Clea Lewis

Actor
Clea Lewis' role as Audrey Penney, with her squeaky voice and totally negative attitude about everyone and everything which constantly annoys her neighbor Ellen DeGeneres on "Ellen" (ABC, 1994-98), turned out to be her ... Read more »
Born: 07/19/1965 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Actor (23)

Royal Pains 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Life of Crime 2014 (Movie)

Tyra Taylor (Actor)

Confessions of a Shopaholic 2009 (Movie)

Miss Ptaszinski (Actor)

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs 2009 (Movie)

Start Mom (Voice)

Motherhood 2009 (Movie)

Lily (Actor)

Andy Barker, P.I. 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Perfect Stranger 2007 (Movie)

Gina (Actor)

Ice Age: The Meltdown 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Female Mini Sloth/Dung Beetle Mom (Actor)

My Big Fat Greek Life 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Disney's Pepper Ann 1997 - 2001 (TV Show)

Voice

Madigan Men 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Maggie Winters 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Ellen 1994 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mad About You 1991 - 1992, 1994 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 1991 - 1992, 1994 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Scotch and Milk 1997 (Movie)

Ilsa (Actor)

Diabolique 1996 (Movie)

Lisa Campos (Actor)

The Rich Man's Wife 1996 (Movie)

Nora Golden (Actor)

Double Rush 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

These Friends of Mine 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Flying Blind 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Hero 1992 (Movie)

Sylvia (Actor)

Tom Sawyer (TV Show)

Voice

Biography

Clea Lewis' role as Audrey Penney, with her squeaky voice and totally negative attitude about everyone and everything which constantly annoys her neighbor Ellen DeGeneres on "Ellen" (ABC, 1994-98), turned out to be her breakthrough part. The petite Ohio-born actress began as a child performer with the Cleveland Playhouse. After receiving her degree from Brown, she headed to Chicago where she spent three years with the famed Second City improvisational troupe. Lewis then moved to California expecting to earn an MFA degree at the University of San Diego. While on summer break, she began auditioning in Los Angeles, and won a guest appearance on "Doogie Howser, M.D.", followed by one on "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air". In 1992, Lewis had landed a regular role as the secretary on "Flying Blind", a short-lived Fox sitcom, and a part in her first feature, Stephen Frears' "Hero". Still, it was what was supposed to be guest appearance on Ellen DeGeneres' ABC show that launched Lewis. She was a person Ellen did not wish to socialize with, but felt obligated to do so. The audience soon understood Ellen's reluctance, but also enjoyed the character of Audrey. The producers asked Lewis to return and eventually signed her as a regular on the revamped show, "Ellen". Lewis also played a small role in the remake of "Diabolique" and won praise for her role in "The Rich Man's Wife" (both 1996).

Relationships

Peter Ackerman

Husband

Stanley Ackerman

Son
born in February 2002 in NYC

Adam Goldberg Actor

Companion
no longer together

EDUCATION

Brown University

Providence , Rhode Island 1987

University of California at San Diego

San Diego , California 1990

London Academy of Music and Art

spent part of junior year in college attending

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London , England
spent part of junior year in college attending

Milestones

1999

Acted in Off-Broadway production of "Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight"

1998

Returned to series TV as a regular on the CBS sitcom "Maggie Winters"

1997

Voiced character of Nicky on the ABC Saturday morning animated series "Disney's Pepper Ann"

1994

Made guest appearance as Audrey, an annoying neighbor, on "These Friends of Mine", starring Ellen DeGeneres

1992

Feature film debut, "Hero"

1991

TV episodic debut, "Doogie Howser"

1987

Member of Second City troupe in Chicago

Appeared as regular in Fox sitcom "Flying Blind"

Series retitled "Ellen"; Lewis joins cast as a regular

Began performing as a child; worked at Cleveland Playhouse

Bonus Trivia

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Lewis attended the Sundance Playwrights Conference in 1995.

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