Alia Shawkat

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Alia Shawkat
Alia Shawkat at Arrested Development Reunion.jpg
Shawkat in October 2011
BornAlia Martine Shawkat
(1989-04-18) April 18, 1989 (age 25)
Riverside, California, U.S.
Years active1999–present
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Alia Shawkat
Alia Shawkat at Arrested Development Reunion.jpg
Shawkat in October 2011
BornAlia Martine Shawkat
(1989-04-18) April 18, 1989 (age 25)
Riverside, California, U.S.
Years active1999–present

Alia Martine Shawkat (/ˈæliə ˈʃkɑːt/ AL-ee-ə SHOH-kaht; born April 18, 1989) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Maeby Fünke in the Fox television series Arrested Development.

Personal life[edit]

Shawkat was born in Riverside, California to Dina (née Burke) and actor Tony Shawkat. She grew up in nearby Palm Springs.[1] She has two brothers.[2] The actor Paul Burke was her maternal grandfather. Her father is Iraqi, from Baghdad.[3] Her mother is of half-Norwegian, one-quarter-Irish, and one-quarter-Italian descent.[4]

When she is not working (acting), she likes to paint; she has participated in gallery shows in Los Angeles, Mexico City and Paris. She also likes to make music and sing in jazz bars.[5]


As Maeby Fünke, Shawkat was a regular cast member of Arrested Development for the entire run of the show from 2003 to 2006.[6] The series received nearly universally positive reviews, with Shawkat's performance occasionally singled out for praise. Pop-culture commentator Brian M. Palmer remarked that she was "one of the brightest lights on a show populated solely by bright lights,"[7] and Scott Weinberg of eFilmCritic described her as "one funny young lady."[8] In an interview with The A.V. Club in 2010, Shawkat remarked that many of her "formative moments" as an actress took place on the Arrested Development set: " [Show creator] Mitch Hurwitz was like a father figure to me. In a way, it was great to be around [the cast], because I feel that my understanding of comedy was able to grow really well during that time."[9]

In 2009, Shawkat appeared in Whip It co-star Har Mar Superstar's music video for "Tall Boy", which also featured Eva Mendes and Eric Wareheim. In October 2009, it was announced that Shawkat, Har Mar, and fellow Whip It co-star Page would produce and write a show for HBO called Stitch N' Bitch.[9] According to the Hollywood Reporter, the show "follows two painfully cool hipster girls as they relocate from Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood to Los Angeles' Silver Lake enclave in hopes of becoming artists--of any kind."[10]

Shawkat, along with Arrested Development co-star Mae Whitman, sang guest vocals on a number of tracks from indie-punk band Fake Problems' 2010 album Real Ghosts Caught on Tape.[11]

Six years after the series was canceled by Fox, filming for a revived fourth season of Arrested Development began on August 7, 2012 and Shawkat reprised her role as Maeby Fünke. The season consists of 15 new episodes which debuted at the same time on Netflix on May 26, 2013. Each episode focuses on one particular character, with Shawkat's Maeby, now a high school senior, featured in episode 12, "Señoritis" and appearing in several other episodes of the season.


1999JAGYoung Mac1 Episode
Three KingsAmir's Daughter
2000Trial of Old Drum, TheThe Trial of Old DrumDeeTV film
2002State of GraceYoung Hannah RayburnSeries regular
Presidio MedTara Wegman1 Episode
2003Without a TraceSiobhan Arintero1 Episode
BoomtownDenise Stein1 Episode
2003-2006Arrested DevelopmentMae "Maeby" FünkeSeries regular (53 Episodes)
Queen of Cactus CoveBillie
Last Call with Carson DalyHerself1 Episode
Blow OutHerself1 Episode
2006Veronica MarsStacy Wells1 Episode
Not Like Everyone ElseBrandi BlackbearTV Film
Deck the HallsMadison Finch
2007Business, TheThe BusinessScreenwriting Manicurist2 Episodes
2008Bad Mother's Handbook, TheThe Bad Mother's HandbookCharlotteTV Film
Bart Got a RoomCamille
Prom WarsDiana Riggs
Starter Series, TheThe Starter SeriesRobin3 Episodes
Whip ItPash
Arrested Development Documentary ProjectHerself
Made in HollywoodHerself1 Episode
Sundance Directors LabHerself1 Episode
2010Runaways, TheThe RunawaysRobin
The LeagueApril1 Episode
Lie, TheThe LieSeven
2011Cedar RapidsBree
Oranges, TheThe OrangesVanessa
"Our Deal"Best Coast music video
2012Damsels in DistressMadge
That's What She SaidClementine
Ruby SparksMabel
The Brass TeapotLouise
2013The To Do ListFiona
Night MovesSurprise
Arrested DevelopmentMae "Maeby" Fünke13 Episodes
The Late Late ShowHerself1 Episode
NTSF:SD:SUV::Gail1 Episode
Getting Doug With HighHerself1 Episode
The MomentJessie
2014Life After BethRoz
Drunk HistoryFrances Cleveland1 episode
2015The Final GirlsGertieFilming
2015The Driftless AreaCarrie


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