Lara Pulver (born 1 September 1980) is an English actress. She has played Erin Watts in the British BBC spy drama Spooks, and Irene Adler on BBC's TV adaptation Sherlock. She won the 2016 Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical in the West End's revival of the hit Broadway musical Gypsy.
Pulver was born in Southend-on-Sea, Essex. Her father is from a Jewish family and her mother converted to Judaism. Her parents separated when she was eleven. Pulver attended the National Youth Music Theatre between 1994 and 1998, as well as The Liz Burville Dance Centre, Bexley. In 1997, she began studying at the Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts, and graduated in 2000. She has since worked as an actress, singer and dancer in West End musicals.
Pulver was nominated for the 2008 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for the role of Lucille Frank in the first West End production of the musical Parade at the Donmar Warehouse. She reprised the role in the Los Angeles production at the Mark Taper Forum opposite T.R. Knight.
In 2008, Pulver recorded a song for the CD Act One – Songs from the Musicals of Alexander S. Bermange. Pulver joined the cast of the BBC's Robin Hood in 2009 as Isabella, the sister of Guy of Gisbourne.
In 2014, she played Louise in a revival of Gypsy at the Chichester Festival Theatre. The production transferred to the West End in April 2015. Miss Pulver won the 2016 Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for the same role in the Savoy Theatre production of Gypsy. Louise is actually the title role, as "Louise" becomes the real-life early 20th century American strip-tease sensation Gypsy Rose Lee, on whose memoirs the musical is based. Pulver's co-star in the Savoy production, Imelda Staunton, won the 2016 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her role as the larger-than-life Mama Rose.
In 2003, Pulver met American actor Josh Dallas while he was in the UK studying at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. They married over Christmas 2007 in a 16th-century barn in Devon. The couple honeymooned in the Maldives. Dallas confirmed their divorce in an interview on Bob Rivers' radio show on 2 December 2011.
|2009||Robin Hood||Isabella||TV series (8 episodes in Series 3)|
|2010||The Special Relationship||Intern||TV movie|
|2010||True Blood||Claudine Crane||TV series (5 episodes)|
|2011||Spooks||Erin Watts||TV series (main cast in Series 10)|
|2011||Language of a Broken Heart||Violet|
|2012, 2014||Sherlock||Irene Adler||"A Scandal in Belgravia" and "The Sign of Three"|
|2013–2015||Da Vinci's Demons||Clarice Orsini||TV series; main character|
|2013||Skins: Fire||Victoria||TV series; minor role|
|2014||Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond||Ann O'Neill||TV series (4 episodes); Main character|
|2014||Edge of Tomorrow||Karen Lord||Non-speaking cameo|
|2014||Game of Thrones||Lady Elissa Forrester||Video game|
|2015||Spooks: The Greater Good||Erin Watts||Reprising her role from the series|
|2015||A Patch of Fog||Lucy|
|2016||Underworld: Blood Wars||Semira|
|2016–2017||Quantico||Charlotte Bishop||Episodes: "ODENVY" and "EPICSHELTER"|
|2017||Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams||Paula||Episode: "Real Life"|
|2018||The City and the City||Katrynia||TV series|
- Parade (Lucille Frank), Donmar Warehouse, nominated for Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical and Whatsonstage.com Awards
- Into the Woods (Lucinda), Royal Opera House
- The Last Five Years (Cathy), Menier Chocolate Factory
- Honk! (Henrietta), Royal National Theatre (Best New Musical, Laurence Olivier Awards 2000) and national tour
- Miss Saigon (Ellen)
- High Society
- A Chorus Line
- The Darling Buds of May
- The Boy Friend
- Gypsy (Louise)
- 42nd Street
- The Wizard of Oz
- (Adverts) Smirnoff Vodka Range – Hatter's Summer Night Dream with Smirnoff
- Uncle Vanya
Awards and nominations
|2008||Laurence Olivier Award – Best Actress in a Musical||Parade||Nominated|
|2012||Critics' Choice Television Award – Best Movie/Miniseries Actress||Sherlock – "A Scandal in Belgravia"||Nominated|
|2016||Laurence Olivier Award – Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical||Gypsy||Won|