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Alyson Hannigan

Alyson Hannigan, April 2003
Born Alyson Lee Hannigan
March 24, 1974 (1974-03-24) (age 35)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Other name(s) Alyson Denisof
Occupation Actress
Years active 1988–present
Spouse(s) Alexis Denisof
(2003–present) 1 child

Alyson Lee Hannigan (born March 24, 1974) is an American actress. She is best known for her roles as Willow Rosenberg on the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Michelle Flaherty in three American Pie films and Lily Aldrin on the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother.


Personal life

Hannigan was born in Washington, D.C., the daughter of Emilie Posner, a real estate agent, and Al Hannigan, a truck driver.[1] Hannigan is of Irish descent on her father's side and Jewish on her mother's.[2][3] Her parents divorced a year after her birth and she was raised mostly by her mother in Atlanta.[citation needed]

With husband Alexis Denisof

Hannigan has dated Ginger Fish of Marilyn Manson.[4] She married actor Alexis Denisof (who played Wesley Wyndam-Pryce in the Buffy/Angel franchise) at Two Bunch Palms Resort in Desert Hot Springs, California on October 11, 2003. They bought a house together in Santa Monica, California. Their daughter, Satyana Marie Denisof, was born six years later at home on Hannigan's 35th birthday, on March 24, 2009.[5][6]


Although Hannigan had appeared in an industrial film for "Active Parenting" as a baby, as well as having starred in a commercial for the Duncan Hines cookie mix in 1978, it was not until 1985, when she moved to Los Angeles, California, that she formally began her acting career. Living with her mother and attending North Hollywood High School, she successfully auditioned for agents while visiting her father in Santa Barbara. After attending North Hollywood High School she attended California State University, Northridge.[citation needed]

Hannigan outside the stage door after When Harry Met Sally... in London, in May 2004.

Hannigan's first major film role was in My Stepmother Is an Alien, a science fiction comedy released in 1988; one of her co-stars in the film was actor Seth Green, who would later join her in the regular cast of Buffy as her on-screen boyfriend. Then in 1989, her first regular role on a TV series came when she was cast in the short-lived ABC sitcom Free Spirit. Throughout most of the early-1990s, she appeared in commercials.[citation needed]

In 1997, Hannigan was cast to play Willow Rosenberg, Buffy's best friend, on the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (replacing Riff Regan, who played Willow in the unaired 25-minute pilot). The show became a success, and Hannigan gained recognition, subsequently appearing in several notable films aimed at teenage audiences, including American Pie, American Pie 2, Boys and Girls, and American Wedding. By the time Buffy had ended in 2003, Hannigan was earning a US$250,000 salary for each episode. She also had a guest spot on the Buffy spin-off, Angel, reprising her role of Willow in a few episodes (including most notably "Orpheus", during the fourth season of Angel and the seventh season of Buffy), but none after Buffy finished production.[7]

In early 2004, Hannigan made her West End debut, starring in a stage adaptation of When Harry Met Sally... at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, opposite Luke Perry.[citation needed]

In 2005, Hannigan returned to starring in a regular television series, appearing in the hit comedy, How I Met Your Mother, as Lily, and also playing a recurring guest role on Veronica Mars as Trina Echolls.[citation needed]

In February 2006, Hannigan starred as Julia Jones in Date Movie, a parody of romantic comedies. Alyson also was a guest star on the ABC animated sitcom The Goode Family in 2009.[8]

Alyson joined forces with Emily Deschanel, Jaime King, Minka Kelly, and Katharine McPhee in a video slumber party featured on to promote regular breast cancer screenings for the organization Stand Up 2 Cancer.[9]


Year Film Role Notes
1986 Impure Thoughts Patty Stubbs As Allison Hannigan
1988 My Stepmother Is an Alien Jessie Mills
1991 Switched at Birth Gina Twigg, Age 13-16 TV Movie
1995 The Stranger Beside Me Dana TV Movie
1996 A Case for Life Iris TV Movie
For My Daughter's Honor Kelly TV Movie
1998 Dead Man on Campus Lucy TV Movie
1999 Hayley Wagner, Star Jenna Jakes TV Movie
American Pie Michelle Flaherty
2000 Boys and Girls Betty
2001 American Pie 2 Michelle Flaherty
Beyond the City Limits Lexi
2003 American Wedding Michelle Flaherty
2004 Americana Andrea TV Movie
2005 In the Game Unknown TV Movie
2006 Date Movie Julia Jones
Year Title Role Notes
1989–1990 Free Spirit Jessie Harper 14 Episodes
1990 Roseanne Jan Episode: "Like, a New Job"
1993 Almost Home Samantha Episode: "The Dance"
Episode: "Hot Ticket"
1994 Touched by an Angel Cassie Peters Episode: "Cassie's Choice"
1996 Picket Fences Peggy Patterson Episode: "To Forgive Is Devine"
1999–2000 100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd Gigi Episode: "All Howls Eve"
Episode: "The Return of Gigi"
2000 The Wild Thornberrys Gerda Episode: "Every Little Bit Alps"
1997–2003 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Willow Rosenberg 144 Episodes
2001–2003 Angel Willow Rosenberg Episode: "Disharmony"
Episode: "There's No Place Like Plrtz Glrb"
Episode: "Orpheus"
2004 That '70s Show Suzy Simpson Episode: "Sally Simpson"
Episode: "Won't Get Fooled Again"
King of the Hill Stacey Gibson Episode: "Talking Shop"
2005 Veronica Mars Trina Echolls Episode: "Ruskie Business"
Episode: "Hot Dogs"
Episode: "My Mother, the Fiend"
2009 The Goode Family Michelle Episode: "Graffiti in Greenville"
2005–Present How I Met Your Mother Lily Aldrin Regular


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Alyson Lee Hannigan (born March 24, 1974) is an American actress best known for playing Willow Rosenberg in the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.


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Alyson Hannigan

Alyson Lee Hannigan is an American actress. She was born March 24, 1974 in Washington DC. She moved to Atlanta when she was 2 years old to live with her mother. She started to act in commercials for McDonalds, Six Flags amusement parks and Oreo cookies when she was small. When she was 11, she went to Los Angeles with her mother to go to school and become famous. She started getting noticed with her roles in Buffy the Vampire Slayer as Willow Rosenberg and in the American Pie movies as Michelle Flaherty. She is currently on the television series How I Met Your Mother

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