Yvette Nicole Brown

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Yvette Nicole Brown
Yvette Nicole Brown by Gage Skidmore 4.jpg
Brown in July 2013.
Born(1971-08-12) August 12, 1971 (age 42)
East Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Years active2000–present
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Yvette Nicole Brown
Yvette Nicole Brown by Gage Skidmore 4.jpg
Brown in July 2013.
Born(1971-08-12) August 12, 1971 (age 42)
East Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Years active2000–present

Yvette Nicole Brown (born August 12, 1971) is an American actress, singer and comedian. Brown has appeared in numerous commercials, television shows, and films throughout her career. Since 2009, she has starred as Shirley Bennett on the NBC comedy series Community.

Early life and education[edit]

Brown was born in East Cleveland, Ohio.

Brown studied communication studies at the University of Akron and graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 1994.[1][2] She became a sister of the Delta Pi chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha as an undergrad at the university.

After graduating, Brown undertook acting classes in Hollywood, Los Angeles.[3]


Brown appeared as "Yvette" in the music video "1-4-All-4-1" by the East Coast Family, a Michael Bivins project, for Biv10 Records.[4] Brown said of the experience, "It was a great run, but I guess music was just never meant to be for me."[5]

Brown first appeared on commercials before entering television shows and films a few years later.[6] She has since played roles on television shows such as The War At Home, Malcolm in the Middle, That's So Raven, and the U.S. version of The Office. She also had a recurring role as movie theater manager Helen Dubois in the Nickelodeon TV show Drake & Josh. Brown reprised the role in the season 2 episode of Victorious entitled "Helen Back Again."[3] She also provides the voice of "Cookie" on The Hub's Pound Puppies.

Since 2009, Brown has starred on the NBC comedy Community as Shirley Bennett. Brown is very active with fans of the show on Twitter and in person at live events.

She has appeared in television commercials for Hamburger Helper, Big Lots, Pine-Sol, Comcast, Aquapod, Shout, Fiber One, Yoplait Yogurt, DiGiorno Pizza, Dairy Queen, and Time Warner. She has appeared on episodes of The Thrilling Adventure Hour as "The Troubleshooter" in the Sparks Nevada, Marshall On Mars series.

In 2012, Brown appeared as a celebrity contestant on GSN's version of The Pyramid with her fellow Community co-star Danny Pudi.



2000His Woman, His Wife
2003180 Miles AwayOther Woman
2004Little Black BookProduction Assistant
2005The Kid & IBunny
The IslandNurse
2006DreamgirlsCurtis' Secretary
2008The NeighborNurse
Meet DaveOld Navy Saleswoman
Tropic ThunderVivica (Peck's Assistant)
Merry Christmas, Drake & JoshHelen Dubois
2009(500) Days of SummerNew Secretary
Hotel for DogsMs. Camwell
The Ugly TruthDori
2010Repo MenRhodesia
2013Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters[7]Gray Sister


2002For the PeopleServer1 episode
CyberchaseIntroduction Woman (voice)1 episode
Do OverWoman1 episode
2003GirlfriendsSherri Childs2 episodes
2004Curb Your EnthusiasmStewardess1 episode
The Big HouseEartha Cleveland6 episodes
Two and a Half MenMandy1 episode
7th HeavenLeah Morris1 episode
2004–2007Drake & JoshHelen Dubois15 episodes, 2004–2007
2005Fat ActressWoman in Restaurant1 episode
That's So RavenMonica1 episode
That '70s ShowSgt. Davis1 episode
The War at HomeAirport Security Guard1 episode
Hot PropertiesOprah-Head1 episode
2006Sleeper CellWoman1 episode
Malcolm in the MiddleFemale Security Agent #21 episode
HouseOrgan Procurement Coordinator1 episode
2007The LoopIsabelle Miller1 episode
EntourageWoman answering a phone1 episode
The OfficeParis the Staples Employee1 episode
American Body ShopInsurance Agent1 episode
Boston LegalDoris Thumper2 episodes
2008Kath & KimCity Hall Employee"Competition"
2009Rules of EngagementMrs. Alberts1 episode
True Jackson, VPCoral Barns1 episode
2009–presentCommunityShirley BennettMain role;
Gracie Allen Awards (2011: Outstanding Supporting Actress - Comedy Series)[8]
2010HouseAssistant1 episode
2010–2013Pound PuppiesCookie (voice)Main role
2011Family GuySassy Black Nurse (voice)1 episode
VictoriousHelen Dubois1 episode
ChuckBuy More Employee1 episode
2012The Soul ManRobin2 episodes
2012Match GamePanelistMontreal-based, English-language version. 2 episodes to date.
2013Talking DeadPanelist3 episodes to date.
2013MattiePauline Lewis1 episodes to date.
2013Hollywood Game NightHerselfEpisodes: "Don't Kill My Buzz-er" & "Battle of the Champions"
2013Shake it UpTiffany1 episode
2013Family GuyBlack woman with purse1 episode
2013PsychHazel Lazarus1 episode
2013Once Upon A TimeUrsulaEpisode: "Ariel"


  1. ^ "Community star Yvette Nicole Brown to be honored by UA". The University of Akron. 31 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "Yvette Nicole Brown". The University of Akron. 
  3. ^ a b Dawidziak, Mark (November 13, 2009). "Yvette Nicole Brown, an East Cleveland native, enjoys role on TV sitcom 'Community'". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved April 26, 2010. 
  4. ^ YouTube: East Coast Family 1-4-All-4-1 | Retrieved 11-20-2011 | 2:22 mark
  5. ^ EW.com: 'Community': Get to know Yvette Nicole Brown (and how she got to know Chevy, Joel, Jude, and Gerard) | 09-24-2009 | Retrieved 11-20-2011
  6. ^ Asim, Jabari (August 6, 2006). "The 'Trouble' With Black Actresses". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 26, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Yvette Nicole Brown". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  8. ^ "Awards for Yvette Nicole Brown". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 

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