Paget Brewster

Paget Brewster

Brewster performing at the Thrilling Adventure Hour comedy radio show
Born Paget Valerie Brewster
(1969-03-10) March 10, 1969
Concord, Massachusetts, United States
Occupation Actress
Years active 1997–present
Spouse(s) Steve Damstra (m. 2014)

Paget Valerie Brewster (/ˈpɪt brstər/; born March 10, 1969) is an American actress. She was first recognized for her recurring role as Kathy on the fourth season of the NBC sitcom Friends. Her breakthrough role came as Special Agent Emily Prentiss on the CBS crime drama Criminal Minds, on which she appeared regularly from 2006 to 2012 and has since returned to for guest appearances before returning regularly in 2016. Her other roles include Elise and Mr. Mumbles on The Hub's Dan Vs., Frankie Dart on Yahoo's Community, Sadie Doyle on the Thrilling Adventure Hour segment "Beyond Belief" and Sara Kingsley on the Fox sitcom Grandfathered. She has also made numerous guest appearances on Two and a Half Men, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Modern Family. She currently stars as Dodo Bellacourt on the Comedy Central series Another Period.

Early life

Brewster was born on March 10, 1969, in Concord, Massachusetts. Her mother, Hathaway Brewster (née Tew), worked as a government official, and her father, Galen Brewster, worked as a school administrator.[1][2][3][4] She has a younger brother, Ivan.

Brewster grew up in Massachusetts and moved to New York City to attend Parsons School of Design. During her first year, she made her acting debut and eventually dropped out of design school to pursue her acting career. In the mid 1990s, Brewster moved to San Francisco and enrolled in acting classes. As of 2014 she resides in Los Angeles.


Brewster hosted a late-night talk show in the San Francisco Bay Area in the mid 1990s called The Paget Show for 65 episodes.[5] She first came to prominent attention in her recurring role as "Kathy" in the fourth season of NBC's Friends. She appeared in Andy Richter Controls the Universe and Huff. On film she played Ms. Indestructible, the female lead in James Gunn's low-budget superhero comedy The Specials (2000). She played Amy Pierson, a calculus teacher afraid of the water, in the independent film The Big Bad Swim, which premiered at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival.

In 2005, she began voice work as Judy Sebben/Birdgirl, a recurring character on the animated series Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law (and later played a similar guest character on American Dad!).

Brewster had a long run with the show Criminal Minds, playing multilingual Supervisory Special Agent Emily Prentiss until the show's sixth season, when she and A. J. Cook were released from their contracts by CBS in a cost-cutting move. Owing to complaints from fans, both she and Cook were rehired and kept for the following season. In February 2012, Brewster announced via Deadline that she was leaving Criminal Minds at the end of the season to pursue a possible career in comedy television.[6] Brewster reprised her role as Emily Prentiss in season nine for the 200th episode as a special guest star.[7]

Brewster subsequently portrayed bureau chief ADA Paula Foster in the Public Integrity Unit of the District Attorney's office on NBC's long-running police drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Her character handled the case against SVU commanding officer Captain Donald Cragen (Dann Florek), suspected of murder after awakening next to a dead woman in the 13th season finale.[8][9][10]

Brewster is a regular on The Thrilling Adventure Hour, a staged production in the style of old-time radio that is recorded monthly at Largo in Los Angeles. She plays the recurring character of Sadie Doyle, the alcoholic socialite who can communicate with the supernatural alongside her husband, Frank (Paul F. Tompkins), in the "Beyond Belief" segments. In early April 2013, Brewster appeared in Modern Family as Trish in episode 20, "Flip Flop," playing an art expert who is dating Gloria's ex-husband, Javier. In August 2013, Brewster appeared in episode 106 of the Drunk History television series on Comedy Central. In January 2015 Brewster appeared on Community. In February 2014 it was announced that she had been cast in a new ABC comedy called St. Francis. In August 2016, it was announced that she would be reprising her role as Emily Prentiss on Criminal Minds and would once again be a series regular.

Personal life

On the March 30, 2006, episode of Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Brewster revealed that she had recently received a handwritten note indicating Hugh Hefner would like her to pose for Playboy. She seriously considered the offer, but even though she said that she admired Playboy more than magazines such as Maxim and FHM and her parents gave her their blessing, she eventually turned it down for career reasons.[11] She has volunteered as an actress with the Los Angeles Young Storytellers Program.[12]

On March 17, 2013, Brewster became engaged to Steve Damstra. She made the announcement via Twitter by posting a photograph of the jade engagement ring on her finger.[13][14] Damstra is in the band Folded Light and Whirlwind Heat and is a friend of Brewster's Criminal Minds co-star Matthew Gray Gubler. Brewster and Damstra were married on November 28, 2014, in Los Angeles, California, in a ceremony officiated by Gubler.



Year Title Role Notes
1998 Let's Talk About Sex Michelle
1999 Desperate But Not Serious Frances
2000 Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, TheThe Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle Jenny Spy
The Specials Emily Tilderbrook/Ms. Indestructible
2001 Agent 15 Agent 15 Short film
Hollywood Palms Phoebe
Skippy Julie Fontaine
2002 Now You Know Lea
2003 Brainwarp Lipstikk Short film
2004 Eulogy Aunt Lily
2005 Man of the House Binky Beauregard
My Big Fat Independent Movie Julianne
2006 Cyxork 7 Bethany Feral
The Big Bad Swim Amy Pierson
Kidney Thieves Melinda Short film
Unaccompanied Minors Valerie Davenport
2007 Sublime Andrea Direct-to-video
2012 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Lana Lang (voice)
2014 Gumshoe Stiletto (voice) Short film
2015 Justice League: Gods and Monsters Lois Lane (voice)
Uncle Nick Sophie
Welcome to Happiness Priscilla


Year Title Role Notes
1997–1998 Friends Kathy 6 episodes
1998 Ghost Cop Anette Episode: "Pilot"
Godzilla: The Series Audrey Timmonds (voice) 11 episodes
Max Q Rena Winter Television film
1999 The Expert Dr. Jo Hardy Episode: "Pilot"
1999–2000 Love & Money Allison Conkli 13 episodes
2000 Star Patrol Rachel Striker Pilot
One True Love Tina Television film
2000–2001 The Trouble With Normal Claire Garletti 13 episodes
2001 DAG Patti Donovan Episode: "Prom"
Raising Dad Gracie Episode: "Sex Ed"
2002 George Lopez Ginger Episode: "The Wedding Dance"
2002–2003 Andy Richter Controls the Universe Jessica Green 19 episodes
2003 The Snobs Pilot
Time Belt Col. Jocelyn Anchor Episode: "Oh. Shit. Zombies."
2004 Rock Me, Baby Debbie Episode: "Look Who's Talking"
2004–2006 Huff Beth Huffstodt 25 episodes
2005 Two and a Half Men Jamie Eckleberry Episode: "A Lung Full of Alan"
Duck Dodgers Rona Vipra (voice) 2 episodes
Amber Frey: Witness for the Prosecution Carol Carter Television film
2005–2007 Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law Birdgirl (voice) 9 episodes
2005–13 American Dad! Various voices 15 episodes
2005–2006 Stacked Charlotte 3 episodes
2006 Drawn Together Child Services (voice) Episode: "Captain Girl"
A Perfect Day Allyson Harlan Television film
  • 2006–12;
  • 2014;
Criminal Minds Emily Prentiss series regular
  • 2007;
  • 2012
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Sheila Tierney / ADA Paula Foster 3 episodes
2008 Lost Behind Bars Lauren Wilde Television film
2009 King of the Hill Myrna (voice) Episode: "Lucky See, Monkey Do"
2011–13 Dan Vs. Elise / Various voices 53 episodes
2011 My Life As an Experiment Stacie Wilder Pilot
2013 Modern Family Trish Episode: "Flip Flop"
Spy Erica Pilot
The Birthday Boys Keri Episode: "Going All the Way"
2013–15 The Venture Bros. Amber Gold / Various voices 3 episodes
2013–2016 Drunk History Herself / Emma Folsom 5 episodes
2014–15 Community Debra Chambers / Francesca "Frankie" Dart 14 episodes
2014 The Boondocks Various voices Episode: "The New Black"
Saint Francis Stephanie Quinlan Pilot
Key and Peele Det. Sally Ferguson Episode: "Sex Detective"
2014–2016 Adventure Time Viola (voice) 2 episodes
2015 Down Dog Amanda Asher Pilot
Kroll Show Bobby's Mom Episode: "The In Addition Tos"
Moonbeam City Charisma Miller, Sophistica Miller (voice) Episode: "Lasers & Liars"
W/ Bob & David Charlene Boyeur Episode: "Episode 1"
Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles Lois Lane (voice) Episode: "Bomb"
2015–present Another Period Dodo Bellacourt 10 episodes
2015–2016 Grandfathered Sara Kingsley Main role
2016 Family Guy Gretchen Mercer (voice) Episode: "Take a Letter"


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  3. "Hathaway Tew, 1966 Debutante, Engaged to Wed; Bradford Student and Galen Brewster to Marry in Summer". The New York Times. April 9, 1967.
  5. Rubin, Sylvia (September 12, 1999). "Fall TV Preview / Paget Brewster Puts Her Money on `Love'". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2014-03-03.
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  7. Eng, Joyce (February 4, 2014). "Paget Brewster on Criminal Minds 200th Episode Return: "It Was Bittersweet"". TV Guide.
  8. O'Connell, Michael (July 18, 2012). "Paget Brewster to Guest on 'Law & Order: SVU' Season 14 Premiere (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 20, 2012.
  9. Daniels, Janice (July 20, 2012). "Paget Brewster to Guest Star on 'Law & Order: SVU' — Her Next Role Possibly?". Hollywood TV Critics. Retrieved July 20, 2012.
  10. Raftery, Liz (July 20, 2012). "Criminal Minds' Paget Brewster Lands Guest Spot on SVU". TV Guide. Retrieved July 18, 2012.
  11. "Paget Brewster Interview – Huff". Archived from the original on 2007-11-01. Retrieved 2013-03-03.
  12. "YSF – Young Storytellers Foundation – Press & Events". May 2012.
  13. "Twitter / pagetpaget: It's jade. And he's the best. ...". Twitter. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  14. Bustos, Kristina (March 17, 2013). "'Criminal Minds' star Paget Brewster reveals engagement". DigitalSpy.
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