Ari Graynor is an American actress best known for her recurring role as Rachel Dunham, the sister of Olivia (Anna Torv), in the science fiction television series Fringe, from 2009-2010.
Graynor was singled out by Entertainment Weekly as one of the "Top 25 Funniest Actresses in Hollywood". She made her film debut in the Academy Award-winning Mystic River.
Her additional film credits include For A Good Time Call, which she also executive produced Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, The Sitter, Youth In Revolt, Celeste and Jesse Forever, Conviction, What's Your Number?, 10 Years, Lucky, Holy Rollers, Whip It!, An American Crime, Game 6 and The Great New Wonderful, among others.
Graynor has appeared in numerous stage productions both on and off Broadway, beginning with her 2005 Broadway debut in Donal Margulies's Brooklyn Boy, for which she received the 2005 Clarence Derwent Award for Most Promising Female Actress.
Her other Broadway credits include the Douglas Carter Beane Tony Award-nominated play The Little Dog Laughed, Woody Allen's Honeymoon Hotel in Relatively Speaking and David West Reade's The Performers. Additionally, Graynor was seen off-Broadway in Paul Weitz's Trust and Bert V Royal's Dog Sees God.
Graynor's television credits include various guest-starring roles, most notably on The Sopranos as Meadow Soprano's troubled college roommate, and a recurring role on Fringe.
In 2014 she starred as the titular Meredith Davis, a former housewife determined to meet a rich divorcee so that she can resume her gold-digging ways and poses as a middle school teacher in order to meet the single fathers of her students, in the sitcom Bad Teacher.
She was born in Boston and currently resides in both New York City and Los Angeles.