Kaitlin Olson
Birth Date:
Portland, Oregon, USA
Birth Place:
August 18, 1975
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It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia


American actress Kaitlin Olson is best known for her role as Deandra “Sweet Dee” Reynolds in the television series “It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia” (FX, 2005-?). She is also known for playing recurring roles on  “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (6 episodes, 2000-2007), “The Drew Carey Show” (2002-2004) and “The Riches” (2007) as well as for her voices roles on “Brickleberry” and “Unsupervised” (both 2012). Olson has also acted in several films, including “Coyote Ugly” (2000), “Leap Year” (2010) and “The Heat” (2013).

Olson is married to her “It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia” co-star Rob McElhenney (also creator of the show). They have two children.

Mother of 2

Childhood and Family:

Kaitlin Olson was born on  August 18, 1975, in Portland, Oregon, to Donald Olson, who worked as the publisher of the Portland Tribune. She was raised on a farm in Oregon. Kaitlin received a Bachelor's degree in Theatre Arts from University of Oregon and later relocated to Los Angeles to become a professional actress.

On September 27, 2008, Kaitlin married co-star/creator of “It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” Rob McElhenney, in California. They welcomed their first child, a son, Axel Lee McElhenny, on September 1, 2010. Their second son, Leo Grey McElhenney, was born on April 5, 2012.

The Drew Carey Show


After moving to Los Angeles, Kaitlin Olson worked with the improvisational group the Groundlings. She toured with USO to Kosovo, Bosnia, and Norway. Thanks to a coveted spot in The Groundlings Sunday Company, she landed a recurring role as Cheryl's sister Becky in “Curb Your Enthusiasm” in 2000 and then another recurring role as Traylor, Mimi's nemesis, in “The Drew Carey Show” between 2002 and 2004. She also appeared in some movies in early 2000s, such as “Eyes to Heaven,” “Jacks” (playing Jocelyn), “Coyote Ugly” and “Fugly” (short).    

Olson became a regular on the Fox improv/hidden camera series “Meet the Marks” (2002), in which she portrayed Kaitlin Marks. She also had recurring stints on “The Jamie Kennedy Experiment” (2002) and “Punk'd” (2003) as well as guest spots in “Miss Match” (2003), “Significant Others” (2004) and “George Lopez” (2004).

Olson's big break arrived when she was cast as Deandra Reynolds, the main bartender at Paddy's Pub, on the FX sitcom “It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” opposite Glenn Howerton, Charlie Day, Rob McElhenney and Danny DeVito. She was on the show since its premiere on August 4, 2005.

Olson had various role on “Kelsey Grammer Presents: The Sketch Show” (2005) and made a guest appearance as Debbie in an episode of “Out of Practice” called “Model Behavior (2006). In 2007, she had a recurring role as Hartley Underwood, the “one-armed” neighbor, on the FX series “The Riches.” She returned to features in 2009 with a supporting role as Sherry on the comedy “Weather Girl,” starring Tricia O'Kelley, Mark Harmon, Jon Cryer and Enrico Colantoni. It was followed by a role as Amy Adams' best friend on “Leap Year,” a romantic comedy film directed by Anand Tucker, and a part opposite Jon Dore, Jason Sklar and Randy Sklar on the direct to video “Held Up” (2010).

After providing the voice of Brenda Quagmire on an episode of “Family Guy” (2011), Olson lent her voice for the character Ethel Anderson on the first season of Comedy Central's adult animated sitcom “Brickleberry” in 2012. The same year, she voiced Carol, Gary's irresponsible alcoholic stepmother/Danielle on several episodes of the FX animated series “Unsupervised.” She could also be seen playing Barbara Manzer on the short film “Trading Up: Behind the Green Door” (2012).

In 2013, Olson portrayed the role of Tatiana in the buddy cop comedy film “The Heat,” starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. The film was both commercial and critical victory.


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