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Alison Pill
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Pill in 2019
Born (1985-11-27) November 27, 1985 (age 38)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Alma mater Vaughan Road Academy
Occupation Actress
Years active 1995–present
Joshua Leonard
(m. 2015)
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Alison Pill (born November 27, 1985) is a Canadian actress. A former child actress, Pill began her career at age 12, appearing in numerous films and television series. She transitioned to adult roles and her breakthrough came with the television series The Book of Daniel (2006). That same year, she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her performance in The Lieutenant of Inishmore (2006).

Pill had prominent roles in the films Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (2004), Plain Truth (2004), Milk (2008), Midnight in Paris (2011), Hail, Caesar! (2016), Vice (2018), the television series In Treatment (2009), The Pillars of the Earth (2010), The Newsroom (2012–2014), American Horror Story: Cult (2017), Star Trek: Picard (2020–2022), Devs (2020), and Them (2021), playing Kim Pine in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) and Scott Pilgrim Takes Off (2023).

Early life

Pill was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Her father, a professional engineer, is Estonian. Pill attended Vaughan Road Academy, in its Interact program, designed for studying dance, music, athletics, and theatre.



Alison Pill by Gage Skidmore
Pill at the 2010 Comic Con in San Diego

Pill decided to become an actor when she was 10 years old. As a member of the Toronto Children's Chorus, she was chosen to narrate one of their performances. Her mother tried to discourage Pill by getting her a job as a background performer on the series Kung Fu: The Legend Continues. By the time she was 11, she had played a guest role on an episode of the children's series The New Ghostwriter Mysteries. At 12, she landed roles in two TV movies and a mini-series, a guest appearance on the TV series Psi Factor and voiced the character "Cornflower" on the animated series "Redwall" (1999–2001). After roles in two more television movies, she landed her first feature film role, a small-budget Canadian movie called The Life Before This in 1999, followed by the role of Jacob's older sister Marfa in Jacob Two Two Meets the Hooded Fang. Pill played roles in four more TV movies before the age of fourteen. The next year, she landed a small role in Skipped Parts in 2000 starring Drew Barrymore and Mischa Barton, then appeared in four more TV movies and features that year, including playing Farrah Fawcett's daughter in the TNT network movie Baby and a lead role in the Canadian film The Dinosaur Hunter, which was originally intended to be shown at a dinosaur museum and on a provincial education channel, but which made its way to the Burbank International Film Festival, winning Pill an award for Best Child Actress. She landed the role of young Lorna in the ABC-TV biopic Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows in 2001, based on the memoir by Garland's daughter, Lorna Luft. That year, Pill also played Sissy Spacek's daughter in the TV flick Midwives.

In 2003, she played Katie Holmes's sister in the indie feature Pieces of April. Pill won the lead in the CTV-TV movie Fast Food High, about a teenager who gets a job at a fast food restaurant and tries to set up a union. She also landed a supporting role in Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen in 2003, starring Lindsay Lohan. Pill ventured off into stage acting, with the New York City staging of None of the Above as the first item in her theatre credentials. This was followed by The Distance From Here, On the Mountain, Blackbird, and Mauritius. In 2006, she starred as Grace Webster in the short-lived NBC drama The Book of Daniel. That same year, she was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her performance as Mairead in Martin McDonagh's The Lieutenant of Inishmore. Because of her busy work schedule, Pill's schooling was done through a program for youngsters in the business. Since graduating from high school, Pill moved to New York to pursue a career in theatre, but continued to work in movies such as Dan in Real Life in 2007.


Pill had a major supporting role as campaign manager Anne Kronenberg in the 2008 film Milk. In 2009, she performed with Erin Hill & her Harp playing the Twilight Zone-inspired "Meredith Moon" and "The Real North Pole" sci-fi Christmas Harp. Pill was cast as April on In Treatment. In 2009 she replaced Elliot Page in a role in Jack & Diane but due to postponement of the project neither ended up in it by the time it ran in 2012.

She later played Kim Pine in the movie Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, as well as in Scott Pilgrim vs. the Animation. She portrayed Empress Maud in the miniseries The Pillars of the Earth. In theatre, Pill starred with Abigail Breslin in Broadway's The Miracle Worker. She has worked with Woody Allen twice, as Zelda Fitzgerald in Midnight in Paris and as Hayley in To Rome with Love.

She has starred in short films including Denise in 2012 with Chris Messina and Santa Baby; she sang and danced in Santa Baby. In 2016, she appeared in Cover Up by Satya Bhabha with Jason Ritter, to be released at the LA Shorts Fest, and Woman in Deep directed by Janicza Bravo. In a new theatre production of Wait Until Dark, Pill starred as a blind woman who must fend for her life. She also starred in Bong Joon-ho's post-apocalyptic film Snowpiercer, alongside Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton, which was released in 2013.

Alison Pill at PaleyFest 2013
Pill at the 2013 PaleyFest

From 2012 until its ending in 2014, she appeared in Aaron Sorkin's HBO series The Newsroom as Maggie Jordan. Pill appeared in Cooties starring Elijah Wood. In Zoom, Pill played Emma, an aspiring comic book artist. She had a part in Hail, Caesar! as Eddie Mannix's wife. Pill starred in Goon: Last of the Enforcers as Eva Glatt, Glatt's love interest in first movie Goon, now married to Glatt. Pill was part of the cast of The Family as Willa Warren. In 2016, Pill co-starred with Jessica Chastain in the EuropaCorp thriller Miss Sloane. In 2017, she joined American Horror Story: Cult, starring as Ivy Mayfair-Richards, one of the main characters of the storyline. In 2018 she played former Vice President Dick Cheney's daughter Mary in the Oscar-nominated film Vice.

In 2020, she was part of the TV series Devs directed by Alex Garland on FX on Hulu, playing Katie, the chief designer of the Devs system.

In 2021, she starred in the film All My Puny Sorrows with Sarah Gadon, as two Mennonite sisters who leave their religious lives behind. Alison won Best Actress in a Canadian Film by Vancouver Film Critics Circle for her role in the movie.

Pill was also part of the TV series Them, playing Betty Wendell.

Since 2020, Pill has played Dr. Agnes Jurati in CBS All Access's Star Trek series, Star Trek: Picard, centered on an older Jean-Luc Picard, the Starfleet captain from Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Personal life

Pill was engaged to actor Jay Baruchel from 2011 to 2013. Baruchel made their engagement public when he thanked Pill as his fiancée during an acceptance speech at the Genie Awards in Ottawa, Ontario. Baruchel alluded to their break-up in a Twitter posting on February 16, 2013.

Pill married actor Joshua Leonard May 24, 2015, having become engaged that January. They have a daughter, Wilder, born November 19, 2016.



Year Title Role Notes
1999 The Life Before This Jessica
1999 Jacob Two Two Meets the Hooded Fang Shapiro / Emma
2000 Skipped Parts Chuckette Morris
2002 A.W.O.L. Patient Short film
2002 Perfect Pie Marie (age 15)
2003 Pieces of April Beth Burns
2003 Fast Food High Emma Redding
2004 Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen Ella Gerard
2004 The Crypt Club Liesl Short film
2005 Dear Wendy Susan
2007 Dan in Real Life Jane Burns
2007 Working in the Theatre Self Documentary
2008 Milk Anne Kronenberg
2009 The Awakening of Abigail Harris Abigail Harris Short film
2009 One Way to Valhalla Dale
2010 Goldstar, Ohio Kendra Harper Short film
2010 EMGOD Alison Short film
2010 Scott Pilgrim vs. the Animation Kimberly "Kim" Pine (voice) Short film
2010 Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Kimberly "Kim" Pine
2011 Midnight in Paris Zelda Fitzgerald
2011 Portraits in Dramatic Time Self
2011 Goon Eva
2012 To Rome with Love Hayley
2012 Denise Denise Short film
2012 Santa Baby Alice Short film
2013 Snowpiercer Pregnant Teacher
2014 Cooties Lucy McCormick
2015 Zoom Emma Boyles
2016 Hail, Caesar! Mrs. Mannix
2016 Woman in Deep Birdie Short film
2016 Cover Up Emma Short film
2016 Miss Sloane Jane Molloy
2017 Goon: Last of the Enforcers Eva Glatt
2018 Ideal Home Melissa Enright
2018 Vice Mary Cheney
2019 The Most Magnificent Thing Mom (voice) Short film
2020 We Are Animals Self Documentary
2021 The Same Storm Bridget Salt
2022 All My Puny Sorrows Yolandi "Yoli" Von Riesen
2023 Eric Larue Lisa Graff
2024 A Void
2024 Young Werther Charlotte


Year Title Role Notes
1997 The New Ghostwriter Mysteries Lucy Episode: "Moving Parts"
1998 Fast Track Alexa Stokes Episode: "Real Time"
1998 Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal Sophie Schulman Episode: "The Night of the Setting Sun"
1998 The Last Don II Bethany Episode: "1.1"
1998 Anatole Paulette (voice) 5 episodes
1998 Degas & the Dancer Marie van Goethem Television film
1998 Stranger in Town Hetty Television film
1999 Locked in Silence Lacey Television film
1999 God's New Plan Samantha Hutton Television film
1999 Different Sally Reed Television film
1999 What Katy Did Katy Carr Television film
1999 Dear America: A Journey to the New World Remember Patience Whipple Television film
1999 A Holiday Romance Fern Television film
1999 Redwall Cornflower (voice) 13 episodes
1999 Poltergeist: The Legacy Paige Episode: "Forget Me Not"
2000 Traders Andrea Exter Episode: "Hawks"
2000 Redwall: The Movie Cornflower (voice) Television film
2000 The Dinosaur Hunter Julia Creath Television film
2000 The Other Me Allana Browning Television film
2000 Baby Larkin Malone Television film
2001 Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows Young Lorna Luft Television film
2001 Midwives Constance "Connie" Danforth Television film
2001 What Girls Learn Tilden Television film
2001 Anne of Green Gables: The Animated Series Victoria (voice) Episode: "Butterflies!"
2002 The Pilot's Wife Mattie Lyons Television film
2003 An Unexpected Love Samantha Mayer Television film
2004 A Separate Peace Beth Television film
2004 Plain Truth Katie Fisher Television film
2006 The Book of Daniel Grace Webster 8 episodes
2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Lisa Ramsey Episode: "Wrongful Life"
2008 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Kelsey Murphy Episode: "Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda"
2009 In Treatment April Recurring role, 7 episodes
2010 The Pillars of the Earth Princess Maude Miniseries, 8 episodes
2012–14 The Newsroom Margaret "Maggie" Jordan Main role, 25 episodes
2014 7p/10e Alison Episode: "Day 16"
2014 Therapy Lucy Episode: "1.1"
2014 Dinner with Friends with Brett Gelman and Friends Herself Television short
2016 The Family Willa Warren 12 episodes
2017 American Horror Story: Cult Ivy Mayfair-Richards Main role, 9 episodes
2018 The Emperor's Newest Clothes Thomasina (voice) Television short
2020–22 Star Trek: Picard Dr. Agnes Jurati / the new Borg Queen Main role, 20 episodes
2020 Devs Katie Miniseries, 8 episodes
2021 Them Elizabeth "Betty" Wendell 8 episodes
2022 Archer Alessia (voice) 3 episodes
2023 Hello Tomorrow! Myrtle Mayburn 10 episodes
2023 Scott Pilgrim Takes Off Kimberly "Kim" Pine (voice) Main role
2024 Robogobo

Music videos

Year Title Artist(s)
2004 "Drama Queen (That Girl)" Lindsay Lohan
2010 "Lewis Takes Off His Shirt" Owen Pallett
2010 "Medicine" Nick Casey
2020 "Eat It (We're All In This Together)" David Cross featuring "Weird Al" Yankovic


Year Title Role Website
2016 Angel and Demon Demon WeatherFrom
2018 George's Cheese/Pizza Revenge Mother Porpoise Story Pirates
2020 Fight of the Century Narrator Simon & Schuster
2020 Skin Trade Nick Geffen Playhouse
2020 The Homebound Project C.A. Johnson The Homebound Theater
2020 The Line Jennifer The Public Theater
2020 Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Water Crisis Kim Pine / Vegan Police Water For People
2020 My Mouth Ran Away Mother Porpoise Story Pirates
2020 Raising Arizona Edwina "Ed" Pandemic Players
2022 The Doctor Is In Dr. Kate Spencer (Voice) Echoverse
2022 The Rubber Room Lindsey Whittle SiriusXM


Year Title Role Venue Ref.
2003 None of the Above Jamie Ohio Theatre, West Village
2004 The Distance From Here Jenn MCC Theater, Off-Broadway
2005 On The Mountain Jaime Playwrights Horizons, Off-Broadway
2006 The Lieutenant of Inishmore Mairead Lyceum Theatre, Broadway
2007 Blackbird Una Manhattan Theatre Club, Off-Braodway
2007 Mauritius Jackie Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, Broadway
2008 Reasons to Be Pretty Steph Lucille Lortel Theatre, Off-Broadway
2010 The Miracle Worker Anne Sullivan Circle in the Square Theatre, Broadway
2010 This Wide Night Marie Peter Jay Sharp Theatre
2011 The House of Blue Leaves Corrinna Stroller Walter Kerr Theatre, Broadway
2013 Wait Until Dark Susan Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles
2018 Three Tall Women C John Golden Theatre, Broadway

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2000 Burbank International Children's Film Festival Best Child Actress Performance The Dinosaur Hunter Won
Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Movie or Pilot – Supporting Young Actress Degas and the Dancer Nominated
2001 Best Ensemble in a TV Movie The Other Me Nominated
2002 Best Performance in a TV Movie or Special – Leading Young Actress What Girls Learn Nominated
2003 Gemini Awards Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series The Dinosaur Hunter Nominated
2004 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Ensemble Performance The Distance From Here Won
2005 Lucille Lortel Awards Outstanding Featured Actress On the Mountain Nominated
2006 Tony Award Best Featured Actress in a Play The Lieutenant of Inishmore Nominated
2007 Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Actress in a Play Blackbird Nominated
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Nominated
2008 Lucille Lortel Award Outstanding Lead Actress Nominated
2009 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Milk Nominated
Gold Derby Awards Ensemble Cast Nominated
15th Critics' Choice Awards Best Acting Ensemble Won
Online Film & Television Association Award Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series In Treatment Nominated
2010 Detroit Film Critics Society Awards Best Ensemble Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Nominated
2011 Drama League Award Distinguished Performance This Wide Night Nominated
Gemini Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role
in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
The Pillars of the Earth Won
Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Ensemble Acting Midnight in Paris Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
2012 Gold Derby Awards Ensemble Cast Nominated
2013 Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award Best Supporting Actress in a Canadian Film Goon Nominated
2014 San Diego International Film Festival Virtuoso Award for Best Breakthrough Performance The Newsroom Awarded
2018 Critics' Choice Movie Awards Best Acting Ensemble Vice Nominated
Detroit Film Critics Society Best Ensemble Won
Seattle Film Critics Society Best Ensemble Cast Nominated
2022 Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award Best Actress in a Canadian Film All My Puny Sorrows Won
Festival du Film Canadien de Dieppe Best Actress Won
Tell-Tale TV Awards Favorite Performer in a Network Sci-fi / Fantasy / Horror Series Star Trek: Picard Nominated
Favorite Ensemble Cast in a Sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror Series Nominated

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