Adrianne Lee Palicki was born on May 6, 1983 in Toledo, Ohio to Nancy Lee French and Jeffrey Arthur Palicki. Her mother is of English and German descent, while her father is Hungarian and Polish. Adrianne has an older brother, Eric, who is a comic book writer. While in high school, she began to find her love for acting while in a school play at Whitmer High School, where she also played basketball, ran track, and was first runner-up for homecoming queen. After graduating in 2001, Adrianne moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career, where she also worked at a sandwich maker at Togo’s.
She began her career in 2003 being a part of the short films Rewrite and Getting Rachel Back, as well as a pilot for a television series called The Robinsons: Lost in Space as Judy Robinson; the show never got picked up, so it was released as a television movie in 2004. Adrianne appeared in an episode of Smallville, playing the dual role of Kara and Lindsay Harrison. She would also appear as Jessica Geiger on Quintuplets and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as Miranda. In 2005, Adrianne had a two-episode stint on the FOX romantic drama North Shore, playing Lisa Ruddnick. She would also have her feature film debut in the Aaron Carter family comedy Poster as Whitney. The film revolves around a teenage girl’s life being turned upside down when her new friend at school turns out to be a pop star. Adrianne would also have a small recurring role on the series Supernatural, playing Jessica Moore, the deceased girlfriend of Sam Winchester. The next year, she played Brianna in an eight-episode stint on the television series South Beach before starring in a pilot for a WB series called Aquaman as Nadia. Her next film Seven Mummies was released over the summer of 2006, where she played Isabelle. Adrianne landed the role of a lifetime for the NBC drama series Friday Night Lights, portraying Tyra Collette. The show revolves around a high school football team and the lives of the people of Dillon, Texas. She was a series regular during its first three seasons and returned for the final two episodes of the series. Adrianne took home a Gold Derby TV Award in 2009 for Ensemble of the Year for the series, sharing with her co-stars.
In 2007, Adrianne had an uncredited role in the television mini-series Winter Tales as the mistletoe girl, which also starred Pete Wentz and Milo Ventimiglia. She started voicing countless characters on the animated television series Robot Chicken the same year. In 2008, she voiced the characters of Padmé Amidala, Jessica, and Lexi for the Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II television movie before her next film role as Holly Rocket in Women in Trouble in 2009. Adrianne also made an appearance in will.i.am’s music video for “We Are The Ones” in support of Barack Obama for the 2008 election. She would have a guest appearance as Marisa Dixon on CSI: Miami, the episode revolves around a “Bachelor”-type reality show finalist being killed where the host and the “Bachelor” himself are suspects. Adrianne’s next role came as the voice of Clare for the sci-fi stop-motion parody animated series Titan Maximum, which also starred Rachael Leigh Cook and Seth Green. In 2010, she voiced Tiffani Thiessen in an episode of Family Guy before the release of her next film Legion. Adrianne played Charlie opposite Paul Bettany and Dennis Quaid in the fantasy film. She reprised her role as Holly Rocket in Elektra Luxx, a comedic-drama following the life of porn star Elektra Luxx when she finds out she’s pregnant. The film stars Carla Gugino and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Later that year, Adrianne became a regular on the short-lived FOX television show Lone Star, a drama about a con man living a double life; she played the role of Cat Thatcher. She returned to the next Robot Chicken movie in Robot Chicken: Star Wars III, voicing Padmé Amidala, Jessica, and Girl. 2011 began with a guest appearance on Criminal Minds as Sydney Manning before shooting the pilot for the NBC series Wonder Woman, playing the Amazonian herself, Diana Prince; unfortunately, the series never got picked up. Adrianne starred in the short film Waves, the story about a ‘player’ seeking solace at the beach in order to get rid of the pain of unrequited love.
Adrianne joined the remake of the 1980’s drama Red Dawn, playing Toni Walsh opposite Chris Hemsworth and Josh Peck in 2012. The next year, she portrayed Lady Jaye in G.I. Joe: Retaliation next to Dwayne Johnson. The sequel follows the Joes fighting both Cobra, as well as contending threats within the government that jeopardizes their existence. She earned a Teen Choice Award nomination for Choice Movie Actress: Action for her performance in the film. Later, she played the role of Becca in the comedy Coffee Town, a film about website managers who enlists to help his two friends to convince the owners of his favorite coffee shop not to turn their business into a bar. In 2014, Adrianne appeared in two episodes of Rom Dusk Till Dawn: The Series as Vanessa Styles, followed by Drunk History as Kate Warne in an episode titled “Baltimore.” She would portray Dr. Samantha Lake on the comedic drama series About a Boy, before becoming an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the second season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as Bobbi Morse. ABC ordered a pilot episode for a spin-off, Marvel’s Most Wanted, featuring her character as the lead role, but ended up not developing it as a series. Adrianne also returned to the big screen in Dr. Cabbie as Natalie Wilman, the film is a comedy following an Indian doctor emigrating to Canada to start a new life but would end up becoming a taxi driver. She would next appear in the Keanu Reeves film John Wick as Ms. Perkins. Lastly, Adrianne played the role of Maria for the television movie This Is Why You’re Single, starring Avital Ash, who also co-wrote the film.
In 2015, she portrayed Sunny Barzilay for the romantic comedy Baby, Baby, Baby, written, directed, and starring Brian Klugman. The film revolves around the relationship between two mismatched people who try to move past their baggage to make their love work. It won Best Feature and Best In Festival at the Emerge Film Festival, as well as the Comedy Vanguard Award at the Austin Film Festival. Adrianne joined countless other celebrities, including her FNL co-star Connie Britton, for the 2016 version of the #WHEREISTHELOVE music video. She would next play Marina in the television mini-series Pretty Vacant. In 2017, Adrianne starred alongside Sam Jaeger and Michael Jai White in S.W.A.T.: Under Siege, playing Ellen Dwyer, before starring in the short film It’s Supposed to be Easy as Kris. Later, Adrianne joined the FOX comedic drama The Orville as Commander Kelly Grayson alongside Seth MacFarlane. She was nominated for Best Actress on Television in 2018 and Best Actress in a Television Series in 2019 and the Saturn Awards for her performance.
Adrianne will next be seen in the drama With/In, as part of the segment “Twenty Questions”, while follows lives during the COVID-19 pandemic. The film is currently in the post-production process and also stars Carla Gugino, Julianne Moore, and Rosie Perez.
Adrianne enjoys cooking, painting, traveling, and spending time with her brother.