Literature: Drama, Other; Media: Film; Theatre: Acting, Other; Screenwriting
Laura Allen is an actress and writer who grew up on Bainbridge Island, Washington, the middle of three daughters. She is has worked 22 years in film and television as an actress, and 3 years as a writer. Recently, Laura coaches auditions, and critiques screenplays for the Austin Film Festival.
She got her start in New York City on the soap All My Children as Laura Kirk English, but more recent credits include Sundance's Hap and Leonard, NBC's Awake opposite Jason Isaacs, FX's Terriers and Dirt, as well as USA Network's The 4400 where she portrayed Lily Tyler opposite Mahershala Ali.
She has recurred on Fox's 9-1-1, Suits, American Horror Story, Grey's Anatomy and most recently on Apple+TV's Truth Be Told with Octavia Spencer.
Features include the Emmy nominated The Tale (HBO) starring Laura Dern and Ellen Burstyn, directed by Jennifer Fox. Allen played the lead in the 2014 horror film Clown directed by Jon Watts. Other features include Old Dogs opposite Robin Williams and John Travolta, and Mona Lisa Smile with Julia Roberts, directed by Mike Newell.
Laura’s first script “Spree” was a BlueCat Screenwriting Finalist and a Nicholl Fellowship top 10%. Her second script “Winnie & Dolores” was a UCLA Screenwriting Top 10, a Nicholl Fellowship top 10%, and a Los Angeles International Screenplay Contest Semifinalist.
Laura lives in Ventura with her husband and two sons.