Born on 19th June 1970, Lauren Ward is a professional actress and singer from America. A successful name in Broadway, she also has quite the reputation in London. Currently, Ward is portraying the role of Cynthia Murphy in Dear Evan Hansen since Oct 2019.
She attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (BFA).
Lauren originated the character of Miss Honey in the international production of Matilda: The Musical. This role brought her a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical in 2013. Some of her credits in London include Du Barry Was A Lady (2001), Johnny Johnson, Camelot: The Musical at Regents Park, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Elizabeth Imbrie in The Philadelphia Story at The Old Vic (2005), Baroness in The Sound Of Music at the London Palladium (2006), Batboy and Caroline Or Change at the Hampstead Theatre, A Winters Tale, Pericles, and The Vagina Monologues at The Arts Theatre.
Her extensive Broadway credits include her debut in the revival of Carousel (1994) where she played Jenny Sanborn and Heavenly Friend; Martha Jefferson in 1776: The Musical (1997); Young Sally in the revival of Follies (2001). In 2010, Lauren originated Miss Honey’s role for Matilda, which was produced at Stratford-Upon-Avon. The following year, she portrayed the same in the West End, and in 2013, on Broadway. She also has a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Musical.
Film and TV:
She has been part of several television shows and films. Her film credits include the 1997 film In & Out, Series 7: The Contenders, Story Of A Bad Boy. On television, she has appeared in Kiss Me First (Channel 4), Touch Of Frost (ITV), The Last Days Of Lehman Brothers (BBC), Law And Order SVU (BBC) and Torchwood (BBC).