Bio / Info
Born in 1982 in Pittsburgh, PA, Gillian Jacobs always had a passion for performing ever since her first acting gig at the age of 8. She was soon studying at the Pittsburgh Playhouse on weekends, where she performed Monty Python sketches. She also competed in the Pittsburgh Playhouses' annual Shakespeare Monologue Contest, which won her a role in their production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. After graduating from high school in 2000, she moved to New York City and enrolled at the famed Juilliard School, where she graduated from in 2004. She made her professional stage debut in an off-Broadway production of Cagelove. She also appeared in off-Broadway productions of The Fabulous Life of a Size Zero and Little Flower of East Orange. Only just arrived in Hollywood, Jacobs won a recurring role in the controversial NBC drama series The Book of Daniel, exploring the life of a drug-addicted Episcopalian priest who appears to talk to God. She later starred in the independent film Gardens of the Night as a is kidnapped woman forced into prostitution and drugs, who must try to live a normal life. Gillian also played a possessed babysitter in the film THE BOX. Gillian was also a common face on TV, with roles in Law & Order: Criminal Intent The Good Wife. However, it was her role on the ensemble comedy Community that won her true fame. Focusing on the lives of a group of students and teachers at a community college, she plays Britta, a frumpy coed who helps start a Spanish study group.