December 23, 1984
Seattle, Washington, United States
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Musician and actor Alison Sudol was known also as Alison Monro, and as the musician A Fine Frenzy. Sudol was born in Seattle, Washington in 1984 but relocated to Los Angeles at the age of 5 following her parents' divorce. Both parents relocated to Los Angeles where Sudol attended school. She was passionate about music and literature as an adolescent and read avidly, mostly English literature and writers like C.S. Lewis, Lewis Carroll, and Charles Dickens. Sudol graduated from high school at the age of 16 and elected to put off college for two years to pursue music and to give herself time to mature before entering the college environment. However during the course of those two years Sudol found her musical voice and became so immersed in her creative practice that she chose to forego college altogether. She selected the project name A Fine Frenzy from a line in William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Sudol put out a demo that found its way to EMI's Jason Flom who visited Sudol and heard her play at her home. In 2007 her debut album One Cell in the Sea was released and reviewed with praise. She began touring with Rufus Wainwright in the same year before headlining a tour of her own in the US in 2008. A Fine Frenzy released the album Pines in 2012 after which Sudol elected to stop performing under that name, although she continued to write songs. In 2017 Sudol released a debut single under her own name. Sudol also pursued an interest in acting, appearing in the TV series "Transparent" (Amazon 2014-). She was also cast as Emma Wilson, an archaeologist, in the series "Dig" (USA, 2015). Sudol next appeared in "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" (2016), a movie based on the Harry Potter universe. Sudol also pursued a literary career, working on a fantasy story inspired by the books of C.S. Lewis.