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Brie in 2013
Born Alison Brie Schermerhorn
(1982-12-29) December 29, 1982 (age 34)
Hollywood, California, United States
Occupation Actress, producer
Years active 2004–present
Spouse(s) Dave Franco (m. 2017)
Relatives James Franco (brother-in-law)
Tom Franco (brother-in-law)

Alison Brie Schermerhorn (born December 29, 1982),[1][2] known professionally as Alison Brie, is an American actress and producer. She portrayed Annie Edison in the NBC/Yahoo! sitcom Community (2009–2015) and Trudy Campbell in the AMC drama Mad Men (2007–2015), and currently voices Diane Nguyen on the Netflix animated series BoJack Horseman (2014–present). She has starred in several films, such as Scream 4 (2011), The Five-Year Engagement (2012), The Lego Movie (2014), Get Hard (2015), Sleeping with Other People (2015), and How to Be Single (2016).

Early life[edit]

Brie was born in Hollywood, California. Her father, Charles Terry Schermerhorn, is a musician and freelance entertainment reporter.[3][4] Her mother, Joanne Brenner, works at Para los Niños (“For the Children”), a non-profit childcare agency.[5] She has a sister named Lauren.[3][4] Brie’s mother is Jewish,[6] while her father has Dutch, Irish, and Scottish ancestry. While being raised by her divorced parents, she occasionally attended a “ChristianHindu hybrid church”, the Self-Realization Fellowship, with her father. However, her mother “would always make sure we knew we were Jewish”.[6][7][8]

Brie began acting onstage at the Jewish Community Center in Southern California.[4][9] She graduated from the California Institute of the Arts with a bachelor’s degree in theater in 2005.[10] For a time, she studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow.[4][11] She later worked as a clown at birthday parties and performed in theater in California.[12]


Alison Brie at the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2009

One of Brie’s first television roles was as 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, Brie co-hosted an episode of Attack of the Show![13] and appeared in a short segment on Web Soup.[14] She appeared in the 2010 film Montana Amazon.[15] Brie made Maxim magazine‘s 2010 Hot 100 list at number 99[16] and appeared at number 49 in their 2011 list.[17] She was voted the 57th sexiest woman in the world by FHM readers in 2013.[18] She was also voted the 2nd most desirable woman in the world by Askmen readers in 2014.[19]

Brie starred in several major film roles, including Sidney Prescott‘s assistant in the 2011 horror film Scream 4,[20] and appeared in the 2012 comedy film The Five-Year Engagement. She voiced Princess Unikitty in The Lego Movie (2014), and voiced a character in an episode of the long-running adult animation series American Dad!, which aired during their 8th season.[21][22] In 2015, she starred with Jason Sudeikis in Leslye Headland‘s romantic comedy film Sleeping with Other People and played Will Ferrell‘s character’s fiancée in Get Hard.[23] In 2016, Brie starred as Lucy in the romantic comedy film How to Be Single.

In June 2014, Brie joined the cast of the Netflix series BoJack Horseman, which debuted on August 22. Over the first two seasons, she has voiced a variety of characters, including main character Diane Nguyen and recurring character Vincent Adultman.[24][25] Brie also appeared on Lip Sync Battle and won against Will Arnett.[26]

In August 2016, Brie was set to star in the Netflix original comedy series GLOW from producer Jenji Kohan (creator of Orange Is the New Black), which was inspired by the 1980s female professional wrestling league Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling.[27]

Personal life[edit]

Brie has been dating actor Dave Franco since 2012.[28] On August 25, 2015, it was reported the two were engaged.[28][29] They married in March 2017.[30]



Year Title Role Notes
2004 Stolen Poem Alice Short film
2007 Dickie Smalls: From Shame to Fame Mya
2007 Born Mary Elizabeth
2008 Parasomnia Darcy
2008 Coverup, TheThe Coverup Grace
2008 Buddy ‘n’ Andy Michelle Short film
2008 Salvation, Texas Lisa Salter 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 Dunderhead
2011 Scream 4 Rebecca Walters
2012 Save the Date Beth
2012 The Five-Year Engagement Suzie Barnes-Eilhauer
2013 Kings of Summer, TheThe Kings of Summer Heather Toy
2014 The Lego Movie Princess Unikitty (voice)
2014 Search Party Elizabeth
2015 Sleeping with Other People Lainey Dalton
2015 Get Hard Alissa Barrow
2015 No Stranger Than Love Lucy Sherrington
2016 Joshy Rachel
2016 How to Be Single Lucy
2016 Get a Job Tanya Sellers
2016 Headhunter’s Calling, TheThe Headhunter’s Calling Lynn Vogel
2017 The Little Hours Sister Alessandra
2017 The Disaster Artist Amber


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Hannah Montana Nina Episode: “It’s My Party and I’ll Lie if I Want To”
2007–2015 Mad Men Trudy Campbell 36 episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2009)
2008 The Deadliest Lesson Amber Television film
2009–2015 Community Annie Edison 110 episodes
Nominated – Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (2012)
2011 Robot Chicken Martha Stewart / Vampire Lifeguard (voice) 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 Beautiful Girly Bobs (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 / Various Characters (voice) 37 episodes
2015 Lip Sync Battle Herself Episode: “Alison Brie vs. Will Arnett”
2016–present Teachers Lauren Lark Episode: “Pilot”; also executive producer
2016 Doctor Thorne Martha Dunstable 3 episodes
2017 Dr. Ken Herself Episode: “Ken’s Big Audition”
2017 GLOW Ruth Wilder In post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2008–2009 My Alibi Rebecca Fuller 18 episodes
2009 Hot Sluts Amber[31] 5 episodes
2012 Sketchy Meg Episode: “You Got Retweeted”
2013 ArScheerio Paul Show, TheThe ArScheerio Paul Show Madonna Episode: “Madonna & Rosie O’Donnell

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
2015 Lego Dimensions Princess Unikitty
2016 Marvel Avengers Academy Black Widow[32]

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