Clea Lewis

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Clea Lewis
Born (1965-07-19) July 19, 1965 (age 57)
Years active1991–present
SpousePeter Ackerman

Clea Lewis (born July 19, 1965) is an American actress, best known for her television role as Ellen's annoying friend Audrey[2] in the sitcom Ellen. Lewis also played Margaret Redding on Royal Pains and Deirdre Kemp on The Americans. She guest-starred in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, the pilot episode of Friends, and was a series regular on Flying Blind and Andy Barker, P.I..[3] Additionally, she appeared in movies like The Rich Man's Wife, Diabolique, and Perfect Stranger,[4] and is also known for her theatre roles, including on Broadway in Absurd Person Singular,[5] and her voiceover work, such as in the movie Ice Age: The Meltdown and voicing various characters in the Nickelodeon cartoon SpongeBob SquarePants.

Personal life[edit]

Lewis was born in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, to a writer mother and a former vaudeville performer and lawyer father. Lewis graduated from Brown University in 1987. She has two sons with her husband, playwright and children's book author Peter Ackermann: Stanley, born in 2002, and Alvin, born in 2005.[6]


As well as playing Audrey on Ellen, Lewis appeared on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and was a series regular on Flying Blind.[3] She also appeared in the pilot episode of Friends, in which she played Frannie. She has appeared in numerous films, including Scotch & Milk, The Rich Man's Wife, and Diabolique.[4] In 2000, she performed the voice of Amy Lawrence in Tom Sawyer. Lewis played Gina, a chatty ad agency worker, in 2007's Perfect Stranger. She also voiced various characters in the Nickelodeon cartoon SpongeBob SquarePants.

She played Margaret Redding on Royal Pains and Deirdre Kemp on The Americans. She also appeared on the short-lived Andy Barker, P.I. as Jenny Barker, the wife of the title character.

Her somewhat nasal, squeaky voice has meant a great deal of animation voice-over work for Lewis, including in both television (ABC's Saturday morning cartoon, Pepper Ann) as Nicky Little and film (Ice Age: The Meltdown). She also recorded the book-on-CD for books 4-10 of The Princess Diaries book series.



Year Title Role Notes
1992 Hero Sylvia
1996 Diabolique Lisa Campos
1996 The Rich Man's Wife Nora Golden
1998 Scotch and Milk Ilsa
2000 Tom Sawyer Amy Lawrence (voice role) Direct-to-Video
2000 The Office Party Grace Short film
2004 Superstore Joan Short film
2006 Ice Age: The Meltdown Female Mini Sloth/Dung Beetle Mom (voice role)
2007 Perfect Stranger Gina
2009 Motherhood Lily
2009 Confessions of a Shopaholic Miss Ptaszinski
2009 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Start Mom (voice role)
2013 Life of Crime Tyra Taylor


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Doogie Howser, M.D. Lyla Episode: "It's a Wonderful Laugh"
1992 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Krista Episode: "Hilary Gets a Life"
1992–1993 Flying Blind Megan series regular (22 episodes)
1994 Friends Franny Episode: "The One Where Monica Gets a Roommate"
1994–1998 Ellen Audrey Penney series regular (79 episodes)
1995 Mad About You Salesperson Episode: "Purseona"
1995 Double Rush Danielle Episode: "Love Letters"
1996 Maury Herself (Guest) Episode: "10.17.1996"
1997–2000 Pepper Ann Nicky Anais Little (voice role) recurring role (32 episodes)
1998–1999 Maggie Winters Rachel Tomlinson recurring regular (16 episodes)
1999 Tracey Takes On... Carol Episode: "Road Rage"
1999 The Angry Beavers Wanda (voice role) Episode: "Tough Love/A Little Dad'll Do You"
2000 Madigan Men Wendy Episode: "Pilot"
2007 Andy Barker, P.I. Jenny Barker series regular (6 episodes)
2008 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Heaven Moscowitz Episode: "Trade"
2010 The New Adventures of Old Christine Emily Episode: "Truth or Dare"
2015 The Affair Simone Episode: "2.4"
2015–2016 Royal Pains Margaret Redding recurring role (5 episodes)
2017 Doubt Tanya Gibson Episode: "Pilot"
2017 The Americans Deirdre Kemp recurring role (4 episodes)
2017 The Blacklist Alexa Girard Episode: "Philomena (No. 61)"


Year Title Role Venue Notes
1998 All in the Timing unknown role Geffen Playhouse
1999 Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight unknown role Promenade Theatre
2002 Once in a Lifetime Miss Leighton Adams Memorial Theatre
2005 Absurd Person Singular Jane Biltmore Theatre


  1. ^ "Clea Lewis".
  2. ^ Clea Lewis is Audrey Penney on Ellen Archived November 23, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b "Clea Lewis". Retrieved May 28, 2023.
  4. ^ a b "Clea Lewis". BFI. Retrieved May 28, 2023.
  5. ^ "Clea Lewis – Broadway Cast & Staff | IBDB". Retrieved May 28, 2023.
  6. ^ "Clea Lewis".

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