Olivier Award Winner Laura has worked extensively in film, television and theatre. Most recently in 2021 she starred in the lead role alongside James Norton in HBO/Sky Atlantic’s sci-fi epic ‘The Nevers’. She is probably best known for her starring role in Golden Globe-nominated drama ‘Outlander’.
Her film credits include ‘The Program’ with Chris O’Dowd and ‘Hello Carter’ alongside Jodie Whittaker, and most recently playing Mabel Tolkien, mother to the title character in ‘Tolkien’, the biopic of author J.R.R.Tolkien with Nicholas Hoult and Lily Collins.
However, many of her most notable performances are on the stage, in particular winning Best Actress in the 2018 Olivier Awards for her role in the critically acclaimed and sold-out production of ‘The Ferryman’, directed by Sam Mendes. The ""triumphant, bold piece of theatre” was inspired by Laura’s family history and she also reprised the role on Broadway.
Another stage highlight was in hit play ‘The River’ at the Royal Court Theatre, alongside Dominic West. The show was then transferred to Broadway where she starred alongside Hugh Jackman.
She made her on-screen debut in Emmy award winning ‘Sugar Rush’ for Channel 4 and went on to roles in ‘Merlin’ (BBC), ‘Missing’ (ABC) and ‘The Fall’ (BBC). Later she has had roles in ITVs ‘Beowulf’ and Amazon’s fantasy drama ‘Britannia’.
Born in Belfast, her native accent has a gentle Northern Irish lilt. She regularly uses other accents in her work ranging from Neutral/RP in The Nevers & Tolkien, Scottish in Outlander and Manchester in Occupation.
The Nevers (TV, 2021) – 'Amalia True', HBO/Sky Atlantic
The Ferryman (Theatre, 2018) – 'Caitlin Carney', Royal Court Theatre, Gielgud Theatre, Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (Broadway)
Tolkien (Film, 2019) – 'Mabel Tolkien', Fox Searchlight Pictures
Britannia (TV, 2018-2019) – 'Hella', Series 1 & 2, Sky Atlantic/Amazon Studios
The Program (Film, 2015) – 'Emma O'Reilly', StudioCanal
Outlander (TV, 2014-2017) – 'Jenny Fraser', Starz/Amazon
Beowolf (TV, 2016) – 'Elvina', ITV
The River (Royal Court Theatre, 2012 & Broadway, 2014) (Theatre, 2012 and 2014) – 'Other Woman', Royal Court Theatre/Circle in the Square Broadway
Hello Carter (Film, 2013) – 'Tara Cook', Revolution Films
The Fall (TV, 2013) – 'Sarah Kay', BBC, Series One
Missing (TV, 2012) – 'Violet Heath', ABC
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