Lara Pulver

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Lara Pulver
Born(1980-09-01) 1 September 1980 (age 34)
Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England
Spouse(s)Josh Dallas (2007–2011; divorced)
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Lara Pulver
Born(1980-09-01) 1 September 1980 (age 34)
Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England
Spouse(s)Josh Dallas (2007–2011; divorced)

Lara Pulver (born 1 September 1980) is an English actress who has received nominations for the 2008 Laurence Olivier Awards[1] and Whatsonstage Theatregoers' Choice Awards. She is best known for her portrayals of Erin Watts in the popular British BBC spy drama Spooks, and Irene Adler on BBC's TV adaptation Sherlock.

Early life[edit]

Pulver was born in Southend-on-Sea, Essex.[2] Her father is from a Jewish family and her mother converted to Judaism.[3][4] Her parents separated when she was eleven.[3] Pulver attended the National Youth Music Theatre between 1994 and 1998, as well as The Liz Burville Dance Centre, Bexley.[5] In 1997, she began studying at the Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts, graduating 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.[6]

In 2010, Pulver joined the cast of the third series of HBO's True Blood as Sookie Stackhouse's fairy godmother, Claudine Crane.

Pulver played Erin Watts, the new Chief of Section D, in the tenth and final series of BBC spy drama Spooks.

Pulver played Irene Adler in "A Scandal in Belgravia", the first episode of the second series of Sherlock.[7]

In 2012 she joined the cast of Da Vinci's Demons as the "seductive and politically-minded" Clarice Orsini, a series regular and wife of Lorenzo Medici.[8]

Personal life[edit]

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.[9][10] The couple honeymooned in the Maldives.[11]

Dallas confirmed their divorce in an interview on Bob Rivers' radio show on 2 December 2011.


2009Robin HoodIsabellaTV series (8 episodes in Series 3)
2010LegacyDiane Shaw
2010The Special RelationshipInternTV movie
2010True BloodClaudine CraneTV series (5 episodes)
2011SpooksErin WattsTV series (main cast in Series 10)
2011Language of a Broken HeartViolet
2012–presentSherlockIrene Adler"A Scandal in Belgravia" and "The Sign of Three"
2012Coming UpAnnette"Camouflage"
2013Da Vinci's DemonsClarice OrsiniTV series; main character
2013Skins: FireVictoriaTV series; minor role
2014Fleming: The Man Who Would Be BondAnn O’NeillTV series (4 episodes); Main character
2014Edge of TomorrowKaren Lord


Awards and nominations[edit]

2008Laurence Olivier Award - Best Actress in a MusicalParadeNominated
2012Critics' Choice Television Award - Best Movie/Miniseries ActressSherlock (TV series) - A Scandal in BelgraviaNominated


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