Stephanie Courtney born February 8,  is an American actress and comedian, best known for playing the advertising character Flo in television and radio commercials for Progressive Corporation beginning in ,  and noted for her recurring roles on several television series, including the voices of Renee the Receptionist and Joy Peters on the Adult Swim comedy Tom Goes to the Mayor —06 , Marge on the AMC drama Mad Men ; and Diane on the ABC comedy Cavemen She also appeared in the season 2 premiere of Men of a Certain Age. She also plays Essie Karp in The Goldbergs. Courtney was a member of The Groundlings , an improvisational and sketch comedy theater in Los Angeles , California. Courtney was born in Stony Point , Rockland County, New York , the youngest of three children  of a high school history teacher father and a singer mother. By then, she said, "I was never tortured over whether I wanted to become an actress.
Where Progressive Flo Actress Stephanie Courtney Got Her Start
Actress Stephanie Courtney has garnered a great deal of attention for herself by playing Progressive Flo , a car insurance spokeswoman for Progressive , a direct auto insurance company. The Progressive Flo actress has been in a number of TV shows and films. Have you seen her? Stephanie Courtney had been in the acting business for ten years prior to landing her most well-known role as Progressive Flo.
A theater actor and comedian by training—she studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York and has been a company member and performer at the Groundlings for over a decade—Courtney founded her years-spanning commercials career after booking a Super Bowl spot in How did you first start auditioning for and booking commercial work? I booked a really good one early on and spent all that money in a month, then crawled back to all my survival jobs. I would book just under one a year, enough to keep me driving all over the place but not enough to think that I was a commercial actor. But then I started booking. Around late , I booked four, and one of them was Flo. What was your most memorable survival job? Catering and babysitting were my bread and butter. And then once I was in the Groundlings and I became a company member, we would teach.
Flo is a fictional salesperson character appearing in more than advertisements for Progressive Corporation since Portrayed by actress and comedian Stephanie Courtney , the character has developed a fan base on social networks and has become an iconic advertising mascot. The character debuted in through several television advertisements and has since appeared in radio, print, and web banners. The fictional upbeat store employee of Progressive Corporation was created by copywriter John Park and art director Steve Reepmeyer,  at the Boston-based agency Arnold Worldwide. Jim Cashman plays Jamie, Flo's sidekick. In , another Progressive employee was added, Mara, portrayed by Natalie Palamides. Flo is a cashier and is recognizable by her extremely upbeat personality, sparkling white uniform, heavy makeup , and retro hairstyle. According to Courtney, it takes one hour to prepare Flo's hair and another to apply her make-up.