Born in the year 1989 on 8th April, to father Tony Shawkat and mother Dina Burke, in Riverside, situated in California in the United States of America, Alia Martine Shawkat spent the better half of her early days growing up with her two brothers in California. The details about her parents and brothers are not public yet and there is no particular information about how her childhood days were. There is also no detail about her schooling days or about the college she went to. It is believed that her interest and fascination towards acting started at a very young age and she was good in painting and singing from her early ages only.

She began her movie career in 1999 when she got the opportunity to portray the character of Amir’s daughter in the movie Three Kings. She gained popularity for portraying the role pf Gertie Michaels in the movie The Final Girls which was released in 2015. Her work as been appreciated in many of her movies and she has worked in a large number of films which include Rebound as Amy in 2005, Queen of Cactus Cove as Billie in 2005, Deck the Halls as Madison Finch in 2006, Bart Got a Room as Camille in 2008, Prom Wars as Diana Riggs in 2008, Amreeka as Salma Halaby in 2009, Whip It as Pash Amini in 2009, The Runaways as Robin in 2010. Cedar Rapids as Bree in 2011, Damsels in Distress as Mad Madge in 2012, Ruby Sparks as Mabel in 2012, May in the Summer as Dalia in 2013, The End of Love as Alia Shawkat in 2013, The To Do List as Fiona Forster in 203, The Moment as Jessie Jamil in 2013, Life After Berth as Roz in 2014, Nasty Baby as Wendy in 2015, Green Room as Sam in 2015, Me Him Her as Laura in 2015, The Intervention as Lola in 2016, Paint It Black as Josie in 2016 and 20th Century Women as Trish in 2016.

She began her career on television in 1999 when she was chosen to portray the character of a young Sarah MacKenzie in one episode of the show JAG. The turning point in her career came when she got the role of Maeby Funke in the television show Arrested Development in 2003 for which she gained immense popularity and fandom. She has also appeared on a number of other shows which include the State of Grace as young Hannah Rayburn in 2002, Without a Trace as Siobhan Arintero in 2003, Veronica Mars as Stacy Wells in 2006, The Business as screenwriting manicurist in 2007, Getting On as Colleen Hoover in 2014, Search Party as Dory Stewart in 2016 and Drunk History as Alexander Hamilton in 2016. She is known to be dating Jack Antonoff in the year 2009, but their relationship ended in 2010. There is no news of any relationship after that. Her biography doesn’t mention her net worth, but it is expected to be high owing to her popularity.