Allison Tolman was discovered in Chicago and cast as a series regular on the first season of the hit FX crime dramedy Fargo, co-starring with Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman. For her work on the show, she won the 2014 Critics' Choice Award, and she was nominated for an Emmy® Award and a Golden Globe® for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.
Tolman will next star in ABC's new drama series Emergence as Jo, a police chief who takes in a young child found at the site of a mysterious accident. Tolman played the lead role in the ABC single-camera series Downward Dog, which premiered at Sundance: the only half-hour series to ever premiere at the film festival. She currently appears in the Jordan Peele-produced reboot of Twilight Zone for CBS All Access. Other TV credits include recurring roles on Hulu's Castle Rock; HBO's Mosaic; NBC's Good Girls; Brooklyn Nine-Nine; I'm Sorry with Andrea Savage; and FX's Archer.
On the feature side, Tolman appeared in the features Sisters Brothers, with John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix, as well as the indie dramedy Family with Taylor Schilling. Other feature credits include Killing Gunther with Taran Killam and Arnold Schwarzenegger; The House with Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell; Fresno with Natasha Lyonne, Judy Greer and Fred Armisen; Krampus with Toni Collette and Adam Scott; and The Gift with Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall and Joel Edgerton. She is starring in the upcoming indie feature Swing Shift, starring Richard Jenkins.