Lauren Lee Smith

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Lauren Lee Smith
Born (1980-06-19) June 19, 1980 (age 38)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Occupation Actress
Years active 1997–present
Spouse(s) Erik Steingröver (m. 2009)

Lauren Lee Smith (born June 19, 1980[1][2]) is a Canadian actress. She is known for her television roles, including Emma DeLauro in the syndicated fantasy drama Mutant X, Riley Adams in the CBS forensics drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, police Sergeant Michelle McCluskey in the CTV fantasy drama The Listener, and Frankie Drake in the CBC detective series Frankie Drake Mysteries.

Early life[edit]

Smith was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.[3] When she was 14, her family moved to Los Angeles, California. There, she began a modelling career.[3] She was born seven months before her cousin, the actor Myles Ferguson, who died in a car crash when she was 20.


At the age of 19, Smith was cast in the remake of Get Carter. Later that year, Smith was cast in the starring role of Christy Huddleston in the television film Christy: The Movie,[4] and its follow-up two-part miniseries Christy, Choices of the Heart.[5] She starred in the show Mutant X, where she played the character of Emma deLauro from 2001 to 2003.

Smith in 2012

Throughout the 2000s, she guest-starred in episodes of The Dead Zone, The Twilight Zone, and Blade: The Series, among others. Smith was also a recurring character in the Showtime drama series The L Word, playing sous chef Lara Perkins. In 2005, Smith filmed the sexually explicit movie Lie with Me,[6] where she played the character of Leila.[7] The same year, she was cast in the 2006 romance film The Last Kiss.[8]

In 2006, she had a recurring part on the Canadian drama Intelligence. In early 2007, she played Kath in the CBC miniseries Dragon Boys. The same year, Smith was cast in starring roles in the 2008 thriller film Pathology[9] and in the 2009 drama film Helen with Ashley Judd.[10]

In 2008, Smith became a series regular in the ninth season on the long-running CBS forensics drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation playing Riley Adams (originally named Bryce Adams), "a smart, flirtatious, and witty non-conformist who entered law enforcement to rebel against her judgmental psychiatrist father", who joins Grissom's team,[11][12] to fill the void left by the departure of Jorja Fox's Sara Sidle.[13] She and her character did not return for the tenth season.

In 2009 Smith was cast in one of the lead roles in the German-produced television film Hindenburg which did not air until 2011.[14] In 2010, Smith returned to Canada and joined the cast of the CTV drama series The Listener for its second season.[15][16] In 2012, she was cast in the starring role of Grace in the 2013 Canadian comedy film Cinemanovels alongside Jennifer Beals with whom Smith had previous appeared in the 2010 film A Night for Dying Tigers.[17]

In 2014, Smith played government investigator Samantha Krueger on the CBC/Syfy science-fiction miniseries Ascension.[18] In 2015, Smith joined the cast of the CBC drama series This Life, playing Maggie, the sister of the lead character (Torri Higginson) who is suffering from stage four cancer;[19] Smith's portrayal of the character was well received by The Globe and Mail's John Doyle.[20]

In 2017, she was cast in the lead role in the CBC drama series Frankie Drake Mysteries.[21]

Personal life[edit]

She married German photographer Erik Steingröver on April 4, 2009.[22]



Year Title Role Notes
2000 Get Carter Girl #2
2005 Lie with Me Leila
2006 Art School Confidential Beat Girl
2006 Last Kiss, TheThe Last Kiss Lisa
2006 One Way Angelina Sable
2007 Normal Sherri
2007 Late Fragment Lea
2007 Trick 'r Treat Danielle
2008 Pathology Juliette Bath
2008 American Carol, AnAn American Carol Voice of Reason
2009 Helen Mathilda
2010 Night for Dying Tigers, AA Night for Dying Tigers Karen
2011 Business Ethics Veronica Short film
2011 Girl Walks into a Bar Karen
2012 Three Days in Havana Grace
2013 Hunting Season Samantha
2013 Cinemanovels Grace
2014 If I Stay Willow
2015 How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town Heather Mitchell
2017 The Shape of Water Elaine


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction Michelle Lambert Episode: "Murder of Roy Hennessey"
2000 Homewood P.I. Unsold television pilot
2000 Dark Angel Natalie Episode: Pilot
2000 2gether Erin Television film (MTV)
2000 2gether: The Series Erin Evans Recurring role; 11 episodes
2000 Christy: The Movie Christy Huddleston Television film (Pax); aka. Christy: Return to Cutter Gap
2001 Christy, Choices of the Heart Christy Huddleston Television miniseries (Pax); aka. Christy: A Change of Seasons (Part I) and Christy: A New Beginning (Part II)
2001 Wedding Dress, TheThe Wedding Dress Hannah Pinkham Television film
2001–2003 Mutant X Emma DeLauro Main role (seasons 1–2); 44 episodes
2003 Twilight Zone, TheThe Twilight Zone Eve Episode: "Sunrise"
2004 I Want to Marry Ryan Banks Lauren Television film
2004 Survivors Club, TheThe Survivors Club Meg Pesaturo Television film
2004 Dead Zone, TheThe Dead Zone Bonnie Gibson Episode: "Total Awareness"
2004–2006 L Word, TheThe L Word Lara Perkins Recurring role; 20 episodes
2006 Blade: The Series Bethany Episode: "Hunters"
2006–2007 Intelligence Tina Recurring role; 10 episodes
2007 Dragon Boys Kath Television miniseries
2008–2009 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Riley Adams Main role (season 9); 22 episodes
2009 Anatomy of Hope Cynthia Morgan Unsold television pilot
2009 Can Openers Susan Unsold television pilot[11]
2009 CSI: Deadly Intent Riley Adams Video game; voice role
2010 Psych Lillian Episode: "Feet Don't Kill Me Now"
2011 Hindenburg (de) Jennifer van Zandt Television film
2011 Good Dog Claire Main role; 13 episodes
2011–2014 Listener, TheThe Listener Michelle McCluskey Main role (seasons 2–5); 52 episodes
2012 Good God Claire Episode: "One Station Under God"
2012 Ring of Fire Emily Booth Unsold television pilot
2014 Murdoch Mysteries Elva Gordon Episode: "Journey to the Centre of Toronto"
2014 Saving Hope Astrid Ray Episode: "The Other Side of Midnight"
2014 Ascension Samantha Krueger Television miniseries (SyFy)
2015–2016 This Life Maggie Lawson Main role; 20 episodes
2017–present Frankie Drake Mysteries Frankie Drake Lead role


Year Award Category Work Result Refs
2002 Gemini Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series Mutant X Nominated [23]
2008 Leo Awards Best Supporting Performance by a Female in a Feature Length Drama Normal Nominated
2009 Leo Awards Best Supporting Performance by a Female in a Feature Length Drama Helen Won [24]
2011 Gemini Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role The Listener Nominated [25]
2011 Leo Awards Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Feature Length Drama A Night for Dying Tigers Nominated
2014 Leo Awards Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Feature Length Drama Cinemanovels Won [26]
2016 Leo Awards Best Supporting Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series This Life Won [27]
2017 Canadian Screen Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Series This Life Nominated [28]
Leo Awards Best Supporting Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series This Life Nominated [29]


  1. ^ "On This Day". The New York Times. 2009-06-19. Retrieved 2016-05-28. Lauren Lee Smith turns 29 years old today. 
  2. ^ Gerry Kahrmann (2012-06-18). "Actress Lauren Lee Smith is 32". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 2016-05-28. 
  3. ^ a b "Lauren Lee Smith "Mutant X" Biography @". 2003-02-17. Retrieved 2006-10-16. 
  4. ^ Connie Wethington (2000-11-18). "'Christy: The Movie' Stays True to Its Original Concept, Values". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2016-05-28. 
  5. ^ Susan King (2001-05-12). "TV's Plucky 'Christy' Returns --and She's Getting Hitched". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2016-05-28. 
  6. ^ David Rooney (2004-06-16). "Think, Virgo spreading 'Lie'". Variety. Retrieved 2016-05-28. 
  7. ^ Leslie Felperin (2005-10-12). "Review: 'Lie With Me'". Variety. Retrieved 2016-05-28. 
  8. ^ Justin Chang (2005-05-18). "Lauren Lee Smith". Variety. Retrieved 2016-05-28. 
  9. ^ Kathy Lyford (2007-04-07). "Four cast in 'Pathology'". Variety. Retrieved 2016-05-28. 
  10. ^ Michael Fleming (2007-10-23). "Goran Visnjic joins Judd in 'Helen'". Variety. Retrieved 2016-05-28. 
  11. ^ a b Nellie Andreeva (2008-05-15). "Lauren Lee Smith joins 'CSI'". The Hollywood Reporter. Associated Press. Retrieved 2016-05-28. 
  12. ^ "Lauren Lee Smith Joins the Cast of 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation' as a Series Regular" (Press release). CBS. 2008-05-16. Retrieved 2016-05-28 – via The Futon Critic. 
  13. ^ Michael Ausiello (2008-07-15). "Exclusive: 'CSI' Boss Outlines Season of Change". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2016-05-28. Previously-announced addition Lauren Lee Smith (The L Word) joins the cast in the third episode as new CSI Riley Adams. “She will come in to ostensibly replace Sara Sidle,” says Mendelsohn. “She has a very distinct personality... a very wry sense of humor. She doesn’t take herself too seriously.” Adds Shankar: “This is a person who, unlike the rest of our gang, has not had Grissom as a mentor. So there’s a very different relationship between Riley and Grissom.” 
  14. ^ Ed Meza (2009-09-24). "Lauren Lee Smith boards 'Hindenburg'". Variety. Retrieved 2016-05-28. 
  15. ^ Debra Yeo (2010-09-04). "TV news and tips for Friday". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2016-05-31. 
  16. ^ Bruce DeMara (2011-02-07). "Listener star and his character are older, wiser". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2016-05-31. 
  17. ^ Katherine Brodsky (2012-08-06). "Miles preps 'Cinemanovel'". Variety. Retrieved 2016-05-28. 
  18. ^ Jeff Jensen (2014-12-15). "'Ascension' review: Back to the future again, but with a twist". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2016-05-28. My engagement went next level with the arrival of Samantha Krueger (Lauren Lee Smith), a government investigator tasked with solving the murder and smoking out Enzmann’s secrets. She’s a hero to root for. 
  19. ^ Cassandra Szklarski (2015-10-03). "CBC-TV series 'This Life' celebrates life in face of terminal cancer". Vancouver Sun. The Canadian Press. Retrieved 2016-05-31. 
  20. ^ John Doyle (2015-12-19). "Our favourite things". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2016-05-31. In a series that took time to find its footing, Lauren Lee Smith was magical from the get-go as Maggie, sister to the main, cancer-plagued character played by Torri Higginson. 
  21. ^ "The TV home of Murdoch Mysteries is getting a new detective drama". Toronto Star, April 4, 2017.
  22. ^ "CSI's Lauren Lee Smith Weds". People. 2009-04-10. Retrieved 2009-04-18. 
  23. ^ "Awards Database - Award: Geminis (English TV 1986-2011) - Award Category: Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series". Gemini Awards. 2014-04-08. Retrieved 2016-05-31. 
  24. ^ Petrina Gentile (2011-04-13). "The fruit of Lauren Lee Smith's labour". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2016-05-31. 
  25. ^ Debra Yeo (2011-08-03). "Flashpoint leads Gemini nominations for third year". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2016-05-31. 
  26. ^ "2014 Leo Awards Nominees & Winners" (pdf). Leo Awards. 2014. p. 19. Retrieved 2016-05-31. 
  27. ^ "2016 Winners by Name". Leo Awards. Retrieved July 10, 2016. 
  28. ^ "2017 TV Nominees -". Retrieved 19 January 2017. 
  29. ^ "Leo Awards, Nominees by Name 2017". Archived from the original on 27 May 2017. Retrieved 2 May 2017. 

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