Lauren Socha

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Lauren Socha
Lauren Socha 2011.jpg
Lauren Socha in 2011
Born Lauren Marie Socha
(1990-06-09) 9 June 1990 (age 26)
Derby, Derbyshire, England
Residence Derby, England
Nationality English
Occupation Actress
Known for Comedy-drama television series Misfits
Relatives Michael Socha (brother)

Lauren Marie Socha (born 9 June 1990) is an English actress. She rose to prominence during her role as Kelly Bailey in the E4 comedy-drama television series Misfits, for which she won a BAFTA in the Best Supporting Actress category. She is also known for her role in the Channel 4 drama The Unloved.

Early life[edit]

Socha was born in Derby, Derbyshire to Robert and Kathleen (née Lyons) Socha.[1] She has an older brother, Michael Socha, also an actor. She attended St. George's RC Primary School, Burton College and St. Benedict's Catholic School and Performing Arts College, Derby. She trained at the Ian Smith Television Workshop based in Nottingham.[2]


Socha was first recognised by agents and casting directors when she attended a local drama workshop, having been inspired by her older brother. This led to her being cast as the lead in the Arctic Monkeys' video for their 2006 single "When the Sun Goes Down" at the age of 15.[3]

In 2009 Socha went on to star in Samantha Morton's directorial debut The Unloved in which she played a sixteen-year-old girl in a care home. She was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress for her role.[4] A week later she auditioned for the role of Kelly Bailey in British comedy-drama Misfits and got the part.[5]

In 2010 Socha starred alongside Tim McInnerny in the short film Missing. She also had a minor role in the television mini-series Five Daughters, based on the Ipswich serial murders.

In May 2011 she won a BAFTA in the Best Supporting Actress category for her role of Kelly in Misfits.[6] Socha was nominated for Outstanding Actress in the fiction category at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival in 2011.[7] She later appeared in the short The Child, playing a version of Marilyn Monroe. She also took part in the BBC learning project "Off By Heart Shakespeare" where she played Juliet from Romeo and Juliet, performing the speech: "Blistered be thy tongue".[8]

On 3 May 2012 it was announced that Socha would not be returning to Misfits for its fourth series. Channel 4 stated that this was by mutual decision before the series went into production and had nothing to do with her recent conviction.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Socha resides in Derby. She has three tattoos: three stars on her neck, a bow on her back and her initials with a star on her wrist, which her parents let her have done.[2] Her brother is Michael Socha, also an actor.

On 23 January 2012 it was reported that Socha had been charged with racially aggravated assault in connection with an incident involving a Derby taxi driver, Sakandar Iqbal, the previous October.[10] Iqbal stated that "She called me a Paki, a dirty bastard and said, 'You're Asian, fuck off back to where you came from'. She said, 'Do you know who I am? I'll have your family lifted'."[11] On 2 May 2012 Socha pleaded guilty to the charge of for the racially aggravated assault, and was sentenced to four months in prison, suspended for 12 months.[11][12]

In October 2015, she announced on her Twitter that she and her boyfriend were expecting their first child together.[13]

In April 2016 it was announced via Twitter that she'd given birth to a girl Reenie-Rae.[14][15]



Year Film Role Notes
2006 Scummy Man Nina Short
2009 The Unloved Lauren TV film
Nominated—BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
2010 Missing Sarah Short
2011 The Child Marilyn Monroe Short
2017 Fanged Up Ms Renfield Feature Film


Year Title Role Notes
2009–11 Misfits Kelly Bailey Main cast: Series 1-3
BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
2010 Five Daughters Dawn Three episodes
2010 71 Degrees North Herself
2014 Plebs Amanda One episode
2015 Catastrophe Anna Episode 2 - 4


  1. ^ "Our family had to conquer heartbreak on the road to stardom". Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Misfits star Lauren Socha reveals why she's changing her accent". Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Lauren Socha interview". Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "TV Awards Nominations Press Release". 6 June 2010. Retrieved 8 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "Interview with Lauren Socha". Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "Television Awards Nominees and Winners in 2011". Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  7. ^ Wightman, Catriona (20 April 2011). "In Full: Monte Carlo TV Festival fiction nominees". Digital Spy. Hachette Filipacchi. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
  8. ^ "Schools — Teachers — Off By Heart Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet "Blistered be thy tongue"". BBC. 21 March 2011. Retrieved 8 July 2011. 
  9. ^ "Lauren Socha not returning to Misfits". Digitalspy. 3 May 2012. Retrieved 3 May 2012. 
  10. ^ "Bafta-winning actress Lauren Socha charged with assault". BBC News. 23 January 2012. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  11. ^ a b 'Misfits' Lauren Socha sentenced over racist attack on taxi driver - Misfits News - Cult - Digital Spy
  12. ^ BAFTA winning Misfits actress Lauren Socha sentenced for racist attack on taxi-driver
  13. ^ ""Me and my boyfriend are happy to say we are having a baby. Had my scan all well and good. Over the moon"". Twtter. 19 October 2015. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  14. ^ ""Reenie-Rae Rainsford was born 18/4/2016 at 3.14pm, weighing 6lbs 13oz. We're all great - thank you all so much for the support!! Xxx"". Twitter. 19 April 2016. Retrieved 15 October 2016. 
  15. ^ "Misfits star Lauren Socha welcomes baby Reenie-Rae". TV3. 19 April 2016. Retrieved 15 October 2016. 

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