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Ellie Kemper        

Actress, Comedian, & Writer Best Known for Her Roles in "The Office" & "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"

Ellie Kemper is an American actress and comedian. She played the receptionist Erin Hannon in the NBC comedy series "The Office", and later the starring role of Kimmy Schmidt on the Netflix comedy series "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt", for which she has received two nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Kemper also appeared in the films Bridesmaids and 21 Jump Street. In 2018 she published her first book, "My Squirrel Days".

Kemper graduated from Princeton University in 2002 with an A.B. in English. At Princeton, Kemper was a member of the school's improv comedy troupe, Quipfire. She attended Worcester College, Oxford for a year, where she studied towards a graduate degree in English.

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Tina Fey, Ellie Kemper comedy "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt ...

The streaming service has ordered two seasons of the show, which stars Ellie Kemper ("The Office," "Bridesmaids") as Schmidt, who moves to New York City ...

'Kimmy Schmidt's Ellie Kemper On Her Cult Heroine: “I Wasn't Sure Fey And Carlock Were Serious”

Ellie Kemper is as charming as one of the heroines in a Woody Allen film–fast-talking, genuinely affable, quick on her feet with a deftness for physical comedy—not unlike the cutups that Mia Farrow portrayed in Radio Days and Broadway Danny Rose.

'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' star Ellie Kemper on Jon Hamm, that big smile & more

Even with 30 Rock partners Tina Fey and Robert Carlock as creators, it's hard to imagine Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt being the least bit funny without Ellie Kemper in the title role. The show's backstory — Kimmy was abducted in middle school and held prisoner for years by a doomsday cult leader (Jon Hamm) before escaping and moving to New York to get a clean break from the trauma — is so dark, and so at odds with Fey and Carlock's silly brand of humor, that it wouldn't work at all if not for Kemper's enormous reserves of warmth and joy. When Kimmy flashes that cartoonish, kilometer-wide smile, you understand how she got through her ordeal, and you have permission to move on from thinking about everything that happened down in the bunker.

Ellie Kemper Welcomes First Child – Moms & Babies – Celebrity ...

The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star, 36, and her husband Michael Koman have welcomed their first child, PEOPLE confirms. On Monday, Kemper's costar ...

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