PROFILE
Name:
Laura Harris
Birth Date:
November 20, 1976
Birth Place:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Nationality:
Canadian
BIOGRAPHY
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“24” Marie

Background:

Canadian actress Laura Harris is best remembered as spoiled actress Daisy Adair (2003-2004) on Showtime's sci-fi comedy-drama series "Dead Like Me" and as Marie Warner (2002-2003), the younger sister of Jack Bauer's love interest Kate (played by Sarah Wynter), on Fox's hit spy drama starring Kiefer Sutherland, "24." On the silver screen, she was credited in Kitchen Party (1997), The Faculty (1998), The Calling (2000), Going Greek (2001), A Mighty Wind (2003) and Severance (2006). She will co-star with Monica Keena, Breckin Meyer and Adam Scott in the upcoming comedy film Ted's MBA* (Many Brief Affairs) and appear in a TV series pilot called Women's Murder Club, alongside Angie Harmon and Paula Newsome.

In 2000, the 5' 6½" actress and childhood friend Jeff Macpherson formed the production company Rocket Chicken International Productions.


Canada Native

Childhood and Family:

Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on November 20, 1976, Laura Harris was raised in Surrey, B.C. Canada. The daughter of school teachers, Laura was educated at an all-girls Anglican school (Crofton House School for Girls) before attending college through UC correspondence. She is fluent in English, French and Spanish.

Laura is friends with Emily Perkins, whom she met at a drama school in Vancouver.


Dead Like Me

Career:

Having acted in CBC radio dramas and animation series since the age of five, Canada-born Laura Harris spent her teen years in Vancouver. She was seen on Nickelodeon's popular teen sitcom “Fifteen” (a.k.a. Hillside; 1990), for which she was nominated for a Young Artist Award for her role as Ashley Frasier. She also appeared in director Peter Hyams' dark comedy film Stay Tuned (1992; with John Ritter, Pam Dawber, Jeffrey Jones and Eugene Levy), the made-for-television movie Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1996; alongside Melissa Joan Hart), and writer-director Rene Daalder's B-grade science fiction film, Habitat (1997).

In order to focus on acting full time, Laura moved to Los Angeles in 1997, shortly after appearing in that year’s satirical film, Kitchen Party, writer-director Gary Burns' Toronto Film Festival-released film in which she co-starred as Scott Speedman's girlfriend Tammy. That same year, she supported Christopher Walken and Henry Thomas in Peter O'Fallon's darkly comical psychological thriller The Suicide Kings, based on the short story "The Hostage," by Don Stanford. She followed it up with the next year’s role of Louise, the mysterious new girl at school who has a crush on Josh Hartnett's character, in Robert Rodríguez's horror sci-fi film, The Faculty, alongside Elijah Wood, Jordana Brewster and Clea DuVall.

In January 2000, Laura and childhood friend Jeff Macpherson formed the production company Rocket Chicken International Productions, based in North Vancouver. Their first production was the independent romantic comedy film Come Together (2001), written and directed by Macpherson. Laura also produced and starred in the film, as Charlotte, the true love of Tygh Runyan's character.

Meanwhile, after preventing the destruction of mankind in Richard Caesar's apocalyptic thriller The Calling (2000), Laura became a beautiful sophomore who hates all fraternities in writer-director Justin Zackham's teen comedy film Going Greek (2001; opposite Dylan Bruno). Afterward, Laura landed a role as Marie Warner (2002-2003), the younger sister of Jack Bauer's love interest Kate (played by Sarah Wynter) on Fox's award-winning action/drama/thriller starring Kiefer Sutherland, "24."

When her contract with “24” ended in 2003, Laura joined the cast of Showtime's sci-fi comedy-drama series "Dead Like Me," playing spoiled actress Daisy Adair (2003-2004). Unfortunately, the show was axed after its second season. During that time, she (and other cast members) won a Florida Film Critics Circle award for Christopher Guest's A Mighty Wind (2003), inspired by the 1982 documentary film The Weavers: Wasn't That a Time!

From 2005 to 2006, Laura played a recurring role on the USA Network's science fiction/suspense series starring Anthony Michael Hall, "The Dead Zone," which was filmed in her native country Canada. She was also spotted as a guest in an episode of the Sci-Fi Channel's "Stargate Atlantis" and in the TV movies Four Extraordinary Women and Hollis & Rae (both in 2006). Additionally, moviegoers could watch her starring opposite Danny Dyer in Severance, a British comedy horror film by Christopher Smith.

More recently, in February 2007, Laura guest starred in an episode of the popular Emmy Award-winning CBS crime-drama series "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation." She has completed her upcoming film, Ted's MBA* (Many Brief Affairs), a comedy by writer-director Dan Cohen starring Monica Keena, Breckin Meyer and Adam Scott. Additionally, she is now filming a TV series pilot called Women's Murder Club, alongside Angie Harmon and Paula Newsome.

Awards:

  • Florida Film Critics Circle: Best Ensemble Cast, A Mighty Wind, 2004
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