Alyson Hannigan (born March 24, 1974) is an
American actress best known for playing Willow Rosenberg
in the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She has also
appeared in films including, as the talented flautist
Michelle Flaherty, American Pie (1999), American Pie 2
(2001), and American Wedding (2003).
Born Allison Lee Hannigan in Washington, D.C. to an
Irish-American father and a Jewish-American mother, her
first film role was in My Stepmother Is an Alien (1988).
Before that she had done a little television work,
mostly commercials, and she went on to do a good deal
more including Almost Home, Picket Fences, Roseanne and
Touched by an Angel before being chosen for Buffy in
1997. By the final season she was earning $250,000 an
It was announced in October 2003 that she had signed a deal with NBC to appear in a comedy, expected to debut in fall 2004. Reports indicated that it was likely to be titled Americana, but the pilot was not part of NBC's 2004 fall lineup.
In early 2004, Alyson Hannigan made her West End debut starring in a stage adaptation of When Harry Met Sally... at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, opposite Luke Perry.
Alyson Hannigan owns a home in Sacramento, California and married actor Alexis Denisof (who played Wesley Wyndam-Pryce in the Buffy franchise) on October 11, 2003. Previous relationships include actor Steven Sutphen and Marilyn Manson drummer Ginger Fish.
In 2005, Alyson Hannigan is one of several Buffy cast returning to television, others being David Boreanaz, Nicholas Brendon, Charisma Carpenter and James Marsters. She is a series regular on How I Met Your Mother, and also has a recurring guest role on Veronica Mars.
Alyson Hannigan's somewhat unstereotypical beauty and distinctive acting style have led her, for the most part, to choose somewhat quirky characters. Her best known roles in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the American Pie series are clear examples of this.
- Date Movie (2006) - Julia
- American Wedding (2003) - Michelle Flaherty
- Beyond the City Limits (2001) - Lexi
- American Pie 2 (2001) - Michelle Flaherty
- Boys and Girls (2000) - Betty
- American Pie (1999) - Michelle Flaherty
- Hayley Wagner, Star (1999) (TV) - Jenna Jakes
- Dead Man on Campus (1998) - Lucy
- For My Daughter's Honor (1996) (TV) - Kelly
- A Case for Life (1996) (TV) - Iris
- The Stranger beside Me (1995) (TV) - Dana
- Switched at Birth (1991) (TV) - Gina Twigg
- My Stepmother Is an Alien (1988) - Jessie Mills
- Impure Thoughts (1985) - Patty Stubbs
- How I Met Your Mother (2005) - Lily
- Veronica Mars (2005) - Trina Echolls
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003) - Willow Rosenberg
- Touched by an Angel (1994) - Cassie (guest appearance)
- Free Spirit (1989-1990) - Jessie Harper
- One of Alyson Hannigan's costars on My Stepmother Is an Alien was Seth Green, who would later join her in the regular cast of Buffy as her on-screen boyfriend.
- Hannigan is a natural brunette.
- Alyson Hannigan's been long rumored to have created
a s-- tape, but the girl in said tape is not
her. The "look-a-like" in the movie is Luna
Lane, who doesn't have any of Hannigan's
tattoos and has different facial features.