PROGRESSIVE offers home and auto insurance for Americans, and its affordability and commercials make it a popular company.
One of the stars of the commercials is a woman who only goes by the name of "Flo."
Who is Flo from Progressive?
Believe it or not, Flo isn't a real person — she's a character played by an actress named Stephanie Courtney.
Flo was created by copywriter John Park and art director Steve Reepmeyer of the Arnold Worldwide ad agency in Boston.
Flo has an Australian counterpart named Kitty, who is played by Australian actress Holly Austin.
Flo's co-stars in Progressive commercials include Jamie, who is played by actor Jim Cashman, and Mara, played by Natalie Palamides.
Who is Stephanie Courtney?
Born in upstate NY, Stephanie Courtney is a comedian who was a member of the group The Groundlings.
She also has starred in several films and television shows.
Courtney's best known role was as Essie Karp in The Goldbergs.
Courtney said that she knew she always wanted to be an actress.
"I was never tortured over whether I wanted to become an actress. There was never another option in my mind," she said.
Her sister, Jennifer, is also an actress.
Jennifer Courtney has appeared on such shows as Dexter and Law & Order.
Stephanie Courtney is married to American lighting director Scott Kolanach, who is popular for directing the film The Groundlings.
The couple met when she was working with The Groundlings in Los Angeles.
They were married in 2008, and continue to be married to this day.
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