|Birthdate:||November 20, 1976|
|Birthplace:||Vancouver, British Columbia|
Born to two Canadian school teachers in British Columbia, Laura Harris began acting in radio dramas and animation series when she was five years old. As a child Harris was educated at an all-girls Catholic school and attended college through UC correspondence. It was in her teens, after having worked professionally in Vancouver as a television actress for nearly 14 years, that Harris broke into the realm of feature films.
One of her first appearances was in the TV series "Hillside", which also featured Enuka Okuma. She then worked as a voice actress for the children show "My Little Pony Tales". After that, she has appeared on shows like "The Dead Zone", "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation", "The X-Files", "Jake 2.0" (with Philip Anthony-Rodriguez), and "Defying Gravity" (with Eyal Podell). She has also had recurring roles on series like "Dead Like Me" and "Women's Murder Club" (with Ever Carradine).
Role on 24 Edit
Laura was originally offered the role of Mandy in Season 1. However, she turned down the role because she felt it was too risque. The producers then offered her the role of Marie in Season 2.
In preparation for her role on 24, Laura was taken to a shooting range to try out a gun. It was the first time she had ever fired a gun and, apparently, she cried afterward. When she learned her 24 character makes the switch from a sweet-natured bride-to-be to evil terrorist, she threw her script across the room.
She has also commented on her turn during Season 2, "A lot of employees at the Whole Foods market say, 'I can't believe you killed your fiancé!' when they're handing me my deli meats. Or, 'I knew it was you! You looked evil from the beginning!'"
Selected filmography Edit
- Ted's MBA (2006)
- Severance (2006)
- It's Better to Be Wanted For Murder Than Not to Be Wanted at All (2003)
- A Mighty Wind (2003)
- Come Together (2001)
- Going Greek (2001)
- The Calling (2000)
- The Highwayman (2000)
- Just the Ticket (1999)
- The Manor (1999)
- The Faculty (1998)
- Suicide Kings (1997)
- Habitat (1997)
- Into the Arms of Danger (1997)
- Abduction of Innocence: A Moment of Truth Movie (1996)
- Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (1996)
- A Kidnapping in the Family (1996)
- Halfback Of Notre Dame (1996)
- Best Wishes Mason Chadwick (1995)
- Stay Tuned (1992)
- Stephen King's It (1990)
Television appearances Edit
- Defying Gravity (2009)
- Women's Murder Club (2007-2008)
- Stargate Atlantis (2007)
- The Dead Zone (2005)
- Dead Like Me (2003-2004)
- Jake 2.0 (2003)
- The Outer Limits (1997, 2001)
- Total Recall 2070 (1997)
- Poltergeist: The Legacy (1997)
- Sliders (1996)
- The X Files (1995)
- M.A.N.T.I.S. (1994)
- Highlander: The Series (1994)
- The Odyssey (1994)
- Fifteen (1990-1993)
Background information and notes Edit
- Knows how to speak Spanish and French.
- Has a tattoo of a sun and scorpio symbol on the back of her left shoulder.
- She worked as a waitress in Vancouver, B.C. at "Earl's Restaurants on Robson" before she moved to L.A.
- She loves the writings of E.E. Cummings.
- Laura's production company is developing a show for MTV called "Chemistry".
- Is represented by John Carrabino at Catch 23 Entertainment and Kami Putnam at The Gersh Agency.
- "I'm a neurotic ironer," Harris admits. "Everything needs to be ironed, it's one of my flaws."
- "I'll be working out in a gym somewhere and all the major stations will be on and some terrible television movie will come on at 8 pm and I'll be, like, the best friend of the girl that has an eating disorder. It's so embarrassing."
- "I think I'm pretty oblivious. I have lived and worked in obscurity, and happily."