doyle on the Thrilling Adventure Hour segment "Beyond Belief." She has had numerous guest appearances on shows such as Two and a Half Men, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Modern Family. She currently stars as Dodo Bellacourt in the Comedy Central comedy Another Period and in Grandfathered with John Stamos and Josh Peck.

Early life[edit]

Brewster was born on March 10, 1969, in Concord, Massachusetts. Her mother, Hathaway Brewster (née Tew), worked as a government official, and her father, Galen Brewster, worked as a school administrator.[1][2][3] She has a younger brother, Ivan.

Brewster grew up in Massachusetts and moved to New York City to attend Parsons School of Design. During her first year, she made her acting debut and eventually dropped out of design school to pursue her acting career. In the mid 1990s, Brewster moved to San Francisco and enrolled in acting classes. As of 2014 she resides in Los Angeles.


Brewster hosted a late-night talk show in the San Francisco Bay Area in the mid-1990s called The Paget Show for 65 episodes.[4] She first came to prominent attention in her recurring role as "Kathy" in the fourth season of NBC's Friends. She appeared in Andy Richter Controls the Universe and Huff. On film she played Ms. Indestructible, the female lead in James Gunn's low-budget superhero comedy The Specials (2000). She played Amy Pierson, a calculus teacher afraid of the water, in the independent film The Big Bad Swim, which premiered at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival.

In 2005, she began voice work as Judy Sebben/Birdgirl, a recurring character on the animated series Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law (and later played a similar guest character on American Dad!).

Brewster had a long run with the show Criminal Minds, playing multi-lingual Supervisory Special Agent Emily Prentiss until the show's sixth season, when she and A. J. Cook were released from their contracts by CBS in a cost-cutting move. Due to complaints from fans, both she and Cook were rehired and kept for the following season. In February 2012, Brewster announced via Deadline that she was leaving Criminal Minds at the end of the season to pursue a possible career in comedy television.[5] Brewster reprised as Emily Prentiss in season nine for the 200th episode, as a special guest star.[6]

Brewster subsequently portrayed bureau chief ADA Paula Foster in the Public Integrity Unit of the District Attorney's office on NBC's long-running police drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Her character handled the case against SVU commanding officer Captain Donald Cragen (Dann Florek), suspected of murder after awakening next to a dead woman in the 13th season finale.[7][8][9]

Brewster is a regular on The Thrilling Adventure Hour, a staged production in the style of old-time radio that is recorded monthly at Largo in Los Angeles. She plays the recurring character of Sadie Doyle, the alcoholic socialite who can communicate with the supernatural alongside her husband, Frank (Paul F. Tompkins), in the "Beyond Belief" segments. In early April 2013, Brewster appeared in Modern Family as Trish in episode 20, "Flip Flop," playing an art expert who is dating Gloria's ex-husband, Javier. In August 2013, Brewster appeared in episode 106 of the Drunk History television series on Comedy Central. In January 2015 Brewster appeared on Community. In February 2014 it was announced that she had been cast in a new ABC comedy called St. Francis.

Personal life[edit]

On the March 30, 2006, episode of Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Brewster revealed that she had recently received a handwritten note indicating Hugh Hefner would like her to pose for Playboy. She seriously considered the offer, but even though she said that she admired Playboy more than magazines such as Maxim and FHM and her parents gave her their blessing, she eventually turned it down for career reasons.[10] She has volunteered as an actress with the Los Angeles Young Storytellers Program.[11]

On March 17, 2013, Brewster became engaged to Steve Damstra. She made the announcement via Twitter by posting a photograph of the jade engagement ring on her finger.[12][13] Damstra is in the band Folded Light and Whirlwind Heat and is a friend of Brewster's Criminal Minds co-star Matthew Gray Gubler. Brewster and Damstra were married on November 28, 2014 in Los Angeles, California, in a ceremony officiated by Gubler.



Year Title Role Notes
1998 Let's Talk About Sex Michelle
1999 Desperate But Not Serious Frances
2000 Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, TheThe Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle Jenny Spy
2000 The Specials Emily Tilderbrook/Ms. Indestructible
2001 Agent 15 Agent 15 Short film
2001 Hollywood Palms Phoebe
2001 Skippy Julie Fontaine
2002 Now You Know Lea
2003 Brainwarp Lipstikk Short film
2004 Eulogy Aunt Lily
2005 Man of the House Binky Beauregard
2005 My Big Fat Independent Movie Julianne
2006 Cyxork 7 Bethany Feral
2006 The Big Bad Swim Amy Pierson
2006 Kidney Thieves Melinda Short film
2006 Unaccompanied Minors Valerie Davenport
2007 Sublime Andrea Direct-to-video
2012 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Lana Lang (voice)
2014 Gumshoe Stiletto (voice) Short film
2015 Justice League: Gods and Monsters Lois Lane (voice)
2015 Uncle Nick Sophie
2015 Welcome to Happiness Prescilla


Year Title Role Notes
1997–1998 Friends Kathy 6 episodes
1998 Ghost Cop Anette Episode: "Pilot"
1998 Godzilla: The Series Audrey Timmonds (voice) 11 episodes
1998 Max Q Rena Winter Television film
1999 The Expert Dr. Jo Hardy Episode: "Pilot"
1999–2000 Love & Money Allison Conkli 13 episodes
2000 Star Patrol Rachel Striker Pilot
2000 One True Love Tina Television film
2000–2001 The Trouble With Normal Claire Garletti 13 episodes
2001 DAG Patti Donovan Episode: "Prom"
2001 Raising Dad Gracie Episode: "Sex Ed"
2002 George Lopez Ginger Episode: "The Wedding Dance"
2002–2003 Andy Richter Controls the Universe Jessica Green 19 episodes
2003 The Snobs Pilot
2003 Time Belt Col. Jocelyn Anchor Episode: "Oh. Shit. Zombies."
2004 Rock Me, Baby Debbie Episode: "Look Who's Talking"
2004–2006 Huff Beth Huffstodt 25 episodes
2005 Two and a Half Men Jamie Eckleberry Episode: "A Lung Full of Alan"
2005 Duck Dodgers Rona Vipra (voice) 2 episodes
2005 Amber Frey: Witness for the Prosecution Carol Carter Television film
2005–2007 Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law Birdgirl (voice) 9 episodes
2005–2013 American Dad! Various voices 15 episodes
2005–2006 Stacked Charlotte 3 episodes
2006 Drawn Together Child Services (voice) Episode: "Captain Girl"
2006 A Perfect Day Allyson Harlan Television film
2006–2012, 2014, 2016 Criminal Minds Emily Prentiss 128 episodes
2007, 2012 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Sheila Tierney / ADA Paula Foster 3 episodes
2008 Lost Behind Bars Lauren Wilde Television film
2009 King of the Hill Myrna (voice) Episode: "Lucky See, Monkey Do"
2011–2013 Dan Vs. Elise / Various voices 53 episodes
2011 My Life As an Experiment Stacie Wilder Pilot
2013 Modern Family Trish Episode: "Flip Flop"
2013 Spy Erica Pilot
2013–2015 The Venture Bros. Amber Gold / Various voices 3 episodes
2013–2015 Drunk History Herself / Emma Folsom 4 episodes
2013 The Birthday Boys Keri Episode: "Going All the Way"
2014–2015 Community Debra Chambers / Francesca "Frankie" Dart 14 episodes
2014 The Boondocks Various voices Episode: "The New Black"
2014–2016 Adventure Time Viola (voice) 2 episodes
2014 Saint Francis Stephanie Quinlan Pilot
2014 Key and Peele Det. Sally Ferguson Episode: "Sex Detective"
2015 Down Dog Amanda Asher Pilot
2015 Kroll Show Bobby's Mom Episode: "The in Addition Tos"
2015 Another Period Dodo Bellacourt 10 episodes
2015 Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles Lois Lane (voice) Episode: "Bomb"
2015–present Grandfathered Sara Kingsley Main role
2015 Moonbeam City Charisma (voice) Episode: "Lasers & Liars"
2015 W/ Bob and David Charlene Boyeur Episode: "Episode 1"


  1. ^ "Paget Brewster Biography (1969-)".
  2. ^ Social Register, Volume 101. Social Register Association. 1981.  via Google Books.
  3. ^ "Hathaway Tew, 1966 Debutante, Engaged to Wed; Bradford Student and Galen Brewster to Marry in Summer". The New York Times. April 9, 1967. 
  4. ^ Rubin, Sylvia (September 12, 1999). "Fall TV Preview / Paget Brewster Puts Her Money on `Love'". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2014-03-03. 
  5. ^ Brewster, Paget (February 16, 2012). "That's a wrap. [...]". Twitter. 
  6. ^ Eng, Joyce (February 4, 2014). "Paget Brewster on Criminal Minds 200th Episode Return: "It Was Bittersweet"". TV Guide. 
  7. ^ O'Connell, Michael (July 18, 2012). "Paget Brewster to Guest on 'Law & Order: SVU' Season 14 Premiere (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 20, 2012. 
  8. ^ Daniels, Janice (July 20, 2012). "Paget Brewster to Guest Star on ‘Law & Order: SVU’ — Her Next Role Possibly?". Hollywood TV Critics. Retrieved July 20, 2012. 
  9. ^ Raftery, Liz (July 20, 2012). "Criminal Minds' Paget Brewster Lands Guest Spot on SVU". TV Guide. Retrieved July 18, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Paget Brewster Interview – Huff". Archived from the original on 2007-11-01. Retrieved 2013-03-03. 
  11. ^ "YSF - Young Storytellers Foundation - Press & Events". May 2012.
  12. ^ "Twitter / pagetpaget: It's jade. And he's the best. ...". Twitter. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  13. ^ Bustos, Kristina (March 17, 2013). "'Criminal Minds' star Paget Brewster reveals engagement". DigitalSpy. 

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