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Lauren Ambrose

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Lauren Ambrose
Torchwood- Miracle Day (2011).jpg
Ambrose in a Torchwood: Miracle Day still in 2011
Born
Lauren Anne D'Ambruoso

(1978-02-20) February 20, 1978 (age 42)
Occupation
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active1990–present
Spouse(s)
Sam Handel
(m. 2001)
Children2

Lauren Anne D'Ambruoso[1] (born February 20, 1978), known professionally as Lauren Ambrose, is an American actress and singer. She is known for her work in television, film, and on Broadway.

Ambrose is best known for her television roles as Claire Fisher in Six Feet Under (2001–2005), for which she was nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards and won two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and as Jilly Kitzinger in Torchwood: Miracle Day (2011). Her film credits include Can't Hardly Wait (1998), Psycho Beach Party (2000), Sleepwalk with Me (2012), and Where the Wild Things Are (2009). She is the lead singer of the ragtime band Lauren Ambrose and the Leisure Class.[2]

Ambrose portrayed the lead role of Eliza Doolittle in the Lincoln Center Theater revival of My Fair Lady on Broadway, for which she was nominated for the 2018 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical and won the 2018 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical.

In 2019, Ambrose began starring as Dorothy Turner in the Apple TV+ psychological horror series Servant.

Early life

Lauren Anne D'Ambruoso was born in New Haven, Connecticut on February 20, 1978.[3][4] 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,[5] and German, English, and Irish on her mother's. 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.[6] She is also a trained opera singer who studied voice and opera at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.[7]

Career

Ambrose in 2000
Ambrose in 2000

1992–1997: 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.[8][9] Her early career also included television appearances, most notably playing supporting guest roles on Law & Order, and a feature guest role on the show in the 1998 episode "Damaged" as Valerie Maxwell, a mentally-challenged young woman raped by a group of popular high school students. Her first film role was In & Out (1997).[10]

1998–2005: Breakthrough & Six Feet Under

She had a prominent role in the high school comedy Can't Hardly Wait (1998). She was the ingenue lead, Florence "Chicklet" Forrest, in Psycho Beach Party (2000).

Ambrose began her role on Six Feet Under in early 2001. She was nominated for the Best Actress in a Supporting Role Emmy Award twice, following the 2002 and 2003 seasons of the critically acclaimed drama.

2006–2017: Broadway debut

In 2006, Ambrose made her Broadway debut in the Lincoln Center Theater revival of Awake and Sing!. In 2007, she appeared as Juliet in the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park performance of Romeo and Juliet at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. She appeared as Ophelia in the 2008 performance of Hamlet for Shakespeare in the Park.[11] Ambrose returned to Broadway in Exit the King (by Eugène Ionesco) at the Ethel Barrymore Theater on Broadway, opposite Geoffrey Rush and Susan Sarandon. Ambrose provided the voice of the monster KW in Where the Wild Things Are, which was released in 2009.

In 2011, Ambrose appeared in seven of the ten episodes of 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".[12] For her performance as Kitzinger, Ambrose received a Saturn Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress In Television.[13]

Ambrose is the lead singer of Lauren Ambrose and the Leisure Class, a ragtime dixieland jazz band formed in 2009. They have performed several times at Joe's Pub and charity events.[14]

2018–present: Broadway return & Servant

Ambrose had been previously set to play Fanny Brice in a 2012 Broadway-bound revival of Funny Girl directed by Bartlett Sher, but the production was indefinitely postponed due to financial concerns.[15] In March 2018 Ambrose started appearing as Eliza Doolittle in a new Broadway revival of My Fair Lady directed by Sher,[16][17] a performance for which she was nominated for the 2018 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical and won the 2018 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical.

In October 2018, Ambrose left My Fair Lady[18] to take on the lead role as Dorothy Turner in the thriller series Servant produced by M. Night Shyamalan and Tony Basgallop for Apple TV+. The series premiered in November 2019 and she has been starring in it since 2019.[19][20]

Personal life

Ambrose has been married to professional photographer Sam Handel since September 2001. They have two children.[21][22][23][24]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1997 In & Out Vicky Rayburn
1998 Can't Hardly Wait Denise Fleming
1998 Summertime's Calling Me Tami Short film
2000 Swimming Frankie Wheeler
2000 Psycho Beach Party Florence "Chicklet" Forrest
2004 Admissions Evie Brighton
2006 Diggers Zoey
2007 Starting Out in the Evening Heather Wolfe
2009 A Dog Year Emma
2009 Cold Souls Stephanie
2009 Where the Wild Things Are KW Voice
2009 The Other Woman Mindy
2011 I'm Coming Over Greta Short film
2011 Think of Me Angela Also producer
2012 Sleepwalk with Me Abby
2012 Wanderlust Almond
2012 Grassroots Emily Bowen
2013 The River Maria Short film

Television

Year Title Role Notes
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 6 episodes
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 8 episodes
2015 Broad Squad Eileen Pilot
2016–2018 The X-Files Special Agent Liz Einstein 3 episodes
2016 The Interestings Jules Jacobson Pilot
2019–present Servant Dorothy Turner Main role

Video game

Year Title Voice role
2007 The Darkness Jenny Romano

Stage

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Buried Child Shelly Royal National Theatre
2006 Awake and Sing! Hennie Berger Belasco Theatre
2007 Romeo and Juliet Juliet Delacorte Theatre
2008 Hamlet Ophelia Delacorte Theatre
2009 Exit the King Queen Marie Ethel Barrymore Theatre
2018 My Fair Lady Eliza Doolittle Vivian Beaumont Theatre

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2002 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Six Feet Under Nominated [25]
2002 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Six Feet Under Nominated [26]
2002 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Drama Actress Six Feet Under Nominated [27]
2003 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Six Feet Under Nominated [25]
2003 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Six Feet Under Won [28]
2004 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Six Feet Under Won [29]
2005 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Six Feet Under Nominated [30]
2006 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Six Feet Under Nominated [31]
2009 Satellite Awards Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film Loving Leah Nominated [32]
2012 Independent Spirit Awards Best Female Lead Think of Me Nominated [33]
2012 Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actress on Television Torchwood: Miracle Day Nominated [34]
2018 Tony Award Best Actress in a Musical My Fair Lady Nominated [35]
2018 Drama League Award Distinguished Performance My Fair Lady Nominated [36]
2018 Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical My Fair Lady Won [37]
2019 Grammy Award Best Musical Theater Album My Fair Lady Nominated [38]

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