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A young and charming character actress, Alia Shawkat first caught attention for her turn as sensitive preteen on the coming-of-age comedy drama "State of Grace" (Fox Family Channel/ABC Family 2001-02), before breaking out as Mae "Maeby" Fünke on "Arrested Development" (Fox, 2003-06). Full of cunning and angst-ridden rebelliousness, Shawkat stood out among her more flamboyant co-stars and elevated her career to the next level. But in the end, "Arrested Development" was too smart for its own good and was canceled due to low ratings, leaving Shawkat to return to making guest starring appearances on other shows. Meanwhile, she delivered quality supporting turns in popular indie films like "Amreeka" (2009), "Whip It" (2009), "The Runaways" (2010) and "Ruby Sparks" (2012), only to struggle to find that next career defining role. In a strange twist of fate, Shawkat was able to reprise Maeby Fünke for the resurrected "Arrested Development," which was set to air on Netflix in 2013 and allowed the actress the rare opportunity to reprise the role that turned her into a star.

A young and charming character actress, Alia Shawkat first caught attention for her turn as sensitive preteen on the coming-of-age comedy drama "State of Grace" (Fox Family Channel/ABC Family 2001-02), before breaking out as Mae "Maeby" Fünke on "Arrested Development" (Fox, 2003-06). Full of cunning and angst-ridden rebelliousness, Shawkat stood out among her more flamboyant co-stars and elevated her career to the next level. But in the end, "Arrested Development" was too smart for its own good and was canceled due to low ratings, leaving Shawkat to return to making guest starring appearances on other shows. Meanwhile, she delivered quality supporting turns in popular indie films like "Amreeka" (2009), "Whip It" (2009), "The Runaways" (2010) and "Ruby Sparks" (2012), only to struggle to find that next career defining role. In a strange twist of fate, Shawkat was able to reprise Maeby Fünke for the resurrected "Arrested Development," which was set to air on Netflix in 2013 and allowed the actress the rare opportunity to reprise the role that turned her into a star.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Driftless Area (2015)
2.
 Nasty Baby (2014)
3.
 Life After Beth (2014)
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 To Do List, The (2013)
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 Ruby Sparks (2012)
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 Lie, The (2011)
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 Cedar Rapids (2011)
10.
 Runaways, The (2010)
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Milestones close milestones

1998:
Featured in a Calvin Klein catalog at age nine
1999:
Made TV acting debut on "Jag" (CBS)
1999:
Feature film debut, David O. Russell¿s post-Gulf War gold hunt "Three Kings"
2002:
Landed series regular role on short-lived "State of Grace" (Fox Family/ABC Family)
2003:
Cast in breakout role as precocious teen Mae 'Maeby' Fünke on Fox dysfunctional family sitcom "Arrested Development"
2008:
Cast opposite William H. Macy and Cheryl Hines in little-seen indie "Bart Got a Room"
2009:
Enjoyed critical success with "Amreeka"
2009:
Cast in Drew Barrymore's directorial debut "Whip It"
2010:
Played bassist Robin Robins opposite Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart in biopic "The Runaways"
2012:
Played Paul Dano's potential love interest in romantic comedy "Ruby Sparks"
2013:
Reprised role of Maeby on renewed "Arreted Development" (Netflix)
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