Lyndsy Fonseca

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Lyndsy Fonseca
Lyndsy Fonseca at Comic Con International 2013.jpg
Fonseca at the 2013 Comic Con International
Born (1987-01-07) January 7, 1987 (age 32)
Oakland, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2000–present
Spouse(s) Matthew Smiley (m. 2009–13)

Lyndsy Marie Fonseca (born January 7, 1987) is an American actress. She is known for portraying Colleen Carlton on the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless (2001–05), Ted's daughter on How I Met Your Mother (2005–14), and Alexandra "Alex" Udinov on The CW's hit show Nikita (2010–13). Starting in 2015, she has had a recurring role on Marvel's Agent Carter as Angie Martinelli.

Early life

Fonseca was born in Oakland, California, the daughter of Lima Lynn (née Bergmann) and James Victor Fonseca. Her father is of Portuguese descent, and her mother is of half Portuguese ancestry.[1][2] Her stepfather, Reid Dworkin, is an attorney, and her younger half-sister is actress, Hannah Leigh Dworkin. Fonseca was raised first in Alameda; after her mother remarried, she moved to Oakland, and then to Moraga. Fonseca graduated from Barbizon Modeling and Acting School in San Francisco[3] and was then discovered by a talent manager in San Francisco. She then relocated to Los Angeles for her first pilot season at age 13, in the middle of the school year. The following year, she landed her breakthrough role, playing Colleen Carlton on The Young and the Restless with a three-year contract. With that, her mother and stepfather moved the whole family to Los Angeles. Since the end of her contract, Fonseca has booked many roles in television and films.


In 2005, Fonseca earned a recurring role as Ted Mosby's future daughter on How I Met Your Mother and as Donna on HBO's Big Love. She starred in the 2005 Hallmark TV film Ordinary Miracles, as a 16-year-old juvenile delinquent who goes to live with a judge (Jaclyn Smith).[4]

In fall 2007, Fonseca played Dawn in the film Remember the Daze. She joined the cast of ABC's Desperate Housewives as the daughter of Katherine Mayfair (Dana Delany), a character moving onto Wisteria Lane.[5] In 2008 she was nominated for the Actor award at the Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series for Desperate Housewives (2004), shared with the cast.

Fonseca played Katie Deauxma in the 2010 superhero film Kick-Ass, which also featured her Nikita co-star Xander Berkeley in the cast. She appeared in three more US films in 2010, including Hot Tub Time Machine. In 2010, she was cast in the CW television series Nikita as Alex, a new recruit.[6]

Fonseca was listed at No. 62 on the 2010 Maxim Hot 100 and No. 89 on the 2011 list.[7][8]

Personal life

Fonseca married artist and writer Matthew Smiley in April 2009. The couple split in July 2012 and Fonseca filed for divorce in 2013, citing irreconcilable differences.[9]



Year Title Role Notes
2001–2005 Young and the Restless, TheThe Young and the Restless Colleen Carlton Role held: May 30, 2001 – May 17, 2004; December 24, 2004 – February 9, 2005
2003 Boston Public Jenn Cardell 4 episodes
2004 Malcolm in the Middle Olivia Episode: "Lois' Sister"
2004 NYPD Blue Madison Bernstein Episode: "Colonel Knowledge"
2004 Switched! Herself Episode: "Lyndsy/Jessie"
2005 I Do, They Don't Sandy Barber Movie
2005 Ordinary Miracles Sally Anne Powell Movie
2005 Cyber Seduction: His Secret Life Amy Movie
2005–2014 How I Met Your Mother Penny Mosby 65 episodes, all scenes filmed between 2005 and 2007
2006 Waterfront Annabelle Marks Unaired CBS series
2006–2009 Big Love Donna 6 episodes
2006 Phil of the Future Kristy Episode: "Not-So-Great Great Great Grandpa"
2007 Close to Home Jessica Conlon Episode: "Hoosier Hold Em"
2007 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Megan Cooper Episode: "Fallen Idols"
2007 House Addie Episode: "Resignation"
2007 Heroes April Episode: "Four Months Later..."
2007–2009 Desperate Housewives Dylan Mayfair 15 episodes
2010–2013 Nikita Alexandra "Alex" Udinov Main role (73 episodes)
2011 Five Cheyanne Movie
2015–present Marvel's Agent Carter Angie Martinelli Recurring role (season 1); guest role (season 2)
2015, 2016 Grandfathered Frankie Episodes: "Sexy Guardian Angel", "The Sat Pack"


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Intellectual Property Jenny
2007 Remember the Daze Dawn
2010 Kick-Ass Katie Deauxma
2010 Hot Tub Time Machine Jenny Steadmeyer
2010 Ward, TheThe Ward Iris
2011 Fort McCoy Anna Gerkey
2013 Kick-Ass 2 Katie Deauxma
2015 Moments of Clarity Danielle
2015 The Escort Natalie


Year Association Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2008 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Desperate Housewives
(shared with rest of cast)
Nominated [10]
2009 Nominated [11]
2010 Scream Awards Breakout Performance – Female Kick-Ass Nominated [12]
2011 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Action Nikita Nominated [13]
2012 Nominated [14]
2013 Nominated [15]


  1. The Bacon & Cuzziere Family Tree - Lowell MA:Information about Lyndsy Marie Fonseca
  2. Interview With Lyndsy Fonseca, at
  3. "Barbizon Modeling and Acting School Alumni". Barbizon Modeling and Acting School.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Gates, Anita (May 7, 2005). "What's On Tonight". The New York Times. Retrieved May 9, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Andreeva, Nellie (July 3, 2007). "'Housewives' wed to Delany, Fillion, Fonseca". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 29, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Radish, Christina (August 29, 2010). "Lyndsy Fonseca Interview NIKITA". Collider. Retrieved August 29, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "2010 Hot 100". Maxim. 2009-09-15. Retrieved 2011-02-13.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "2011 Hot 100". Maxim. Retrieved 2011-05-04.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. 'Kick-Ass' Star Lyndsy Fonseca Files for Divorce
  10. "SAG nominations go 'Wild'".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "`Doubt' Tops SAG Pack".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. "Teen Choice Awards 2011 Nominees". Retrieved June 29, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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