Born May 15, 1982 in Darien, Connecticut, Alexandra “Alex” Breckenridge moved to California when she was 12 and got her first interest in acting at age 13 when she performed in local theater productions. Her first film was the independent comedy picture Locust Valley in 1999. She followed up this performance with guest spots on several successful series, including “Dawson's Creek” and “Freaks and Geeks,” along with supporting roles in the films Big Fat Liar, Orange County, and the short film D.E.B.S., which won the award for Best Short at the 2003 New York Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.
After appearing on the series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” Breckenridge was offered her own series, the UPN drama pilot “Mystery Girl.” In 2005, she appeared in the ABC Family movie “Romy and Michele: In the Beginning” and took on the role of Michele Weinberger, played by Lisa Kudrow in the original 1997 film. She also began work on the animated sitcom “Family Guy,” voicing celebrities such as Cybill Shepherd and Christina Aguilera. In 2006, Breckenridge broke into the mainstream with a lead role in the comedy movie She's the Man.
Breckenridge had a recurring role in season four of HBO’s “True Blood,” and also in season one of FX’s “American Horror Story” as Moira O’Hara, the ghost of a maid trapped in the house in which she was employed. She also returned for several episodes in season three of the show, “American Horror Story: Coven,” as Kaylee, a young witch who excels in pyro kinesis.
In 2015, Breckenridge began playing Jessie Anderson in season five of the AMC hit series “The Walking Dead.” She next co-starred in the psychological thriller “Dark,” from executive producer Joe Dante and director Nick Basile. In 2017 Breckenridge appeared in the recurring role of Sophie, Kate’s childhood friend and Kevin’s ex-wife, on the mega-series for NBC “This Is Us.” She was upped to a series regular in the shows second season and again appeared in the role in an episode during season three in 2019.
Breckenridge also had numerous voice roles on the animated television series “Family Guy.” During an interview with FHM, she stated, "When I first went for ‘Family Guy,’ I auditioned for a guest voice. I don't know why, but [creator] Seth MacFarlane really likes the sound of my voice. I'll never understand that. He just liked me and called me back to do different things." Breckenridge often does celebrity impressions on the show, such as Sarah Jessica Parker and Renée Zellweger. She also had roles on MacFarlane's web series “Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy.” She guest starred in the episode “With Friends Like Steve’s” of “American Dad!” also created by MacFarlane.