Alyson Hannigan was born Washington DC and began acting at the tender age of four. Alyson played clarinet while at junior school and attended North Hollywood High School where she graduated in 1992. Although she was not the original choice for Willow, Alyson is best known for her roles in Buffy The Vampire Slayer and the American Pie movies.
Alyson was originally offered the part of Heather in American Pie, however, she found the role of Michelle to be more interesting. Since the end of Buffy, Alyson has appeared on stage in London’s West End in the stage version of When Harry Met Sally, become a recurring character in Veronica Mars and landed a starred role in hit sitcom, How I Met Your Mother which lasted ran for 9 seasons.
Alyson has recently been cast in a new pilot for ABC, Man of the House.
While working on Buffy, Alyson met Alexis Denisof (Wesley), but it was not until he left the show that they started dating. They were married in 2003 and have two children.
Two of Alyson’s co-stars in How I Met Your Mother would work with Joss Whedon while still working on the show, Neil Patrick Harris (Dr Horrible) and Cobie Smoulders (Avengers, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.).