Lauren Ambrose

Lauren Ambrose

Feb. 20th, 1978
Born in
New Haven, Connecticut, USA

Lauren Ambrose's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Torchwood (UK) TV Show
Torchwood (UK)
Six Feet Under TV Show
Six Feet Under
Dig TV Show
Torchwood: Miracle Day TV Show
Torchwood: Miracle Day
The Return of Jezebel James TV Show
The Return of Jezebel James

Main Movie Roles

2012 - Sleepwalk With Me
2011 - Wanderlust
2009 - A Dog Year
2009 - Where the Wild Things Are
2009 - Cold Souls
2007 - Starting Out in the Evening
2006 - Diggers
2002 - Showboy
2002 - Showboy
1998 - Can't Hardly Wait
1997 - In & Out

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Myra Wringler
Valerie Maxwell
Natasha Fatale (Voiced)
[Complete List]


Lauren Ambrose (born February 20, 1978) is an American film and television actress, best known for portraying the character Claire Fisher on the HBO drama Six Feet Under.

Personal life
Ambrose was born Lauren Anne D'Ambruoso in New Haven, Connecticut, the daughter of Anne, an interior designer, and Frank D'Ambruoso, a caterer. She is of Italian descent on her father's side, and 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 has been married to professional photographer Sam Handel of Needham, MA since September 2001. The couple have a son, Orson Handel (b. January 16, 2007) and currently live in Stockbridge, MA.

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 chaotic 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. In 2008 she appeared as Ophelia in the 2008 performance of Hamlet for Shakespeare in the Park. Lauren recently returned to Broadway in Exit the King (by Eugene Ionesco) at the Ethel Barrymore Theater on Broadway, opposite Geoffrey Rush and Susan Sarandon. Ambrose provided the voice of monster KW in Where the Wild Things Are, which was released in 2009.

  • Classically trained opera singer
  • Her father, Frank, is a caterer, and her mother, Annie, is an interior designer.
  • Moved to New York because she wanted more theater in her life. She quickly got a part in the successful play "Exit the King" opposite 'Susan Sarandon' (qv) and 'Geoffrey Rush' (qv).
  • She replaced 'Michelle Williams (I)' (qv) in _Where the Wild Things Are (2009)_ (qv), after it was decided that Williams didn't quite match the filmmakers' vision of how the character should sound.
  • Attended Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Connecticut, and Wilbur Cross High School in New Haven, Connecticut, but transferred and graduated from the High School in the Community, a magnet school also in New Haven. She also attended the Educational Center for the Arts, New Haven's performing arts school, and spent summers studying voice at Tanglewood in Massachusetts.
  • Husband Sam, a photographer, is originally from Boston.
  • Her father's family is Italian-American.
  • Was a big fan of 'Parker Posey' (qv) before she worked with her on _"The Return of Jezebel James" (2008)_ (qv). After working on the show, they befriended.

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