|Birthdate:||July 15, 1977|
|Birthplace:||Brooklyn, New York|
Lana Parrilla played Sarah Gavin during Season 4 of 24. Her ethnic background is Puerto Rican and Italian. Her father was the late Sam Parrilla, baseball player on the Philadelphia Phillies in 1970, the only year he played as a professional.
After just six episodes, Lana was promoted to a main cast member, but in the thirteenth episode, she was written out of the series when her character demanded a promotion from temporary head Michelle Dessler, of which was denied.
She had roles in a few movies including the Matthew Modine-Martin Landau flick Very Mean Men (2000), and the lead role in the unsuccessful Spiders (2000). She also starred on One Last Ride together with Tony Lee.
Lana became noticed in the mainstream when she joined the cast of Spin City in 2000, playing Angie Ordonez for one season. After this, she joined Donnie Wahlberg and Neal McDonough in the 2002 series Boomtown in which she played Teresa, a paramedic. Initially a success, Boomtown quickly fell in the ratings, and Lana's character became a police academy rookie, so as to tie her more closely to the rest of the show. But the show was canceled just two episodes into its second season. During the show, she shared the screen with Brian Goodman for an episode.
As of early 2006, Parrilla would be seen on the NBC television series Windfall alongside Luke Perry, former 24 cast member Sarah Wynter, and Parilla's former Boomtown cast mate Jason Gedrick, with 24 actors Jamie McShane and Mykelti Williamson.
In May 2007, Lana Parilla appeared on Lost as Greta, one of two women stationed at the Looking Glass station. She was stationed there with another woman called Bonnie, who was played by 24 Season 2 alum Tracy Middendorf (Carla Matheson).
In 2010, she appeared on the CBS drama Miami Medical, along with Chuti Tiu. The show ran from April to July of that year. She is currently starring in the ABC series Once Upon a Time, adapted from classic children's fairy tales. The show also features Robert Carlyle.