"Gillian Jacobs"

Gillian McLaren Jacobs (/ˈɡɪlɪən/; born October 19, 1982) is an American actress. She is known for her role as Britta Perry on the NBC comedy series Community.

Jacobs was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her mother, Martina Magenau Jacobs, was a Carnegie Mellon University director of alumni relations at the Heinz College. Her father, William F. Jacobs Jr., was an investment banker. She was raised in the Pittsburgh suburb of Mt. Lebanon. She is of French, German, Irish, and Scottish descent. Her family owned the Jackson Koehler Eagle Brewery, established in 1847 in Erie, Pennsylvania, where her grandfather, John Martin Magenau Jr., served as President and CEO until its closure in 1978.
Jacobs began studying acting at the age of eight, and attended acting classes on Saturdays at the Pittsburgh Playhouse while growing up. She performed with the Pittsburgh Public Theater, where she was a perennial contender in the Public's Shakespeare Monologue Contest, leading her to be cast as Titania in its production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. After graduating from Mt. Lebanon High School in 2000, Jacobs moved to New York City, New York to attend the Juilliard School, where she was a member of the Drama Division's Group 33. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in 2004

Jacobs' first acting role came as Adele Congreve on the television series The Book of Daniel. Although she played Kim in the pilot of Traveler, the role was given to Pascale Hutton when ABC acquired the series. Jacobs subsequently made guest appearances on Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Fringe. In 2006, she starred in an Off-Off-Broadway production of Chris Denham's cagelove. While overall critical reaction to the play was negative, Jacobs earned praise in several reviews. The New York Times advised readers to "remember the name of Gillian Jacobs, a stunning Juilliard graduate who has the glow of a star in the making".
Jacobs has appeared in theatrical productions of The Fabulous Life of a Size Zero (2007), A Feminine Ending (2007), and The Little Flower of East Orange (2008). Her film work includes Gardens of the Night (2007), Blackbird (2007), Choke (2008), and The Box (2009). In 2009, she began playing Britta Perry on Community, which became her best known role to date.

Jacobs is teetotal. She is a fan of professional wrestling and is a regular at Pro Wrestling Guerrilla shows.


2005Building GirlKatie
2008ChokeCherry Daiquiri / Beth
2008Gardens of the NightLeslie
2009The BoxDana
2009Solitary ManTall Girl
2010Helena from the WeddingHelena
2011Let GoDarla DeMint
2012It's Not You, It's MeBabeShort film
2012Watching TV with the Red ChineseSuzanne
2012Revenge for Jolly!Tina
2012Adventures in the Sin BinLauren
2012Seeking a Friend for the End of the WorldWaitress / Katie
2013The Incredible Burt WonderstoneMiranda
2013Teddy BearsEmily
2013Made in ClevelandMartha
2013Bad Milo!Sarah
2014Walk of Shame
2014Hot Tub Time Machine 2
2014The LookalikeLacey
2014Life PartnersPaige
2014Black and White
2014No Way JosePenny


2006The Book of DanielAdele Congreve3 episodes
2007All-NightersMarniUnsold CBS pilot
2007TravelerKimberlyEpisode: "Pilot"
2008FringeJoanne OstlerEpisode: "The Equation"
2009Law & Order: Criminal IntentSue SmithEpisode: "Rock Star"
2009Royal PainsTess FrimoliEpisode: "There Will Be Food"
2009The Good WifeSoniaEpisode: "Pilot"
2009–presentCommunityBritta Perry97 episodes
2010Aqua Teen Hunger ForceCarl's WifeVoice
Episode: "Larry Miller Hair System"
2012Robot ChickenPolly Pocket
Kelly Frears
Snow White
Lisbeth Salander
Episode: "Punctured Jugular"
2012Comedy Bang! Bang!Post-Apocalypse WomanEpisode: "Zach Galifianakis Wears a Blue Jacket & Red Socks"
2013The Venture Bros.Marsha BackwoodVoice
Episode: "Venture Libre"
2013Comedy Bang! Bang!HerselfEpisode: "Gillian Jacobs Wears a Red Dress with Sail Boats"
2013–presentMonsters vs. AliensSta'abiVoice
14 episodes
2014American Dad!ChristyVoice
Episode: "Introducing The Naughty Stewardesses"


2011Funny or DieLinkaEpisode: "Don Cheadle Is Captain Planet"
2011CollegeHumorBritta PerryEpisode: "Save Greendale"
2012The Book ClubPenelope2 episodes
2013Tiny CommandoMitzi McNeil7 episodes

Awards and nominations

2012Critics' Choice Television AwardsBest Comedy Supporting ActressCommunityNominated
2012TV Guide AwardFavorite EnsembleCommunityWon

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