Alia Shawkat

American actress

Alia Martine Shawkat (/ˈæliə ˈʃɔːkæt/ AL-ee-ə SHAW-kat;[1][2] Arabic: عليا مارتين شوكت; born April 18, 1989)[3] is an American actress and artist. She is known for her roles as Hannah Rayburn in State of Grace, Maeby Fünke in the Fox/Netflix Television progratelevision sitcom Arrested Development (2003-2006, 2013-2019), Gertie Michaels in the 2015 horror-comedy movie The Final Girls, and Dory Sief in the TBS and HBO Max comedy series Search Party (2016–2022). She has also been on Comedy Central's Drunk History as Frances Cleveland, Virginia Hall, and Alexander Hamilton.

Alia Shawkat
Shawkat in March 2016
Alia Martine Shawkat

(1989-04-18) April 18, 1989 (age 35)
  • Actress
  • Producer
Years active1999–present
RelativesPaul Burke (maternal grandfather)



Shawkat was born in Riverside, California, to Dina Shawkat (née Burke) and movie producer Tony Shawkat. She grew up in Palm Springs. She has two brothers. Her father is from Iraq, and her mother is of Norwegian, Irish, and Italian descent. Her maternal grandfather was actor Paul Burke.



Shawkat has appeared in over 47 movie roles, 32 television roles and 1 role in a podcast.[4][5]

Personal life


When not acting, Shawkat likes to paint; she has participated in gallery shows in Los Angeles, Mexico City and Paris. She also likes to make music and sing in jazz bars. She is bisexual. Her most notable features are her dark curly hair, brown eyes, dimples and her freckles.




Year Title Role Notes
1999 Three Kings Amir's Daughter
2005 Rebound Amy
Queen of Cactus Cove Billie Short movie
2006 Deck the Halls Madison Finch
2008 Bart Got a Room Camille
Prom Wars Diana Riggs
2009 Amreeka Salma Halaby
Whip It Pash Amini
2010 The Runaways Robin Robbins
2011 The Lie Seven
Cedar Rapids Bree
The Oranges Vanessa Walling
Our Deal Night Creeper Short movie
2012 Damsels in Distress Mad Madge
That's What She Said Clementine
Ruby Sparks Mabel
The Brass Teapot Louise
The Golden Age Janice Short movie
2013 May in the Summer Dalia
The End of Love Alia Shawkat Cameo
Setup, Punch Dottie Kaufman Short movie
The To Do List Fiona Forster
Bunion Rachel Short movie
Night Moves Surprise
The Moment Jessie Jamil
2014 Life After Beth Roz
Wild Canaries Jean
2015 The Final Girls Gertie Michaels
The Driftless Area Carrie
Nasty Baby Wendy
Adam Green's Aladdin Emily
Green Room Sam
Me Him Her Laura
2016 The Intervention Lola
Pee-wee's Big Holiday Bella
Paint It Black Josie
20th Century Women Trish
2017 Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town Agatha Benson
2018 Blaze Sybil Rosen
Duck Butter Naima Also writer
2019 Animals Tyler
First Cow Woman with Dog
I Lost My Body Gabrielle (voice) English dub
Alina Alina Short movie
2020 The Letter Room Rosita Short movie
2021 Love Spreads Kelly Post-production
TBA Being the Ricardos Madelyn Pugh Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1999 JAG Young Sarah MacKenzie Episode: "Second Sight"
2000 The Trial of Old Drum Dee TV movie
2002 State of Grace Young Hannah Rayburn Main cast; 40 episodes
Presidio Med Tara Wegman Episode: "Good Question"
2003 Without a Trace Siobhan Arintero Episode: "Maple Street"
Boomtown Denise Stein Episode: "Home Invasion"
2003–06; 2013;
Arrested Development Mae "Maeby" Fünke Main cast; 79 episodes
2006 Veronica Mars Stacy Wells Episode: "The Rapes of Graff"
Not Like Everyone Else Brandi Blackbear TV movie
2007 The Business Screenwriting Manicurist 2 episodes
2008 The Bad Mother's Handbook Charlotte TV movie
The Starter Wife Robin 3 episodes
2010 The League April Episode: "The Expert Witness"
2013 NTSF:SD:SUV:: Gail Episode: "Burn After Killing"
2014 Drunk History Frances Cleveland Episode: "First Ladies"
Robot Chicken Minerva McGonagall (voice) Episode: "G.I. Jogurt"
Getting On Colleen Hoover 4 episodes
2015 Adventure Time Betsy Poundcake (voice) Episode: "The Diary"
Broad City Adele Episode: "Coat Check"
Drunk History Virginia Hall Episode: "Spies"
2016 Portlandia Mayor's Kid Episode: "Shville"
Animals. Sharon (voice) Episode: "Rats."
2016–17 Adventure Time Charlie (voice) 2 episodes
2016–present Search Party Dory Sief Main cast; 40 episodes
2016 Drunk History Alexander Hamilton Episode: "Hamilton"
2017–19 Transparent Lila 8 episodes
2017–20 Big Mouth Roland (voice) 3 episodes
2018–20 Summer Camp Island Blanche/Cinnamon Raisin Toast/Butter Goth (voice) 11 episodes
2019 Living with Yourself Maia 2 episodes
2020 The Shivering Truth (voice) Episode: "Nesslessness"
Moonbase 8 Alix Episode: "Visitors"
2021 The Old Man Hey Angela Upcoming series, main cast

2021 Pride played Madeleine Tress in first episode on FX.


Year Title Role Notes
2018 Sandra Helen Perera (voice) Main role, 7 episodes


  1. "Alia's Alphabet". YouTube. Archived from the original on 2021-12-11. Retrieved February 15, 2021.
  2. Alia Shawkat on Getting Shaved by a Stranger - PARTY LEGENDS. Archived from the original on 2021-12-11. Retrieved February 15, 2021 – via YouTube.
  3. "Alia Martine Shawkat was born on April 18, 1989 in Riverside County, California". California Birth Index.
  4. "Alia Shawkat". Forbes.
  5. "Alia Shawkat - New York Magazine".