Lauren Anne D'Ambruoso|
February 20, 1978
New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
Sam Handel (m. 2001)
Ambrose is most known for her television roles as Claire Fisher in Six Feet Under (2001–2005), for which she 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) and Where the Wild Things Are (2009). She is the lead singer of the ragtime band Lauren Ambrose and the Leisure Class.
As of the 2017–18 Broadway season, Ambrose was playing the lead role of Eliza Doolittle in the Lincoln Center Theater revival of My Fair Lady, 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.
Ambrose was born in New Haven, Connecticut. 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 and German, English, and Irish on her mother's. Ambrose attended Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Connecticut, Wilbur Cross High School, High School in the Community, and the ACES Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven. She is also a trained opera singer who studied voice and opera at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.
Ambrose began her career in New York theater, mainly in Off-Broadway productions. 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), which was followed by a more prominent role in the high school comedy Can't Hardly Wait (1998). She was the ingenue lead, Florence "Chicklet" Forrest, in the cult favorite 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.
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, to great critical acclaim. She appeared as Ophelia in the 2008 performance of Hamlet for Shakespeare in the Park. 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". For her performance as Kitzinger, Ambrose received a Saturn Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress In Television.
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.
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. In March 2018 Ambrose started appearing as Eliza Doolittle in a new Broadway revival of My Fair Lady directed by Sher, 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.
|1997||In & Out||Vicky Rayburn|
|1998||Can't Hardly Wait||Denise Fleming|
|1998||Summertime's Calling Me||Tami|
|2000||Psycho Beach Party||Florence "Chicklet" Forrest|
|2007||Starting Out in the Evening||Heather Wolfe|
|2009||A Dog Year||Emma|
|2009||Where the Wild Things Are||KW||Voice|
|2009||Tonight at Noon||Mae|
|2009||The Other Woman||Mindy|
|2011||I'm Coming Over||Greta||Short film|
|2011||About Sunny||Angela||Also producer|
|2012||Sleepwalk with Me||Abby|
|2012||The River||Maria||Short film|
|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||63 episodes|
|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|
|2016–2018||The X-Files||Special Agent Liz Einstein||3 episodes|
|2016||The Interestings||Jules Jacobson||Pilot|
|2007||The Darkness||Jenny Romano|
|2004||Buried Child||Shelly||Royal National Theatre|
|2006||Awake and Sing!||Hennie Berger||Belasco Theatre|
|2007||Romeo and Juliet||Juliet||Delacorte Theatre|
|2009||Exit the King||Queen Marie||Ethel Barrymore Theatre|
|2018||My Fair Lady||Eliza Doolittle||Vivian Beaumont Theatre|
Awards and nominations
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- Public Theater - Shakespeare in the Park Archived 2008-05-09 at the Wayback Machine.
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- T.L. Stanley (August 25, 2012). "Lauren Ambrose in fully engaged in 'Coma' on A&E". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 13, 2013.
- Nigel M. Smith (August 28, 2012). "'Sleepwalk With Me' star Lauren Ambrose on saying goodbye to 'Six Feet Under' and why she took on A&E medical thriller 'Coma'". Indiewire. Retrieved February 13, 2013.