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Ellie Kemper Biography

Birth Name:
Elizabeth Claire Kemper
Birth Place:
Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Profession
Actor

Fast Facts

  • One of her high-school drama teachers was Mad Men star Jon Hamm, an alumnus of her school
  • Was a débutante in her native Missouri, holding the Veiled Prophet title of Queen of Love and Beauty in 1999
  • Played field hockey in her freshman year at Princeton before giving up the sport to concentrate on performing
  • Participated in the comedy troupes Quipfire! and the Princeton Triangle Club while in college
  • Is a member of the Upright Citzens Brigade, where she starred in a one-woman show, Feeling Sad/Mad
  • Has written for such publications as McSweeney, the Onion and the Huffington Post

Awards

  • 2017Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2016Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2016Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2015Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2012Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2011Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2011Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2010Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2009Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: nominated

Relationships

  • Billy Kemper -- Brother
  • John Kemper -- Brother
  • David Kemper -- Father
  • Mildred Lane Kemper -- Grandmother
  • Dotty Kemper -- Mother
  • Carrie Kemper -- Sister
  • James Miller Koman -- Son