Paget Valerie Brewster (/ /; born March 10, 1969) is an American actress and singer. She was first recognized for her recurring role as Kathy on the fourth season of the NBC sitcom Friends. Her breakthrough role came as FBI Supervisory Special Agent Emily Prentiss on the crime drama Criminal Minds, on which she appeared regularly from 2006 to 2012, and then returned to for guest appearances, before returning regularly in 2016. Her other roles include voicing Elise and Mr. Mumbles on Dan Vs., Frankie Dart on the final season of Community, the voice of Birdgirl in Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law and Birdgirl, Sara Kingsley on the Fox sitcom Grandfathered, and voicing Donald Duck's twin sister Della in the 2017 series of DuckTales, marking the first animated appearance of the character.
Paget Valerie Brewster
March 10, 1969
Brewster was born on March 10, 1969, in Concord, Massachusetts. Her mother, Hathaway Brewster (née Tew), worked as a government official, and her father, Galen Brewster, worked as a school administrator.
Brewster grew up in Massachusetts and moved to New York City to attend Parsons School of Design. During her first year, she made her acting debut and eventually dropped out of design school to pursue her acting career. In the mid 1990s, Brewster moved to San Francisco and enrolled in acting classes.
Between 1994 and 1995, Brewster hosted a late-night talk show in the San Francisco Bay Area called Paget for 65 episodes at KPIX-TV. She first came to prominent attention in her recurring role as Kathy in the fourth season of NBC's Friends. She appeared in Andy Richter Controls the Universe and Huff. On film she played Ms. Indestructible, the female lead in James Gunn's low-budget superhero comedy The Specials (2000). She played Amy Pierson, a calculus teacher afraid of the water, in the independent film The Big Bad Swim, which premiered at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival.
Brewster had a long run with the show Criminal Minds, playing multilingual Supervisory Special Agent Emily Prentiss until the show's sixth season, when she and A. J. Cook were released from their contracts by CBS in a cost-cutting move. Owing to complaints from fans, both she and Cook were rehired and kept for the following season. In February 2012, Brewster announced via Deadline that she was leaving Criminal Minds at the end of the season to return to her comedic and sitcom roots. Brewster reprised her role as Emily Prentiss in season nine for the 200th episode, and season 11 as a special guest star. In 2016, Brewster returned to Criminal Minds once again as a series regular.
Brewster subsequently portrayed bureau chief PDA Paula Foster in the Public Integrity Unit of the District Attorney's office on NBC's long-running police drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Her character handled the case against SVU commanding officer Captain Donald Cragen (Dann Florek), suspected of murder after awakening next to a dead woman in the 13th-season finale.
Brewster is a regular on The Thrilling Adventure Hour, a staged production in the style of old-time radio that is recorded monthly at Largo in Los Angeles. She plays the recurring character of Sadie Doyle, the alcoholic socialite who can communicate with the supernatural alongside her husband, Frank (Paul F. Tompkins), in the "Beyond Belief" segments. In early April 2013, Brewster appeared in Modern Family as Trish in episode 20, "Flip Flop," playing an art expert who is dating Gloria's ex-husband, Javier. In August 2013, Brewster appeared in episode 106 of the Drunk History television series on Comedy Central. In January 2015, Brewster began appearing on Community. In February 2014, it was announced that she had been cast in a new ABC comedy called St. Francis. In August 2016, it was announced that she would be reprising her role as Emily Prentiss on Criminal Minds and would once again be a series regular. Brewster also regularly appears on Will You Accept This Rose, a Nerdist podcast hosted by Arden Myrin about The Bachelor franchise.
On the March 30, 2006, episode of Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Brewster revealed that she had received a handwritten note indicating Hugh Hefner would like her to pose for Playboy. She seriously considered the offer, but even though she said that she admired Playboy more than magazines such as Maxim and FHM and her parents gave her their blessing, she eventually turned it down.
On March 17, 2013, Brewster became engaged to Steve Damstra. She made the announcement via Twitter by posting a photograph of the jade engagement ring on her finger. Damstra is in the bands Folded Light and Whirlwind Heat. Brewster and Damstra were married on November 28, 2014, in Los Angeles, California, in a ceremony officiated by Criminal Minds co-star Matthew Gray Gubler, their best friend. They reside in Los Angeles.
|1998||Let's Talk About Sex||Michelle|
|1999||Desperate But Not Serious||Frances|
|2000||The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle||Jenny Spy|
|The Specials||Emily Tilderbrook / Ms. Indestructible|
|2001||Agent 15||Agent 15||Short film|
|2002||Now You Know||Lea|
|2005||Man of the House||Coach 'Binky' Beauregard|
|My Big Fat Independent Movie||Julianne|
|2006||Cyxork 7||Bethany Feral|
|The Big Bad Swim||Amy Pierson|
|Kidney Thieves||Melinda||Short film|
|Unaccompanied Minors||Valerie Davenport|
|2012||Batman: The Dark Knight Returns||Lana Lang (voice)|
|2014||Gumshoe||Stiletto (voice)||Short film|
|2015||Justice League: Gods and Monsters||Lois Lane (voice)|
|Welcome to Happiness||Priscilla|
|2017||Axis||Dr. Lynch (voice)|
|Batman and Harley Quinn||Poison Ivy (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|2018||The Witch Files||Detective Strauss||Also producer|
|1997–98||Friends||Kathy||6 episodes, Guest role (Season 4)|
|1998||Ghost Cop||Anette||Episode: "Pilot"|
|Max Q||Rena Winter||Television film|
|1998–2001||Godzilla: The Series||Audrey Timmonds (voice)||Seasons 1–2 (11 episodes)|
|1999||The Expert||Dr. Jo Hardy||Episode: "Pilot"|
|1999–2000||Love & Money||Allison Conklin||Season 1 (13 episodes)|
|2000||Star Patrol||Rachel Striker||Pilot|
|One True Love||Tina||Television film|
|2000–01||The Trouble With Normal||Claire Garletti||Season 1 (13 episodes)|
|2001||DAG||Patti Donovan||Episode: "Prom"|
|Raising Dad||Gracie||Episode: "Sex Ed"|
|2002||George Lopez||Ginger||Episode: "The Wedding Dance"|
|2002–03||Andy Richter Controls the Universe||Jessica Green||Seasons 1–2 (19 episodes)|
|Time Belt||Col. Jocelyn Anchor||Episode: "Oh. shirt. Zombies."|
|2004||Rock Me, Baby||Debbie||Episode: "Look Who's Talking"|
|2004–06||Huff||Beth Huffstodt||Seasons 1–2 (25 episodes)|
|2005||Two and a Half Men||Jamie Eckleberry||Episode: "A Lungful of Alan"|
|Duck Dodgers||Rona Vipra (voice)||Episodes: "Good Duck Hunting/Consumption Overruled", "Bonafide Heroes"|
|Amber Frey: Witness for the Prosecution||Carol Carter||Television film|
|2005–07||Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law||Judy Ken Sebben/Birdgirl (voice)||9 episodes, Recurring role (Seasons 3–4)|
|2005–20||American Dad!||Various voices||Seasons 1–4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14 & 17 (24 episodes)|
|2005–2006||Stacked||Charlotte||Episodes: "Pilot", "Poker", "The Headmaster"|
|2006||Drawn Together||Child Services (voice)||Episode: "Captain Girl"|
|A Perfect Day||Allyson Harlan||Television film|
|2006–12, 2014, 2016–20||Criminal Minds||Emily Prentiss||Seasons 2–7, 9, 11, 12–15 (194 episodes)|
|2007, 2012||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Sheila Tierney / ADA Paula Foster||Episodes: "Scheherazade", "Lost Reputation", "Above Suspicion"|
|2008||Lost Behind Bars||Lauren Wilde||Television film|
|2009||King of the Hill||Myrna (voice)||Episode: "Lucky See, Monkey Do"|
|2011–13||Dan Vs.||Elise / Various voices||Seasons 1–3 (53 episodes)|
|2011||My Life As an Experiment||Stacie Wilder||Pilot|
|2013||Modern Family||Trish||Episode: "Flip Flop"|
|The Birthday Boys||Keri||Episode: "Going All the Way"|
|2013, 2015||The Venture Bros.||Amber Gold / Various voices||Episodes: "O.S.I. Love You", "Bot Seeks Bot", "All This and Gargantua-2"|
|2013–19||Drunk History||Herself / Emma Folsom||Seasons 1–6 (8 episodes)|
|2014–15||Community||Debra Chambers / Francesca "Frankie" Dart||Seasons 5–6 (14 episodes)|
|2014||The Boondocks||Various voices||Episode: "The New Black"|
|Saint Francis||Stephanie Quinlan||Pilot|
|Key and Peele||Det. Sally Ferguson||Episode: "Sex Detective"|
|2014, 2016||Adventure Time||Viola (voice)||Episodes: "Ocarina", "Summer Showers"|
|2015||Down Dog||Amanda Asher||Pilot|
|Kroll Show||Bobby's Mom||Episode: "The In Addition Tos"|
|Moonbeam City||Charisma Miller, Sophistica Miller (voice)||Episode: "Lasers & Liars"|
|W/ Bob & David||Charlene Boyeur||Episode: "Episode 1"|
|Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles||Lois Lane (voice)||Episode: "Bomb"|
|2015–18||Another Period||Dodo Bellacourt||Seasons 1–3 (22 episodes)|
|2015–16||Grandfathered||Sara Kingsley||Season 1 (22 episodes)|
|2016||Family Guy||Gretchen Mercer (voice)||Episode: "Take a Letter"|
|Future-Worm!||Mrs. Claus (voice)||Episode: "Lost in the Mall"|
|2017||Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders||Emily Prentiss||Episode: "Type A"|
|2018||Mighty Magiswords||Veronica Victorious||Episode: "Mall of Shame"|
|2018–21||DuckTales||Della Duck (voice)||All Seasons |
Nominated—Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program
|2019||Mom||Veronica Stone||Season 7 (3 episodes)|
|2019–20||BoJack Horseman||Paige Sinclair||4 episodes|
|2020||Hollywood||Tallulah Bankhead||2 episodes|
|2020-present||Alpha Betas||Allison / Emily|
|2021||Birdgirl||Judy Ken Sebben / Birdgirl (voice)|
- Interview with Paget Brewster on TVLine, 2017-07-25. Michael Ausiello (the interviewer) says Brewster's name at 0:04 in the interview.
- "Paget Brewster Biography (1969–)". FilmReference.com.
- Social Register, Volume 101. Social Register Association. 1981. via Google Books.
- "Hathaway Tew, 1966 Debutante, Engaged to Wed; Bradford Student and Galen Brewster to Marry in Summer". The New York Times. April 9, 1967.
- "Things You Might Not Know About Criminal Minds Star Paget Brewster". Fame10. April 17, 2017.
- Rubin, Sylvia (September 12, 1999). "Fall TV Preview / Paget Brewster Puts Her Money on 'Love'". San Francisco Chronicle. SFGate.com. Retrieved March 3, 2014.
- Brewster, Paget [@pagetpaget] (April 23, 2012). "That's a wrap. To everybody at Criminal Minds, thank you for the best 6 years of my life. I love you. I always have, I always will" (Tweet). Retrieved November 22, 2017 – via Twitter.
- Eng, Joyce (February 4, 2014). "Paget Brewster on Criminal Minds 200th Episode Return: "It Was Bittersweet"". TV Guide. TVguide.com.
- O'Connell, Michael (July 18, 2012). "Paget Brewster to Guest on 'Law & Order: SVU' Season 14 Premiere (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 20, 2012.
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- "Paget Brewster".
- Brewster, Paget [@pagetpaget] (March 16, 2013). "It's jade. And he's the best..." (Tweet). Retrieved March 19, 2013 – via Twitter.
- Bustos, Kristina (March 17, 2013). "'Criminal Minds' star Paget Brewster reveals engagement". DigitalSpy.
- Gubler, Matthew Gray [@GUBLERNATION] (December 5, 2014). "had the unique pleasure of getting to officiate the marriage of 2 of my best friends and now i have minister fever" (Tweet). Retrieved November 22, 2017 – via Twitter.
- Brewster, Paget [@pagetpaget] (July 15, 2014). "Maybe I should have said one of those "sexy men" is gonna be my sexy husband November 28th. Hands off, ladies !!" (Tweet). Retrieved October 28, 2020 – via Twitter.
- "Paget Brewster".