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Overview (4)

Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Birth NameAlison Courtney Pill
Nicknames Ali
Al
Height 5' 6½" (1.69 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Alison is a Canadian born TV, film and theater actress.

She was born in Toronto, Ontario. Her father, who is Estonian, is a financier. She attended Vaughan Road Academy, and decided she wanted to be an actor when she was age 10. She was a member of the Toronto Children's Chorus and was chosen to narrate one of their performances. From there, she gained a job narrating children's audio books.

She achieved her first on-screen role as a background performer on Kung Fu: The Legend Continues (1993), after which, she got herself an agent. She was booking roles successfully from the age of 11. She later moved to New York to pursue roles in theater, where has enjoyed much success. She earned a Tony nomination for her performance in The Lieutenant of Inishmore. She is also very much enjoying life as a TV and film actress. Her breakthrough film role came with Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010). In 2012, she is playing Maggie Jordan in Aaron Sorkin's TV show The Newsroom (2012).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Kad

Spouse (1)

Joshua Leonard (24 May 2015 - present) ( 1 child)

Trivia (18)

Is friends with Lorna Luft, whom she played in Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (2001).
Her favourite actress is Patricia Clarkson, whom she worked with on Pieces of April (2003).
When she first auditioned for Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (2004), the director, Sara Sugarman turned her down, as she had a more androgynous appearance in mind for the character of Ella. Pill took pictures of herself as a boy and auditioned a second time, and finally got the part.
Is a fan of the band Coldplay, and often camps out to buy tickets for their concerts.
Nominated for the 2006 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for "The Lieutenant of Inishmore".
Learned to play drums for her role in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010).
Was engaged to actor Jay Baruchel from December 2010 until March 2013.
Off-Broadway show "Blackbird" opposite Jeff Daniels at Manhattan Theatre Club Stage II. [March 2007]
Appearing on Broadway in Theresa Rebeck's "Mauritius". [September 2007]
Appearing in an off-Broadway play "The Distance from Here" with Melissa Leo, Mark Webber and Anna Paquin. [June 2004]
Currently portraying Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker on Broadway. [March 2010]
Appearing in the Broadway play "The Lieutenant of Inishmore" at the Lyceum Theater, New York City [April 2006]
Currently appearing off-Broadway in Neil LaBute's "Reasons to be Pretty . . ." which will transfer to Broadway in the fall of 2008. [June 2008]
Her paternal grandparents were Estonian.
(May 24, 2015) Married her longtime boyfriend Joshua Leonard following a 4-month-long engagement.
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 30, a daughter named Wilder Grace Leonard on November 19, 2016. Child's father is her husband, Joshua Leonard.
Is of Estonian and distant Swedish descent.
As of 2019, she has been in 3 films that were Oscar nominated for Best Picture: Milk (2008), Midnight in Paris (2011), and Vice (2018).

Personal Quotes (1)

When I meet people I'm not usually freaked out. I guess the first big name I worked with was Sissy Spacek and that was really interesting just because she's so incredible and I learned so much from just watching her. But she's also so unassuming that I loved working with her. It wasn't like working with a star, it was Sissy. Not a big deal.

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