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Lyndsy Fonseca

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Lyndsy Fonseca

Date of Birth: 7 January 1987
Place of Birth: Oakland, California, USA
Birth Name: Lyndsy Marie Fonseca
Height: 5' 5" (1.65 m)


Lyndsy Marie Fonseca (born January 7, 1987) is an American actress best known for playing Colleen Carlton on the CBS daytime soap opera The Young and The Restless, Dylan Mayfair on the ABC series Desperate Housewives, and Ted's daughter in How I Met Your Mother. She also played Katie Deauxma in the 2010 superhero film Kick-Ass. She will star as Alex in the CW's Nikita.

Early life

Fonseca is of half Portuguese descent. Born in Oakland, she was raised first in Alameda and then Moraga. She was discovered there by a manager and agent and immediately moved to Los Angeles for her first pilot season at age 13 in the middle of the school year. (Joaquin Moraga Intermediate, 7th Grade) The following year she booked her breakthrough role, playing Colleen Carlton on The Young and the Restless with a 3 year contract. With that, her parents moved the whole family to Los Angeles. Since the end of her contract, she has booked many television guest spots, television movies, two pilots, and an independent feature film.


In 2001, Fonseca was signed by an agent and a manager and played troubled teen Colleen Carlton in CBS' number one daytime drama The Young and the Restless. She also has recurring roles as Ted Mosby's future daughter on How I Met Your Mother and the Donna on HBO's Big Love.

In fall 2007, she played Don in the movie Remember The Daze, a remake of the 1999 graduating class. She joined the cast of ABC's Desperate Housewives as the daughter of Katherine Mayfair (Dana Delany), a character moving onto Wisteria Lane. Fonseca also appeared in an episode of Switched.

In 2008 she was nominated for the Actor award at the Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series for Desperate Housewives (2004) shared with the cast.

She also played Katie Deauxma in the 2010 superhero film Kick-Ass. She appeared in 3 more US films in 2010, including Hot Tub Time Machine.

In 2010, she was cast in the CW's Nikita as Alex, a new operative trained to replace Nikita.

She was listed at #62 in the 2010 Maxim Hot 100.


Year Film Role Notes
2006 Intellectual Property Jenny
Remember the Daze Dawn
2010 Hot Tub Time Machine Jenny
Kick-Ass Katie Deauxma
Fort McCoy Anna Gerkey
The Ward Iris


Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Young and the Restless Colleen Carlton 84 episodes; 2001-2005
2003 Boston Public Jenn Cardell 4 episodes
2004 Malcolm in the Middle Olivia
NYPD Blue Madison Bernstein
2005 How I Met Your Mother Daughter 36 episodes; 2005-present
I Do, They Don't Sandy Barber Television film
Cyber Seduction: His Secret Life Amy
Ordinary Miracles Sally Powell
2006 Big Love Donna 4 episodes; 2006-2007
Waterfront Annabelle Marks 5 episodes
Scarlett Kasey
Phil of the Future Kristy 1 episode (Not-So-Great Great Great Grandpa)
2007 Close to Home Jessica Conlon 1 episode (Hoosier Hold 'Em)
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Megan Cooper 1 episode (Fallen Idols)
House Addie 1 episode (Resignation)
Heroes April 1 episode (Four Months Later...)
Desperate Housewives Dylan Mayfair Series regular (season 4)
2008 Austin Golden Hour Lane
2009 The Fish Tank Jessie
2010 Nikita Alex Series regular


  • Is half Portuguese.
  • Older sister of Hannah Leigh.
  • Was considered one of the 55 faces of the future by Nylon Magazine's Young Hollywood Issue (May 2010).