1 September 1980 |
Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England, UK
|Spouse(s)||Josh Dallas (2007–2011)|
Lara Pulver (born September 1, 1980) is an English actress who has received nominations for the 2008 Laurence Olivier Awards and Whatsonstage Theatregoers' Choice Awards. She is best known for her portrayals of Erin Watts in the popular British BBC spy drama Spooks, and Irene Adler on BBC's TV adaptation Sherlock.
Pulver was born in Southend-on-Sea, Essex. Her father is from a Jewish family and her mother converted to Judaism. Her parents separated when she was eleven. Pulver attended the National Youth Music Theatre between 1994 and 1998, as well as The Liz Burville Dance Centre, Bexley. In 1997, she began studying at the Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts, graduating in 2000. She has since worked as an actress, singer and dancer in West End musicals.
Pulver was nominated for the 2008 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for the role of Lucille Frank in the first West End production of the musical Parade at the Donmar Warehouse. She reprised the role in the Los Angeles production at the Mark Taper Forum opposite T.R. Knight.
In 2008, Pulver recorded a song for the CD Act One — Songs from the Musicals of Alexander S. Bermange. Pulver joined the cast of the BBC's Robin Hood in 2009 as Isabella, the sister of Guy of Gisbourne.
Pulver played Erin Watts, the new Chief of Section D, in the tenth and final series of BBC spy drama Spooks.
Pulver played Irene Adler in "A Scandal in Belgravia", the first episode of the second series of Sherlock. In 2012 she joined the cast of Da Vinci's Demons as the "seductive and politically-minded" Clarice Orsini, a series regular and wife of Lorenzo Medici.
In 2003, Pulver met American actor Josh Dallas while he was in the UK studying at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. They married over Christmas 2007 in a 16th-century barn in Devon. The couple honeymooned in the Maldives. Dallas confirmed their divorce in an interview on Bob Rivers' radio show on 2 December 2011.
|2009||Robin Hood||Isabella||TV series (8 episodes in Series 3)|
|The Special Relationship||Intern||TV movie|
|True Blood||Claudine Crane||TV series (5 episodes)|
|2011||Spooks||Erin Watts||TV series (main cast in Series 10)|
|Language of a Broken Heart||Violet|
|2012||Sherlock||Irene Adler||"A Scandal in Belgravia"|
|Coming Up (TV series)||Annette||"Camouflage"|
|2013||Da Vinci's Demons||Clarice Orsini||TV series; main character|
|Skins: Fire||Victoria||TV series; minor role|
- Parade (Lucille Frank), Donmar Warehouse, nominated for Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical  and Whatsonstage.com Awards
- Into The Woods, Royal Opera House
- The Last Five Years (Cathy), Menier Chocolate Factory
- Honk! (Henrietta), Royal National Theatre (Best New Musical, Laurence Olivier Awards 2000) and national tour
- Miss Saigon
- High Society
- A Chorus Line
- The Darling Buds of May
- The Boy Friend
- 42nd Street
- The Wizard of Oz
- (Adverts) Smirnoff Vodka Range — Hatter's Summer Night Dream with Smirnoff
- Uncle Vanya
Awards and nominations
|2008||Laurence Olivier Award - Best Actress in a Musical||Parade||Nominated|
|2012||Critics' Choice Television Award - Best Movie/Miniseries Actress||Sherlock (TV series) - A Scandal in Belgravia||Nominated|
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- "Bits and Bobs (Vol. 5 1/2): Exclusive 'Robin Hood' scoop from Richard Armitage! | PopWatch | EW.com". ew.com. 2012 [last update]. Retrieved 26 April 2012.
- Conlan, Tara (4 January 2012). "Sherlock: BBC will not remove nude scenes for 7pm repeat". The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-01-04.
- Eames, Tom (4 June 2012). "Sherlock's Lara Pulver, Southland's Clifton Collins Jr join new shows". Digital Spy. Retrieved 4 June 2012.
- Maureen Paton (16 September 2011). "Dressed to kill: Move over Harry Pearce — a new glamorous MI5 boss is taking over Spooks for its final series". daily Mail. Retrieved 23 September 2011.
- Anderson, Joel. "Lara Pulver's Fabulous Life". 8 November 2011. Fabulous.
- "Lara Pulver". British Airways. Retrieved 23 September 2011.
- "Article about Pulver's casting in Parade". Broadway.com 12 June 2007.
- "Article about Pulver's casting in The Last 5 Years". Broadway.com 21 June 2006.