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Lauren German

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Lauren German
German in July 2015
Born (1978-11-29) November 29, 1978 (age 45)
Years active2000–present

Lauren German (born November 29, 1978) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Chloe Decker in the urban fantasy comedy-drama series Lucifer (2016–2021). Her other roles include the romantic drama film A Walk to Remember (2002) and the horror films The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) and Hostel: Part II (2007), as well as Lori Weston in the second season of the CBS police drama series Hawaii Five-0 (2011–2012) and Leslie Shay in the NBC drama series Chicago Fire (2012–2014).

Early life[edit]

Lauren German was born November 29, 1978.[1] Her father Richard is a vascular surgeon.[2] Her paternal grandmother was English, while her paternal grandfather was Dutch.[3] She attended Los Alamitos High School and Orange County High School of the Arts, then enrolled at the University of Southern California to study anthropology.[4]


German's first work was on stage in Peter Pan and Oliver. She made her feature film debut in the 2000 romantic comedy Down to You, where she had a small role as a lovestruck woman. German appeared in a pictorial for Maxim magazine's January 2002 issue and was placed as #47 in Maxim's "Hot 100 of 2002" list.[5]

In 2002, German co-starred in the romantic drama A Walk to Remember with Shane West and Mandy Moore, based on Nicholas Sparks' 1999 novel of the same name. She played Belinda, a popular but mean-spirited high school girl who harbors unrequited love for Landon Carter (West).[6] She then appeared in the crime/horror film Dead Above Ground, the drama A Midsummer Night's Rave,[7] and the TV movie The Lone Ranger. In 2003, she auditioned to star in the remake of the classic 1974 horror film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but the role went to Jessica Biel, and German won the role of the hitchhiker.[8]

German co-starred in the crime drama Born Killers (2005), the thriller Rx (2005), the romantic comedy Standing Still (2005),[9] and the drama It Is Fine! Everything Is Fine. (2007). She also starred in the musical drama What We Do Is Secret with Shane West again, based on a true story.[6] West played original Germs singer and German played The Go-Go's singer Belinda Carlisle.[6]

She starred in the horror film Hostel: Part II.[6][10] and the apocalypse thriller The Divide.[11] She starred in the second season of the CBS police drama Hawaii Five-0[12] as DHS agent Lori Weston from 2011 to 2012.[6] From 2012 to 2014, she starred as paramedic Leslie Shay in the NBC drama Chicago Fire.[6] When her character was killed, her character's name was printed on the door of the ambulance in which she rode, as a memorial. She graced the cover of TV Guide magazine with her Chicago Fire co-stars on November 18, 2013.[13]

German starred as detective Chloe Decker in the Fox urban fantasy comedy-drama series Lucifer (2016–2021).[14][15]

Personal life[edit]

German was rumoured to have dated actors Adam Brody in the late 2000s and Ashton Holmes in the early 2010s, though neither relationship was confirmed.[3]


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Down to You Lovestruck woman
2002 A Walk to Remember Belinda
Dead Above Ground Darcy Peters
A Midsummer Night's Rave Elena
2003 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Suicidal girl
2005 Rx Melissa
Standing Still Jennifer
Born Killers Gertle
2007 It Is Fine! Everything Is Fine. Ruth
Spin Cassie
Love and Mary Mary
Hostel: Part II Beth Salinger
What We Do Is Secret Belinda Carlisle
2008 Mating Dance Abby
2009 Made for Each Other Catherine
Dark Country Gina
2011 The Divide Eva
Year Title Role Notes
2000 Undressed Kimmy TV series
2001 Shotgun Love Dolls Beth TV movie
7th Heaven Marie Episode: "Apologize"
2002 Going to California Tiffany Episode: "A Little Hard in the Big Easy"
2003 The Lone Ranger Emily Landry TV movie
2005 Sex, Love & Secrets Rose Main role
2006 Surrender, Dorothy Maddy TV movie
2010 Happy Town Henley Boone / Chloe Main role
2011 Human Target Angie Anderson Episode: "Kill Bob"
Memphis Beat Kaylee Slater Episodes: "Identity Crisis", "The Feud"
2011–2012 Hawaii Five-0 Lauren "Lori" Weston Main role (season 2)
2012–2014 Chicago Fire Leslie Shay Main role (seasons 1–2)
2014 Chicago P.D. Guest role (2 episodes)
2016–2021 Lucifer Chloe Decker Main role


  1. ^ Rose, Mike (November 29, 2023). "Famous birthdays list for November 29, 2023 includes celebrities Don Cheadle, Gemma Chan". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved November 29, 2023.
  2. ^ Bendix, Trish (July 25, 2015). "Lauren German on playing lesbian EMT Leslie Shay on 'Chicago Fire'". After Ellen. Retrieved February 2, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Rice, Lilyanne (September 15, 2019). "The truth about Lauren German". StylesRant. Retrieved May 17, 2021.
  4. ^ Collar, Cammila (2016). "Lauren German Biography". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Archived from the original on February 14, 2016. Retrieved February 8, 2016.
  5. ^ "2002 Hot 100 List". Maxim. Retrieved 2020-12-16.
  6. ^ a b c d e f Renae, Kirstie. "THEN AND NOW: The cast of 'A Walk to Remember' 18 years later". Insider. Retrieved 2021-12-10.
  7. ^ Leydon, Joe (2003-04-30). "A Midsummer Night's Rave". Variety. Retrieved 2021-12-10.
  8. ^ King, Randall (12 May 2010). "It's far from quiet on the set as film production roars to life". Winnipeg Free Press.
  9. ^ Catsoulis, Jeannette (2006-04-21). "'Standing Still': The Inertia of Love". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-12-10.
  10. ^ "First Ever Image from Xavier Gens' 'The Divide'! – Bloody Disgusting". bloody-disgusting.com.
  11. ^ Moore, Debi (16 September 2012). "Image Gallery for Grimm Episode 2.05 – The Good Shepherd". Dread Central.
  12. ^ Gordon, Mike (15 July 2011). "Lauren German Five-O". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. p. 39 – via newspapers.com.
  13. ^ "The Heat Is On! Inside Chicago Fire's scorching new season". tvguidemagazine.com. Retrieved 2020-12-16.
  14. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 10, 2015). "Lauren German To Co-Star In 'Lucifer'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 14, 2015.
  15. ^ Cordero, Rosy (July 24, 2021). "'Lucifer' Sets Season 6 Return To Netflix At Comic-Con@Home". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 24, 2021.

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