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.
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
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
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 as a mentally-challenged young woman
raped by a group of popular high school students. Her first film
role was In & Out
which was followed by a more prominent role in the chaotic high
school comedy Can't Hardly
(1998). She was the ingenue lead, Florence "Chicklet"
Forrest, in the cult favorite Psycho Beach Party
began her role on Six
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.
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
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
and Susan Sarandon
provided the voice of monster KW in Where the Wild Things
, which was released in 2009.
Film and TV
- Windy City Times - Interview: Six Feet Under’s
- Six Feet Under's Lauren Ambrose Has a Boy
- http://www.publictheater.org/content/view/126/219/ Public
Theater - Shakespeare in the Park