Elizabeth Claire Kemper is an actress, comedian and writer professionally known as Ellie Kemper. She is best known for playing Erin Hannon in the sitcom “The Office,” which aired from March 24, 2005 to May 16, 2013 on NBC.
Kemper is a practicing Roman Catholic. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, United States to David Woods Kemper and Dorothy Ann Jannarone Kemper, Ellie is one of the great-great-grandchildren of insurance man, railroad magnate and banker William Thornton Kemper Sr.
Ellie is married to comedian, writer and producer Michael Koman. Here are 13 more things about her:
- In 1985, she and her family moved to St. Louis, Missouri. She attended Conway Elementary School and John Burroughs School, which are both in Ladue, St. Louis. She was “Mad Men” alum Jon Hamm‘s student.
- In 1999, she was crowned the Queen of Love and Beauty in the Veiled Prophet Ball. Founded by prominent St. Louisans in 1878, the Veiled Prophet Organization holds the debutante ball every December in St. Louis.
- In 2002, she graduated from Princeton University in Princeton, Mercer County, New Jersey with a bachelor’s degree in English. Upon her graduation, she attended Worcester College in the University of Oxford in Oxford, England for a year to pursue a master’s degree in English literature.
- In 2006, she played Cindy in the television series “Sexual Intercourse: American Style.”
- In August 2007, she starred in a two-minute Derrick Comedy video titled “Blowjob Girl,” which was circulated on CollegeHumor.
- In August 2008, she auditioned for a spot on the NBC sketch comedy show “Saturday Night Live.” She was not cast.
- She played Ms. Griggs in “21 Jump Street,” which hit theaters in the U.S. on March 16, 2012. On July 7, 2012, she and Koman got married.
- In 2014, she starred in the feature films “Laggies,” “Sex Tape” and “They Came Together” and in the short film “The Nobodies.”
- From 2015 to 2020, she played the title character in the sitcom “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”
- She voiced Katie in “The Secret Life of Pets,” which hit theaters in the U.S. on July 8, 2016. In August 2016, she and Koman welcomed their first son.
- In 2018, she released her book “My Squirrel Days.”
- She voiced Katie again in “The Secret Life of Pets 2,” which hit theaters in the U.S. on June 7, 2019. She appeared as a guest judge in “America’s Got Talent” Season 14 episode that aired on July 30, 2019. In September 2019, she and Koman welcomed their second son.
- In June 2021, her coronation as the 1999 Veiled Prophet Queen of Love and Beauty was widely criticized. Pointing out the Veiled Prophet Ball’s racist and elitist background, some netizens called her a KKK Queen.