|Born||February 20, 1978|
New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
Lauren Ambrose (born February 20, 1978) is an American actress.
Ambrose gained recognition and critical acclaim for her starring role as Claire Fisher in the HBO drama series Six Feet Under (2001–2005), for which she was nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards and won two Screen Actors Guild Awards. She went on to star as Jilly Kitzinger in the BBC One science fiction series Torchwood: Miracle Day (2011), Dorothy Turner in the Apple TV+ psychological horror series Servant (2019–2023), and as the adult version of Vanessa "Van" Palmer in the Showtime drama thriller series Yellowjackets (2023–present).
Her film credits include In & Out (1997), Can't Hardly Wait (1998), Psycho Beach Party (2000), Where the Wild Things Are (2009), The Other Woman (2009), About Sunny (2011), Sleepwalk with Me (2012), and Wanderlust (2012).
Ambrose's stage credits include Buried Child (2004), Awake and Sing! (2006), and Exit the King (2009). She portrayed the lead role of Eliza Doolittle in the 2018 Lincoln Center Theater revival of My Fair Lady on Broadway, for which she was nominated for a Tony Award and a Grammy Award, and won a Outer Critics Circle Award. She is also the lead singer of the ragtime band Lauren Ambrose and the Leisure Class.
Lauren Ambrose was born in New Haven, Connecticut, on February 20, 1978. She is the daughter of Frank D'Ambruoso, a caterer, and Anne (née Wachtel), an interior designer. She is of Italian descent on her father's side, and German, English, and Irish on her mother's side. Ambrose attended Choate Rosemary Hall, Wilbur Cross High School, High School in the Community, and the ACES Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven as part of the class of 1996. She is also a trained opera singer who studied voice and opera at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.
1990–1998: Career beginnings
Ambrose began her career in New York theater, starring in the Off-Broadway play Soulful Scream of a Chosen Son at the Vineyard Theatre from August to September 1990. Her early career also included television appearances, most notably playing supporting guest roles in the NBC crime drama series Law & Order, and a feature guest role on the show in the 1998 episode "Damaged" as Valerie Maxwell, an intellectually disabled young woman raped by a group of popular high school students. Her first film role was as Vicky Rayburn in the comedy In & Out (1997). She went on to have a prominent role as Denise Fleming in the high school comedy film Can't Hardly Wait (1998).
1999–2005: Breakthrough and Six Feet Under
She had a role as the ingenue lead, Florence "Chicklet" Forrest, in horror comedy film Psycho Beach Party (2000). That same year, she starred as Frankie Wheeler in the coming-of-age drama film Swimming.
Ambrose gained wider recognition and critical acclaim for her starring role as Claire Fisher in the HBO drama series Six Feet Under (2001–2005). For her performance, she was nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and a Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Drama Actress. She also won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series twice, from five nominations as a part of the ensemble cast.
2006–2017: Broadway debut
In 2006, Ambrose made her Broadway debut in the Lincoln Center Theater revival production of Awake and Sing! at the Belasco Theatre. She went on to appear in the drama films Diggers (2006) and Starting Out in the Evening (2007).
In 2007, she starred as Juliet in the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park performance of Romeo and Juliet at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. She also appeared as Ophelia in the 2008 performance of Hamlet for Shakespeare in the Park.
Ambrose returned to Broadway in the 2009 revival of Eugène Ionesco's Exit the King at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, opposite Geoffrey Rush and Susan Sarandon. Also in 2009, she starred in numerous films, such as the comedy-dramas A Dog Year and Cold Souls, and the romance dramas The Other Woman and Loving Leah. Additionally, she provided the voice of the monster KW in Spike Jonze's fantasy drama film Where the Wild Things Are.
In 2011, Ambrose appeared in seven episodes of the BBC One science fiction series Torchwood: Miracle Day. She played Jilly Kitzinger, a "sweet-talking PR genius with a heart of stone who's just cornered the most important client of her career and maybe of all time". For her performance, she received a Saturn Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress on Television.
Ambrose produced and starred in the drama film About Sunny (2011), which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. For her performance, she was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead. In 2012, she appeared in the comedy films Sleepwalk with Me, Wanderlust, and Grassroots.
Ambrose made numerous appearances on television, including roles in the A&E miniseries Coma (2012), the Adult Swim animated series Robot Chicken (2013), the NBC crime drama series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2013), the Lifetime television film Deliverance Creek (2014), and the USA Network miniseries Dig (2015). From 2016 to 2018, she had a recurring role as Special Agent Liz Einstein in the Fox science fiction drama series The X-Files.
2018–present: Broadway return & Servant
In March 2018, Ambrose began a leading role as Eliza Doolittle in the Broadway revival of My Fair Lady at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre, directed by Bartlett Sher. For her performance, she received critical acclaim and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. She also won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical.
In October 2018, Ambrose left My Fair Lady to take on the lead role as Dorothy Turner in the psychological horror series Servant, which was produced by M. Night Shyamalan and Tony Basgallop for Apple TV+. The series premiered in November 2019 and ended after four seasons in March 2023. For her performance in the series, she garnered a nomination for the Critics' Choice Super Award for Best Actress in a Horror Series.
|1997||In & Out||Vicky Rayburn|
|1998||Can't Hardly Wait||Denise Fleming|
|1998||Summertime's Calling Me||Tami||Short film|
|2000||Psycho Beach Party||Florence "Chicklet" Forrest|
|2007||Starting Out in the Evening||Heather Wolfe|
|2009||A Dog Year||Emma|
|2009||Where the Wild Things Are||KW (voice)|
|2009||The Other Woman||Mindy|
|2011||I'm Coming Over||Greta||Short film|
|2011||About Sunny||Angela||Also producer|
|2012||Sleepwalk with Me||Abby|
|2013||The River||Maria||Short film|
|2018||Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People||Kate Davis|
|1992||Law & Order||Jessica||Episode: "Skin Deep"|
|1993||Law & Order||Maureen McKinnon||Episode: "Pride and Joy"|
|1995||The State||Audience Member||Episode: "3.10"|
|1998||Law & Order||Valerie Maxwell||Episode: "Damaged"|
|1999||Party of Five||Myra Wringler||5 episodes|
|2001–2005||Six Feet Under||Claire Fisher||Main role|
|2008||The Return of Jezebel James||Coco Tompkins||Main role|
|2009||Loving Leah||Leah Lever||Television film|
|2011||Torchwood: Miracle Day||Jilly Kitzinger||7 episodes|
|2011||Weekends at Bellevue||Ellie Harlow||Pilot|
|2012||Coma||Susan Wheeler||2 episodes|
|2013||Robot Chicken||Anita Radcliffe / Natasha Fatale (voices)||Episode: "Papercut to Aorta"|
|2013||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Vanessa Mayer||2 episodes|
|2014||Deliverance Creek||Belle Gatlin Barlow||Television film|
|2015||Dig||Debbie Morgan||Main role|
|2016–2018||The X-Files||Special Agent Liz Einstein||3 episodes|
|2016||The Interestings||Jules Jacobson||Pilot|
|2017||Monsters of God||Cynthia Lancaster||Pilot|
|2019–2023||Servant||Dorothy Turner||Main role|
|2023–present||Yellowjackets||Vanessa "Van" Palmer||Main role|
|2007||The Darkness||Jenny Romano|
|2004||Buried Child||Shelly||Royal National Theatre|
|2006||Awake and Sing!||Hennie Berger||Belasco Theatre|
|2007||Romeo and Juliet||Juliet||Delacorte Theatre|
|2009||Exit the King||Queen Marie||Ethel Barrymore Theatre|
|2018||My Fair Lady||Eliza Doolittle||Vivian Beaumont Theatre|
Awards and nominations
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