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Alia Shawkat

Alia Shawkat was born in Riverside, California, to Dina Burke and actor Tony Shawkat. Her maternal grandfather, Paul Burke, was also an actor. Her father is of Kurdish descent and her mother has Irish, Italian, and Norwegian ancestry. Success arrived early for Alia. Her career began at the young age of 11 when she landed a role on the ABC Family series State of Grace (2001). She later starred as "Maeby Funke" on Fox's Emmy-award winning Arrested Development (2003) where she portrayed a rebellious and mischievous member of a dysfunctional Orange County family trying to adjust to their loss of wealth.Alia was introduced to show business by appearing in a Calvin Klein catalog, which immediately attracted the attention of commercial and theatrical agents in Hollywood. She soon landed a role opposite George Clooney in Three Kings (1999). This was followed by a supporting lead in the Ron Perlman' movie The Trial of Old Drum (2000).But it was State of Grace (2001) that catapulted her into the forefront of young actresses. She has also had guest-starring roles on JAG (1995), Without a Trace (2002), Boomtown (2002) and Presidio Med (2002) and she recently starred opposite Martin Lawrence in Rebound (2005).At 16 years old, when she was not filming, Alia attended a private school near her home in Rancho Mirage where she was able to continue her studies in English, Physics, Math, Geography and Drama. Her ambition is eventually to attend Yale University studying International Relations.In her free time, Alia enjoys horseback riding, ice-skating and dancing. She is an accomplished pianist and speaks several languages. She splits her time between her home and Rancho Mirage and Los Angeles where she resides with her parents and her two brothers.


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Born:
Apr 18, 1989 In Riverside, California, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
11
First Appeared:
In the series Inside the Actors Studio 1994-06-12
Latest Project:
Series Broad City 2014-01-22

2 wins & 4 nominations.

Known For
Poster of Arrested Development
Filmography
Broad City Unknown 2014-01-22
Drunk History Unknown 2013-07-09
NTSF:SD:SUV Unknown 2011-07-21
Adventure Time Unknown 2010-04-05
The League Unknown 2009-10-29
Robot Chicken Unknown 2005-02-20
Veronica Mars Unknown 2004-09-22
Arrested Development Maeby F√ľnke / ... 84 episodes, 2003-2019 2003-11-02
Without a Trace Unknown 2002-09-26
JAG Unknown 1995-09-23
Inside the Actors Studio Unknown 1994-06-12