Alyson Hannigan is an American actress who is best known for her performances on small screens. She first established herself with the role of Willow Rosenberg in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997 – 2003). She was part of the cast in How I Met Your Mother (2005-2014). Hannigan may not be seen on the big screen, but her role in the film series American Pie, in which she portrayed Michelle Flaherty, will always remain in her memory.
Alyson Hannigan Bio (Age and Background Info)
She was born on 24 March 1974 as Alyson Lee Hannigan in Washington, DC. When she was 2 years old, her parents Emilie (Posner) Haas and Alan Hannigan divorced, so Alyson became her only child.
Alyson was then raised by her Jewish mother Emilie, who was also a photographer in addition to her work as a real estate agent. Since Emilie worked as a photographer, she often took pictures of Alyson for a modeling job that required a baby, and Alyson just loved being in front of the camera.
Thanks to these photos, Alyson started appearing in commercials for companies like Oreos, McDonald’s, and Six Flags from the age of 4. To improve her chances of a career in show business, her mother moved with her to Holywood when she was 11 years old.
But her father, who worked as a truck driver for Teamster and is of Irish descent, had not completely disappeared from her life. While Alyson attended North Hollywood High School, she attended him in Santa Barbara.
In high school, Alyson played football and clarinet as extracurricular activities. She also successfully scored an agent, and performances as an actress began to come.
Despite her active involvement in Hollywood, Alyson took her academics seriously. After graduating from North Hollywood High in 1992, she studied psychology at California State University in Northridge, where she graduated around 1996.
Her leading role in a film was in My Stepmother Is an Alien in 1988, while her first role on a small screen was Jessie Harper in Free Spirit (1989-1990). Subsequently, she appeared in other shows such as Roseanne, Switched at Birth, Touched by an Angel, and Picket Fences.
Alyson’s big breakthrough came with her role in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which became a hit and helped her gain widespread recognition. For her role in the film, she won a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2002 and a Teen Choice Award, both in 2002.
Thanks to the success of the show, Alyson began to book film appearances, most of which were aimed at teenagers. These included the film series American Pie and Boys and Girls (2000).
Alyson’s guest-starred in a number of shows before getting her next big role in How I Met Your Mother. After the series ended in 2014, it became quiet for a while. During this time she appeared in pilot episodes of More Time with Family and The Club of the First Wives, which were never recorded. Next, Alyson was seen as the host of Penn & Teller: Fool Us.
Fortunately, her next pilot comedy “Man of the House”, whose executive producer Kerry Washington is, was taken over by ABC in March 2018.
What’s Her Net Worth
At the beginning of her career, Alyson supplemented her meager paychecks by babysitting the children of Bob Saget, who was to become her co-star in “How I Met Your Mother,” an appearance that earned Alyson over $300,000 for each episode. This paycheck was a major contributor to the $8 million she deposited into her account in 2013, which earned her a place on Forbes’ list of highest-paid TV actresses.
But before that, Alyson was already a millionaire. Her earnings per episode for Buffy peaked at $250,000. Alyson earned an estimated $8.7 million from the show.
In addition to her acting achievements, Alyson also made a mark of another kind by turning over real estate. She definitely learned one or the other tip from her mother as a real estate agent. All these efforts and more have contributed to Alyson Hannigan’s net worth of $30 million.
Who is Alyson Hannigan’s Husband?
Alyson Hannigan’s husband is Alexis Denisof. They met on the set of Buffy, which Alexis joined in season three to play the part of Wesley Wyndham-Pryce. He was later to become a star of the spin-off show Angel (1999 – 2004).
After a brief period of dating, the couple married on October 11, 2003, during a three-day ceremony at the Two Bunch Palms Resort.
Alexis Denisof was born on February 25, 1966, in Salisbury, Maryland, the son of Dr. Christiana Taylor and Gerald Denisof. He is of Russian, French, and Irish descent. At the age of 17, he moved to London, England, where he attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art while working.
Denisof began his career as a flight director in the theatre before moving on to television and film. One of his first major feature films was the 1989 film Murder Story. After his outburst role ended in Angel, he and his wife played the guest role of Sandy Rivers in How I Met Your Mother. He played a supporting role in The Avengers (2012) and Guardians of the Galaxy (2014).
Alyson and her husband Alexis have two children, daughters; Satyana Marie Denisof, born on 24 March 2009 (also Alyson’s birthday), and Keeva Jane Denisof, born on 23 May 2012.
The family lives in an $8 million mansion in Encino, California, which they bought in 2016. This purchase came after they turned their mansion in Brentwood Hills around for $260,000 profit.
The first house they ever bought was a 4,200 square foot, Spanish style bungalow in Santa Monica. They paid nearly $2 million for it, and in February 2018 they put it up for sale for $5.1 million. In March 2018, they put their three-room condo in Atlanta up for rent for $6,500 a month.