Carrie Brownstein is the co-creator, co-writer and co-star of Portlandia as well as an author and musician. She made her television career debut in 2011 with Portlandia, and in 2012, 2013, and 2014 she received an Emmy® nomination in the category of “Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series.” This year, Carrie was nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award in the category of “Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series,” and the show received 2 Emmy nominations, including a nomination for “Outstanding Variety Sketch Series.” In 2014, Brownstein, along with the other writers, garnered a Writers Guild Awards nomination for “Outstanding Comedy/Variety Series” and they won in 2013. The show also received the prestigious Peabody Award for excellence in 2011.
Brownstein was also recently seen in Amazon’s highly reviewed dramedy, Transparent. Created, written, and directed by Jill Soloway, the dark comedy centers on a Los Angeles family with serious boundary issues. Brownstein stars opposite Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light, Amy Landecker, and Jay Duplass, playing the role of Gaby Hoffman’s best friend Syd. Brownstein also recently guest starred on FX’s hit animation show, Archer, as Dr. Sklodowska.
Brownstein’s memoir, Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, is an intimate and revealing narrative of her escape from a turbulent family life into a world where music was the means toward self-invention, community, and rescue. Along the way, Brownstein chronicles the excitement and contradictions within the era’s flourishing and fiercely independent music subculture, including experiences that sowed the seeds for the observational satire Portlandia. The book has received tremendous reviews. Los Angeles Times Brownstein is “an American indie culture avatar — funny, smart and always on point.” Time Magazine’s Nolan Feeney praises the book, “If hipsters had a patron saint, it would be Carrie Brownstein…Hunger doesn’t try to enumerate every hat she’s ever worn, only what emboldened her to keep experimenting.”
On the big screen, Brownstein made her film debut in Todd Haynes’ film Carol. The drama, which also stars Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, and Kyle Chandler is based on Patricia Highsmith’s book “The Price of Salt.” Brownstein will play Genevieve Cantrell, a woman who has an encounter with Therese (Mara). Carol was released on November 20, 2015 by the Weinstein Company.
Brownstein first rose to prominence as a member of the critically acclaimed rock band Sleater-Kinney. She was named one of the top female electric guitarists by Elle Magazine and Rolling Stone Magazine lists Sleater-Kinney’s song “Dig Me Out” as “One of the 50 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time.” Sleater-Kinney recently released their eighth album, entitled No Cities to Love, and the band is currently touring.
Brownstein’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Believer, Slate and numerous anthologies on music and culture.