Date of Birth: February 20, 1978
Lauren Ambrose has enjoyed a varied career, with appearances not only in film and on TV but also on Broadway. She starred as Queen Marie in the Broadway revival of Eugene Ionesco's tragicomedy Exit the King opposite Susan Sarandon and Geoffrey Rush. On screen, she starred with Paul Giamatti, Emily Watson and David Strathairn in the metaphysical drama Cold Souls, which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and has completed production on 17 Photos of Isabel opposite Natalie Portman.
Additional film credits include A Dog Year opposite Jeff Bridges; Starting Out in the Evening opposite Frank Langella and Lili Taylor; Diggers opposite Paul Rudd; and Can't Hardly Wait. Ambrose won the Outfest L.A. Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Actress for her lead performances in Swimming, a coming of age story, and the black comedy Psycho Beach Party.
Best known for her critically acclaimed work as Claire Fisher on the HBO series Six Feet Under, Ambrose received two Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series during the show's five seasons.
In April 2006, Ambrose made her Broadway debut in the Tony Award-winning production of Clifford Odets' Awake and Sing! opposite Mark Ruffalo. In 2004, she made her stage debut at the National Theatre in London in Sam Shepard's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Buried Child.
Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Ambrose currently resides in New York City with her husband, Sam Handel, and their son.