Gillian MacLaren Jacobs (/ˈɡɪlɪən/; born October 19, 1982) is an American actress and director. She portrayed Britta Perry on the NBC/Yahoo! Screen comedy series Community. Jacobs also appeared in television shows such as Fringe, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, The Good Wife, and Girls, and in films such as Gardens of the Night (2008), The Box (2009), Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012), and Bad Milo! (2013).