A former trained dancer-turned-actress, Lauren Velez emerged from Broadway to become a compelling and respected supporting player on several critically acclaimed television series. After establishing...
Joined the cast of "New York Undercover" (FOX) as Detective Nina Moreno
Played understudy for actress Phylicia Rashad in Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods"
Had a three episode arc on CBS' "Numb3rs"
Landed first job performing in the national touring company of the musical, "Dreamgirls"
Had a multiepisode arc on ABC’s "Ugly Betty" playing the nurse to Betty’s father, Ignacio (played by Tony Plana)
Made her film debut playing the lead role in "I Like It Like That"; nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Actress
Portrays Lieutenant Maria LaGuerta on the Showtime series, "Dexter"
Featured in the film "City Hall," starring Al Pacino and John Cusack
Played the prison doctor, Dr. Gloria Nathan on HBO's drama series, "Oz"
Played an attorney on two episodes of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC)
A former trained dancer-turned-actress, Lauren Velez emerged from Broadway to become a compelling and respected supporting player on several critically acclaimed television series. After establishing her credentials with an award-nominated performance in the indie feature "I Like It Like That" (1994), she made a splash with her three seasons on "New York Undercover" (Fox, 1994-98), then was a significant part of the large ensemble show "Oz" (HBO, 1997-2003). But it was her supporting role on the deliciously dark thriller "Dexter" (Showtime, 2006- ) that truly established Velez as a seriously talented actress with a long, prominent career practically guaranteed.