Alison Pill

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Alison Pill
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Pill at PaleyFest 2013
BornAlison Courtney Pill
(1985-11-27) November 27, 1985 (age 29)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Alma materVaughan Road Academy
Years active1997–present
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Alison Pill
Alison Pill at PaleyFest 2013.jpg
Pill at PaleyFest 2013
BornAlison Courtney Pill
(1985-11-27) November 27, 1985 (age 29)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Alma materVaughan Road Academy
Years active1997–present

Alison Courtney Pill[1] (born November 27, 1985)[2] is a Canadian actress. A former child actress, Pill began her career at age twelve, appearing in numerous films and television series. She transitioned to adult roles and her breakthrough came in the television series The Book of Daniel (2006). She is best known for her roles in the films Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (2003), Milk (2008), Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) and Midnight in Paris (2011) and the television series In Treatment (2009), The Pillars of the Earth (2010) and The Newsroom (2012–2014).

Early life[edit]

Pill was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Her father, a financier, is Estonian.[3][4]

Pill attended Vaughan Road Academy,[5] where she enrolled in the program "Interact", designed for students interested in dance, music, athletics, and theatre.[6]


Pill at the Toronto Film Festival in 2011.

In 2006, she starred as Grace Webster in the short-lived NBC drama The Book of Daniel, and was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in Martin McDonagh's The Lieutenant of Inishmore.[7] Pill had a major supporting role as campaign manager Anne Kronenberg in the Oscar-winning 2008 film Milk.

She portrayed Empress Maud in the miniseries The Pillars of the Earth. She also appeared in Snowpiercer, with Chris Evans and Jamie Bell, released in 2013.

She currently appears in Aaron Sorkin's HBO series The Newsroom as Maggie Jordan.

Personal life[edit]

Pill was engaged to actor Jay Baruchel from 2010 to 2013. Baruchel made their engagement public when he thanked his fiancée (Pill) during an acceptance speech at the Genie Awards in Ottawa, Canada.[8] Baruchel alluded to their breakup in a Twitter posting on February 16, 2013.[9] Pill became engaged to actor Joshua Leonard in January 2015.[10]



1998You're Invited to Mary-Kate & Ashley's Camp Out PartyFriend #2
1998Degas & the DancerMarie van GoethemTV movie
1998Stranger in TownHettyTV movie
1999Locked in SilenceLaceyTV movie
1999God's New PlanSamantha HuttonTV movie
1999DifferentSallyTV movie
1999The Life Before ThisJessica
1999Jacob Two Two Meets the Hooded FangShapiro/Marfa
1999A Holiday RomanceFernTV movie
2000Redwall: The MovieCornflower (Voice role)TV movie
2000Skipped PartsChuckette Morris
2000The Dinosaur HunterJulia CreathTV movie
2000The Other MeAllana BrowningTV movie
2000BabyLarkin MaloneTV movie
2001Life with Judy Garland: Me and My ShadowsYoung Lorna LuftTV movie
2001MidwivesConstance 'Connie' DanforthTV movie
2001What Girls LearnTildenTV movie
2002A.W.O.L.PatientShort film
2002The Pilot's WifeMattie LyonsTV movie
2002Perfect PieMarie (age 15)
2003Pieces of AprilBeth Burns
2003Fast Food HighEmma Redding
2003An Unexpected LoveSamantha MayerTV movie
2004Confessions of a Teenage Drama QueenElla Gerard
2004The Crypt ClubLieslShort film
2004Dear WendySusan
2004What Katy DidKaty CarrTV movie
2004A Separate PeaceBethTV movie
2004Plain TruthKatie FisherTV movie
2007Dan in Real LifeJane Burns
2008MilkAnne KronenbergNominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2009The Awakening of Abigail HarrisAbigail HarrisShort film
2009One Way to ValhallaDale
2010Goldstar, OhioKendra HarperShort film
2010Scott Pilgrim vs. the WorldKim PineNominated—Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble
2011Midnight in ParisZelda Fitzgerald
2011GoonEvaNominated – Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Canadian Film
2012To Rome with LoveHayley
2012DeniseDeniseShort film
2014CootiesLucy McCormickFilming


1997The New Ghostwriter MysteriesLucyEpisode: "Moving Parts"
1998Fast TrackAlexa StokesEpisode: "Real Time"
1998Psi Factor: Chronicles of the ParanormalSophie SchulmanEpisode: "The Night of the Setting Sun"
1998The Last Don IIBethanyTV mini-series
1998AnatolePaulette (Voice role)5 Episodes
1999RedwallCornflower (Voice role)
1999Dear America: A Journey to the New WorldRemember Patience Whipple/MemTV short
1999Poltergeist: The LegacyPaigeEpisode: "Forget Me Not"
2000TradersAndrea ExterEpisode: "Hawks"
2006The Book of DanielGrace WebsterMain role
2006Law & Order: Criminal IntentLisa RamseyEpisode: "Wrongful Life"
2008CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationKelsey MurphyEpisode: "Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda"
2009In TreatmentAprilMain role (second season)
2010Scott Pilgrim vs. the AnimationKim Pine (Voice role)TV short
2010The Pillars of the EarthPrincess MaudeMain role
2012–2014The NewsroomMaggie JordanMain role


2003None of the Above[11]JamieOhio Theatre
2004The Distance From Here[12]JennMCC Theater
2005On The Mountain[13]JaimePlaywrights Horizons
2006The Lieutenant of Inishmore[14]MaireadLyceum Theatre
2007Blackbird[15]UnaManhattan Theater Club
2007Mauritius[16]JackieBiltmore Theatre
2008reasons to be pretty[17]StephLucille Lortel Theatre
2010The Miracle Worker[18]Annie SullivanCircle in the Square Theatre
2010This Wide Night[19]MariePeter Jay Sharp Theatre
2011The House of Blue Leaves[20]Corrinna StrollerWalter Kerr Theatre
2013Wait Until Dark[21]SusanGeffen Playhouse

Awards and nominations[edit]

2000Burbank International Children's Film FestivalBest Child Actress PerformanceThe Dinosaur HunterWon
Young Artist AwardBest Performance in a TV Movie or Pilot - Supporting Young ActressDegas and the DancerNominated
2001Best Ensemble in a TV Movie Shared with Andrew Lawrence, Brenden Jefferson, Tyler Hynes, and Sarah Gadon The Other MeNominated
2002Best Performance in a TV Movie or Special - Leading Young ActressWhat Girls LearnNominated
2009Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Shared with Josh Brolin, Joseph Cross, James Franco, Victor Garber, Emile Hirsch, Diego Luna, Denis O'Hare, and Sean Penn MilkNominated
Online Film & Television Association AwardBest Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesIn TreatmentNominated
2011Best Music, Original Song Shared with Beck, Michael Cera, Mark Webber, and Brian LeBarton Scott Pilgrim vs. the WorldNominated
Phoenix Film Critics Society AwardBest Ensemble Acting Shared with Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kurt Fuller, Mimi Kennedy, Michael Sheen, Nina Arianda, Carla Bruni, Yves Heck]], Corey Stoll, Tom Hiddleston, Sonia Rolland, Kathy Bates, Marion Cotillard, Léa Seydoux, and Adrien Brody Midnight in ParisNominated
2013Vancouver Film Critics Circle AwardBest Supporting Actress in a Canadian FilmGoonNominated


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  4. ^ Mechling, Lauren (2007-06-04). "Star material". CBC. Retrieved 2010-10-16. 
  5. ^ Pupo, Mark (July 23, 2010). "Jagged Little Pill: Toronto’s Alison Pill lets loose in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World". Toronto Life. Retrieved June 15, 2012. 
  6. ^ New York Post - Alison Pill
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  8. ^ "Celebraty Weddings We Can't Wait For - Alison Pill & Jay Baruchel" E! News
  9. ^ "Exclusive: Alison Pill, Jay Baruchel Call Off Engagement" Us Weekly Retrieved March 4, 2013
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  11. ^ "None of the Above". Jenny Lyn Bader. Retrieved June 15, 2012. 
  12. ^ Sommer, Elyse (2004). "The Distance From Here, a CurtainUp review". CurtainUp. Retrieved June 15, 2012. 
  13. ^ Isherwood, Charles (February 25, 2005). "Seeking the Lost Song of a Lost Rock Star". The New York Times. Retrieved June 15, 2012. 
  14. ^ "The Lieutenant of Inishmore". The Broadway League. Retrieved June 15, 2012. 
  15. ^ Brantley, Ben (April 11, 2005). "Sorting Through the Wreckage of a Love Most Foul". The New York Times. Retrieved June 15, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Mauritius". The Broadway League. Retrieved June 15, 2012. 
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  18. ^ "The Miracle Worker". The Broadway League. Retrieved June 15, 2012. 
  19. ^ Brantley, Ben (May 17, 2010). "Two Ex-Cellmates Disoriented by Time". The New York Times. Retrieved June 15, 2012. 
  20. ^ "The House of Blue Leaves". The Broadway League. October 2007. Retrieved June 15, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Wait Until Dark". Jenny Lyn Bader. Retrieved June 15, 2012. 

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