Alex Borstein

Actor, Writer, Comedian
A petite, dark-haired actress with an extensive background in improvisational and sketch comedy, Alex Borstein was best known for her work on the often outrageous sketch comedy series "Mad TV" (Fox, 1997-2009). An ... Read more »
Born: 02/15/1973 in Highland Park, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (49)

Getting On 2013 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Mad TV 20th Anniversary Reunion 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Herself

MadTV 2016 (Tv Show)

Himself

The Angry Birds Movie 2016 (Movie)

Sophie Bird, Peggy Bird (Voice)

Workaholics 2012, 2014, 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Life in Pieces 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Love the Coopers 2015 (Movie)

Angie (Actor)

Masters of Sex 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Shameless 2003 - 2004, 2011 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Million Ways to Die in the West 2014 (Movie)

Millie (Actor)

Bunheads 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Robot Chicken DC Comics Special 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Voice

Bunk 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Celebrity Blackjack 2003 - 2004, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Host

Hot in Cleveland 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

ParaNorman 2012 (Movie)

Mrs. Henscher (Voice)

Power Rangers 1993 - 2012 (TV Show)

Voice

Robot Chicken 2005 - 2009, 2012 (Tv Show)

Voice

Ted 2012 (Movie)

John's Mom (Actor)

The Cleveland Show 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Voice

Killers 2010 (Movie)

Lily Bailey (Actor)

Glenn Martin, DDS 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Family Guy: 100th Episode Special 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Voice

Slacker Cats 2007 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Lookout 2007 (Movie)

Mrs. Lange (Actor)

Drawn Together 2006 (Tv Show)

Voice

Family Guy 1999 - 2003, 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Voice

Little Man 2006 (Movie)

Janet (Actor)

Gilmore Girls 2000, 2003, 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Good Night, And Good Luck 2005 (Movie)

Natalie (Actor)

Billy's Dad is a Fudge-Packer! 2004 (Movie)

Betty Henderson (Actor)

Catwoman 2004 (Movie)

Sally (Actor)

Seeing Other People 2004 (Movie)

Tracy (Actor)

Bad Santa 2003 (Movie)

Milwaukee Mom with Photo (Actor)

Friends 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Lizzie McGuire Movie 2003 (Movie)

Miss Ungermeyer (Actor)

Dawg 2002 (Movie)

Darcy Smits (Actor)

Showtime 2002 (Movie)

Casting Director (Actor)

The Test 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Titus 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 7th Annual Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Performer

Bordertown (TV Show)

Voice

Mad TV (Tv Show)

Actor

Biography

A petite, dark-haired actress with an extensive background in improvisational and sketch comedy, Alex Borstein was best known for her work on the often outrageous sketch comedy series "Mad TV" (Fox, 1997-2009). An Illinois native, Borstein moved to Los Angeles with her family in 1980, going on to attend San Francsico State University and join the Los Angeles-based comedy troupe ACME Comedy Theater. While performing with the group at the Big Stinkin' International Improv and Sketch Festival in Austin, Texas, she was discovered by a "Mad TV" casting agent. Borstein began her work on the show in 1997 and soon became an audience favorite with memorable characterizations like that of obnoxious and indecipherable nail salon worker Ms. Swan. She proved a versatile and valuable member of the "Mad TV" team as a writer in addition to doing solid celebrity impersonations that ranged from Chelsea Clinton to Regis Philbin. She would remain with the series through the 2001-2002 season.

Relationships

Jackson Douglas Actor

Husband
Married in 1998 following an on-air proposal during an episode of "MADtv." Douglas filed for divorce October 2014.

EDUCATION

San Francisco State University

San Francisco , California

Milestones

2014

Appeared in the comedy "A Million Ways to Die in the West"

2012

Appeared in the comedy "Ted"

2010

Co-starred opposite Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl in the action/drama "Killers"

2009

Voiced various characters on the "Family Guy" animated spinoff series "The Cleveland Show"

2005

Voiced various characters, including Wonder Woman and Cindy Brady, in the stop motion animated series "Robot Chicken"

2005

Starred in the George Clooney-directed "Goodnight, and Good Luck," a 1950s-era drama that chronicles broadcaster Edward R. Murrow’s campaign against Senator Joseph McCarthy

2004

Featured opposite Halle Berry in "Catwoman"

2003

Appeared in the teen comedy "The Lizzie McGuire Movie"

2002

Cast in "Showtime" which starred Robert De Niro and Eddie Murphy

2000

Had a cameo in the feature film "Coyote Ugly"

2000

Featured on The WB series "Gilmore Girls" as Drella, the acerbic harpist in the lobby of the inn that employs series star, single mother Lorelei (Lauren Graham)

1999

Voiced Lois Griffin, the mother on the Fox animated series "Family Guy"

1997

Was a regular on "Mad TV", portraying the memorable recurring character Ms. Swan as well as impersonating celebrities including Regis Philbin and Janeane Garofalo

1996

Lent her voice to Queen Machina on "Power Rangers Zeo" (Fox)

1980

Moved with family from Chicago to Los Angeles

Wrote for animated series including "Casper" (Fox) and "Pinky and the Brain" (The WB)

Bonus Trivia

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Began her career performing improv at ACME Comedy Theater.

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Worked for an ad agency where she wrote print ads for Barbie.

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