Allison Janney



Place of birth:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA:


Allison Brooks Janney (born November 19, 1959) is an American actress born in Boston, Massachusetts who studied at Kenyon College where she studied under Paul Newman. Janney pursued acting partially due to Newman's encouragement, going on to study drama at the Neighborhood Playhouse and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Janney rose to prominence for her role as White House Press Secretary (and later Chief of Staff) C.J. Cregg on the television series The West Wing. Janney's portrayal of Cregg earned her multiple awards, including four Primetime Emmy Awards and seven Screen Actors Guild Awards, among many others. Prior to West Wing-fame, Janney performed in numerous American films and soap operas, including American Beauty, As the World Turns, and 10 Things I Hate About You.  Following her considerable television success, Janney has gone on to star in numerous critically acclaimed films and television programs. She remains active in theatre and often works with fellow West Wing alums. Janney currently lends her voice and talent to television and radio through notable guest spots and commercial advertising.

Film Credits

The Addams Family 2 (2021)
as Margaux Needler (voice)
Breaking News in Yuba County (2021)
as Sue Bottoms
A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote (2020)
as C.J. Cregg
Lazy Susan (2020)
as Velvet
Bombshell (2019)
as Susan Estrich
Expedition Amelia (2019)
as Narrator (voice)
The Addams Family (2019)
as Margaux Needler (voice)
Bad Education (2019)
as Pam Gluckin
Ma (2019)
as Doctor Brooks
Troop Zero (2019)
as Miss Massey
Beyond Boundaries: The Harvey Weinstein Scandal (2018)
as Herself (archive footage)
I, Tonya (2017)
as LaVona Golden
Sun Dogs (2017)
as Rose Chipley
A Happening of Monumental Proportions (2017)
as Principal Nichols
The Girl on the Train (2016)
as Detective Sgt. Riley
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)
as Dr. Golan
Finding Dory (2016)
as Peach (voice)
Tallulah (2016)
as Margo
A Book of Common Prayer (2015)
as Grace Strasser-Mendana
Binky Nelson Unpacified (2015)
as Madge Nelson (voice)
The Night Is Young (2015)
as Wanda
Minions (2015)
as Madge Nelson (voice)
Spy (2015)
as Elaine Crocker
The DUFF (2015)
as Dottie Piper
Days and Nights (2014)
as Elizabeth
Get on Up (2014)
as Kathy
Tammy (2014)
as Deb
The Rewrite (2014)
as Mary Weldon
Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)
as Ms. Grunion (voice)
Brightest Star (2014)
as The Astronomer
Touchy Feely (2013)
as Bronwyn
Bad Words (2013)
as Dr. Bernice Deagan
Letters to Jackie: Remembering President Kennedy (2013)
as Narrator (voice)
The Way Way Back (2013)
as Betty Thompson
Trust Me (2013)
as Meg
Celia (2012)
as Celia
Liberal Arts (2012)
as Professor Judith Fairfield
Struck by Lightning (2012)
as Sheryl Phillips
A Thousand Words (2012)
as Samantha Davis
Margaret (2011)
as Monica Patterson
The Oranges (2011)
as Carol Ostroff
The Help (2011)
as Charlotte Phelan
Backwash (2010)
as Self
Love and Distrust (2010)
as Grechen (Segment 5: Auto Motives)
Life During Wartime (2009)
as Trish
Away We Go (2009)
as Lily
Pretty Ugly People (2008)
as Suzanna
Juno (2007)
as Bren MacGuff
Hairspray (2007)
as Prudy Pringleton
Strangers with Candy (2006)
as Alice
Over the Hedge (2006)
as Gladys (voice)
The Chumscrubber (2005)
as Allie Stiffle
Our Very Own (2005)
as Joan Whitfield
Piccadilly Jim (2004)
as Eugenia Crocker
Winter Solstice (2004)
as Molly Ripkin
Chicken Party (2003)
as Barbara Strasser
How to Deal (2003)
as Lydia Martin
Finding Nemo (2003)
as Peach (voice)
The Hours (2002)
as Sally Lester
Rooftop Kisses (2002)
as Melissa
A Girl Thing (2001)
as Kathy McCormack
Nurse Betty (2000)
as Lyla Branch
American Beauty (1999)
as Barbara Fitts
Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)
as Loretta
10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
as Ms. Perky
David and Lisa (1998)
as Alix
Celebrity (1998)
as Evelyn Isaacs
Six Days Seven Nights (1998)
as Marjorie
The Impostors (1998)
The Object of My Affection (1998)
as Constance Miller
Primary Colors (1998)
as Miss Walsh
Julian Po (1997)
as Lilah Leech
Path to Paradise: The Untold Story of the World Trade Center Bombing (1997)
as Assistant D.A.
Private Parts (1997)
as Dee Dee
...First Do No Harm (1997)
as Dr. Melanie Abbasac
The Ice Storm (1997)
as Dot Halford
Anita Liberty (1997)
as Gynecologist
The Associate (1996)
as Sandy
Big Night (1996)
as Ann
Walking and Talking (1996)
as Gum Puller
Rescuing Desire (1996)
as Betsy
Faithful (1996)
as Saleslady
Heading Home (1995)
as Mary Polanski
Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
as Woman in Christmas Shop
Wolf (1994)
as Party Guest
The Cowboy Way (1994)
as NYPD Computer Operator
Dead Funny (1994)
as Jennifer
Blind Spot (1993)
as Doreen
Who Shot Patakango? (1989)
as Miss Penny
The Heart ()
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