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Lucy Lawless



Best known for her role as the fearsome Xena: Warrior Princess in the long-running series of the same name, athletic worldly beauty Lucy Lawless didn't achieve the fame in her native New Zealand that flooded her in the U.S. until much later in her career, due to the fact that the wildly popular adventure series didn't air there until long after it was a staple of American television.



Born into water at her home in Mount Albert, Aukland, New Zealand, in 1968 to the mayor of that city, Lawless began acting early and frequently appeared in school plays in her youth. A active child of diverse interests and with many siblings, Lawless went on to study German, French, and Italian at Aukland University for a year before traveling through Europe with boyfriend and eventual first husband Garth. They worked odd jobs to finance their trip and eventually ending up in Australia. Working in a gold-mining camp in Kalgoorlie to finance the final leg of their journey, the couple was married in Australia in 1988 and soon returned home to bear a daughter.



Crowned Mrs. New Zealand the following year, the busy new mother got her first acting experience in Funny Business, a popular TV comedy troupe. Studying acting in Vancouver, Canada, at the William Davis Center for Actors Study, Lawless soon landed small roles in films (The End of Golden Weather [1991]) and television (For the Love of Mike [1991]), with her next regular job as of co-host on television's Air New Zealand Holiday. After appearing in The Rainbow Warrior in 1992, Lawless landed the role that would propel her to stardom and become her calling card into the new millennium.



Initially appearing in the role of Lysia in Hercules and the Amazon Women, Lawless went on to appear as Xena in three episodes of Hercules before spinning off into her own series in 1995. It was a physically demanding adventure series in which the sporty actress performed many of her own stunts; Lawless ironically broke her pelvis after falling off of a horse while preparing to make a grand entrance on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno in 1996. After a quick recovery, Lawless made her Broadway debut as Rizzo in Grease the following year. Her first marriage dissolved, Lawless was remarried to Xena producer Rob Tapert in October 1999, two years before the final episode of Xena. Lawless woudl continue to act on the small screen over the next several years, appearing on Tarzan, Battlestar Galactica, Spartacus, and No Ordinary Family.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
31% Bitch Slap
  • Mother Superior
2010
No Score Yet Ed Brubaker's Angel of Death
  • Vera
2009
25% Bedtime Stories
  • Aspen
2008
No Score Yet Justice League: The New Frontier
  • Wonder Woman
2008
No Score Yet Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight
  • Goldmoon
2007
No Score Yet Vampire Bats
  • Maddy Rierdon
2005
No Score Yet The Darkroom
  • Cheryl
2005
No Score Yet Locusts
  • Dr. Maddy Rierdon
2005
97% Double Dare
  • Actor
2005
13% Boogeyman
  • Mary
2005
46% Eurotrip
  • Madame Vandersexxx
2003
89% Spider-Man
  • Punk Rock Girl
2002
No Score Yet I'll Make You Happy
  • Herself
1999
No Score Yet Hercules and Xena: The Battle for Mt. Olympus
  • Xena
1998
No Score Yet I'll Make You Happy
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Hercules & Xena: Wizards of the Screen
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Women From Down Under
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet Hercules and the Amazon Women
  • Lysia
1994

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet CSI: Miami
2002-2012
  • Audrey Yates
No Score Yet Battlestar Galactica
2005-2009
  • D'Anna Biers D'Anna
  • Guest
No Score Yet Two and a Half Men
2003-2015
  • Ava
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
65% Spartacus
2010-2013
  • Lucretia
  • Appearing
60% Spartacus: Gods of the Arena
2011
  • Lucretia
97% Veronica Mars
2004-2007
  • Agent Morris
68% No Ordinary Family
2010-2011
  • Mrs. X
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Guest
90% Parks and Recreation
2009-2015
  • Diane
No Score Yet Salem
2014
  • Countess Marburg
93% Top of the Lake
2013
  • Caroline
No Score Yet The X-Files
1993
  • Shannon McMahon
  • Guest
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Chew
2011
  • Guest
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet The L Word
2004-2009
  • Sgt. Marybeth Duffy
  • Guest
100% The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore
2015-2016
  • Panelist
95% Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
2013
  • Isabelle Hartley Isabelle "Izzy" Hartley
99% Ash vs. Evil Dead
2015
  • Ruby
86% Burn Notice
2007-2013
  • Evelyn
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest
RuPaul's Drag Race
2009
  • Judge

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