Alia Shawkat Best Known For Her role as Maeby Fünke in the Fox television series Arrested Development.
Born Name: Alia Martine Shawkat (pronounced as AL-ley-uh SHOW-cot)
Nick Name: Allie
Years active: 1999–present
Born: April 18, 1989, 31, Riverside, California, U.S.
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 5 ft 5½ in or 165 cm
Hair Color: Light Brown
Eye Color: Dark Brown
Measurements: 34-27-34 in or 87-69-87 cm
Bra size: 32C
Manager: MGMT Entertainment
Father – Tony Shawkat (Actor) (Native of Iraq)
Mother – Dina (née Burke)
Siblings – She has two brothers
Others – Paul Burke (Maternal grandfather)
She has Kurdish (Iraqi) ancestry from father’s side and Irish and Norwegian ancestry from mother’s side.
Alia Martine Shawkat 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 sitcom Arrested Development (2003–2006; 2013; 2018–2019), Gertie Michaels in the 2015 horror-comedy film The Final Girls, and Dory Sief in the TBS comedy series Search Party (2016–present). She also guest starred as Frances Cleveland, Virginia Hall, and Alexander Hamilton on Comedy Central’s Drunk History.
Shawkat was born in Riverside, California, to Dina Shawkat (née Burke) and film producer Tony Shawkat. She grew up in Palm Springs. She has two brothers. Her father is Arab Iraqi, from Baghdad. Her mother is of Norwegian, Irish, and Italian descent.
When not acting, she 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. Ever since the filming of Whip It, she has been best friends with fellow actress Ellen Page.
As Maeby Fünke, Shawkat was a regular cast member of Arrested Development for the entire run of the show from 2003 to 2018. The series received nearly universally positive reviews, with Shawkat’s performance occasionally singled out for praise. Pop-culture commentator Brian M. Palmer remarked that she was one of the brightest lights on a show populated solely by bright lights, and Scott Weinberg of eFilmCritic described her as one funny young lady. In an interview with The A.V. Club in 2010, Shawkat remarked that many of her formative moments as an actress took place on the Arrested Development set Mitch Hurwitz was like a father figure to me. In a way, it was great to be around the cast, because I feel that my understanding of comedy was able to grow really well during that time.
In 2009, Shawkat appeared in Whip It co-star Har Mar Superstar’s music video for “Tall Boy”, which also featured Eva Mendes and Eric Wareheim. In October 2009, it was announced that Shawkat, Har Mar, and Whip It co-star Ellen Page would produce and write a show for HBO called Stitch N’ Bitch. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show follows two painfully cool hipster girls as they relocate from Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood to Los Angeles Silver Lake enclave in hopes of becoming artists—of any kind.
Shawkat, along with Arrested Development co-star and close friend Mae Whitman, sang guest vocals on a number of tracks from indie-punk band Fake Problems 2010 album Real Ghosts Caught on Tape.
Six years after the series was canceled by Fox, filming for a revived fourth season of Arrested Development began on August 7, 2012 and Shawkat reprised her role as Maeby Fünke. The season consists of 15 new episodes which debuted at the same time on Netflix on May 26, 2013. Each episode focuses on one particular character, with Shawkat’s Maeby, now a high school senior, featured in episode 12, “Señoritis” and appearing in several other episodes of the season.
In 2015, Shawkat guest-starred on Broad City, portraying the romantic interest and look-alike of Ilana Glazer’s character for one episode; the two were only attracted to one another due to their similar appearances. Leading up to the episode, many had remarked on the physical similarities Shawkat and Glazer bear to one another.
Shawkat stars on the TBS comedy Search Party, which premiered on November 21, 2016 and had been renewed for season three as of 23 April 2018.
She plays the role of Tyler, a high-living American partyer in Dublin, in the 2019 film Animals, directed by Australian director Sophie Hyde. It is a film made by women and starring women as lead characters, about a friendship which changes after Laura (played by Holliday Grainger) gets engaged to her teetotalling boyfriend. Shawkat said that she had never played a character like Tyler before, with her previous characters more relatable, and she was “excited to play someone who was so fun, but so damaged”.
Face is covered with spots (freckles)
Beauty mark on the right side of the chin.
Shawkat appeared in 1999 satirical war film, Three Kings for her role as Amir’s Daughter.
First TV Show
Alia guest appeared in American adventure/ legal drama television show JAG (short for Judge Advocate General) for her role as Young Mac in 1999.
Alia Shawkat Favorite Things
TV Shows – The Larry Sanders Show (1992-1998)
Chapter From Arrested Development – Tobias (David Cross) chapter, Gob (Will Arnett) chapter
Alia Shawkat Facts
Her hobby is painting. When she is not acting or busy, she likes to give it a try. Alia has even participated in gallery shows in Los Angeles, Paris, and Mexico City.
Her interest is not only limited to painting, Shawkat also likes to make and sing songs in jazz bars.
Alia is an Arab American.
In 2009, Alia was co-featured in Har Mar Superstar’s music video “Tall Boy”, along with Eva Mendes and Eric Wareheim.
She is good friends with Whip It co-star Ellen Page.
Alia is the step-granddaughter of Lyn Peters.
She has a pet cat named Max.
Shawkat is a member of The Interstate 5 Tennis Association.
She is a skilled pianist.