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Lauren Vélez Biography

Birth Name:
Lauren Vélez
Birth Place:
New York, New York, United States
Profession
Actor

Fast Facts

  • Studied to be a dancer at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, but turned to acting after sustaining a knee injury
  • Appeared on Broadway in Into the Woods and Dreamgirls
  • Got her big break in 1994 with a role in the film I Like It Like That, opposite Rita Moreno
  • First series starring role came with Fox's police drama New York Undercover, on which she portrayed Det
  • Nina Moreno
  • Won an ALMA Award in 2001 for HBO's Oz, and was later nominated for Showtime's Dexter

Awards

  • 2011Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2010Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2009Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2008Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 1995Independent Spirit Awards-Best Female Lead: nominated

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