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ALIA SHAWKAT (Fiona): Success arrived early for Alia Shawkat and she continues to establish herself as a highly sought-after young actress in both film and television. She recently wrapped production on the independent drama Night Moves. In the last year, Shawkat has been busy filming Brass Teapot opposite Juno Temple and Michael Angarano, and The Moment with Jennifer Jason Leigh and Martin Henderson. She recently reunited with director Cherien Dabis on the independent drama May in Summer, which premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival. Shawkat also reprised her role in the highly anticipated new season of the Emmy award-winning comedy "Arrested Development" which premiered in May on Netflix.

In October 2012, Shawkat hit the big screen with two starring roles: the independent drama The Oranges and independent comedy That's What She Said. She was also seen in Ruby Sparks.

Shawkat's other film credits include Cedar Rapids, Whip It, Amreeka, Bart Got a Room, The Runaways, and her first film role playing a young Iraqi child in Three Kings opposite George Clooney.

In addition to a bustling film career, Shawkat has appeared in many projects on the small screen as well. Her career began at the young age of eleven when she landed a leading role on the ABC Family series "State of Grace." However, she is best known for her role as Maeby Funke on Fox's Emmy award-winning "Arrested Development." She recently had a recurring role on USA Network's "Starter Wife" with Debra Messing. Her additional television credits also include a starring role in the Lifetime original movie "Not Like Everyone Else" and guest starring roles on "Veronica Mars," "JAG," "Without a Trace," "Boomtown" and "Presidio Med."

Shawkat was born in Palm Springs, California and currently lives in Los Angeles. Off screen, she is an emerging artist and painter ( in talks to show her work in NY and LA galleries. She is also an aspiring animator for television and comic books. Additionally, she made her singing debut singing jazz standards at Littlefield in New York.


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