Lauren London

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Lauren London
Lauren London.jpg
London at the BET Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta, Georgia in 2007.
Born Lauren Nicole London
(1984-12-05) December 5, 1984 (age 29)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Education Palisades High School
Occupation Actress, Model, Video Vixen
Years active 2003–present
Children Cameron Carter
(b. September 9, 2009)
Website
twitter.com/MsLaurenLondon

Lauren Nicole London (born December 5, 1984 in Los Angeles, California) is an American film and television actress, model. Beginning her career in music videos and later transitioning into film and television acting, London earned recognition for her performance in the 2006 film ATL as well as the television shows 90210 and Entourage. She currently stars as Kiera Whitaker on the BET Comedy-drama, The Game.

Early life[edit]

London was born in Los Angeles, California to an African-American mother and a Jewish father.[1][2] After attending Palisades High School, London was home schooled, giving her time to audition for films, music videos and commercials.

Career[edit]

London has made appearances in music videos for artists such as Tyrese, Ludacris, Pharrell, and Snoop Dogg.[3] Her breakout year came in 2006, where she made her television debut in the "Everybody Hates Funerals" episode of the sitcom Everybody Hates Chris.[3] That same year, London landed her first film role as well, playing hip hop artist T.I.'s romantic lead in the film ATL. For her work, London was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the year's Black Movie Awards.[4] In 2007, London landed a role on the HBO comedy series Entourage, playing the character Turtle's (Jerry Ferrara) love interest.[5] Later, based on her performance in ATL, London was given her role in 2007's This Christmas without having to audition.[3] London, along with pop/R&B singers Cassie and Asia Nitollano, became one of the spokesmodels for the Sean John woman's collection in 2007.[6]

In 2008, London landed the role of the character Christina in the first season of the show 90210,[7] originally thought to be a possible romantic interest of Tristan Wilds' character Dixon Wilson. London's next film role was the character Ivy in the 2009 release Next Day Air.[8][9] That same year, she played the character Cammy Alcott in the Chris Columbus film I Love You Beth Cooper.[10] London has appeared on the cover of such magazines as Jewel and King as well.[11][12]

She appeared in Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family, which was released on April 22, 2011. She also made a cameo appearance in the premiere of VH1's Single Ladies. In June 2012, It was announced that London has joined the cast of the hit BET show The Game as a series regular for the upcoming sixth season. She will play character named Kiera, "a former child star who starred in a Cosby Show-esque sitcom."[13] London co-starred, alongside Paula Patton, Jill Scott, and Derek Luke, in Baggage Claim (2013), the film adaptation of playwright and director David E. Talbert's 2005 novel.

Personal life[edit]

London met Grammy Award-winning rapper Lil Wayne in July, 1998. Over the years, Lil Wayne has penned several songs about London including "Frontin Remix", "California Love", and "Look at Me Now".[14] Lauren and Wayne officially ended their relationship in January, 2009. On May 19, 2009, London announced, through her publicist, that she was pregnant by Wayne, after weeks of speculation.[15] On July 5, 2009, it was confirmed that London was expecting a baby boy.[16] On August 18, 2009, during an interview with Power 106, Lil Wayne confirmed that he was the father of London's baby.[17] On September 9, 2009, London gave birth to a 7 lb 12oz baby boy named Cameron Carter.[18] Lil Wayne was at her side the whole time.[18] In May 2011, London opened up for the first time about her relationship with Lil Wayne, stating "I met Dwayne when I was 15 years old. I’ve known him a very long time, and we were in a relationship that didn’t make it. We tried more than once to revive it, and we were engaged briefly years ago, but we eventually parted ways. People see the “Lil Wayne” personality and think they know who he really is. My son’s father is an intelligent, loving and lovable person who will always be a dear friend. And that will never change. That is all."[19]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role
2006 ATL Erin "New New" Garnett
2007 This Christmas Melanie 'Mel' Whitfield
2009 I Love You, Beth Cooper Cameron "Cammy" Alcott
2009 Next Day Air Ivy
2009 Good Hair herself
2011 Madea's Big Happy Family Renee
2013 Baggage Claim Sheree Moore

Television appearances[edit]

In her acting career, London has performed in relatively small roles in episodes for a number of television shows. This list includes appearances in various episodes of shows, while excluding appearances as herself on talk shows, interview shows, ceremonies, and the like.

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Everybody Hates Chris Monay 1 episode
2007 Entourage Kelly 2 episodes
2008–2009 90210 Christina Worthy 3 episodes
2009 Keeping Up with the Kardashians herself 1 episode
2011 Single Ladies Shelley recurring character
2011 Reed Between the Lines Jentry 2 episodes
2013–present The Game Kiera Whitaker Series regular (season 6-present)
2013 The Real Herself Episode 2

Music videos[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organization Award Film Result
2006 Black Movie Awards Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role ATL Nominated

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Scott, Damien (2009). "Lauren London". Complex Magazine. Retrieved 2009-05-05. 
  2. ^ "Lauren London Exclusive Interview: 'Under My Skin'' (Part 2) - Kathleen Cross: Author. Speaker. Blogger. | Kathleen Cross: Author. Speaker. Blogger". Kathleen Cross. Retrieved 2014-02-27. 
  3. ^ a b c "Lauren London – Biography". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2009-03-28. 
  4. ^ "IMDb: Black Movie Awards: 2006". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2009-03-28. 
  5. ^ "September 2006 : blackfilm: LAUREN LONDON news". Black Film.com. Retrieved 2009-03-28. 
  6. ^ ">> LAUREN LONDON & CASSIE FOR SEAN JOHN // 'CONCRETELOOP.COM' – QUALITY NOT QUANTITY". ConcreteLoop.com. Retrieved 2009-03-28. 
  7. ^ "YBF Exclusive: Lauren London Heads To "90210"". The Young, Black, and Fabulous. Retrieved 2009-03-28. [dead link]
  8. ^ "See 'Next Day Air' Trailer With Donald Faison And Lauren London – Black Voices Blogs". BlackVoices.com. Retrieved 2009-03-28. 
  9. ^ "Lauren London". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2009-03-28. 
  10. ^ "I Love You, Beth Cooper (2009)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2009-03-28. 
  11. ^ "Brown Sista >> Lauren London Jewel Magazine Photo Shoot". BrownSista.com. Retrieved 2009-03-31. 
  12. ^ "Lauren London covers King mag". ConcreteLoop.com. Retrieved 2009-03-31. 
  13. ^ "Kiera Whitaker - Laura London". BET. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  14. ^ "Lil Wayne speaks on Toya & Lauren London". Slumz.boxden.com. Retrieved 2014-02-27. 
  15. ^ View Comments (2009-05-19). "*Exclusive* Lauren: “Wayne and I Will Happily Raise This Baby Together”". Bossip. Retrieved 2014-02-27. 
  16. ^ View Comments (2009-07-05). "Confirmed: Lauren London is Having Weezy’s 2nd Baby Boy". Bossip. Retrieved 2014-02-27. 
  17. ^ Rodriguez, Jayson (2009-08-18). "Lil Wayne Confirms That Lauren London Is Pregnant With His Baby". MTV.com. Retrieved 2014-02-27. 
  18. ^ a b View Comments (2009-09-12). "Lauren London Has Popped: Gives Birth to Weezy F. Baby’s 3rd Baby". Bossip. Retrieved 2014-02-27. 
  19. ^ "Lauren London Talks Personal Struggle With Fame & Brief Engagement To Lil Wayne". Necole Bitchie.com. Retrieved 2014-02-27. 

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