Pamela Adlon has been acting since she was 12 years old. She can currently be seen as co-creator (with Louis C.K.), writer, producer, director, and star of the semi-autobiographical, critically acclaimed FX comedy series Better Things. In it, Adlon plays “Sam,” a working actor with no filter trying to earn a living, navigate her daughters’ lives, have fun with friends, and—just maybe—squeeze in some private time once in a while. Adlon has received praise and accolades for her work on the show, including a 2017 Emmy® Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Deadline called her performance “the lead role the Emmy winner has long deserved” (Deadline.com, 9/16) and The Wrap declared the show “one of the best new series to hit the airwaves this fall season” (TheWrap.com, 9/16).
Previously, Adlon could be seen as an actor, writer, and producer on FX’s Peabody Award winning hit show Louie, which aired for five seasons. For her work on the show, she earned a 2015 Emmy Award nomination for “Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series” as well as a 2013 Emmy Award nomination (alongside C.K.) for “Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series.” Adlon also shares with C.K. two Writers Guild Awards for “Comedy Series” for Louie.
In the film world, Adlon most recently starred as “Sharon” in First Girl I Loved, which debuted at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and received the NEXT Audience Award. Her additional film credits include Say Anything, Bed of Roses, The Adventures of Ford Fairlane, Sgt. Bilko, Plump Fiction, Some Girl, and Grease 2. She also voices the role of “Vidia” in Disney’s Tinker Bell film franchise.
Adlon is perhaps best known for her role as the unpredictable “Marcy” on Showtime’s Californication. She also voiced the character of “Bobby Hill” on Mike Judge’s animated series King of the Hill, a role for which she won the 2002 Emmy Award for “Outstanding Voice-Over Performance.”
Previously, Adlon starred opposite C.K. on HBO’s Lucky Louie. Her additional television and animation credits are long and storied.
She currently lives in Los Angeles with her three daughters.