Lucy Griffiths (actress born 1986)

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For the British actress born in 1919, see Lucy Griffiths.
Lucy Griffiths
Born Lucy Ursula Griffiths
(1986-10-10) 10 October 1986 (age 27)[1]
Brighton, England, UK
Years active 2006-present

Lucy Griffiths (born 10 October 1986)[1] is an English actress most famous for her role as Marian in the BBC drama Robin Hood and Ruth in the TV series The Little House. Her most recent notable performance was her appearance as Nora, Eric Northman's "sister", in the HBO series True Blood.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Brighton, Griffiths was educated at Roedean School, Windlesham House School, Dorothy Stringer High School and Varndean College. She is a former member of the National Youth Music Theatre.

She first appeared on television in Sea of Souls and then Sugar Rush, and on stage in The White Devil.

In February 2006 it was announced she would be playing a "feisty", beautiful Marian in the BBC family drama series Robin Hood, alongside Jonas Armstrong. Griffiths has said that her character "has been written as an intelligent, witty, biting character, and that's how I expected her to be."[2]

Griffiths returned as Marian in the second series of Robin Hood in 2007, but her character was killed off in the final episode. This decision proved unpopular with fans of the series. On a BBC Nottingham page, it is said that she left to pursue 'other opportunities'. It has been rumored that she wanted to leave the show to further her career in Hollywood.[3] However, other sources say she was written out to allow the show to be taken in a new direction. She returned in the series finale a year later[4] as a spectral vision of Marian.[5]

In 2009 she made her West End debut in a revival of Arcadia and appeared in the ITV1 drama Collision. On 5 September 2010, she appeared in the ITV drama U Be Dead, playing Bethan Ancell[6] and on 1 November 2010 she starred in ITV drama The Little House.

In January 2011 Griffiths signed a talent holding deal with US television network CBS.[7] It had been announced that she would play Jenna Lestrade, the lead in the CW zombie pilot Awakening,[8][9] however the show did not go ahead.[10]

In November 2011 it was revealed that Griffiths would play Nora, the sister of vampire Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård), in the fifth season of HBO's True Blood.[10] Nora is not a character in the Southern Vampire Mysteries (the books the TV series is based on) but she has been described as "intelligent, intimidating, cool under pressure and a very good liar" according to TV Line.[10] During November 2011 Griffiths also appeared on stage at the Finborough Theatre, London, in the play Atman by Iain Finlay Macleod.

She has a diploma in mime from a world famous school in Paris and claims that Marcel Marceau was her greatest influence into the artistry of emotions and actions without words.[citation needed] She also admires performances of Judi Dench, Kate Winslet, and Jennifer Saunders.


Year Film Role Notes
2006 Sea of Souls Rebecca TV series (1 episode: "Succubus")
2006 Sugar Rush Lettie TV series (1 episode: "Episode #2.2")
2006–2009 Robin Hood Marian TV series (26 episodes: 2006-2009)
2009 U Be Dead Bethan Ancell TV movie
2009 Collision Jane Tarrant TV series (5 episodes)
2010 Lewis Madeline Escher TV series (1 episode: "Falling Darkness")
2010 The Little House Ruth TV series (2 episodes)
2011 Billboard The Ex
2011 Awakening Jenna Lestrade TV movie
2012–2013 True Blood Nora Gainesborough Regular role (Seasons 5–6)
2013 The Numbers Station Meredith Film
2013 Uncanny Joy Andrews Film
2014 Winter's Tale Young Woman [Peter's mother] Film


  1. ^ a b Lucy Griffiths at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ "Robin Hood given modern makeover". BBC News. 8 September 2006. Retrieved 2006-11-16. 
  3. ^ "They've killed Maid Marian". BBC Nottingham. 31 December 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-10. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "BBC One - Robin Hood, Series 3, Something Worth Fighting For - Part 2". 2013-09-28. Retrieved 2014-01-27. 
  6. ^ "U Be Dead" Press Release[dead link]
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "CBS Signs Talent Holding Deal With Young British Actress –". Retrieved 2014-01-27. 
  8. ^ "". Retrieved 2014-01-06. 
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "‘The River’ & ‘Awakening’ Find Their Leads, Two Board ‘Tagged’ & ‘Wonder Woman’ –". Retrieved 2014-01-27. 
  10. ^ a b c Michael Ausiello (2011-11-02). "True Blood Casts Lucy Griffiths as Nora in Season 5". TVLine. Retrieved 2014-01-06. 

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