Lauren Lee Smith was first discovered in her native Vancouver when she was cast as a series regular on the hit Showtime series The L Word.

Lauren seamlessly transitioned to films by co-starring in Terry Zwigoff’s film Art School Confidential for Sony Classics, opposite Max Minghella. From there Lauren Lee co-starred as Casey Affleck’s partner in The Last Kiss, directed by Tony Goldwyn.

Most notably, Lauren went on to receive critical praise and attention from her lead performance as an outwardly sexually spirited woman in the independent film Lie with Me. Lauren next went on to star in three back to back studio films; the MGM feature Pathology, the Warner Brothers/Bryan Singer produced feature Trick ‘r Treat opposite Anna Paquin, and Helen opposite Ashley Judd, which premiered at Sundance in 2010.

Lauren worked alongside Laurence Fishburne on the hugely successful CBS series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and was the lead on the Canadian crime series The Listener for which she was nominated for Best Performance by a Lead Actress at the 2011 Gemini Awards for her brilliant work.

In 2009 Lauren signed on to the Terry Miles’s directed feature A Night For Dying
alongside Jennifer Beals. In 2012 she teamed up with Terry Miles again, this time not only starring in but producing the feature Cinemanovels. In 2015, she starred in Jeremy Lalonde’s much talked about comedy, How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town.

Currently starring as Frankie Drake, a private eye with a mysterious past, in CBC’s Frankie Drake Mysteries, Lauren recently co-starred opposite Michael Shannon in the 2018 Academy Award-winning film for Best Picture, The Shape of Water from acclaimed director Guillermo del Toro.

In 2017, Lauren was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Maggie Lawson in CBC’s This Life.

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