''If I could time travel I would go back to high school. I would tell myself not to do certain things.'' Laura Allen.
Initially working with the NYPD as a counselor in the domestic violence unit, Laura Allen turned to acting and was first notice as Laura Kirk English du Pres (2000-2002) in the ABC long-running soap opera "All My Children." She then went to star as Lily Moore Tyler (2004-2007) in the USA Network science fiction television series "The 4400" and currently plays Julia Mallory, a fallen movie star, in the FX Networks serial drama series "Dirt" (2007).
Meanwhile, Allen has guest starred in such TV shows as "Cold Case," "North Shore," "House M.D.," "Criminal Minds" and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." She also has appeared in the films "Mona Lisa Smile" (2003) and "How You Look to Me" (2005). Next, she will be seen in the upcoming films "From Within," "Hysteria," and "Old Dogs" (with John Travolta and Robin Williams).
On a more personal note, the 5' 4" blue-eyed blonde, reportedly a distant relative of the late Princess Grace of Monaco, has been married to Bruce Weyman since September 2006.
Childhood and Family:
Born in Portland, Oregon, on March 21, 1974, Laura Allen was raised on Bainbridge Island, Washington, outside of Seattle. The middle of three daughters to David and Juliet Allen, Laura has one older sister, Jennifer Allen, and one younger sister, Lindsay.
Young Laura attended Bainbridge High School alongside ''Saturday Night Live'' (1975) cast member Chris Kattan. Snow Falling on Cedars (1999) author David Guterson was a teacher at the same school. Laura then studied criminology at Wellesley College, Massachusetts, and graduated in 1996.
On Christmas Eve 2004, just a few hours before the tsunami hit, Laura and Bruce Weyman got engaged in Thailand. They were married at the Relais Palazzo del Capitano in Pienza, Italy, on September 23, 2006.
Reportedly a distant relative of the late Princess Grace of Monaco, Laura has extensive knowledge of the Japanese language. Her favorite food is sushi.
After receiving her criminology degree, Laura Allen decided to test the water in New York and found work with the NYPD as a counselor in the domestic violence unit of the 24th Precinct on West 100th Street. Nine months later, Allen, who previously has acted in local
community and high school stage productions with her sisters and her father, began to "burn out" on the job and decided to take acting lessons. She was cast as Maid Marian in a tour of "Robin Hood" that went to the west coast and volunteered at an off-Broadway theatre, The Manhattan Class Company.
During the opening night party of "Wit," Allen met and got signed by an agent, who subsequently started submitting her for roles and pilots, one of which was FOX short-lived drama series "The $treet" (2000), starring Christian Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, Giancarlo Esposito and Rick Hoffman. Not long afterwards, Allen landed a recurring role on ABC popular soap opera "All My Children," playing Laura Kirk English du Pres (2000-2002), taking over the role from Lauren E. Roman.
After "All My Children," Allen began breaking into films, starting with the short comedy "A Tale of Two" (2003), and then in that same year's romantic drama/comedy film, "Mona Lisa Smile," director Mike Newell's loose adaptation of Muriel Spark's novel "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" in which Allen played a Wellesley coed named Susan Delacorte, alongside Julia Roberts, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Kirsten Dunst and Julia Stiles.
Following her feature film debut, Allen returned to television to star in the USA Network science fiction television series "The 4400," as Lily Moore Tyler, one of four thousand MIA people disgorged by a falling meteorite. She stayed on the show since its pilot in July 2004 until its fourth season in 2007. Meanwhile, Allen was spotted as a guest in an episode of CBS cop drama "Cold Case," FOX prime time soap opera "North Shore," FOX medical drama "House M.D.," CBS crime drama "Criminal Minds" and NBC cop/legal drama "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." She was also seen in Spike Lee-directed TV movie "Sucker Free City" (2004) and J. Miller Tobin's feature length drama "How You Look to Me" (2005), in which she played the female lead opposite Frank Langella. Additionally, she appeared in the TV commercial for Michelob Amber Bock.
Allen currently plays Julia Mallory, a former "America's Sweetheart" who is dating Josh Stewart's Holt McLaren, in the FX Networks serial drama series starring Courteney Cox Arquette, "Dirt." Premiered in January 2007, the show will return for a second season, tentatively scheduled to begin airing in early 2008, with Allen returning as the fallen movie star.
Moviegoers will soon catch her in the upcoming films "From Within," a horror/thriller by Phedon Papamichael, "Hysteria," a horror by Frank Lin, and "Old Dogs," a comedy by Walt Becker and stars John Travolta and Robin Williams.