• Born in Enfield, London, England on 21 August 1985
• Best known for her portrayal of Meredith Quill in the movie “Guardians of the Galaxy”
• Has over 40 acting credits to her name
• Divorced Samuel George ‘Sam’ Claflin in September 2019
• Estimated net worth of over $5.5 million
Who is Laura Haddock?
Laura Jane Haddock was born in Enfield, London, England, on 21 August 1985 – her zodiac sign’s Libra, and she holds British nationality. She’s an actress with more than 40 acting credits to her name, perhaps known best for her portrayal of Meredith Quill in the critically acclaimed 2014 action adventure comedy movie “Guardians of the Galaxy”, written and directed by James Gunn, and which starred Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel (voice) and Bradley Cooper (voice). It follows a group of criminals who’ve teamed up to stop a villain from purging the universe; the movie won 52 of the 156 awards for which it was nominated, including two Oscar nominations for Best Achievement in Visual Effects and Best Achievement in Make-up and Hairstyling.
Laura reprised her role as Meredith in the 2017 sequel “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”.
Early life and education
Laura was raised in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England alongside her brother Jack who’s a soccer player, and her sister Beth Michaela Haddock who’s a photographer, by their father who was a financier, and their mother who was a reflexologist.
Laura grew up being interested in acting, was a member of St George’s School drama club, and appeared in various plays during her three years there; she could’ve been seen in theatre plays as well, and also practiced dancing and played soccer during her teenage years.
Laura quit St George’s aged 17, and moved into London, wanting to study drama; she took lessons at Arts Educational School, from which she matriculated in 2004. She hasn’t attended college.
Roles in TV series
Laura made her debut TV series appearance in the 2007 episode “Life Begins at Fifty” of the comedy “My Family”, and gained recognition in the following year with her portrayal of Kacie Carter in six episodes of the comedy drama “Honest”, created by James Griffin and Rachel Lang, and which starred Amanda Redman, Matthew McNulty and Amit Shah. It follows a mother who’s trying to raise her problematic children on her own, now that her husband’s been incarcerated.
Laura could then have been seen making a guest appearance in an episode of several critically acclaimed series, such as the short adventure fantasy comedy “The Color of Money”, the mystery crime drama “Agatha Christie’s Marple”, and the action thriller drama “Strike Back”.
Between 2009 and 2011, she played Samantha in the comedy “How Not to Live Your Life”; it starred Dan Clark, David Armand and Leila Hoffman, and follows lazy Don Danbury who’s inherited his late grandmother’s house, but has to live in it to pay back his grandmother’s debt; the series was nominated for two awards.
Laura’s also known for her portrayal of Lucrezia Donati, one of the lead characters in the popular biographical adventure drama “Da Vinci’s Demons”, created by David S. Goyer, and which starred Tom Riley, Gregg Chilingirian and Eros Vlahos. It documentss Leonardo Da Vinci’s youth in Florence, Italy, the series aired from 2013 to 2015, and won eight awards, including two Primetime Emmys, while it was nominated for 16 other awards.
Three of Laura’s most recent roles in TV series have been in six episodes of the 2016 crime thriller “The Level”, six episodes of the 2019 mystery crime thriller “The Capture”, and 10 episodes of the 2020 mystery crime drama “White Lines”; she’s currently shooting for the upcoming series “Untitled Noah Centineo/Netflix Spy Project”.
Roles in movies
Laura’s debut film appearance was her portrayal of Autograph Seeker in the critically acclaimed 2011 science fiction adventure “Captain America: The First Avenger”, directed by Joe Johnston, and which starred Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson and Hugo Weaving. It follows Steve Rogers who’s taken a dose of Super-Soldier serum, and has become superhero Captain America; the movie won four of the 50 awards for which it was nominated.
A couple of Laura’s following notable performances were in the 2011 comedy “The Inbetweeners”, the 2012 science fiction horror “Storage 24”, and the 2014 comedy “A Wonderful Christmas Time”.
The year 2015 saw her star alongside Brett Goldstein and Natalia Tena, as June in the romantic action comedy “SuperBob”. It was directed by Jon Drever, follows lonely Robert Kenner who’s about to go on his first date in six years, and the movie won six of the nine awards for which it was nominated.
Three of Laura’s most recent roles have been in the 2021 thriller drama “The Laureate”, the romantic drama “Downton Abbey: A New Era”, and the biographical drama “Hill of Vision” both in 2022; she’s currently shooting and recording for the upcoming movies “Tyger” and “Watch the Skies” (voice role).
Laura was featured in the TV special “The Into Film Awards 2017”.
She could’ve been seen appearing in the 2008 documentary TV special “Terry Pratchett’s ‘The Colour of Magic’: The Making Of”, and the 2017 short documentary video “The Royal Treatment: Transformers in the UK”.
Laura’s made a guest appearance in a couple of talk-shows, such as “Home & Family”, “CBeebies Bedtime Story”, and “The IMDb Show”.
Awards and nominations
She’s won two of the seven awards for which she’s been nominated: a 2014 Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble and a 2014 Nevada Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble Cast, both with her colleagues’ for their performance in “Guardians of the Galaxy”.
She’s also been nominated for a ‘bad’ award: a 2018 Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress, for her performance in “Transformers: The Last Knight”.
Love life and husband
It’s widely known that Laura was until recently a married woman, even though she prefers not to share the details of her love life with the public. She exchanged vows with popular British actor Samuel George ‘Sam’ Claflin in July 2013, in a small and private ceremony. The two had previously dated for two years, after having met at an audition for the 2011 biographical movie “My Week with Marilyn”; Laura wanted to play Marilyn, a role which went to Michelle Williams, while Sam auditioned for the role of Colin Clarke, which went to Eddie Redmayne. Sam’s appeared in more than 30 movies and TV series, and is perhaps known best for his portrayal of Finnick Odair in the 2013 critically acclaimed action science fiction adventure movie “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, while he also starred as Will Traynor in the 2016 romantic film “Me Before You”.
Laura gave birth to their son Pip Claflin on 10 December 2015, and their daughter Margot Claflin followed on 6 January 2018; Laura and Sam’s divorce was finalized in September 2019.
She hasn’t mentioned any men whom she might had been with prior to meeting Sam, or since their divorce, and seems to be single as of September 2022; she has two children with her former husband Samuel George ‘Sam’ Claflin.
Hobbies and interesting facts
Laura believes that she’s on the verge of being diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), as all the objects in her vicinity have to be at right angles when facing each other, including salt and pepper pots when she’s having launch, or a fork facing the knife.
Laura advises teenagers not to rush growing up, and has revealed that she still looks forward to Christmas as if she were seven.
She believes in love at first sight, and that it happened to her when she met her former husband Sam.
Laura initially wanted to become a policewoman, but it was her father who made her see that she actually wanted to become an actress.
She enjoys watching movies starring the late Robin Williams and Julia Roberts, as she’s a huge fan of romantic comedies; a couple of Laura’s favorite films are “Good Morning, Vietnam”, “Patch Adams” and “Notting Hill”.
Age, height and net worth
Laura’s age’s 37. Her hair’s brown and eyes are blue, her height’s 5ft 8ins (1.73m) and she weighs around 139lbs (63kgs).
Laura’s net worth’s been estimated at over $5.5 million, as of September 2022.