Paget Brewster

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Paget Brewster

Brewster performing at the Thrilling Adventure and Supernatural Suspense Hour comedy radio show.
BornPaget Valerie Brewster
(1969-03-10) March 10, 1969 (age 43)
Concord, Massachusetts, U.S.
Years active 1997–present
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Paget Brewster

Brewster performing at the Thrilling Adventure and Supernatural Suspense Hour comedy radio show.
BornPaget Valerie Brewster
(1969-03-10) March 10, 1969 (age 43)
Concord, Massachusetts, U.S.
Years active 1997–present

Paget Valerie Brewster (born March 10, 1969) is an American actress. Her best known role is that of Emily Prentiss on CBS's Criminal Minds.



Brewster had a short-lived Bay Area talk show in the mid-90s. She first came to prominent attention in her recurring role as "Kathy" in the fourth season of NBC's Friends. She appeared in Andy Richter Controls the Universe and Huff. On film, she played Ms. Indestructible, the female lead in James Gunn's low-budget superhero comedy,The Specials (2000). She played Amy Pierson, a calculus teacher afraid of the water, in the independent film The Big Bad Swim that premiered at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival.

In 2005, she began voice work as Judy Sebben/Birdgirl, a recurring character on the animated series Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law.

Brewster had a long run with the show Criminal Minds playing Emily Prentiss. However, during the show's sixth season she and AJ Cook were released from their contracts by CBS in a cost-cutting move. In the end, due to complaints from the fans, both she and Cook were rehired and kept for the following season. On February 15, 2012, Brewster announced via Deadline that she is leaving Criminal Minds at the end of the season to pursue a possible career in comedy television. As of April 23, 2012, Brewster has completed filming her final episode of Criminal Minds.[1]

Brewster's first role after Criminal Minds will be portraying a Bureau Chief ADA in the Public Integrity Unit of the District Attorney's office on NBC's long-running legal drama, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Her character will be tasked with handling the case against Special Victims Unit commanding officer, Captain Donald Cragen (Dann Florek), who is under suspicion of murder after waking up beside a dead woman in the 13th season finale.[2][3][4]

Brewster is a regular on The Thrilling Adventure Hour a staged production in the style of old time radio that is held monthly at the Coronet Theatre. She plays the recurring character of Sadie Doyle, the alcoholic socialite who can communicate with the supernatural alongside her husband, Frank (Paul F. Tompkins), in the "Beyond Belief" segments.

Personal life

Brewster was born in Concord, Massachusetts. Her mother, Hathaway (née Tew), worked as a government official, and her father, Galen Brewster, worked as a school administrator.[5][6][7]

On the March 30, 2006 episode of Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Brewster revealed that she had recently received a handwritten note indicating Hugh Hefner would like her to pose for Playboy. She seriously considered the offer, but eventually turned it down for career reasons, even though her parents gave her their blessing and she said that she admired Playboy more than magazines such as Maxim and FHM.[8] She has, however, photographed spreads of other models for SuicideGirls. Brewster was previously known as a retro pin-up model in the Los Angeles area as well as a retro photographer. Brewster has volunteered as an actress with the Young Storytellers Program.


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Let's Talk About SexMichelle
2000 Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, TheThe Adventures of Rocky and BullwinkleJenny Spy
2000 Specials, TheThe SpecialsMs. Indestructible
2000 Desperate But Not SeriousFrances
2001 Agent 15Agent 15 Short film
2001 Hollywood PalmsPhoebe
2001 SkippyJulie Fontaine
2002 Now You KnowLea
2004 EulogyAunt Lily
2005 Man of the HouseBinky Beauregard
2005 My Big Fat Independent MovieJulianne
2006 Cyxork 7Bethany Feral
2006 Big Bad Swim, TheThe Big Bad SwimAmy Pierson
2006 Kidney ThievesMelinda Short film
2006 Unaccompanied MinorsValerie Davenport
Year Title Role Notes
1997–1998 FriendsKathy 6 episodes
1998 Ghost CopAnette Episode: "Pilot"
1998 Godzilla: The SeriesAudrey Timmonds (voice) Episode: "New Family: Part 1"
1998 Max QRena Winter TV movie
1999 Expert, TheThe ExpertDr. Jo Hardy Episode: "Pilot"
1999–2000 Love & MoneyAllison Conklin 13 episodes
2000 Star PatrolRachel Striker TV movie
2000 One True LoveTina TV movie
2000-2001 Trouble with Normal, TheThe Trouble with NormalClaire Garletti 13 episodes
2001 Last DanceTV movie
2001 DAGPatti Donovan Episode: "Prom"
2001 Raising DadGracie Episode: "Sex Ed"
2002 George LopezGinger Episode: "The Wedding Dance"
2002–2004 Andy Richter Controls the UniverseJessica Green 19 episodes
2003 Snobs, TheThe SnobsTV movie
2003 BrainwarpLipstikk Video short
2003 Time BeltCol. Jocelyn Anchor Episode: "Oh. Shit. Zombies."
2004 Rock Me, BabyDebbie Episode: "Look Who's Talking"
2004–2006 HuffBeth Huffstodt 25 episodes
2005 Two and a Half MenJamie Eckleberry Episode: "A Lung Full of Alan"
2005 Amber Frey: Witness for the ProsecutionCarol Carter TV movie
2005 Duck DodgersRona Vipra (voice) Episode: "Good Duck Hunting/Consumption Overruled"
Episode: "Bonafide Hero: Captain Duck Dodgers"
2005–2007 Harvey Birdman, Attorney at LawVarious (voice) 9 episodes
2005–2011 American Dad!Various (voice) 13 episodes
2005 StackedCharlotte Episode: "Pilot"
2006 StackedCharlotte Episode: "The Headmaster"
Episode: "Poker"
2006 Drawn TogetherChild Services (voice) Episode: "Captain Girl"
2006 Perfect Day, AA Perfect DayAllyson Harlan TV movie
2006–2012 Criminal MindsEmily Prentiss 113+ episodes
2007 Law & Order: Special Victims UnitSheila Tierney Episode: "Scheherazade"
2007 SublimeAndrea / PVS Host Video
2008 Lost Behind BarsLauren Wilde TV movie
2009 King of the HillMyrna (voice) Episode: "Lucky See, Monkey Do"
2011 My Life As an ExperimentStacie Wilder TV movie
2011-2012 Dan Vs.Elise (voice) 27 episodes
2012 Talking DeadHerself Special Guest
2012 Law & Order: Special Victims UnitBureau Chief Assistant District Attorney Season 14


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