Yvette Nicole Brown
Yvette Nicole Brown
Brown at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2018
|Born||August 12, 1971|
East Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, voice actress, comedian|
Yvette Nicole Brown (born August 12, 1971) is an American actress, voice actress, and host. Brown has appeared in numerous commercials, television shows, and films throughout her career. She starred as Shirley Bennett on the NBC comedy series Community. She had a recurring role on the Nickelodeon sitcom Drake & Josh as Helen Dubois, and voiced the character Cookie on the American-Canadian animated series Pound Puppies. Brown also starred as Dani in the 2015 version of The Odd Couple on CBS and as Dina Rose on the ABC sitcom The Mayor. In 2018, she assumed the role of Nora, AA sponsor to Christy, the central character on Mom.
Brown has also had guest roles in television shows such as That '70s Show, The Office, Boston Legal, Chuck, and The Soul Man. In addition to television, she has had supporting roles in films such as (500) Days of Summer, Tropic Thunder, Repo Men, and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. She also voiced "Harper" from the video game Minecraft: Story Mode in addition to Cookie on Pound Puppies, Luna on Elena of Avalor and Principal Waller on DC Superhero Girls She has hosted Syfy cosplay series Cosplay Melee and has been a frequent couch guest on Talking Dead. She has also served as a guest co-host on talk shows including The View, The Talk, The Real and The Jeff Probst Show.
Early life and education
Brown was born in East Cleveland, Ohio. She graduated from Warrensville Heights High School in 1989. Brown studied communication studies at the University of Akron and graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 1994. She became a sister of the Delta Pi chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha as an undergrad at the university.
Brown appeared as "Yvette" in the music video "1-4-All-4-1" by the East Coast Family, a Michael Bivins project, for Biv10 Records. Brown said of the experience, "It was a great run, but I guess music was just never meant to be for me."
Brown first appeared on commercials before entering television shows and films a few years later. She has since played roles on television shows such as The War at Home, Malcolm in the Middle, That's So Raven, and the US version of The Office. She also had a recurring role as movie theater manager Helen Dubois in the Nickelodeon sitcom Drake & Josh. Brown reprised the role in the season 2 episode of Victorious titled "Helen Back Again". She also provided the voice of Cookie on The Hub's Pound Puppies.
In 2009, Brown began starring as Shirley Bennett on the comedy series Community. On September 30, 2014, Brown announced that she would be leaving the show after five seasons in order to take care of her ailing father. In her announcement she said, "My dad needs daily care and he needs me. The idea of being away 16 hours a day for five months, I couldn't do it. It was a difficult decision for me to make, but I had to choose my dad."
She has appeared in television commercials for Hamburger Helper, Big Lots, Pine-Sol, Comcast, Aquapod, Shout, Fiber One, Yoplait Yogurt, DiGiorno Pizza, Dairy Queen, and Time Warner. She has appeared on episodes of The Thrilling Adventure Hour as "The Troubleshooter" in the Sparks Nevada, Marshall on Mars series.
In 2014, it was reported that Brown was set to recur on the USA Network series Benched. Shortly after her exit of Community, Brown's role of Dani on the CBS sitcom The Odd Couple was upgraded to series regular. She has also been a regular guest on AMC's Talking Dead. She currently hosts Syfy cosplay series Cosplay Melee.
In July 2018, Brown temporarily replaced Chris Hardwick as the host of Talking Dead and served as moderator for The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead panels at the San Diego Comic-Con during Hardwick's suspension.
In 2019, Brown wrote the independent feature Always A Bridesmaid, a romantic comedy. Set for a fall release, the film stars Jordan Calloway and Javicia Leslie, and features Marcel Spears, Brandon Micheal Hall, Affion Crockett, Richard Lawson (actor), and Telma Hopkins among the supporting cast.
|2000||His Woman, His Wife|
|2003||180 Miles Away||Other woman||Short film|
|2004||Little Black Book||Production assistant|
|2005||The Island||Harvest Nurse|
|The Kid & I||Bunny|
|2008||Meet Dave||Old Navy saleswoman|
|Tropic Thunder||Vivica (Peck's assistant)|
|2009||N.C.B.S||Flashback wife||Short film|
|Hotel for Dogs||Ms. Camwell|
|500 Days of Summer||New secretary|
|The Ugly Truth||Dori|
|2013||Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters||Gray Sister #2|
|2019||Avengers: Endgame||S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent|
|The Loud House||Mayor Davis|
|Lady and the Tramp||Aunt Sarah||Post-production|
|2002||For the People||Server||Episode: "Lonely Hearts"|
|Do Over||Woman||Episode: "Investing in the Future"|
|2003||Girlfriends||Sherri Childs||2 episodes|
|2004||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Stewardess||Episode: "Opening Night"|
|The Big House||Eartha Cleveland||6 episodes|
|Two and a Half Men||Mandy||Episode: "Just Like Buffalo"|
|7th Heaven||Leah Morris||Episode: "Gratitude"|
|2004–2007||Drake & Josh||Helen Dubois||15 episodes|
|2005||Fat Actress||Woman in restaurant||Episode: "Big Butts"|
|That's So Raven||Monica||Episode: "Too Much Pressure"|
|That '70s Show||Sgt. Davis||Episode: "You're My Best Friend"|
|Hot Properties||Oprah-Head||Episode: "Waiting for Oprah"|
|2006||Malcolm in the Middle||Female security agent #2||Episode: "Bride of Ida"|
|House||Ellen Stambler||Episode: "Sex Kills"|
|The War at Home||Airport security||Episode: "The West Palm Beach Story"|
|Half & Half||Ceci||2 episodes|
|Pepper Dennis||Angela Howell||Episode: "Pepper Dennis Behind Bars"|
|Sleeper Cell||Fatima||2 episodes|
|2007||The Office||Paris||Episode: "The Return"|
|The Loop||Isabelle Miller||Episode: "Yeah, Presents"|
|American Body Shop||Ms. Durant||Episode: "Pilot"|
|Entourage||Daily Variety agent||Episode: "Gary's Desk"|
|Boston Legal||Doris Thumper||2 episodes|
|2008||'Til Death||Roxie||Episode: "Raisinette in the Sun"|
|Privileged||Pam||Episode: "All About the Haves and the Have-Nots"|
|Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh||Helen Dubois||Television film|
|2009||Kath & Kim||Clerk #1||Episode: "Competition"|
|True Jackson, VP||Coral Barns||Episode: "Company Retreat"|
|Rules of Engagement||Mrs. Alberts||Episode: "Voluntary Commitment"|
|Roommates||Madam Saphire||Episode: "The Tarot"|
|iCarly||Art student||Episode: "iMust Have Locker 239"|
|Sherri||Church lady||Episode: "There Is No 'I' in Church"|
|2009–2015||Community||Shirley Bennett||99 episodes|
Gracie Award for Outstanding Female Actor in a Supporting Role – Comedy Series or Special
|2010–2013||Pound Puppies||Cookie / Additional voices||65 episodes|
|2011–2014||Family Guy||Various voices||4 episodes|
|2011||Victorious||Helen Dubois||Episode: "Helen Back Again"|
|Chuck||Buy More employee||Episode: "Chuck Versus the Hack Off"|
|2012–2016||The Soul Man||Robyn||4 episodes|
|2012–present||Talking Dead||Herself||10 episodes|
|2013||Shake It Up||Madame Tiffany||Episode: "Psych It Up"|
|Once Upon a Time||Ursula (voice)||Episode: "Ariel"|
|2014||Psych||Hazel Lazarus||Episode: "A Touch of Sweevil"|
|Melissa & Joey||Calista||Episode: "I'll Cut You"|
|BoJack Horseman||Beyoncé, Pedestrian (voice)||Episode: "Our A-Story is a 'D' Story"|
|2015||Harvey Beaks||M.O.M. (voice)||Episode: "Randl's Scandl"|
|The Odd Couple||Dani||38 episodes|
|Game Shakers||Helen||Episode: "Tiny Pickles"|
|2015–present||DC Super Hero Girls||Principal Amanda Waller (voice)||25 episodes|
|New Looney Tunes||Rhoda Roundhouse (voice)||2 episodes|
|2016||The Young and the Restless||Lois Thompson||3 episodes|
|Bunnicula||Mrs. Varney (voice)||Episodes: "Walking Fish" & "Lucky Vampire’s Foot"|
|Rizzoli & Isles||Agent CJ Prescott||Episode: "Post Mortem"|
|Star vs. the Forces of Evil||Brigid (voice)||Episode: "Star vs. Echo Creek"|
|2016–present||Elena of Avalor||Luna (voice)||15 episodes|
|2017||Dr. Ken||Amy||Episode: "A Day In The Life"|
|Regular Show||Seer (voice)||Episode: "Meet The Seer"|
|SuperMansion||Portia Jones/Zenith (voice)||8 episodes|
|Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero||Boat Maria (voice)||3 episodes|
|The Mayor||Dina Rose||Main role|
|Be Cool, Scooby-Doo||Judge (voice)||Episode: "The People vs. Fred Jones"|
|Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures||Lieutenant Valeria, Pilots (voice)||9 episodes|
|The New Edition Story||Shirley Bivins||3 episodes|
|Puppy Dog Pals||Daisy (voice)||Episode: "History Mystery"|
|2018||Talking Dead||Host||Season 7: Episode 9|
|The Tom and Jerry Show||Momma Mockingbird (voice)||Episode: "To Kill A Mockingbird"|
|2019||RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars||Guest judge||Season 4, episode 5|
|Weird City||Glail||Episode: "Below"|
|The Loud House||Mayor Davis (voice)||Episode: "Racing Hearts"|
|‘’What Just Happened??! with Fred Savage’’||Herself||Episode: “Family”|
|2011||Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse||Additional Voices|
|2016||Minecraft: Story Mode||Harper|
|2018||Lego DC Super-Villains||Amanda Waller|
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