Kaitlin Olson plays lead character Mackenzie Murphy on the first season of The Mick.

Early Life

Olson was born in Portland, Oregon. She resided on Vashon Island, Washington, in Puget Sound until the age of eight. Olson later relocated with her family back to the Portland area, to the suburbs of Tigard and Tualatin. Her father, Donald Olson, worked as the publisher of the Portland Tribune. At age 12, Olson was involved in a serious bicycle accident that resulted in a fractured skull, which required reconstructive surgery.

Olson studied theatre at the University of Oregon, graduating with a B.S. in Theater arts in 1997. After college, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting professionally.


Olson was a member of the improvisational group the Groundlings. She toured with the USO to Bosnia, Kosovo and Norway. She made several guest appearances in films and television series such as Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Drew Carey Show, The Jamie Kennedy Experiment, Out of Practice, Miss Match, Family Guy, and Punk'd. She had a minor role in the film Coyote Ugly.

In 2004, she was cast as Deandra "Sweet Dee" Reynolds in the FX sitcom It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. She also voiced Ethel in the first season of the Comedy Central animated series Brickleberry. In the 2013 film The Heat she had a brief but memorable turn as a Bulgarian druggie who engages in an exchange of cultural perspectives and insults with Melissa McCarthy's character.

She played a recurring role as Hartley Underwood, the "one-armed" neighbor in the FX series The Riches. In June 2016, the Human Rights Campaign released a video in tribute to the victims of the 2016 Orlando gay nightclub shooting; in the video, Olson and others told the stories of the people killed there.

Olson stars in a new Fox TV series, The Mick, which premiered in January 2017.




Year Title Role Notes
2000 Eyes to Heaven
2000 Jacks Jocelyn
2000 Coyote Ugly Bidding Customer
2001 Fugly Cha Cha Short film
2002 Meet the Marks Kaitlin Marks
2003 Scapegoats Jeannie Short film
2009 Weather Girl Sherry
2010 Leap Year Libby
2010 Held Up Rocky 2
2013 The Heat Tatiana
2015 Vacation Arizona Cop
2016 Finding Dory Destiny Voice


Year Title Role Notes
2000–2007 Curb Your Enthusiasm Becky 6 episodes
2002–2004 The Drew Carey Show Traylor 12 episodes
2003 Miss Match Jillian Episode: "Who's Sari Now?"
2004 Significant Others Lauren Episode: "The First Time"
2004 George Lopez Janet Episode: "Home Sweet Homeschool"
2005 Kelsey Grammer Presents: The Sketch Show Various Characters
2005–present It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Deandra Reynolds 123 episodes
2006 Out of Practice Debbie Episode: "Model Behavior"
2007 The Riches Hartley Underwood 5 episodes
2011 Family Guy Brenda Quagmire Voice
Episode: "Screams of Silence: The Story of Brenda Q"
2012 Unsupervised Carol / Danielle Voice
7 episodes
2012 Brickleberry Ethel Voice
10 episodes
2014–2015 New Girl Ashley 2 episodes
2015 Bob's Burger Helen Voice
Episode: "Housetrap"
2016 Cassius & Clay Ordwood Cassius Voice
2016 The Simpsons Quinn Voice
Episode: "The Girl Code"
2017 The Mick Mackenzie Murphy Lead Role

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