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Lucy Lawless Biography

Birth Name:
Lucille Frances Ryan
Birth Place:
Mount Albert, Auckland, New Zealand

Fast Facts

  • Dropped out of college to travel; worked as a grape picker in Germany and as a gold miner in Australia
  • Crowned Mrs
  • New Zealand in 1989
  • Attended the Williams Davis Centre for Actors' Study in Vancouver in 1991
  • Thrown from a horse and broke her pelvis while taping a skit for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 1996
  • Awarded New Zealand's Order of Merit in 2006
  • Placed second on the singing reality competition show Celebrity Duets in 2006; she later released a 2007 single, "Come to Me
  • " Is a board member of the Starship Foundation, which raises funds for the Starship Children's Hospital in her hometown of Auckland; in 20201, she auctioned Xena: Warrior Princess outfits to raise money for the foundation
  • In February 2013, was fined and sentenced to community service work for boarding a drilling ship the previous year with Greenpeace activists, when protesting Shell's oil exploration plans in the Arctic



    • Daisy Lawless--Daughter
    • Garth Lawless--Ex-husband
    • Frank Ryan--Father
    • Julie Ryan--Mother
    • Judah Miro Tapert--Son
    • Julius Robert Bay Tapert--Son