Lauren Ambrose

Actor, Singer, Waitress
Multi-talented, fiercely committed and independently minded, Lauren Ambrose made a considerable impression on television viewers during her run on the critically acclaimed comedy-drama, "Six Feet Under" (HBO, 2001-05) ... Read more »
Born: 02/20/1978 in New Haven, Connecticut, USA

Filmography

Actor (31)

Deliverance Creek 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

I'm Coming Over 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Making of Dig 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Interviewee

Tonight at Noon 2015 (Movie)

Mae (Actor)

Coma 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Robot Chicken 2013 (Tv Show)

Voice

Grassroots 2012 (Movie)

Emily Bowen (Actor)

Sleepwalk with Me 2012 (Movie)

Abby (Actor)

Wanderlust 2012 (Movie)

Almond (Actor)

Wild Blue Yonder 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Other Woman 2011 (Movie)

Mindy (Actor)

Torchwood 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Dog Year 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

About Sunny 2010 (Movie)

Angela Jacobs (Actor)

Cold Souls 2009 (Movie)

Stephanie (Actor)

Where the Wild Things Are 2009 (Movie)

KW (Actor)

The Return of Jezebel James 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Diggers 2007 (Movie)

Zoey (Actor)

Starting Out in the Evening 2007 (Movie)

Heather Wolfe (Actor)

Six Feet Under 2000 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Admissions 2003 (Movie)

Evie (Actor)

Swimming 2002 (Movie)

Frankie Wheeler (Actor)

The WB Presents: Teen People's What's Next 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Sizzlin' Sixteen 2001 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Party of Five 1997 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Psycho Beach Party 2000 (Movie)

Florence (Actor)

Can't Hardly Wait 1998 (Movie)

Denise (Actor)

Law & Order 1992 - 1993, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

In & Out 1997 (Movie)

Vicky (Actor)

Dig (TV Show)

Actor

Loving Leah (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Multi-talented, fiercely committed and independently minded, Lauren Ambrose made a considerable impression on television viewers during her run on the critically acclaimed comedy-drama, "Six Feet Under" (HBO, 2001-05). Once an aspiring opera singer, she began acting off-Broadway and on television prior to gaining notice with roles in features like "Can't Hardly Wait" (1998) and the cult-favorite "Psycho Beach Party" (2000). But it was her portrayal of the somber, artistically-inclined Claire Fisher on Alan Ball's edgy HBO series that soon won her accolades from industry insiders and fans alike. Ambrose honed her craft with theatre performances in the years that followed the show's finale, appearing with Geoffrey Rush and Susan Sarandon in a revival of Eugene Ionesco's "Exit the King" in 2009. Following a delightfully against type recurring role as an ethically bankrupt PR executive on the sci-fi miniseries "Torchwood: Miracle Day" (Starz, 2011), the actress stunned critics and audiences with her emotionally raw portrayal of a mother pushed to desperation in "Think of Me" (2011). Boasting an impressive and diverse list of credits for such a young career, Ambrose was poised to become one of Hollywood's most respected actresses.

Relationships

Anne

Mother

John

Brother

Frank D'Ambruoso

Father

Sam Handel

Husband
Married September 2001

Orson Handel

Son
Born Jan. 17, 2007; father, Sam Handel

EDUCATION

ACES Educational Center for the Arts

New Haven , Connecticut

Boston University Tanglewood Institute

Lenox , Massachusetts
Attended the summer festival for high school musicians

High School in the Community

New Haven , Connecticut 1996

Yale University

New Haven , Connecticut

Choate Rosemary Hall

Wallingford , Connecticut
Left before graduating

Milestones

2012

Starred as a medical intern in A&E miniseries "Coma," based on 1978 film

2012

Co-starred opposite Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd in "Wanderlust"

2011

Cast as Jilly Kitzinger on the Starz sci-fi series "Torchwood: Miracle Day"

2011

Starred in the drama "Think of Me" opposite Penelope Ann Miller and David Conrad

2009

Voiced KW in Spike Jonze's live-action adaptation of Maurice Sendak's children's book "Where the Wild Things Are"

2009

Cast in the Broadway production of Eugene Ionesco’s "Exit the King"

2007

Played an ambitious graduate student in "Starting Out in the Evening" opposite Frank Langella

2006

Broadway debut in the Lincoln Center Theater revival of "Awake and Sing!"

2001

Cast as the youngest child Claire Fisher in a family that operates a funeral home on the HBO series "Six Feet Under"; earned Emmy (2002, 2003) nominations for Supporting Actress

2000

Landed a featured role in the comedy "Psycho Beach Party"; also displayed her vocal talents in one scene

1999

Starred in the independent coming of age drama feature "Swimming"

1999

Had a recurring role as a troubled teen on "Party of Five" (Fox)

1999

Played lead in short-lived sitcom "Saving Graces" (The WB)

1998

Co-starred in the ensemble of the teen comedy "Can't Hardly Wait," playing smart and cynical high school graduate Denise

1998

Returned to "Law & Order" (NBC) for another guest role as a mentally-challenged teenage rape victim

1997

Played a student of Kevin Kline's sexually ambiguous English teacher in the Frank Oz comedy "In & Out"

1992

Made off-Broadway stage debut at age 14 in the Vineyard Theatre production "Soulful Scream of a Chosen Son"

1992

Had an early TV credit with a guest role on an episode of NBC's "Law & Order"

Acted on the New York stage with the Ensemble Studio Theater and Naked Angels companies

Bonus Trivia

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Ambrose on her plans to integrate her love of acting with her talent for singing: "My goal is to revolutionize the opera world by making it as much about theater as it is about music." – quoted to The Los Angeles Times, June 7, 1998

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"I think it's such an amazing time of life, when you have to accept responsibility for yourself for the first time, you have to look at yourself for the first time, you have to look at your surroundings. I love playing young women coming of age, trying to figure things out, starting to see their lives for what they are." – Ambrose on playing Claire on "Six Feet Under" (HBO) to The Boston Globe, March 7, 2002

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