Ellie Kemper

Ellie Kemper began her entertainment career behind-the-scenes, writing comedy skits and editorial satires, but she soon caught Hollywood's attention by starring in a viral Web video that showcased her fearless talent ... Read more »
Born: 05/01/1980 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Filmography

Actor (22)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2012, 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Comedy Bang! Bang! 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Conan 2011, 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hollywood Game Night 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Laggies 2014 (Movie)

Allison (Actor)

Sex Tape 2014 (Movie)

Tess (Actor)

They Came Together 2014 (Movie)

Karen (Actor)

TripTank 2014 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Mindy Project 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Office 2009 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

21 Jump Street 2012 (Movie)

Ms. Griggs (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Robot Chicken 2012 (Tv Show)

Voice

The 2012 Do Something Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Cameo

The 84th Annual Academy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

Bridesmaids 2011 (Movie)

Becca (Actor)

Get Him to the Greek 2010 (Movie)

Pinnacle Executive (Actor)

Important Things with Demetri Martin 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Somewhere 2010 (Movie)

Claire (Actor)

The Birthday Boys (Tv Show)

Actor

Biography

Ellie Kemper began her entertainment career behind-the-scenes, writing comedy skits and editorial satires, but she soon caught Hollywood's attention by starring in a viral Web video that showcased her fearless talent. Her breakthrough performance as bubbly and naive receptionist Erin Hannon on "The Office" (NBC, 2005- ) further made the improv theater-trained actress into a household name. Kemper's natural charisma and comic timing were well received by the show's critics, while fans celebrated her onscreen chemistry with co-star Ed Helms. Their characters, Erin and Andy, were even dubbed the new "Jim and Pam" - the show's much-loved couple played by John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer - a timeless honor that cemented Kemper's place as one of the funniest, most endearing women on television.

Relationships

Carrie Kemper Co-Producer

Sister
Younger; wrote for "The Office" (NBC)

David Kemper

Father

William Kemper

Great-Great-Grandfather

Michael Koman Writer

Companion
Kemper announced engagement Dec. 7, 2011 Married July 7, 2012

EDUCATION

Princeton University

2002
Majored in English; was a member of Quipfire!, a renowned improvisational comedy group, and also the Princeton Triangle Club, a touring musical comedy theater troupe; also played field hockey

Milestones

2012

Cast opposite Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill in the big screen reboot of "21 Jump Street," based on the Fox police drama

2011

Co-starred with Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph and Melissa McCarthy in the comedy hit "Bridesmaids"

2010

Acted in the Sofia Coppola directed drama "Somewhere" and the Judd Apatow produced comedy "Get Him to the Greek"

2009

Feature acting debut, the crime comedy "Mystery Team"

2009

Landed breakthrough TV role as Erin Hannon, the sweet-natured receptionist for the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company on "The Office" (NBC); character replaced viewer favorite Pam (Jenna Fischer) during the show's fifth season

2008

Became an Internet sensation when her comedic sketch video "Blowjob" went viral

2008

Performed the one-woman shows "Dumb Girls" and "Feeling Sad/Mad with Ellie Kemper"

2008

Auditioned for "Saturday Night Live" (NBC), but was turned down

2007

Made first onscreen acting appearances on "Late Night with Conan O’Brien" (NBC)

Bonus Trivia

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Kemper attended John Burroughs School in St. Louis, MO where former alumnus Jon Hamm was her drama teacher.

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Kemper was a contributing writer for the satirical newspaper The Onion and was published in McSweeney's, the literary journal founded by Dave Eggers.

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