Allison Williams

Allison Williams

Actress, screenwriter


Allison Williams was born (April 13, 1988) and raised in New Canaan, Connecticut, the daughter of former NBC Nightly News anchor and managing editor Brian Williamsand TV producer Jane Gillan Stoddard. She has a brother, Doug, three years her junior.She attended New Canaan Country School and Greenwich Academy, then graduated from Yale University. While at Yale, Williams was a member of the improv comedy troupe Just Add Water for four years, was involved in the YouTube series College Musical, and was inducted by St. Elmo.In 2010, Williams performed a mashup of "Nature Boy" set to RJD2's "A Beautiful Mine", the theme song for the television series Mad Men. The YouTube video of the performance received widespread praise on the Internet, and convinced Judd Apatow that she should be given a part in the HBO series Girls. She was cast shortly after and credited her experience at Just Add Water for passing the audition. Girls premiered on April 15, 2012.Williams wrote a series of Funny or Die sketches, in which she starred as newlywed Kate Middleton, with English actor and model Oliver Jackson-Cohen as Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. Williams appeared as Danielle in an episode of the third season of The League titled "The Guest Bong."Williams has appeared as a recurring character, Cheryl, in the CollegeHumor series Jake and Amir.On December 4, 2014 she starred in the title role on NBC's live television presentation of the musical Peter Pan Live! Premiering in November 2016, Williams appeared in Past Forward, a short film collaboration between David O. Russell and Prada.In 2017, Williams starred in the hit horror film Get Out, directed by Jordan Peele, who became convinced she was right for the role of Rose after seeing her performance in Peter Pan Live! In 2018, Williams was cast in an unknown recurring role throughout the second and third seasons of the Netflix comedy drama series A Series of Unfortunate Events.Williams began dating Ricky Van Veen, co-founder of CollegeHumor, in 2011. They became engaged in 2014 and married on September 19, 2015 in a private ceremony in Saratoga, Wyoming. Tom Hanks officiated the ceremony. She and her husband live in Chelsea, New York.

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