Gillian Jacobs

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Gillian Jacobs
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Jacobs at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2013
Born(1982-10-19) October 19, 1982 (age 31)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Years active2005–present
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Gillian Jacobs
Gillian Jacobs by Gage Skidmore 3.jpg
Jacobs at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2013
Born(1982-10-19) October 19, 1982 (age 31)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Years active2005–present

Gillian McLaren Jacobs[1] (/ˈɡɪlɪən/; born October 19, 1982)[2] is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Britta Perry on the NBC comedy series Community.

Early life[edit]

Jacobs was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Martina Magenau Jacobs, a Carnegie Mellon University director of alumni relations at the Heinz College, and William F. Jacobs Jr., an investment banker.[3] She was raised in the Pittsburgh suburb of Mt. Lebanon.[4] She is of French, German, Irish, and Scottish, heritage.[5] Her family owned the Erie Brewing Company, established in 1847 in Erie, where her grandfather John Martin Magenau Jr. served as President and CEO until its closure in 1978.[6]

Jacobs began studying acting at the age of eight, and attended acting classes on Saturdays at the Pittsburgh Playhouse while growing up.[4] 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.[7] After graduating from Mt. Lebanon High School in 2000, Jacobs moved to New York City to attend the The Juilliard School, where she was a member of the Drama Division's Group 33. She graduated with a bachelor's degree from Juilliard in 2004.[4]


Jacobs in March 2012

Jacobs' first national exposure 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.[8][9][10] 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".[11]

Jacobs has appeared in theatrical productions of The Fabulous Life of a Size Zero (2007), A Feminine Ending (2007),[12] and The Little Flower of East Orange (2008).[13] Her film work includes Gardens of the Night (2007), Blackbird (2007), Choke (2008), and The Box (2009).[14] In 2009, she began playing Britta Perry on Community, which became her best known role to date.

Personal life[edit]

Jacobs is a teetotaler.[15][16]



2005Building GirlKatie
2008ChokeCherry Daiquiri / Beth
2008Gardens of the NightLeslie
2009Box, TheThe BoxDana / Sarah Matthews
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
2013Incredible Burt Wonderstone, TheThe Incredible Burt WonderstoneMiranda
2013Teddy BearsEmily
2013Made in ClevelandMartha
2013Bad MiloSarah
2014Lookalike, TheThe LookalikeLacey
2014Walk of ShameTBA
2014Life PartnersPaige
2014Black and WhiteTBA
TBAHot Tub Time Machine 2TBA


2006Book of Daniel, TheThe Book of DanielAdele Congreve3 episodes
2007All-NightersMarniUnsold CBS pilot
2007TravelerKimEpisode: "Pilot"
2008FringeJoanne OstlerEpisode: "The Equation"
2009Law & Order: Criminal IntentSue SmithEpisode: "Rock Star"
2009Royal PainsTess FrimoliEpisode: "There Will Be Food"
2009Good Wife, TheThe Good WifeSoniaEpisode: "Pilot"
2009–presentCommunityBritta Perry
2010Aqua Teen Hunger ForceCarl's wifeVoice
Episode: "Larry Miller Hair System"
2012–2013Comedy Bang! Bang!Post-apocalypse woman
2 episodes
2012Robot ChickenKelly Frears
Polly Pocket
Snow White
Episode: "Punctured Jugular"
2013Venture Bros., TheThe Venture Bros.Marsha BackwoodVoice
Episode: "Venture Libre"
2013–2014Monsters vs. AliensSta'abiVoice

Web series[edit]

2011Funny or DieLinkaEpisode: "Don Cheadle is Captain Planet"
2011CollegeHumorBritta PerryEpisode: "Save Greendale"
2012Book Club, TheThe Book ClubPenelope / Cobra Chai2 episodes
2013Tiny CommandoMitzi McNeil6 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

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


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  2. ^ Silberman, Lucy. "Gillian Jacobs". Interview. Accessed January 6, 2010.
  3. ^ "Purple Editorial A New Generation, Spring/Summer 2009". Gillian Maclaren Jacobs's Portfolio. My Fashion Database. Spring/Summer 2009. Retrieved 22 July 2012. "What's your full name? - Gillian Maclaren Jacobs ... What are your parents' names? - Martina Magenau Jacobs and William F Jacobs Jr" 
  4. ^ a b c Randall, Reese (April 2010). "Gillian Jacobs". Pittsburgh Magazine. Retrieved July 5, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Joel McHale "hijacks" Gillian Jacobs: 'Community' Stars on Diversity" on YouTube
  6. ^ "John Martin Magenau Jr.". Erie Times-News. July 22, 2012. Retrieved 30 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "OnStage". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. May 1, 2006.
  8. ^ Les Gutman (May 14, 2006). "cagelove, A CurtainUp Review". Retrieved August 21, 2008. 
  9. ^ Siegel, Barbara; Siegel, Scott (May 16, 2006). "cagelove, Review on TheaterMania". Retrieved August 21, 2008. 
  10. ^ Murray, Matthew. "cagelove Theater Review". Talkin' Broadway. Retrieved August 21, 2008. 
  11. ^ Zinoman, Jason (May 17, 2006). "In 'Cagelove,' a Triangle (Sort of), Including a Man Offstage (Sort Of)". The New York Times. Retrieved August 21, 2008. 
  12. ^ Isherwood, Charles (October 18, 2007). "Torn Between Two Loves: The Oboe and the ‘Hot Mess'". The New York Times. 
  13. ^ Silberman, Lucy (August 2008). "Gillian Jacobs". Interview. p. 28. 
  14. ^ "Gillian Jacobs IMDb Page". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved August 21, 2008. 
  15. ^ Community Season 2 DVD commentary (episode: "Mixology Certification")
  16. ^ Jacobs confirmed her teetotalism in an appearance on The Late Late Show in March 2013.

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