Lana Parrilla

  • Birth Name: Lana Maria Parrilla
  • Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, United States
  • Profession: Actor
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Fast Facts

  • Heritage is a mix of Puerto Rican and Italian.
  • Wanted to pursue acting after spending time with her actress aunt Candice Azzara.
  • As a kid, made short movies with her family's video camera, such as Attack of the Killer Handkerchief.
  • Studied acting at the Beverly Hills Playhouse. 
  • Big break came in 2001 when cast as a deputy mayor assistant on Spin City opposite Charlie Sheen.
  • Played a paramedic on the critically-lauded Boomtown and received a 2003 Imagen Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role.
  • Helped the victims of the tsunami in Sri Lanka by starting an art and sports program for refugee-camp children.
  • Continued her TV career with roles on Windfall (2006), Swingtown (2008) and Miami Medical (2010), each of which lasted only a season.


  • Candice Azzara — Aunt
  • Fred Di Blasio — Husband
  • Sam Parrilla — Father

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