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Erika Lindhome

(1979-03-05) March 5, 1979 (age 40)
Alma mater Syracuse University
OccupationActress, musician, comedian
Years active2001–present

Erika Lindhome [1] (born March 5, 1979) is an American actress, comedian, and musician. She is best known for roles in television shows including Garfunkel and Oates , Gilmore Girls , House , The Big Bang Theory , and United States of Tara , and for the comedy music duo Garfunkel and Oates, which she formed with Kate Micucci. She also hosts the Nerdist podcast Making It. [2] She starred alongside Natasha Leggero in the Comedy Central series Another Period .

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Early life

Lindhome was born on March 5, 1979 in Coudersport, Pennsylvania, [3] and grew up in Portville, New York. [4] She is primarily of Swedish ancestry. [5] She studied at Syracuse University and was part of the sketch comedy group known as Syracuse Live. After graduating in 2000, she embarked on an acting career.

Coudersport, Pennsylvania Borough in Pennsylvania, United States

Coudersport is a borough in and the county seat of Potter County, Pennsylvania, United States, located approximately 110 miles (180 km) east by south of Erie on the Allegheny River. The population was 2,546 at the 2010 census.

Portville, New York Town in New York, United States

Portville is a town in Cattaraugus County, New York, United States. The population was 3,730 at the 2010 census. The name is derived from the town's early role in shipping lumber and other items down the Allegheny River.

Swedes nation and ethnic group native to Sweden

Swedes are a North Germanic ethnic group native to Sweden. They mostly inhabit Sweden and the other Nordic countries, in particular Finland, with a substantial diaspora in other countries, especially the United States.


Lindhome performing as Garfunkel and Oates with Kate Micucci in 2009 Garfunkel-Oates.jpg
Lindhome performing as Garfunkel and Oates with Kate Micucci in 2009
Lindhome in February 2010 Riki Lindhome.jpg
Lindhome in February 2010

After graduating from university, despite not having an agent, Lindhome was able to land a small role on the sitcom Titus and a minor role in the season seven episode "Him" of the popular television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer . In 2003, Lindhome got her first big break, earning a spot in Tim Robbins' Actor's Gang theater group and appearing in the play Embedded . She was one of four actors from the play to then be cast in the Academy Award-winning film Million Dollar Baby , where she played Mardell Fitzgerald, the sister of the main character.

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In 2005, Lindhome had a recurring role on Gilmore Girls as Juliet, a friend and classmate of Logan Huntzberger and then Rory. In 2006, she wrote, produced, and co-directed the award-winning short film Life is Short, starring herself, Alexis Bledel, Samm Levine, and Seth MacFarlane. She also appeared in the 2006 film Pulse and in 2007 was one of many public figures to appear in the music video for Nickelback's "Rockstar".

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Alexis Bledel American actress and model

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In 2008, Lindhome had a minor role in the film Changeling , playing an examination nurse. She continued to guest star on several popular television series including The Big Bang Theory , Criminal Minds , and Pushing Daisies . In 2009, she starred in the feature film remake of the Wes Craven classic The Last House on the Left . [6]

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During the 2007 writer's strike, Lindhome pursued more writing and directing opportunities. [7] She performs as "Garfunkel" in the comedy-folk duo Garfunkel and Oates, [8] with her friend and fellow songwriter Kate Micucci. [8]

Kate Micucci American actress and musician

Kate Micucci is an American actress, voice actress, comedian, singer, songwriter, and artist, who is half of the musical comedy duo Garfunkel and Oates. Some of her well-known roles include Stephanie Gooch in Scrubs, Shelley in Raising Hope, Lucy in The Big Bang Theory, Sadie in Steven Universe, Sara Murphy in Milo Murphy's Law, Daisy in Nature Cat, Clayface in The Lego Batman Movie, Velma Dinkley in Scooby-Doo, Webby Vanderquack in DuckTales, and Dr. Fox in Unikitty!.

In 2011, she co-wrote a video with Glee cast member Heather Morris for Funny or Die called Nuthin' But a Glee Thang, a parody of the Dr. Dre song "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang". [9] She also hosts a Nerdist Industries podcast called "Making It". [2]

In 2012, Lindhome turned her hand to Shakespeare, appearing as a villain in Joss Whedon's adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing . In 2015, Lindhome and Natasha Leggero created the Comedy Central series Another Period , which they also starred in together. She also played the girlfriend of Fozzie Bear on the series The Muppets .[ citation needed ]

In 2017, Lindhome had a supporting role in The Lego Batman Movie , voicing supervillain Poison Ivy and The Wicked Witch of the West, though she did not receive billing for the latter role. [10]



2001Backseat DetourCatieShort film
2004 Seeing Other People Girl Kissing EdUncredited
2004 Million Dollar Baby Mardell Fitzgerald
2005All InMarsha
2005EmbeddedGondola / JournalistVideo
2005 Berkeley Fighting Girl
2006 Pulse Janelle
2006Life is ShortLillyShort film
2008Wednesday AgainCarli
2008 Changeling Examination Nurse
2008 My Best Friend's Girl Hilary
2009 The Last House on the Left Sadie
2009 Powder Blue Nicole
2009Say Hello to Stan TalmadgePolly Talmadge
2009 Imaginary Larry BetsyShort film
2011A Good FuneralPolly
2012 Much Ado About Nothing Conrade
2012 Fun Size Denise
2013 Hell Baby Marjorie
2014 Search Party Singer at Weddings
2015 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Popsicle (voice)Cameo
2016 Nerdland Linda (voice)
2017 The Lego Batman Movie Poison Ivy (voice)
Wicked Witch of the West (voice)Uncredited
2018 Under the Silver Lake The Actress
2019 Knives Out Post-production


2002 Titus CharlieEpisode "Errrr"
2002 Buffy the Vampire Slayer CherylEpisode: "Him"
2002–2006 Gilmore Girls Girl #2 / Juliet5 episodes
2006 Heroes Car Rental GirlEpisode: "Chapter Three: 'One Giant Leap'"
2007 The Minister of Divine SallyEpisode: "Pilot"
2007 Raines TammyEpisode: "Reconstructing Alice"
2008 Pushing Daisies JeanineEpisode: "Dummy"
2008, 2017 The Big Bang Theory Ramona Nowitzki3 episodes
2008 Criminal Minds Vanessa HoldenEpisode: "52 Pickup"
2009 Bones Mandy SummersEpisode: "The Bond in the Boot"
2009 Three Rivers BethEpisode: "The Kindness of Strangers"
2009 Nip/Tuck McKenzieEpisode: "Willow Banks"
2010 House SarahEpisode: "Lockdown"
2010 Drop Dead Diva Marjorie LittleEpisode: "Begin Again"
2011 $h*! My Dad Says Laura GriffinEpisode: "Who's Your Daddy?"
2011 United States of Tara DaisyEpisode: "Dr. Hatteras' Miracle Elixir"
2011 Traffic Light AmyEpisode: "Credit Balance"
2011 Happy Endings AngieEpisode: "The Code War"
2011 Enlightened Harper5 episodes
2012 Garfunkel and Oates RikiEpisode: "Pilot"
2012SketchyFemale AnnouncerEpisode: "Junk Pump"
2012StagedRydaEpisode: "Flo Rida"
2013 King of the Nerds HerselfEpisode: "Nerdy Dancing"
2013House of Lies: Flight ClubMelanieEpisode: "Rom Com"
2013, 2015 Adventure Time Island Lady / Ice Cream (voices)2 episodes
2013 New Girl KylieEpisode: "The Captain"
2013–2014 Super Fun Night Hayley3 episodes
2013–2014 Monsters vs. Aliens Susan Murphy / GinormicaVoice
2014 Garfunkel and Oates Garfunkel8 episodes; also creator, executive producer, writer
2014–2017 @midnight Herself5 episodes
2015 The Muppets Becky3 episodes
2015 Fresh Off the Boat ArielleEpisode: "Family Business Trip"
2015 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Agneta CarlssonEpisode: "The Swedes"
2015–2018 Another Period Beatrice Bellacourt32 episodes; also creator, executive producer, writer
2016 House of Lies JoyEpisode: "One-Eighty"
2016 Ask the StoryBots The MoleculesEpisode: "Why Is the Sky Blue?"
2017 Difficult People HostessEpisode: "The Silkwood"
2018 Modern Family PoetEpisode: "In Your Head"
2018 Take My Wife ClerkEpisode #2.8
2018 Big Hero 6: The Series Wendy Wower (voice)Episode: "Small Hiro One"
2018 Kidding ShainaEpisode: "Every Pain Needs a Name"
2019 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Hungry catEpisode: "I Need Some Balance"


2007–2009 Girltrash! LouAnne "Trouble" Dubois8 episodes
2010Tea Party MacabreHerself5 episodes
2013Jon Davis Gets a Sex RobotLayla Davis4 episodes
2016 Con Man Janet Carney2 episodes


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