Lauren Ridloff

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Lauren Ridloff
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Ridloff at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con
Lauren Teruel

(1978-04-06) April 6, 1978 (age 41)
Alma materCalifornia State University Northridge
  • Actor
  • teacher
Years active2011–present
Douglas Ridloff (m. 2006)

Lauren Ridloff (née Teruel; born April 6, 1978) is an American actress and former teacher. She is best known as a former Miss Deaf America, for her 2018 Tony-nominated Broadway performance as Sarah Norman in Children of a Lesser God,[1][2][3][4][5] and as Connie in the AMC television series The Walking Dead.[6]

Early life and education[edit]

Ridloff was born Lauren Teruel in Chicago to a Mexican-American father and an African-American mother. Her parents enrolled her in Catholic schools in the Chicago area, and later she attended the Model Secondary School for the Deaf in Washington, D.C. She moved to the West Coast to attend California State University, Northridge, graduating with a degree in English and Creative Writing in 2000. After college and her stint as Miss Deaf America, she moved to New York to study education at Hunter College and later taught kindergarten for several years.

Personal life[edit]

She lives in Brooklyn, is married to Douglas Ridloff, and has two children.[1][3]



Year Title Role Theatre Director(s) Ref.
2018 Children of a Lesser God Sarah Norman Studio 54 Kenny Leon


Year Title Role Ref.
2011 If You Could Hear My Own Tune Fatima
2017 Wonderstruck Pearl, The Maid
Sign Gene Unknown
2019 Sound of Metal Diane
2020 The Eternals Makkari
TBA The Magnificent Meyersons


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2016 Five Under Five Project Mom Episode: "Earology"
2018–present The Walking Dead Connie Recurring (Season 9)
Also starring (Season 10–present)
2019 New Amsterdam Margot Episode: "Happy Place"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2018 Tony Award Best Actress in a Play Children of a Lesser God Nominated
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Award Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Actress in a Play Nominated
Theatre World Award Honoree

Further reading[edit]

  • "Deaf Person of the Month". Retrieved March 22, 2019.


  1. ^ a b Paulson, Michael (May 11, 2018). "Lauren Ridloff's Quiet Power: 'My Life Has Changed in Every Way'". The New York Times. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
  2. ^ Rooney, Dave (April 11, 2018). "'Children of a Lesser God': Theater Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "CSUN Alum Lauren Teruel Named Miss Deaf America 2000-2002". California State University Northridge. January 10, 2000. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
  4. ^ Hopkins, Brent (August 30, 2000). "Miss Deaf America Has Passion For The Printed Word". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
  5. ^ Cohen, Allison (August 31, 2000). "Bringing Storytelling to the Deaf". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
  6. ^ Iryna, Sonya (March 2, 2019). "The Walking Dead: Get to know Lauren Ridloff". Fansided. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  7. ^ Guadagnino, Kate (February 14, 2018). "From Sign-Language Tutor to Lead Actress". The New York Times. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
  8. ^ "If You Could Hear My Own Tune (2011) - IMDb". IMDb.
  9. ^ "Wonderstruck (2017)". IMDb.
  10. ^ "Sign Gene (2017)". IMDb.
  11. ^ "Sound of Metal (2019)". IMDb.
  12. ^ "Eternals (2020)". IMDb.
  13. ^ "The Magnificent Meyersons (2018)". IMDb.
  14. ^ ""Five Under Five Project" Earology (TV Episode 2016)". IMDb.
  15. ^ Ross, Dalton (July 16, 2018). "The Walking Dead casts Tony nominee Lauren Ridloff for season 9". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  16. ^ ""New Amsterdam" Happy Place (TV Episode 2016)". IMDb.
  17. ^ "Tony Awards 2018: See the Full List of Nominees Here". Vogue. June 7, 2018.
  18. ^ McPhee, Ryan (April 18, 2018). "Denzel Washington, Andrew Garfield, Laurie Metcalf Among 2018 Drama League Award Nominees". Playbill.
  19. ^ McPhee, Ryan (May 7, 2018). "'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child', 'My Fair Lady' Win Big at 2018 Outer Critics Circle Awards". Playbill.

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