Lucy Punch

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Lucy Punch
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Punch at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival premiere of A Good Old Fashioned Orgy
Born(1977-12-30) 30 December 1977 (age 37)
London, England
Years active1998–present
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Lucy Punch
Lucy Punch 2011 Shankbone.JPG
Punch at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival premiere of A Good Old Fashioned Orgy
Born(1977-12-30) 30 December 1977 (age 37)
London, England
Years active1998–present

Lucy Punch (born 30 December 1977)[1] is an English film, stage and television actress. Her feature film credits include Hot Fuzz, Bad Teacher, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, Dinner for Schmucks, and Into the Woods.

Personal life[edit]

Punch was born in London.[2] She was educated privately at Godolphin School and then Latymer Upper School.[3] She performed with the National Youth Theatre from 1993 to 1997 and began a course at University College London before dropping out to become an actress.[4] Since 2006 Punch has lived in West Hollywood, Los Angeles.[3]


Punch made her acting debut in a 1998 episode of The New Adventures of Robin Hood.[5] Her other TV credits include the naive daughter of Alison Steadman's character in the short-lived series Let Them Eat Cake which starred French and Saunders. She starred as a football player in the kids TV show Renford Rejects, and played the role of victim Melissa Townsend in the 19th episode of Midsomer Murders. In 2000, she made her stage debut as Elaine in Terry Johnson's West End adaptation of The Graduate.[6]

She has worked at the Royal Court and Bush theatres, both in London.[7][8]

In 2004, Punch played receptionist Elaine Denham on Doc Martin. She left the television show The Class after appearing in eleven of the first 12 episodes.[9] In 2006 she won the Best Actress award at the Monaco International Film Festival for her performance in Are You Ready For Love?.[10]

Punch starred in Woody Allen's 2010 film, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger.[11] In August 2010 she appeared in BBC Two's three part police comedy-drama Vexed alongside Toby Stephens. In 2011 Punch appeared in Bad Teacher.[12] Punch was cast as Deena Pilgrim, the female lead in the TV pilot Powers for the FX channel,[13] but the role was recast.


1998The New Adventures of Robin HoodQueen StephanieTV movie (1 episode: "Orphans")
1999Renford RejectsSue WhiteTV series (13 episodes)
1999Days Like TheseHelen ForemanTV series (2 episodes)
1999Let Them Eat CakeEvelineTV series (4 episodes)
1999–2001Big Bad WorldMelissaTV series (4 episodes)
2000CinderellaReganTV movie
2000The 10th KingdomSally PeepTV series (3 episodes)
2001It's Not Me, It's YouRose
2001People Like UsKateTV series (1 episode: "The Actor")
2001Midsomer MurdersMelissa TownsendTV series (1 episode: "Tainted Fruit")
2001Goodbye, Mr SteadmanLinda MortimerTV movie
2002Come TogetherAmyTV movie
2002I Saw YouEstherTV series (1 episode: "Episode 1.1")
2003Second NatureCar Rental GirlTV movie
2003DinotopiaShaynaTV series (1 episode: "Night of the Wartosa")
2004Ella EnchantedHattie
2004My FamilySarahTV series (1 episode: "Luck Be a Lady Tonight")
2004The Life and Death of Peter SellersLead Stewardess
2004Being JuliaAvice Crichton
2004Doc MartinElaine DenhamTV series (6 episodes)
2005FestivalNicky Romanowski
2005SurvivorsJuliet SavageTV series (1 episode: "In Deep Water")
2006Agatha Christie's PoirotSusannah HendersonTV series (1 episode: "After the Funeral")
2006Are You Ready For Love?MelanieMonaco International Film FestivalAngel Award for Best Actress
2007Two FamiliesIreneTV movie
2007The ClassHolly EllenbogenTV series (13 episodes)
2007Hot FuzzEve Draper
2007GrindhouseBlonde in 'Don't' TrailerUncredited
2007Comedy Showcase: Ladies and GentlemenAliceTV pilot
2007The Sarah Silverman ProgramSallyTV series (1 episode: "Ah, Men")
2007The Omid Djalili ShowMiss Fanny DashettTV series ("Episode 1.2")
2007St. Trinian'sVerity Thwaites
20081%CandaceTV movie
2008FairytalesFenola GayTV series (1 episode: "Cinderella")
2008Wainy DaysAngelInternet series (1 episode: "Angel")
2009Big BreaksAlexis
2009(Untitled)The Clarinet
2010Elektra LuxxDolores
2010You Will Meet a Tall Dark StrangerCharmaine
2010Dinner For SchmucksDarla
2010VexedDI Kate BishopTV series (3 episodes)
2011A Little Bit of HeavenSarah Walker
2011Take Me Home TonightShelly
2011Bad TeacherAmy Squirrel
2011A Good Old Fashioned OrgyKate
2012Ben and KateBJTV series (16 episodes)
2012The Giant Mechanical ManPauline
2012The Wedding VideoSaskia
2012Stars in ShortsJulie
2012Stand Up GuysWendy
2013Cottage CountryMasha
2014Someone Marry BarryMelanie Miller
2014Into The Woods[14]Lucinda
2015She's Funny That Waya Prostitute
2015CakeNurse Gayle


2000The GraduateElaineGielgud Theatre
2001Boy Gets GirlHarrietRoyal Court Theatre
2002A Carpet, A Pony and A MonkeyKateBush Theatre
2014Great BritainPaige BritainTheatre Royal Haymarket[15]


  1. ^ "Lucy Punch profile at". Yahoo TV. Yahoo! Inc. Retrieved 18 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Goodman, Jillian. "Bad Teacher’s Lucy Punch on her ‘Über-Goddess’ Co-star Cameron Diaz, Playing the Slut, and Women in Comedy". Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Nicole Lampert (9 August 2012). "From doing the rounds with Doc Martin to cook-ins with Cameron Diaz, Lucy Punch is our kooky new queen of comedy". Daily Mail. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  4. ^ Tavis Smiley, 17 June 2011.
  5. ^ "Lucy Punch- Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  6. ^ Eyre, Hermione (3 December 2010). "Lucy Punch is making a mark on Hollywood". Retrieved 5 June 2011. 
  7. ^ Clapp, Susannah (11 November 2001). "Eric and Ernie for ever". The Observer. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  8. ^ Koenig, Rhoda (27 May 2002). "A Carpet, a Pony and a Monkey, Bush Theatre, London". The Independent. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  9. ^ Adalian, Joseph (11 January 2007). "'Class' to air on Net first – Entertainment News, Business News, Media". Retrieved 8 February 2010. 
  10. ^ "Monaco International Film Festival of non violent films". Monaco International Film Festival. Retrieved 5 June 2011. 
  11. ^ Jay A. Fernandez (29 May 2009). "Woody Allen welcomes Brit Lucy Punch". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2 June 2009. 
  12. ^ "Lucy Punch cast in Bad Teacher". 8 February 2010. Retrieved 8 February 2010. 
  13. ^ "'Powers' TV Series Casts Deena Pilgrim", 21 June 2011, MTV
  14. ^ WORLD EXCLUSIVE! New Confirmed Casting For the INTO THE WOODS Movie, Starring Streep & Depp Broadway World, Retrieved 27 July 2013
  15. ^ "Lucy Punch stars in West End Great Britain". Whats On Stage. 11 August 2014. Retrieved 7 September 2014. 

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