|Lucy Lawless Quick Info
|5 ft 8 in
|Date of Birth
|March 29, 1968
Lucy Lawless is a well-known actress and musician from New Zealand. She’s most popularly recognized in her craft for her notable roles on various top-billed television series and movies including Xena: Warrior Princess, Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, and Spartacus: Vengeance. Among all her works as an actress, she was well-praised and remembered for her amazing portrayal of the character Xena. The role was originally meant for actress Vanessa Angel but ultimately went to Lucy after she was unable to attend the shooting due to being ill. With how the character was played and given justice to, it later turned out to be one of the most favorites on TV during the time the series was airing along with other shows. Her portrayal as Xena was successful enough to get a spin-off series and it was released in September 1995. Following the spin-off, the show received another blow in ratings and cultural significance that made the series to last until 6 seasons, boosting Lucy’s growing fame as an actress. Aside from becoming widely known as Xena by many fans, she’s also recognized for her recurring roles as Diane Lewis-Swanson on NBC’s hit sitcom Parks and Recreation during which she appeared from 2012 to 2015. From 2015 to 2018, she also became part of the horror-comedy series Ash vs Evil Dead as Ruby.
Before she went to William Davis Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, to study drama, she first debuted on TV as a cast member of New Zealand’s sketch comedy series Funny Business. Aside from acting, she also has an interest in singing and she even joined Fox’s reality TV show Celebrity Duets in 2006 during which she ranked as the runner-up next to winner Alfonso Ribeiro. With her given talent in singing, she had also received voice acting projects from various animated features. In 2008, she voiced the character of Diana Prince commonly known as Wonder Woman for the direct-to-video superhero animated movie Justice League: The New Frontier. 6 years after her debut as a voice actress, she was offered to voice act the militaristic Queen of the Ants on Cartoon Network’s animated TV series Adventure Time. She made some more unforgettable appearances and cameos on movies and television series including The L Word, Bedtime Stories, Angel of Death, Flight of the Conchords, and Agents of Shield.
Lucille Frances Lawless
Mount Albert, Auckland, New Zealand
She went to Marist College, Mount Albert, Aukland, New Zealand. She also attended William Davis Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, to study drama.
- Father – Frank Ryan (Mayor, Banker)
- Mother – Julie Ryan (Teacher)
- Siblings – She has 4 brothers and 1 sister.
- Others – Timothy Ryan (Paternal Grandfather), Gladys Ida Cartwright (Paternal Grandmother)
Lucy Lawless is represented by –
- Auckland Actors, Talent Agency, Auckland, New Zealand
- Agency for the Performing Arts, Talent and Literary Agency, Beverly Hills, California, United States
5 ft 8 in or 173 cm
60 kg or 132 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Lucy Lawless has dated –
- Garth Lawless (1988-1995) – Lucy was only 19 when she got pregnant by her former spouse Garth Lawless while they were working together in the Australian outback. After they decided to tie the knot in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia in 1988, the two returned to New Zealand where their daughter Daisy was born. They divorced in 1995 following 7 years of marriage.
- Robert G. Tapert (1998-Present) – She married Xena‘s executive producer and Pacific Renaissance Pictures CEO Robert Tapert in March 1998. They have 2 sons together named Julius Robert Bay Tapert (b. October 16, 1999) and Judah Miro Tapert (May 7, 2002) who were both born in Auckland, New Zealand.
Race / Ethnicity
She has English and Irish ancestry.
She often tends to dye her hair ‘blonde’.
- Thin Lips
- Long Lashes
- Small Face
She has appeared in the TV commercials for brands such as Philips (1993).
Best Known For
Portraying the character of Xena in the fantasy television series Xena: Warrior Princess from 1995 to 2001
As a Singer
She has lent her voice to songs like Little Child, Things We Should Do, and 4 All of Us.
In 1991, she made her theatrical film debut as Joe’s Girl in the drama film, The End of the Golden Weather.
First TV Show
In 1989, Lucy made her TV show debut as a cast member of New Zealand’s sketch comedy series Funny Business.
Lucy Lawless Favorite Things
- Hobbies – Traveling
Lucy Lawless Facts
- She started acting in secondary school and performed her first musical at the age of 10.
- She became an international celebrity because of her character as Xena on Xena: Warrior Princess. Lucy has also been dubbed as a lesbian icon because of the same character portrayal, a role which she later claimed she was proud of.
- In 2017, she was given the “Star 100-Ally of the Year” award during the Australian LGBTI Awards Ceremony.
- She appeared as Betty Rizzo in a Broadway production of Grease in 1997.
- She is a member and one of the board of trustees of the Starship Foundation, one of the charities associated with the Starship Children’s Health Hospital.
- The newly discovered planet which is officially known as Eris was first named after Lucy’s character Xena.
- In May 2009, she became a climate ambassador for Greenpeace’s Sign On campaign.
- She was nominated for a Saturn Award in the “Best Genre TV Actress” category in 1997. In 2010, she won a Saturn Award in the “Best Supporting Actress on Television” category for her portrayal of the character Lucretia in Spartacus: Blood and Sand. During the same year, she was also nominated for a Golden Nymph Award in the “Outstanding Actress – Drama Series” category.
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