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Brooke Ashley Lyons[1] (born November 8, 1980)[2][3] is an American actress. She is known for her roles as Amy in the 2008 film Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins and as Peach Landis in the CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls.

Brooke Lyons
Born (1980-11-08) November 8, 1980 (age 38)
Alma materYale University
OccupationActress
Years active2004–present
Spouse(s)
Max Osswald (m. 2014)
Children1
Parent(s)James R. Lyons
Penny A. Sousa
Websitebrookelyons.com

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Early life and educationEdit

Lyons was born in Washington, D.C..[4] She is the daughter of surgeon James R. Lyons and dancer Penny A. (née Sousa). She is of Italian, Irish and Portuguese descent and grew up in Fairfield and New Haven, Connecticut, and several other towns in the state.[4][5] She spent a lot of her youth both dancing and riding horses, giving up the latter to focus on the former.[4]

As a child she suffered from scoliosis, which prevented her from a pursuing a career as a ballet dancer.[4] Before being diagnosed, she studied dance at the Joffrey Ballet School, the New England Ballet School in Connecticut, the Boston Ballet and traveled to France.[5] She wore a back brace throughout her time in the ninth grade.[4][6] She ultimately had surgery to correct her spine.[5]

While she was freshman at Yale University, she founded the Connecticut Scoliosis Association[6] and wrote about her experiences with the disease in the book titled Scoliosis: Ascending the Curve.[7] The book was published before she began classes at Yale in 1999.[5]

While at Yale she majored in English literature and was a member of the "Arts and Letters" Manuscript Society.[4][5]

CareerEdit

Lyons then became interested in acting, receiving her first speaking role in the Neil Simon play Rumors.[8] She also worked in the productions The Maids and Heartbreak House. She received additional acting training at The Groundlings in Los Angeles.[5]

Beginning in 2004, Lyons appeared in the television series American Dreams, That's So Raven, The Starter Wife, and Desperate Housewives, and has had recurring roles in 2 Broke Girls, The Affair, and Jane by Design.[8]

In film, her most notable acting role to date was as Amy in the 2008 film Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins. She also appeared in the films The Trap (2005), Protecting the King (2007), and Dark Reel (2008).

Personal lifeEdit

In 2014, Lyons married film producer Max Osswald.[9] She and Osswald have a son, born in August 2017.[10] Lyons co-starred in two films that Osswald produced, the short film To Sonnets and the television film A Deadly Adoption.

FilmographyEdit

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2005 The Trap Erica
2007 Protecting the King Monica
2007 X's & O's Hazel
2008 Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins Amy
2008 Dark Reel Tanya Kismen
2009 The Morning After Kristen Short film
2009 The Inner Circle Sarah Lambert
2009 Good: The Green Hotel Concierge (voice) Short film
2010 A Real Break-Up Sarah Short film
2010 Beautiful Boy TV reporter voice
2012 To Sonnets Unknown Short film
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2004 American Dreams Erin Episode: "A Clear and Present Danger"
2006 That's So Raven Nikki Logan Episode: "Unhappy Medium"
2008 The American Mall Dori Television film
2008 The Starter Wife Edie Episode: "Mollywood"
2009 Desperate Housewives Candace Episode: "Never Judge a Lady by Her Lover"
2010 Important Things with Demetri Martin Helen Episode: "Strategy"
2011 Law & Order: LA Greta Thomas Episode: "Benedict Canyon"
2011 Love Bites Coby Episode: "Keep on Truckin'"
2011–12 2 Broke Girls Peach Landis 6 episodes
2012 Jane by Design Birdie 4 episodes
2012 Sullivan & Son Ashley Episode: "Pilot: Last, Best, and Final"
2012 Royal Pains Talia Clarke Episode: "Something Fishy This Way Comes"
2013 The Crazy Ones Nancy Episode: "Sixteen-Inch Softball"
2013 Psych Elisa Episode: "Psych: The Musical"
2014 Two and a Half Men Gwen Episode: "Baseball. Boobs. Boobs. Baseball."
2014 Anger Management Dr. Everheart Episode: "Charlie and Jordan Go to Prison"
2014 Deadbeat Bloody Mary Episode: "Raising the Dead"
2014 Friends with Better Lives Linda Episode: "Something New"
2014 Perception Anne Episode: "Shiver"
2014 Mulaney Cassidy Episode: "Motif & the City"
2015 One Big Happy Erica Episode: "Out of the Closet"
2015 A Deadly Adoption Christine Television film
2015 The Exes Sophie Episode: "The 40 Year-Old Her-Gin"
2015 The Affair Eden Ellery 3 episodes
2015–17 iZombie Natalie 3 episodes
2016 Grandfathered Juliet Episode: "The Boyfriend Experience"
2018 9JKL Kim Episode: "Tell All"
2018 Life Sentence Elizabeth Abbott Rojas Main role; 9 episodes
Web
Year Title Role Notes
2010 DateaHuman.com Ruthie 6 episodes
Video Games
Year Title Role Notes
2016 World of Final Fantasy Princess Sarah

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "A Magical Wedding in Ojai Valley, California". Pacific Weddings. September 29, 2015. Retrieved July 22, 2017.
  2. ^ it's my birthday!... Brooke Lyons' official Twitter account
  3. ^ Tweet from Brooke Lyons' official Twitter account, stating birth year on IMDb is factual
  4. ^ a b c d e f "BA #249: Brooke Lyons". The Box Angeles podcast. October 29, 2018. Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d e f Grandjean, Patricia (October 2008). "Q&A: Brooke Lyons". Connecticut Magazine. Retrieved February 17, 2012.
  6. ^ a b Hunter, Felcia (October 18–25, 1999). "Student seeks to raise awareness about scoliosis through book". Yale Bulletin and Calendar, Volume 28, Number 9. Retrieved February 17, 2012.
  7. ^ Scoliosis: Ascending the Curve - Brooke Lyons, Oheneba Boachie ..., Google Books
  8. ^ a b Fasehum, Sola (September 13, 2011). "Brooke Lyons: A star is born". Campus Circle. Retrieved February 17, 2012.
  9. ^ "Brooke Lyons and Maximillian Osswald". The New York Times. April 27, 2014. Retrieved August 11, 2015.
  10. ^ Lyons, Brooke (September 13, 2017). "Meet Sebastian! He Made His Debut on August 27th". Instagram.com. Retrieved November 5, 2017.

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