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Gillian MacLaren Jacobs[1] (/ˈɡɪliən/; born October 19, 1982)[2] is an American actress. She is known for portraying Britta Perry on the NBC/Yahoo! Screen comedy series Community and Mickey Dobbs on the Netflix series Love. Jacobs had a recurring role as Mimi-Rose Howard on the fourth season of the HBO series Girls and has appeared in films such as Gardens of the Night (2008), The Lookalike (2014), Life Partners (2014), Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015), Don't Think Twice (2016), Brother Nature (2016), Life of the Party (2018) and Ibiza (2018).

Gillian Jacobs
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Jacobs in July 2014
Gillian MacLaren Jacobs

(1982-10-19) October 19, 1982 (age 37)
EducationJuilliard School (BFA)
Years active2005–present

Early lifeEdit

Jacobs was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[3] Her parents, Martina Magenau Jacobs and William F. Jacobs Jr.,[1][4] work respectively in alumni relations at Carnegie Mellon University and as an investment banker.[5] She was raised in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania[5] by her mother. Her family owned the Erie Brewing Company in Erie, Pennsylvania, where her grandfather, John Martin Magenau Jr., served as President and CEO until it closed in 1978.[6]

Jacobs began studying acting at the age of eight, and attended acting classes on Saturdays at the Pittsburgh Playhouse while growing up.[5] 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.[7]

After graduating from Mt. Lebanon High School in 2000, Jacobs moved to New York City to attend the Juilliard School, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2004.[5]


Jacobs' first acting role came as Adele Congreve on the television series The Book of Daniel. Although she played Kim in the pilot of Traveler, the role was given to Pascale Hutton when ABC acquired the series. Jacobs subsequently made guest appearances on Fringe and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. In 2006, she starred in an Off-Off-Broadway production of Chris Denham's cagelove. While overall critical reaction to the play was negative, Jacobs earned praise in several reviews.[8][9][10] The New York Times advised readers to "remember the name of Gillian Jacobs, a stunning Juilliard graduate who has the glow of a star in the making".[11]

Jacobs has appeared in theatrical productions such as The Fabulous Life of a Size Zero (2007), A Feminine Ending (2007),[12] and The Little Flower of East Orange (2008).[13] In March 2009, Jacobs joined the cast of the NBC single-camera comedy series Community as Britta Perry, a high school dropout who aspires to become a psychologist. Her film work includes Blackbird (2007), Choke (2008), Gardens of the Night (2008), The Box (2009), Revenge for Jolly! (2012), Bad Milo! (2013), Walk of Shame (2014), The Lookalike (2014), Life Partners (2014), Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015), Visions (2015), Don't Think Twice (2016), and Brother Nature (2016).[14] Jacobs also provided the voice of the character Sta'abi in the Nickelodeon series Monsters vs. Aliens. Community was canceled by NBC on May 9, 2014,[15] and later that month, it was reported that Jacobs had landed a recurring role as Mimi-Rose Howard in the fourth season of the HBO series Girls.[16]

In June 2014, Yahoo! Screen picked up Community for a sixth season.[17] It was announced on September 16, 2014 that Jacobs had been cast to star as Mickey in the Netflix original comedy series Love, which premiered on February 19, 2016.[18]

Jacobs directed the 2015 documentary short The Queen of Code about computer scientist and United States Navy rear admiral Grace Hopper.[19] In 2018, she directed Curated, a narrative film short, as a part of a series produced by TNT and Refinery29.[20]

Personal lifeEdit

Jacobs is a teetotaler. She says she made a choice while young to never have an alcoholic beverage or do drugs.[21][22][23] She says that her father is an addict and that she became fearful of ruining her life the same way, a feeling reinforced in her youth by reading the young adult novel Go Ask Alice, a cautionary tale about a 15-year-old drug addict.[23]



Year Title Role Notes
2005 Building Girl Katie
2007 Blackbird Froggy
2008 Choke Cherry Daiquiri/Beth
2008 Gardens of the Night Leslie
2009 The Box Dana
2009 Solitary Man Tall girl
2010 Helena from the Wedding Helena
2010 Nonames CJ
2010 Coach Zoe
2011 Let Go Darla DeMint
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 Katie
2013 The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Miranda
2013 It's Not You, It's Me Babe Short film
2013 Bad Milo! Sarah
2013 The Big Ask Emily
2013 Made in Cleveland Martha
2013 Crush Shira Short film
2014 Life Partners Paige Kearns
2014 Walk of Shame Rose
2014 The Lookalike Lacey/Sadie
2014 Black or White Fay
2015 The Queen of Code N/A Documentary short; director
2015 Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Jill
2015 No Way Jose Penny
2015 Visions Sadie
2016 Don't Think Twice Samantha
2016 Dean Nicky
2016 Brother Nature Gwen Turley
2017 Lemon Tracy
2018 Life of the Party Helen
2018 Ibiza Harper
2018 Curated N/A Short film; director
2020 Magic Camp Christina Darkwood In post-production
2020 Fear Street In post-production
TBA Larry In post-production
TBA I Used to Go Here Kate Conklin In post-production
TBA Violence of Action Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2006 The Book of Daniel Adele Congreve 3 episodes
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"
2009–2015 Community Britta Perry 110 episodes
2009 The Good Wife Sonia Episode: "Pilot"
2010 Aqua Teen Hunger Force Carl's wife (voice) Episode: "Larry Miller Hair System"
2012 Robot Chicken Various voices Episode: "Punctured Jugular"
Comedy Bang! Bang! Post-apocalypse woman / Herself 3 episodes
2013 The Venture Bros. Marsha Backwood (voice) Episode: "Venture Libre"
2013–2014 Monsters vs. Aliens Sta'abi (voice) 12 episodes
2014 Rupaul's Drag Race Guest Judge Episode: "Scream Queens"
2014 The Greatest Event in Television History Sonny Episode: "Bosom Buddies"
2014 American Dad! Christy (voice) Episode: "Introducing the Naughty Stewardesses"
2014 Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories Young patient Episode: "Toes"
2015 Girls Mimi-Rose Howard 5 episodes
2015 Adventure Time M.A.R.G.L.E.S. (voice) Episode: "You Forgot Your Floaties"
2015 Long Live the Royals Rosalind/additional voices 4 episodes
2016 Great Minds with Dan Harmon Ada Lovelace Episode: "Ada Lovelace"
2016–2018 Love Mickey Dobbs 34 episodes
2017 Dr. Ken Erin Episode: "Ken's New Intern"
2017 Regular Show Blu-ray (voice) 3 episodes
2017 Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ Jenny Tanner Episode: "Chelsea Leight-Leigh Lately"
2017 Justice League Action Roxy Rocket (voice) Episode: "The Fatal Fare"
2017 Rick and Morty Supernova (voice) Episode: "Vindicators 3: The Return of Worldender"
2017 HarmonQuest Chip Episode: "The Quest Continues"
2018 Random Acts of Flyness Herself Episode: "They Got Some S**t That'll Blow Out Our Back"
2018 Angie Tribeca Becky Bunnker Episode: "Joystick Luck Club"
2019 Weird City Mulia Episode: "Chonathan & Mulia & Barsley & Phephanie"
2019 At Home with Amy Sedaris Herself Episode: "Anniversary"
2020 Invincible Samantha Eve Wilkins / Atom Eve


Year Title Role Notes
2011 Don Cheadle Is Captain Planet Linka
2012 The Book Club Penelope 2 episodes
2013 Tiny Commando Mitzi McNeil 8 episodes
2017 STRANGER THINGS: A Bad Lip Reading Nancy Wheeler (voice)


Year Title Role Notes
2006 cagelove Katie Rattlestick Playwrights Theater
2007 The Fabulous Life of a Size Zero Girl DR2 Theatre
2007 A Feminine Ending Amanda Blue Playwrights Horizons
2008 The Little Flower of East Orange Nadine/Cathleen The Public Theater
2018 Kings Kate The Public Theater

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Work Result
2010 Method Fest Award Best Actress Nonames Nominated[24]
2010 Phoenix Film Festival Award Best Ensemble Acting Nonames Won[citation needed]
2010 Phoenix Film Festival Award Acting Achievement Nonames Won[citation needed]
2012 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Comedy Supporting Actress Community Nominated[25]
2012 TV Guide Fan Favorites Award Favorite Ensemble Community Won[26]


  1. ^ a b "A New Generation". Purple. Spring–Summer 2009. Archived from the original on February 8, 2017. Retrieved February 8, 2017. What's your full name? - Gillian Maclaren Jacobs ... What are your parents' names? - Martina Magenau Jacobs and William F Jacobs Jr. (Scroll down to Jacobs entry.)
  2. ^ "Gillian Jacobs". Archived from the original on August 25, 2016. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  3. ^ "Gillian Jacobs Biography". Archived from the original on January 30, 2017. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  4. ^ "Carol Marie Spiller Magenau Obituary". Erie Times-News. Erie, Pennsylvania. December 18, 2006. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved August 26, 2015 – via
  5. ^ a b c d Randall, Reese (April 2010). "Gillian Jacobs". Pittsburgh Magazine. Archived from the original on April 16, 2016. Retrieved July 5, 2013.
  6. ^ "John Martin Magenau Jr". Erie Times-News. Erie, Pennsylvania. July 22, 2012. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved June 30, 2013 – via Martin was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and the Siebel Institute of Brewing, and served as President and CEO of the Erie Brewing Company until its closing in 1978. Note: This is not the same Erie Brewing Company founded in 1994.
  7. ^ "OnStage". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. May 1, 2006.
  8. ^ Les Gutman (May 14, 2006). "cagelove, A CurtainUp Review". Retrieved August 21, 2008.
  9. ^ Siegel, Barbara; Siegel, Scott (May 16, 2006). "cagelove, Review on TheaterMania". Archived from the original on September 25, 2008. Retrieved August 21, 2008.
  10. ^ Murray, Matthew. "cagelove Theater Review". Talkin' Broadway. Archived from the original on September 26, 2008. Retrieved August 21, 2008.
  11. ^ Zinoman, Jason (May 17, 2006). "In 'Cagelove,' a Triangle (Sort of), Including a Man Offstage (Sort Of)". The New York Times. Archived from the original on May 8, 2015. Retrieved August 21, 2008.
  12. ^ Isherwood, Charles (October 18, 2007). "Torn Between Two Loves: The Oboe and the 'Hot Mess'". The New York Times. Archived from the original on June 5, 2015.
  13. ^ Silberman, Lucy (August 1, 2008). "Gillian Jacobs". Interview. Archived from the original on September 28, 2009. Retrieved January 6, 2010.
  14. ^ "Visions". ´Dread Central. September 16, 2014. Archived from the original on August 8, 2015. Retrieved October 27, 2014.
  15. ^ Snierson, Dan (May 9, 2014). "'Community' canceled". Entertainment Weekly. Time. Archived from the original on July 11, 2014. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
  16. ^ Swift, Andy (May 21, 2014). "Girls Exclusive: Community's Gillian Jacobs Nabs Recurring Role In Season 4". TVLine. Penske Media Corporation. Archived from the original on July 24, 2014. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
  17. ^ Hibberd, James (June 30, 2014). "'Community' saved! Yahoo orders sixth season". Entertainment Weekly. Time. Archived from the original on July 14, 2014. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
  18. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 16, 2014). "Netflix Nabs Judd Apatow Comedy Series With 2-Season Order; Paul Rust & Gillian Jacobs To Star, Legendary TV To Produce". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Archived from the original on January 29, 2017. Retrieved October 27, 2014.
  19. ^ "Signals: The Queen of Code – ESPN News". ESPN Video. January 21, 2015. Archived from the original on February 1, 2015. Retrieved January 29, 2015.
  20. ^ Evans, Greg (September 6, 2018). "TNT, Refinery29 Set Shatterbox Season 2 Launch: Female-Driven Short Film Series Gets Toronto Screening." Retrieved September 11, 2018.
  21. ^ Community Season 2 DVD commentary (episode: "Mixology Certification")
  22. ^ The Late Late Show. Season 9. Episode 39. March 7, 2013. CBS.
  23. ^ a b Off Camera. Season 6. Episode 25 (92). February 27, 2017. Audience.
  24. ^ "The 2010 Method Fest Award Winners (Highlighted) and the Lists of Nominees" (2010). Method Fest Independent Film Festival ( Retrieved July 7, 2019.
  25. ^ Block, Alex Ben (June 5, 2012). "'Community' Leads Critics' Choice Television Awards Nominees." The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 7, 2019.
  26. ^ "TV Guide Magazine Fan Favorites Awards Winners Revealed!" (April 10, 2012). Retrieved July 17, 2019.

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