Lara Pulver

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Lara Pulver
Born (1980-09-01) 1 September 1980 (age 42)
Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England
Years active2000–present
Notable work

Lara Pulver (born 1 September 1980) is an English actress. She has played Erin Watts in the BBC spy drama Spooks and Irene Adler on BBC's TV adaptation Sherlock. She won the 2016 Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical in the West End's revival of the Broadway musical Gypsy.

Early life[edit]

Pulver was born in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England. Her father is from a Jewish family; her mother converted to Judaism when they married.[1][2] She has a sister, Erika who is four years older and works as a teacher.[1] Pulver attended the National Youth Music Theatre between 1994 and 1998, as well as The Liz Burville Dance Centre, Bexley.[3] In 1997, she began studying at the Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts, and graduated 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.[4]

In 2010, Pulver joined the cast of the third series of HBO's True Blood as Sookie Stackhouse's fairy godmother, Claudine Crane.

Pulver played Erin Watts, the new chief of Section D, in the tenth and final series of BBC spy drama Spooks, a role she reprised in the 2015 feature film Spooks: The Greater Good

Pulver played Irene Adler in "A Scandal in Belgravia", the first episode of the second series of Sherlock.[5] Her appearance caused an "enormous" response,[6] with the Evening Standard calling the scene where she greets Sherlock Holmes nude "infamous".[7] To The Telegraph, Pulver called the scene "empowering".[8] The BBC received over 100 complaints about the footage.[9]

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.[10]

In 2014, she played Louise in a revival of Gypsy at the Chichester Festival Theatre.[11] The production transferred to the West End in April 2015.[12] Miss Pulver won the 2016 Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for the same role in the Savoy Theatre production of Gypsy. Louise is actually the title role, as "Louise" becomes the real-life early-20th-century American strip-tease sensation Gypsy Rose Lee, on whose memoirs the musical is based. Pulver's co-star in the Savoy production, Imelda Staunton, won the 2016 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her role as the larger-than-life Mama Rose.

Personal life[edit]

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.[13] The couple honeymooned in the Maldives.[14] Dallas confirmed their divorce in an interview on Bob Rivers's radio show on 2 December 2011.

Pulver began dating fellow Spooks actor Raza Jaffrey in 2012 and the two married on 27 December 2014. They reside in Los Angeles.[15] The couple have a son and daughter.[16]



Year Title Role Notes
2010 Legacy Diane Shaw
2011 Language of a Broken Heart Violet
2014 Edge of Tomorrow Karen Lord Non-speaking cameo
2015 A Patch of Fog Lucy
2015 Spooks: The Greater Good Erin Watts
2016 Underworld: Blood Wars Semira
2021 The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf Tetra Voice role


Year Show Role Notes
2009 Robin Hood Isabella TV series (8 episodes in Series 3)
2010 The Special Relationship Intern TV movie
2010 True Blood Claudine Crane TV series (5 episodes)
2011 Spooks Erin Watts TV series (main cast in Series 10)
2012, 2014 Sherlock Irene Adler "A Scandal in Belgravia" and "The Sign of Three"
2012 Coming Up Annette "Camouflage"
2013–2015 Da Vinci's Demons Clarice Orsini TV series; main role
2013 Skins: Fire Victoria TV series; minor role
2014 Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond Ann O'Neill TV series (4 episodes); Main role
2015 Spooks: The Greater Good Erin Watts Reprising her role from the series
2016–2017 Quantico Charlotte Bishop Episodes: "ODENVY" and "EPICSHELTER"
2017 Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams Paula Episode: "Real Life"
2018 The City and the City Katrynia TV series
2020 The Alienist: Angel of Darkness Karen Stratton TV series
2021 Dota: Dragon's Blood Princess Mirana TV series; main voice role
2022 The Split Kate Pencastle Main role (series 3)
2022 Pantheon News Anchor Guest voice role; Episode: “The Gods Will Not Be Slain”
2023 Maternal Catherine MacDiarmid TV series; main role[17]


Stage credits[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]


Year Award Category Work Result
2012 Critics' Choice Television Award[21][22] Best Actress in a Movie/Miniseries Sherlock Nominated


Year Award Category Work Result
2008 Laurence Olivier Award[23] Best Actress in a Musical Parade Nominated
2016 Laurence Olivier Award[24] Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical Gypsy Won


  1. ^ a b "The 'shiksa goddess' who acts kosher". The Jewish Chronicle.
  2. ^ Totally Plc. " – Entertainment – Features And Reviews". Archived from the original on 29 September 2015.
  3. ^ "NYMT | Whispers". 2012. Archived from the original on 25 June 2012. Retrieved 26 April 2012.
  4. ^ "Bits and Bobs (Vol. 5 1/2): Exclusive 'Robin Hood' scoop from Richard Armitage! | PopWatch". Entertainment Weekly. 2012. Retrieved 26 April 2012.
  5. ^ Conlan, Tara (4 January 2012). "Sherlock: BBC will not remove nude scenes for 7pm repeat". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 January 2012.
  6. ^ "Pulver: I'd love to return to Sherlock". 22 January 2013.
  7. ^ "Lara Pulver: The infamous 111-second scene with Sherlock that made my". Evening Standard. 15 June 2012.
  8. ^ "Nude scenes were empowering, says Sherlock actress Lara Pulver". The Telegraph.
  9. ^ "Sherlock Star Lara Pulver 'Completely Naked And Empowered', She Reveals". HuffPost. 1 October 2012.
  10. ^ Eames, Tom (4 June 2012). "Sherlock's Lara Pulver, Southland's Clifton Collins Jr join new shows". Digital Spy. Retrieved 4 June 2012.
  11. ^ Theo Bosanquet & Rosie Bannister (6 March 2014). "Chichester reopens Festival Theatre with Rupert Everett in Amadeus, plus Gypsy and Guys and Dolls".
  12. ^ "Full West End Gypsy cast announced". 2 March 2015.
  13. ^ Anderson, Joel. "Lara Pulver's Fabulous Life". 8 November 2011. Fabulous.
  14. ^ "Lara Pulver". British Airways. Retrieved 23 September 2011.
  15. ^ Adam Jacques (29 March 2015). "Camilla Schneideman & Lara Pulver: 'I realised the flapjacks I gave". The Independent.
  16. ^ Lampert, Nicole (29 December 2022). "Lara's next big role? A juggling act she knows only too well". The Jewish Chronicle.
  17. ^ "ITV commissions six part medical drama, Maternal". Retrieved 28 July 2022.
  18. ^ a b "Article about Pulver's casting in Parade". 12 June 2007.
  19. ^ "Nominations announcement, 2008 Laurence Olivier Awards". Official London Theatre Guide. Archived from the original on 8 February 2008.
  20. ^ "Article about Pulver's casting in The Last 5 Years". 21 June 2006.
  21. ^ "2012 // Critics' Choice Television Awards Announces Nominations | Critics Choice Awards". Retrieved 19 February 2021.
  22. ^ "2012 // Winners of the 2nd Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards | Critics Choice Awards". Retrieved 19 February 2021.
  23. ^ "Olivier Winners 2008". Olivier Awards. Retrieved 19 February 2021.
  24. ^ "Olivier Winners 2016". Olivier Awards. Retrieved 19 February 2021.

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