Alison Brie

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Alison Brie
Alison Brie by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Born Alison Brie Schermerhorn
(1982-12-29) December 29, 1982 (age 36)
Hollywood, California, United States
Alma mater California Institute of the Arts
Occupation Actress
Years active 2004–present
Partner(s) Dave Franco (2012–present; engaged)

Alison Brie Schermerhorn (born December 29, 1982),[1] known professionally as Alison Brie,[2] is an American actress. She is known for portraying Annie Edison on the NBC/Yahoo! series Community, Trudy Campbell on the AMC drama Mad Men, and the voice of Diane Nguyen on the Netflix animated series, BoJack Horseman. She has starred in films such as Scream 4 (2011), The Five-Year Engagement (2012), The Lego Movie (2014), Get Hard (2015), and Sleeping with Other People (2015).

Early life

Brie was born in Hollywood, California. Her mother, Joanne (née Brenner), works at Para los Niños ("For the Children"), a non-profit child care agency.[3] and her father, Charles Terry Schermerhorn, is a musician and freelance entertainment reporter.[4][5][6]

Brie's mother is Jewish and her father has Dutch, Scottish, and Irish ancestry. Brie has stated that, while being raised by her divorced parents, she occasionally attended with her father a "Christian-Hindu hybrid church", the Self-Realization Fellowship, while her mother "would always make sure we knew we were Jewish".[7][8][9]

Brie began her career acting onstage at the Jewish Community Center in Southern California.[10] She graduated from the California Institute of the Arts with a bachelor's in theater in 2005.[11] Prior to becoming a movie actress, Brie worked as a clown at birthday parties and performed in theater in California.[12] For a time, she studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Scotland.[13]


One of Brie's first television roles was Nina, a novice hairdresser, on Hannah Montana. She went on to star in the web series My Alibi, and was chosen for the role of Trudy Campbell in Mad Men. From 2009 to 2015, she portrayed Annie Edison on the NBC (and later Yahoo! Screen) sitcom Community.

In April 2010, she co-hosted an episode of Attack of the Show!,[14] and appeared in a short segment on Web Soup.[15] She appeared in the 2010 film Montana Amazon.[16] She made Maxim magazine's 2010 Hot 100 list at number 99,[17] and appeared at number 49 in their 2011 list.[18] She was voted the 56th sexiest woman in the world by FHM readers in 2013.[19] She was also voted the 2nd most desirable woman in the world by Askmen readers in 2014.[20]

Brie has had several major film roles. She starred as Sidney Prescott's assistant in the 2011 horror film Scream 4,[21] and appeared in the 2012 comedy film The Five-Year Engagement. She voiced Unikitty in The Lego Movie (2014), and voiced a character in an episode of the long-running adult animation series American Dad!, which aired as part of the show's 10th season.[22][23] In 2015, she starred alongside Jason Sudekis in Leslye Headland's romantic comedy film Sleeping with Other People, and played Will Ferrell's character's fiancée in Get Hard.[24]

In June 2014, Brie joined the cast of the Netflix series BoJack Horseman, which debuted on August 22, and over the first two seasons she has voiced a variety of characters, including main character Diane Nguyen and recurring character Vincent Adultman.[25][26]

Personal life

Brie has been dating actor Dave Franco since 2012 and on August 25, 2015, the two were engaged.[27][28]



Year Title Role Notes
2004 Stolen Poem Alice Short film
2007 Dickie Smalls: From Shame to Fame Mya
2007 Born Mary Elizabeth
2008 Salvation, Texas Lisa Salter Short film
2008 Parasomnia Darcy
2008 Coverup, TheThe Coverup Grace
2008 Buddy 'n' Andy Michelle Short film
2009 Us One Night Alyson Short film
2010 Home Front, TheThe Home Front Hannah Short film
2010 Raspberry Magic Ms. Bradlee
2010 Montana Amazon Ella
2011 Scream 4 Rebecca Walters
2012 Save the Date Beth
2012 Five-Year Engagement, TheThe Five-Year Engagement Suzie Barnes-Eilhauer
2012 Misadventures of the Dunderheads Ella
2013 Kings of Summer, TheThe Kings of Summer Heather Toy
2014 Lego Movie, TheThe Lego Movie Unikitty Voice
2015 Sleeping with Other People Lainey
2015 Get Hard Alissa
2015 Search Party Elizabeth
2015 No Stranger Than Love Lucy Sherrington
2016 Joshy Rachel Post-production
2016 How to Be Single
2016 The Headhunter's Calling Filming
2016 The Disaster Artist Amber Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Hannah Montana Nina Episode: "It's My Party and I'll Lie if I Want To"
2007 Not Another High School Show Muffy Pilot
2007–2015 Mad Men Gertrude "Trudy" Campbell 36 episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2009)
2008 Deadliest Lesson, TheThe Deadliest Lesson Amber Television film
2008 My Alibi Rebecca Fuller 14 episodes
2009–2015 Community Annie Edison 110 episodes
Nominated—Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Comedy Supporting Actress (2012)
2009 Hot Sluts Amber[29] 5 episodes
2011 Robot Chicken Martha Stewart / Vampire Lifeguard (voices) Episode: "The Godfather of the Bride 2"
2012 NTSF:SD:SUV:: Joanie Episode: "Sabbath-tage"
2012 American Dad! Lindsay (voice) Episode: "Adventures in Hayleysitting"
2013 High School USA! Miss Temple (voice) Episode: "Choices"
2013 Axe Cop Best Fairy Ever (voice) Episode: "The Dumb List"
2014 Comedy Bang! Bang! Herself Episode: "Alison Brie Wears a Black Mesh Top & Mini-Skirt"
2014–present BoJack Horseman Diane Nguyen / Vincent Adultman / Joelle Clarke / Various voices 24 episodes
2016 Teachers Lauren Lark Episode: "Pilot"; also executive producer
2016 Doctor Thorne Miss Martha Dunstable

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Lego Dimensions Unikitty Voice


  1. According to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905–1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California
  2. From Alison Brie interview with Marc Maron:
  3. Staff Reports – California Municipal Finance Authority
  4. "A Shooting star Alison Brie is one of the busiest young actresses in Hollywood..." August 1, 2009, Pasadena Weekly
  5. "Schermerhorn, Brandenstein Wed In Summer Ceremony" – Winchester Herald Chronicle
  6. Couple To Wed In California – Winchester Herald Chronicle
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  26. Strecker, Erin (6 April 2014). "'BoJack Horseman': New Netflix comedy features voices of Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, more". Retrieved 17 June 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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