Fran Brill

Fran Brill is the first female Muppet™ performer hired by Jim Henson for Sesame Street.  Since joining the show, she has won numerous Emmy Awards and created and performs the characters of Zoe, Prairie Dawn and many others. Her other work with the Muppets includes The Muppet Show, Saturday Night Live, The Jim Henson Hour, Dog City, The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland, CinderElmo, Zoe’s Dance Moves, Play with Me Sesame and many home videos. As an actress, Brill has appeared off-Broadway at the Roundabout Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights Horizons, Ensemble Studio Theatre and was twice nominated for the Drama Desk Award.  She has also played leading roles at many regional theatres including the Long Wharf, Yale Repertory, Arena Stage, Actors Theatre of Louisville and the Mark Taper Forum.  Her film credits include Midnight Run, City Hall, What About Bob? and Being There. She has guest starred on many primetime dramas including Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Third Watch and Against the Law.  She has also voiced hundreds of commercials and the animated series Doug and Sheep in the Big City.

Brill served on the board of the Screen Actors Guild and currently serves as Vice President on the board of directors of the Jim Henson Legacy. Visit her at