Allison Howell Williams (born April 13, 1988) is an American actress, comedian, and singer.
She is best known for her role as Marnie Michaels on the HBO comedy-drama series Girls and her critically acclaimed performance in the 2017 horror film Get Out.
In 2010, Williams performed a mashup of “Nature Boy” set to RJD2’s “A Beautiful Mine”, the theme song for the television series Mad Men. The YouTube video of the performance received widespread praise on the Internet, and convinced Judd Apatow that she should be given a part in the HBO series Girls. She was cast shortly after and credited her experience at Just Add Water for passing the audition. Girls premiered on April 15, 2012. Williams wrote a series of Funny or Die sketches, in which she starred as newlywed Kate Middleton, with English actor and model Oliver Jackson-Cohen as Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. Williams appeared as Danielle in an episode of the third season of The League titled “The Guest Bong.”
Williams has appeared as a recurring character, Cheryl, in the CollegeHumor series Jake and Amir. On December 4, 2014 she starred in the title role on NBC’s live television presentation of the musical Peter Pan Live! Premiering in November 2016, Williams appeared in Past Forward, a short film collaboration between David O. Russell and Prada.
In 2017, Williams starred in the hit horror film Get Out, directed by Jordan Peele, who became convinced she was right for the role of Rose after seeing her performance in Peter Pan Live! In 2018, Williams was cast in the recurring role of Kit Snicket on the second season of the Netflix comedy drama series A Series of Unfortunate Events. Williams began dating Ricky Van Veen, co-founder of CollegeHumor, in 2011. They became engaged in 2014 and married on September 19, 2015 in a private ceremony in Saratoga, Wyoming. Tom Hanks officiated the ceremony. She and her husband live in Chelsea, New York. Williams is an ambassador for Horizons National. She led the 2016 “10 Days of Giving” campaign to raise awareness and funds for the organization’s educational goals and is expected to revisit this role in 2017. Williams recently talked about her political views, advocacy, millennial activism, and women in Hollywood on the Politico podcast Women Rule.