Lauren Ambrose

Lauren Ambrose

Highest Rated: 87% Starting Out in the Evening (2007)

Lowest Rated: 39% The Other Woman (2011)

Birthday: Feb 20, 1978

Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, USA

An actress who brings wide-eyed introspection and wry humor to her work, Lauren Ambrose first came to the attention of mainstream audiences with her supporting role as Ethan Embry's reclusive, brainy friend in the teen party flick Can't Hardly Wait (1998). Ambrose, a native of New Haven, Connecticut -- where she attended Rosemary Choate Hall and an arts magnet school -- became involved with acting through her training as a singer. After spending many of her summers studying voice at Massachusetts's prestigious Tanglewood, the aspiring performer branched out in front of the camera, landing supporting work on several episodes of NBC's Law and Order, which cast her as a mentally retarded teen gang-raped by her classmates. She made her big-screen debut as one of Kevin Kline's students in In & Out (1997), and a year later won the role in Can't Hardly Wait. In 2000 Ambrose had a busy year, starring in both the independent drama Swimming and in the screen adaptation of Charles Busch's beloved and bawdy off-Broadway musical Psycho Beach Party. The former featured Ambrose as a teenager dealing with faltering friendships and questions surrounding her own sexuality, while the latter saw her inhabit the role of Chicklet, a teenaged tomboy whose seriously split personality compromises her chances for membership in her high school's in-crowd.Ambrose's notoriety increased significantly in 2001, when she took on the character of Claire on HBO's critically-acclaimed drama series Six Feet Under. The youngest child in a family of funeral-parlor owners, the role led to multiple shared Screen Actors Guild awards for Outstanding Ensemble as well as two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. Following Six Feet Under's conclusion in 2005, Ambrose landed a starring role alongside Paul Rudd in the coming-of-age drama Diggers. In 2009 she voiced the character of KW for Spike Jonze's critically acclaimed fantasy drama Where the Wild Things Are. The actress continued to appear in film and television throughout the 2010s, and rejoined Rudd for the 2012 comedy Wanderlust.


Highest Rated Movies



50% Deliverance Creek Belle 2014
82% About Sunny Angela Producer 2013
No Score Yet The River Maria Producer 2013
84% Sleepwalk With Me Abby $2.3M 2012
50% Grassroots Emily Bowen $7K 2012
59% Wanderlust Almond $17.3M 2012
39% The Other Woman Mindy $21.1K 2011
73% Where the Wild Things Are KW $77.3M 2009
No Score Yet A Dog Year Emma 2009
75% Cold Souls Stephanie $0.8M 2009
No Score Yet Loving Leah Leah Lever 2009
87% Starting Out in the Evening Heather Wolfe $0.6M 2007
70% Diggers Zoey 2007
No Score Yet Tonight at Noon Mae 2007
No Score Yet Admissions Evie Brighton 2004
73% Showboy Herself 2002
55% Psycho Beach Party Florence 'Chicklet' Forrest 2000
74% Swimming Frankie Wheeler 2000
42% Can't Hardly Wait Denise Fleming 1998
71% In & Out Vicky 1997


84% Servant
Dorothy Turner 2020
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
Guest 2018
75% The X-Files
Agent Einstein 2018
33% Dig
Debbie 2015
78% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Guest Vanessa Mayer 2013
48% Coma
Susan Wheeler 2012
No Score Yet Torchwood: Miracle Day
Jilly Kitzinger 2011
13% The Return of Jezebel James
Coco Thomkins 2008
81% Six Feet Under
Claire Fisher 2005
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
Guest 2002
No Score Yet Party of Five
Myra 1999
No Score Yet Law & Order
Maureen McKinnon Jessica Valerie Maxwell 1998
No Score Yet The Broad Squad


KW says: Step on my head.

Carol says: No. Forget it. I'm not going to step on your head...just to make you feel better.

KW says: Don't go. I'll eat you up, love you so.

Denise says: Do you know what your problem is? It's like you're afraid to move forward. Now why do you wanna go to this party tonight and look back? Don't look back. You should never look back.