Jill Talley

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Jill Talley
Talley in 2022
Other namesJill Tally
Jill Kenny
  • Actress
  • comedian
Years active1984–present
(m. 1996)

Jill Talley is an American actress and comedian. She is a main cast member on the animated series SpongeBob SquarePants, in which she voices Karen Plankton. Her other voice roles include Sarah Dubois on Adult Swim's The Boondocks and Rita Loud on The Loud House.

Early life[edit]

Talley was born in Chicago, Illinois.[2] She graduated from Kennedy High School in 1981.[3]


In her twenties, Talley performed improv comedy in Chicago at the Improv Institute and The Second City. Talley and her husband, Tom Kenny, were both cast members of the cult short-lived FOX Network sketch comedy show The Edge from 1992 to 1993 and sketch comedy show Mr. Show from 1995 to 1998. They also appeared together in the May 1996 video for "Tonight, Tonight" by The Smashing Pumpkins as a married couple who take a honeymoon on the moon.[4]

Since 1999, Jill Talley has played Karen Plankton on SpongeBob SquarePants. She was promoted to a main cast member in the credits of its 2004 film adaptation. Talley's other vocal work includes playing several characters on Camp Lazlo (Gretchen, Nina, and Ms. Mucus) and playing Sarah Dubois on the Adult Swim show The Boondocks. She also voiced Lady Granite in the Plastic Man DC Nation Shorts and Maja the Sky Witch in the Adventure Time episode "Sky Witch”.

Since Mr. Show's run, she has also appeared in minor roles in several films such as Little Miss Sunshine and Sky High, in the latter of which she appeared with her husband.

Personal life[edit]

Talley first met Tom Kenny in 1992 while working on The Edge. They married in 1996 and have two children, Mack (born 1997) and Nora (born 2003).[4][5]



Year Title Role Notes
1998 Sour Grapes Lois
2000 The Ladies Man Candy
2002 The Powerpuff Girls Movie Additional characters
2002 Run Ronnie Run Tammy
2003 Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd Mom
2004 The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie Karen Plankton,
Old Lady
2005 Sky High Mrs. Timmerman
2006 Little Miss Sunshine Cindy
2006 Asterix and the Vikings Walla-Female
English dub
2009 World's Greatest Dad Make-up Woman
2015 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Karen
2019 Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling Nosey
2020 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run Karen
2021 The Loud House Movie Rita Loud, 1600's Rita


Year Title Role Notes
1992–1993 The Edge Various characters Main role; 20 episodes
1995 Rocko's Modern Life Nosey
Episode: "Speaking Terms"
1995–1998 Mr. Show with Bob and David Various 26 episodes
1996, 1997 Seinfeld Gail 2 episodes
1999–present SpongeBob SquarePants Karen Plankton, various characters
Main role; 157 episodes
2000–2003 The Powerpuff Girls Additional characters
Recurring role; 22 episodes
2003 Clifford's Puppy Days Mrs. Sidarsky, Bebe
3 episodes
2003–2004 Stripperella Giselle, Margo Van Winkle, and Enorma Ray
Main role; 13 episodes
2004, 2005 The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy Jason and his mom, Nerd Girl, Sperg's Mom
2 episodes
Duck Dodgers Edna Wheely, Mrs. Wiggums, Unice
Episodes: "Boar to be Riled" and "The Love Duck"
2005 What's New, Scooby-Doo? Frida Flora
Episode: "Farmed and Dangerous"
Codename: Kids Next Door Billy's Mom, Mrs. Dirt
Episodes: "Operation: C.L.O.S.E.T." and "Operation: D.U.C.K.Y."
2005–2008 Camp Lazlo Gretchen, Miss Mucus, and Nina Neckley
Main role; 15 episodes
2005–present American Dad! Additional characters
Recurring role; 11 episodes
2005–2014 The Boondocks Sarah Dubois / Various characters
Main role; 46 episodes
2007 The Batman Socialite, Doctor
Episode: "Vertigo"
2012–2018 Adventure Time Maja, various characters
4 episodes
2014–2016 TripTank Mom, Woman, Operator, Pierced Gypsy, Goddess on a Horse, Veronica, Sharleen, News Reporter, and Bride
Recurring role; 9 episodes
2015 W/ Bob & David Various characters Recurring role; 5 episodes
2016–present The Loud House Rita Loud, Griselda, Sam Sharp (1st time), Spunk E. Pigeon, Fenton, Kelly, various characters
Main role; 109 episodes
2016–2019 The Powerpuff Girls (2016) Psychic Woman, Ms. Lacosi, Super Lice 1, Judge and Duplikate
Recurring role; 69 episodes
2016–2018 Skylanders Academy Roller Brawl
Recurring role; 38 episodes
2017–2023 Puppy Dog Pals Cupcake, Jackie
Recurring role; 44 episodes
2017–2019 Wacky Races I.Q. Ickly, P.T. Barnstorm
Main role; 15 episodes
2018 Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Cheery Tomato
Episode: "War and Pizza"
2018 Bobcat Goldthwait's Misfits & Monsters Alice Faustini Episode: "Devil in the Blue Jeans"
2019 Love, Death & Robots Kali
Episode: "Blind Spot"
2019 Green Eggs and Ham Various characters 4 episodes
2019–2020 Tigtone Koledra-Scoptor, Rain-Bone, Horned Pegasus, Peasant 2 and Ugly Creature 2
2 episodes
2020 The Casagrandes Rita Loud Episode: "Cursed!"
2020-2021 T.O.T.S. Various characters Recurring role; 6 episodes
2021–present Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years Karen Plankton
Main role; 12 episodes
2021–present The Patrick Star Show Squidina Star, Karen Plankton
Main role; 14 episodes
2021–present Chicago Party Aunt Bonnie (voice) Recurring role; 16 episodes

Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice role Notes Source
2002 La Pucelle: Tactics Culotte English dub [7]
2003 Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits Paulette English dub
2003 Final Fantasy X-2 Incidental characters English dub [8]
2004 EverQuest II Generic Iksar Ghost Enemy, Generic Siren Enemy, Generic Valkyrie Enemy
2005 SpongeBob SquarePants: Lights, Camera, Pants! Karen Plankton
2006 SpongeBob SquarePants: Creature from the Krusty Krab Karen
2006 Final Fantasy XII Additional characters English dub [9]
2006 Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Female Soldier B English dub
2009 SpongeBob's Truth or Square Karen, additional characters
2013 SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton's Robotic Revenge Karen, Plankton's cousins (Rainchild)
2013 Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Additional voices English dub
2022 Nickelodeon Kart Racers 3: Slime Speedway Squidina Star

Impressions on The Edge[edit]


  1. ^ "Instagram Post". www.instagram.com. Retrieved 28 May 2023.
  2. ^ "Voice of SpongeBob joins new Fox cartoon series". The Providence Journal. 25 April 2009. Archived from the original on June 29, 2011. Retrieved September 18, 2009.
  3. ^ Woulfe, Molly (July 15, 2005). "Jill Talley: She's ready to 'Sponge' off the Cubbies". The Times of Northwest Indiana. Archived from the original on June 26, 2021.
  4. ^ a b "Tom Kenny: Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved 21 September 2012.
  5. ^ Edwards, Ellen (November 30, 2004). "As the voice of SpongeBob, Tom Kenny knows it's hip to be square". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on August 18, 2018. Retrieved March 6, 2014.
  6. ^ Vlessing, Etan (February 5, 2019). "'"Nickelodeon to Make 'Loud House,' 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Animated Movies for Netflix"' Begins Production". Comicbook. Archived from the original on February 5, 2019. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  7. ^ Nippon Ichi Software. La Pucelle: Tactics. Mastiff. Scene: Ending credits, 44:13 in, English Voice Talent.
  8. ^ "Final Fantasy X-2 (2003 Video Game)". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved 13 May 2023.
  9. ^ "Final Fantasy XII (2006 Video Game)". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved 12 July 2023.

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