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Lauren Vélez



Few actresses can make the claim of having been nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for their very first feature role, but then again, Lauren Vélez isn't your typical onscreen starlet. Cast in 1994's I Like It Like That as the struggling Latino mother who focused all of her energy on just keeping the family together, Vélez proved that she could successfully shoulder a feature with her very first outing.

In the years the followed, other filmmakers were quick to notice her formidable talent, and after co-starring in City Hall and I Think I Do in the late '90s, Vélez joined the cast of New York Undercover as street-smart detective Nina Moreno. While she would occasionally venture back into feature territory, it was on the small screen that Vélez seemed most comfortable. In 1997, Vélez joined the cast of the hit HBO prison series Oz, her character, Dr. Gloria Nathan, remaining a prominent fixture on the series until it went off of the air in 2003. Of course, it didn't take long for her to land another recurring role, with bit parts in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Wanted, and Medium serving well to bridge the gap between her roles in Oz and the hit Showtime series Dexter, which debuted three years later.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
50% Officer Downe
  • Police Chief Berringer
2016
No Score Yet Rosewood Lane
  • Paula Crenshaw
2011
20% Prince of Central Park
  • Rosa Sanchez
2000
No Score Yet I Think I Do
  • Carol
1998
No Score Yet Thicker Than Blood
  • Camilla Lopez
1997
54% City Hall
  • Elaine Santos
1996
80% I Like It Like That
  • Lisette
1994

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Unforgettable
2011
  • Aisha
No Score Yet South of Hell
2015
  • Tetra
No Score Yet Ugly Betty
2006-2010
  • Elena
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Torres Ms. Torres
No Score Yet The Pretender
1996-2000
  • Emily Sadler
90% How to Get Away With Murder
2014
  • Actor
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Stephanie Jameau
No Score Yet Numb3rs
2005-2010
  • Claudia Gomez
80% Dexter
2006-2013
  • Lt. Maria LeGuerta Maria LaGuerta Lt. Maria LaGuerta
Oz
1997-2003
  • Dr. Gloria Nathan

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