Who is Lauren Ambrose?
American actress and singer Lauren Anne D’Ambruoso was born in New Haven, Connecticut USA. on 20 February 1978, making her zodiac sign Pisces. She’s had roles in nearly 50 movies and TV series, but is probably still best known for her playing of Claire Fisher in the popular comedy series “Six Feet Under”, created by Alan Ball, and which starred Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall and Frances Conroy. It follows a dysfunctional family as they’re running a funeral home in Los Angeles, California; the series aired from 2001 to 2005, and won 70 of its 236 award nominations.
Education and early life
Lauren was raised in New Haven alongside her brother John, by their mother Anne (nee Wachtel) who was an interior designer, and father Frank D’Ambruoso who was a caterer; Frank’s of Italian descent, while Anne’s of German and British ancestry.
Lauren fell in love with acting while still attending a local elementary school, and was 14 when she made her debut TV series appearance, playing Jessica in the 1992 episode “Skin Deep” of the mystery crime drama “Law & Order”, while the following year saw her play Maureen McKinnon in its episode “Pride and Joy”.
She studied at Choate Rosemary Hall prior to progressing to Wilbur Cross High School, from which she eventually transferred to ACES Education Center for the Arts; Lauren matriculated in 1996, and then enrolled at Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute, from which she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 2000, having also studied opera singing at Tanglewood.
Roles in TV series
Lauren played Audience Member in a 1995 episode of the comedy “The State”, and the year 1998 saw her appear in another episode of the series “Law & Order”, entitled “Damaged”.
In 1999, she was cast to play Myra Wringler in five episodes of the family drama “Party of Five”, which Amy Lippman and Christopher Keyser created, and which starred Neve Campbell, Scott Wolf and Matthew Fox. It follows five siblings whose parents have just died, the series aired from 1994 to 2000 and won seven of its 44 award nominations.
Lauren had only two TV series roles in the 2000s, including the previously mentioned “Six Feet Under”; she also played one of the main characters Coco Tompkins in six episodes of the 2008 comedy “The Return of Jezebel James”, created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, and which also starred Parker Posey and Haysha Deitsch. It follows a woman who’s just learned that she’s infertile, and now wants her younger sister to carry her baby.
In 2011, Lauren played Jilly Kitzinger in seven episodes of the popular mystery action drama “Torchwood”, and she was then cast to play and voice characters in an episode or two of the mystery science fiction mini-series “Coma”, the short animated adventure “Robot Chicken” (voice role), and the mystery crime drama “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”.
The year 2015 saw her play Debbie Morgan in the popular mystery thriller mini-series “Dig”, created by Tim Kring and Gideon Raff, and which starred Jason Isaacs, Anne Heche and Ori Pfeffer; it follows an FBI agent who’s investigating a murder in Jerusalem.
Lauren’s since had three roles in TV series: she played Agent Einstein in the 2018 episode “My Struggle II” of the mystery crime drama “The X-Files”, Vanessa Palmer in a 2021 episode of the mystery horror drama “Yellowjackets”, and Dorothy Turner in 30 episodes of the mystery horror drama “Servant” since 2019.
Roles in movies
Lauren’s debut film role was her playing of Vicky in the popular 1997 romantic comedy “In & Out”, directed by Frank Oz, and which starred Kevin Kline, Joan Cusack and Tom Selleck. It follows a Midwestern teacher who’s become insecure about his sexuality, and the movie won seven of its 26 award nominations, including an Oscar nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Joan Cusack.
Lauren could then have been seen playing supporting characters in the 1998 romantic comedy “Can’t Hardly Wait”, the 1999 short drama “Summertime’s Calling Me” and the 2000 mystery horror comedy “Psycho Beach Party”.
What marked the 2000s for Lauren was probably her playing of Zoey in the 2006 comedy drama “Diggers”, directed by Katherine Dieckmann, and which starred Paul Rudd, Ken Marino and Maura Tierney; it follows the lives of several close friends from Long Island. The year 2009 saw Lauren appear in five movies, including the romantic drama “Starting Out in the Evening”, the fantasy comedy drama “Could Souls”, and the romantic drama “Loving Leah”.
In 2012, she portrayed Almond Cohen in the romantic comedy “Wanderlust”, written and directed by David Wain, and which starred Jennifer Aniston, Paul Rudd and Malin Akerman. It follows a couple from Manhattan who’ve just lost their jobs, and have chosen to live on a ‘free love rules’ commune; the movie won a People’s Choice Award for Favorite Comedic Movie Actress (Jennifer Aniston).
Three of Lauren’s most recent film roles have been in the 2015 drama “Broad Squad”, the 2016 comedy drama “The Interestings”, and the 2017 action war adventure “Monsters of God” – she’s currently shooting for the upcoming movies “Tonight at Noon” and “Caddo”.
Lauren has three producing credits: the 2011 drama movie “About Sunny”, the 2012 short comedy film “I’m Coming Over”, and the 2013 short adventure comedy movie “The River”.
She received special thanks for the 2015 documentary movie “The X-Files: Re-Opened”.
Lauren sang three songs in three episodes of the series “Six Feet Under” between 2001 and 2005, and two songs in the 2018 TV special “The 72nd Annual Tony Awards”.
She’s made a guest appearance in talk-shows “Made in Hollywood”, “GMA3: What You Need to Know” and “Today”, amongst many others.
Awards and nominations
Lauren’s won five of her 23 award nominations. Some of her wins include a 2003 Online Film & Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, two Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2003 and 2004, and a 2010 Gold Derby Award for Drama Supporting Actress of the Decade, all for her performance in “Six Feet Under”.
Love life and husband
Lauren hasn’t shared a lot about her love life, but it’s known that she’s today married to American screenwriter, producer and director Sam Handel; he’s probably known best for having directed the 2012 short comedy movie “I’m Coming Over”, and the 2013 short adventure comedy film “The River”.
The two exchanged vows in September 2001, but it wasn’t until some time later that Lauren shared the news of the wedding. She gave birth to their son Orson Halcyon Handel on 16 January 2007, and their daughter followed in 2012; Lauren and Sam seem to be keeping their daughter away from the media’s attention, as neither her name nor actual birthdate have been disclosed.
Lauren hasn’t mentioned other men whom she’s dated, she’s married to Sam Handel as of November 2022, and they have two children together.
Interesting facts and hobbies
Lauren’s an avid pianist, and has been taking lessons for many years now.
She often sang at funerals and weddings while growing up.
Lauren’s grandmother wanted her to become a funeral director, claiming it was better than pursuing a career in the film industry.
In May 2007, “People Magazine” featured her on their list of ‘100 Most Beautiful People in the World’.
Some of the theatre plays in which Lauren’s appeared include “Romeo and Juliet”, “Buried Children”, and “Awake and Sing!” (Broadway).
Lauren’s active on Instagram and has posted close to 900 pictures and videos onto her account, while there are today over 10,000 people following her.
Her favorite actresses are Jessica Chastain and Julianne Moore, while some of her favorite films include “The 355”, “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” and “Miss Sloane”.
Height, eyes and wealth
Lauren’s age is 44. She has green eyes and long ginger hair, her weight is 130lbs (59kgs) and she’s 5ft 6ins (1.68m) tall.
Lauren’s net worth’s been estimated at over $6 million, as of November 2022.