Gillian Jacobs

Gillian Jacobs Biography

Gillian McLaren Jacobs (born October 19, 1982) is an American actress, known for her role as Britta Perry on the NBC comedy series Community.

Early life

Jacobs was born to Martina Magenau Jacobs, a Carnegie Mellon University employee, and William F. Jacobs Jr., an investment banker, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She was raised in the suburb of Mt. Lebanon. Jacobs is of Irish, Scottish, German, and French heritage. Her family owned the Erie Brewing Company established in 1847 in Erie, PA where her grandfather John Martin Magenau Jr. served as President and CEO until its closure in 1978.

She began studying acting at the age of eight, and attended acting classes on Saturdays at the Pittsburgh Playhouse while growing up. 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. 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.


Jacobs' first national exposure came as Adele Congreve on the television series The Book of Daniel. Although she played Kimberly in the television pilot of Traveler, the role was recast when ABC acquired the series. She subsequently made guest appearances on Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Fringe.

In 2006, Jacobs starred in an Off-Off-Broadway theatre production of playwright Chris Denham's cagelove. While overall critical reaction to the play was negative, Jacobs earned praise in several reviews. The New York Times advised readers to "make sure to remember the name of Gillian Jacobs, a stunning Juilliard graduate who has the glow of a star in the making".

She has also appeared in theatrical productions of The Fabulous Life of a Size Zero (2007), A Feminine Ending (2007) and The Little Flower of East Orange (2008), directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Jacobs's film work includes Gardens of the Night (2007); writer-director Adam Rapp's Blackbird (2007); Choke (2008), based on the Chuck Palahniuk novel, and The Box (2009).

In 2009, she became a regular on Community. Jacobs said "There's an absurdity to the show. We exist in a world in which anything can happen week to week, and that pushes me in so many ways."

Personal life

On the Community Season 2 DVD, in the commentary for the episode 'Mixology Certification', Yvette Nicole Brown mentioned that Jacobs is a teetotaller. Jacobs confirmed this in her appearance on The Late Late Show in March 2013.


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Building Girl Katie
2007 Blackbird Froggy
2008 Choke Cherry Daiquiri/Beth
2008 Gardens of the Night Leslie
2009 ' Dana/Sarah Matthews
2009 Solitary Man Tall girl
2010 Helena from the Wedding Helena
2010 Nonames CJ
2010 Coach Zoe
2011 Let Go Darla DeMint
2012 It's Not You It's Me Babe Short film
2012 Watching TV with the Red Chinese Suzanne
2012 Revenge for Jolly! Tina
2012 Adventures in the Sin Bin Lauren
2012 Seeking a Friend for the End of the World Waitress/Katie
2013 ' Miranda
2013 Teddy Bears Emily
2013 Made in Cleveland Martha
2013 Milo Sarah
2013 ' Lacey Post-production
2014 Walk of Shame Completed
2014 Life Partners Paige Post-production
2014 Black and White Filming
TBA Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Filming
Year Title Role Notes
2006 ' Adele Congreve 3 episodes
2007 All-Nighters Marni Unsold CBS pilot
2007 Traveler Kimberly Episode: "Pilot"
2008 Fringe Joanne Ostler Episode: "The Equation"
2009 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Sue Smith Episode: "Rock Star"
2009 Royal Pains Tess Frimoli Episode: "There Will Be Food"
2009"present Community Britta Perry Main cast
2009 ' Sonia Episode: "Pilot"
2010 Aqua Teen Hunger Force Carl's wife (voice) Episode: "Larry Miller Hair System"
2012 Comedy Bang! Bang! Post-apocalypse woman Episode: "Zach Galifianakis Wears a Blue Jacket & Red Socks"
2012 Robot Chicken ,
Snow White (voice)
Episode: "Punctured Jugular"
2013"present Monsters vs. Aliens Sta'abi (voice) Main cast
2013 ' Marsha Backwood (voice) Episode: "Venture Libre"
Web series
Year Title Role Notes
2011 Funny or Die Linka Episode: "Don Cheadle Is Captain Planet"
2011 CollegeHumor Britta Perry Episode: "Save Greendale"
2012 ' Penelope/Cobra Chai 2 episodes

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2012 TV Guide Award Favorite Ensemble Community
2012 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Comedy Supporting Actress Community

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