Pamela Adlon plays “Sam Fox,” a brash, forthright single mother of three girls, and veteran character actor, living in Los Angeles.
Adlon is an Emmy®-winning, critically acclaimed actress, writer, producer and director with one of the most distinct and celebrated voices across today’s television landscape.
Currently, Adlon is the executive producer, writer, director and star of the award-winning FX comedy series Better Things. The semi-autobiographical series won a 2016 Peabody Award and was named one of the best television shows of the decade by outlets including Rolling Stone, The Hollywood Reporter, Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide, Indiewire and AV Club. The New York Times and New York Magazine also honored Better Things as one of the best shows of 2019. For her role, Adlon received a 2017 and 2018 Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series and a 2018 Golden Globe® nomination for Best Actress in a Television Series Musical or Comedy as audiences celebrated her raw, insightful voice and unapologetic, elevated commentary on motherhood, feminism and the complexity of modern life.
Previously, Adlon served 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, Adlon earned a 2015 Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series as well as a 2013 Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series and two Writers Guild Awards for Comedy Series.
For seven consecutive seasons, Adlon played the unpredictable “Marcy” on Showtime’s Californication. Additionally, Adlon 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 for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance. Other prominent TV credits include memorable roles on The Big Bang Theory, Parenthood, Monk and Boston Legal. Her animation credits are long and storied, and include beloved titles such as Bob’s Burgers, Beavis and Butt-Head, Rugrats, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, DC’s Teen Titans and Lego Star Wars.
On the big screen, Adlon recently starred as “Sharon” in First Girl I Loved, which debuted at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and received the NEXT Audience Award. Additional film credits include Say Anything, Bed of Roses, Some Girl, Disney’s Tinker Bell film franchise, and Paramount’s Transformers spinoff Bumblebee, in which she starred opposite Hailee Steinfeld.
Adlon began her career at just 12 years old and has consistently built on her body of work ever since. Her first roles in now classic films and television series include ER, 21 Jump Street, Grease 2 and Star Trek: The Next Generation.