Gillian MacLaren Jacobs is an American actress. Jacobs was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her mother, Martina Magenau Jacobs, is the director of alumni relations at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College. She is known for portraying Britta Perry on the NBC/Yahoo! Screen comedy series Community and stars as Mickey on the Netflix series Love. Jacobs has also had a recurring role on the HBO series Girls and has appeared in films such as Gardens of the Night (2008), The Lookalike (2014) and Don’t Think Twice (2016).
Jacobs’ first acting role came as Adele Congreve on the television series The Book of Daniel. Although she played Kim in the pilot of Traveler, the role was given to Pascale Hutton when ABC acquired the series. In June 2014, Yahoo! Screen picked up Community for a sixth season. It was announced on September 16, 2014 that Jacobs had been cast to star as Mickey in the Netflix original comedy series Love, which premiered in 2016.
In January 2015, the documentary The Queen of Code about computer scientist and United States Navy rear admiral Grace Hopper was directed by Jacobs. Also in 2015 she co-starred in the thriller film Visions with Jim Parsons, Isla Fisher and Anson Mount.