Dina Burke, Tony Shawkat
| Alia Shawkat|
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Paul Brian Burke
| Alia Martine Shawkat|
April 18, 1989 (age 26) (1989-04-18) Riverside, California, United States
Arrested Development, The Final Girls, Whip It, The To Do List, The Oranges
Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi, David Cross, Tony Shawkat, Jessica Walter
Paul Burke, Peggy Pryor
Alia Shawkat Wikipedia
Alia Martine Shawkat ( , Arabic: عالیہ شوكت; born April 18, 1989) is an American actress. She starred as Maeby Fünke in the Fox/Netflix television series Arrested Development (2003–2006; 2013–present), and as Gertie Michaels in the 2015 horror-comedy film The Final Girls. She has also guest starred as Frances Cleveland, Virginia Hall, and Alexander Hamilton on Comedy Central's Drunk History. She currently plays Dory Sief in the TBS black comedy series Search Party.
Shawkat was born in Riverside, California, to Dina (née Burke) and actor Tony Shawkat, who owned a strip club in a neighbouring city. She grew up in nearby Palm Springs. She has two brothers. The actor Paul Burke was her maternal grandfather. Shawkat's father is Arab Iraqi, from Baghdad. Her mother is of Norwegian, Irish, and Italian descent. When she is not acting, she likes to paint; she has participated in gallery shows in Los Angeles, Mexico City and Paris. She also likes to make music and sing in jazz bars. She is bisexual.
As Maeby Fünke, Shawkat was a regular cast member of Arrested Development for the entire run of the show from 2003 to 2013. The series received nearly universally positive reviews, with Shawkat's performance occasionally singled out for praise. Pop-culture commentator Brian M. Palmer remarked that she was "one of the brightest lights on a show populated solely by bright lights," and Scott Weinberg of eFilmCritic described her as "one funny young lady." In an interview with The A.V. Club in 2010, Shawkat remarked that many of her "formative moments" as an actress took place on the Arrested Development set: " [Show creator] Mitch Hurwitz was like a father figure to me. In a way, it was great to be around [the cast], because I feel that my understanding of comedy was able to grow really well during that time."
In 2009, Shawkat appeared in Whip It co-star Har Mar Superstar's music video for "Tall Boy", which also featured Eva Mendes and Eric Wareheim. In October 2009, it was announced that Shawkat, Har Mar, and fellow Whip It co-star Page would produce and write a show for HBO called Stitch N' Bitch. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show "follows two painfully cool hipster girls as they relocate from Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood to Los Angeles' Silver Lake enclave in hopes of becoming artists—of any kind."
Shawkat, along with Arrested Development co-star and close friend Mae Whitman, sang guest vocals on a number of tracks from indie-punk band Fake Problems' 2010 album Real Ghosts Caught on Tape.
Six years after the series was canceled by Fox, filming for a revived fourth season of Arrested Development began on August 7, 2012 and Shawkat reprised her role as Maeby Fünke. The season consists of 15 new episodes which debuted at the same time on Netflix on May 26, 2013. Each episode focuses on one particular character, with Shawkat's Maeby, now a high school senior, featured in episode 12, "Señoritis" and appearing in several other episodes of the season.
In 2015, Shawkat guest-starred on Broad City, portraying the romantic interest and look-alike of Ilana Glazer's character. Leading up to the episode, many had remarked on the physical similarities Shawkat and Glazer bear to one another.
Shawkat currently stars on the TBS comedy Search Party, which premiered on November 21, 2016.