Actress, Writer, Producer and Director
Pamela Adlon is an Emmy®-winning, critically-acclaimed actress, writer, producer, and director with one of the most distinct and celebrated voices across today’s television landscape.
Adlon is the co-creator, writer, producer, director and star of the award-winning FX comedy series Better Things. The semi-autobiographical series won a 2016 Peabody Award and was recently named one of the “Best Television Shows of 2017” by The New York Times, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Slate, Vox, Indie Wire, NPR as well as “TV Show of the Year” by TIME. For her role, Adlon received a 2017 Emmy® Award nomination for “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series” and a 2018 Golden Globes nomination for “Best Actress in a Television Series Musical or Comedy” as audiences celebrated her raw, insightful voice and unapologetic, elevated commentary on motherhood, feminism and the complexity of modern life.
Previously, Adlon served as an actor, writer and producer on FX’s Peabody Award-winning hit show Louie, which aired for five seasons. For her work on the show, Adlon earned a 2015 Emmy® Award nomination for “Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series” as well as a 2013 Emmy® Award nomination for “Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series” and two Writers Guild Awards for “Comedy Series.”
For seven consecutive seasons, Adlon played the unpredictable “Marcy” on Showtime’s Californication. Additionally, Adlon voiced the character of “Bobby Hill” on Mike Judge’s animated series King of the Hill, a role for which she won the 2002 Emmy® for “Outstanding Voice-Over Performance.” Other prominent TV credits include memorable roles on The Big Bang Theory, Parenthood, Monk and Boston Legal. Her animation credits are long and storied including beloved titles such as Bob’s Burgers, Beavis and Butthead, Rugrats, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, DC’s Teen Titans and Lego Star Wars.
On the big screen, Adlon starred as “Sharon” in First Girl I Loved, which debuted at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and received the NEXT Audience Award. She was also seen opposite Hailee Steinfeld in Paramount’s Transformers spinoff, Bumblebee, and in the independent drama, All Square, alongside Michael Kelly. Next, she will star alongside Pete Davidson in the upcoming Judd Apatow, Pete Davidson comedy.
Adlon began her career at just 12-years-old, consistently building on her body of work ever since. Her first roles in now classic films and television series include ER, 21 Jump Street, Grease 2, Star Trek the Next Generation.