Lauren Vélez

Actor, Restaurant hostess, Telephone operator
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 ... Read more »
Born: 11/01/1964 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (37)

South Of Hell 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Serial 2014 (Movie)

Roseanne Crystal (Actor)

Unforgettable 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dexter 1997 - 1998, 2006 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

New York Undercover 1995 - 1998, 2006 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Oz 1995 - 2003, 2006 - 2013 (Tv Show)

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Profiler 1995 - 2003, 2006 - 2013 (Tv Show)

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Rosewood Lane 2012 (Movie)

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Breakout Kings 2011 (Tv Show)

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HawthoRNe 2011 (Tv Show)

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The 2009 Alma Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

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Ugly Betty 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

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Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2008 (Tv Show)

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Numb3rs 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

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Medium 2006 (Tv Show)

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Strong Medicine 2005 (Tv Show)

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Wanted (TNT) 2005 (Tv Show)

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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2004 (Tv Show)

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L.A. Dragnet 2003 (Tv Show)

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Resurrection Blvd. 2000 - 2003 (TV Show)

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Intimate Portrait: Rita Moreno 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Hispanic Heritage Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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5th Annual ALMA Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Prince of Central Park 2000 (Movie)

Rosa Sanchez (Actor)

Law & Order 1999 (Tv Show)

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Taino 1999 (Movie)

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The 12th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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I Think I Do 1998 (Movie)

Carol Anita Gonzalez (Actor)

La Mastas 1997 (Movie)

Vicky (Actor)

Nueba Yol III (bajo la nueva ley) 1997 (Movie)

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The 1996 NCLR Bravo Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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City Hall 1996 (Movie)

Elaine Santos (Actor)

I Like It Like That 1994 (Movie)

Lisette Linares (Actor)

Love and Treason (TV Show)

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Strange World (TV Show)

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The Cosby Mysteries (TV Show)

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Thicker Than Blood (TV Show)

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Biography

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.

Relationships

Coco Velez

Mother

Mark Gordon

Husband
Married in 1993

Loraine Velez Actor

Sister
Twin sister appeared in the London production of "Fame" and on Broadway she played Mimi in "Rent"

Jose Velez

Father
Died of a heart attack in 1993

EDUCATION

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre

Attended on partial scholarship; left after sustaining a knee injury

Kingsborough Community College

Left after one semester

Milestones

2009

Had a multiepisode arc on ABC’s "Ugly Betty" playing the nurse to Betty’s father, Ignacio (played by Tony Plana)

2006

Portrays Lieutenant Maria LaGuerta on the Showtime series, "Dexter"

2006

Had a three episode arc on CBS' "Numb3rs"

2004

Played an attorney on two episodes of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC)

1997

Played the prison doctor, Dr. Gloria Nathan on HBO's drama series, "Oz"

1996

Featured in the film "City Hall," starring Al Pacino and John Cusack

1995

Joined the cast of "New York Undercover" (FOX) as Detective Nina Moreno

1994

Made her film debut playing the lead role in "I Like It Like That"; nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Actress

Played understudy for actress Phylicia Rashad in Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods"

Landed first job performing in the national touring company of the musical, "Dreamgirls"

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