Lauren London is an American actress of film and television and model.
Staring out as a music video actress, she has made a successful shift
into film and television, and picked up a Black Movie nomination for
her promising debut in the film “ATL” (2006). She has since
acted in several films like “This Christmas” (2007),
“Next Day Air” (2009), “I Love You, Beth
Cooper” (2009) and “Madea's Big Happy Family” (2011).
She has made guest appearances in several television shows such as
“Everybody Hates Chris,” “Entourage,”
“90210,” “Reed Between the Lines” and
“Single Ladies”. London has graced the cover of magazines
like Jewel and King and appeared in ads for Lot 29 Juniors.
London idolizes multi talented artist Barbra Streisand and filmmaker
Woody Allen. She said, “Barbra Streisand has always been an
inspiration for me. I admire Jennifer Lopez because she's been against
all the odds and she's made such a name for herself and she can put her
name on anything and it sells and I admire that about her, but Barbara
Streisand and Woody Allen are my favorites.”
London is a huge fan of neo soul and hip hop and likes going to
concerts. She admits, “I'm really big neo-soul, hip hop fan. I
like going to concerts like floe try. I love doing that on my downtime.
I listen to music and hang out with my friends and try to read up on
scripts and stuff”.
London has one son with her ex-lover, rapper Lil Wayne. She also
has dated Neef of the rap group Young Gunz, Terry Kennedy, and Chris
Foxx. London is best friends with model Akira Torrii.
Childhood and Family:
Lauren Nicole London was born on December 5, 1984, in Los Angeles,
California, to a Jewish father and an African American mother. She
attended Castle Heights Elementary School, where her drama teacher gave
her the role of a lion who did not speak English. She left school in
the tenth grade to be home schooled. She spent the next few years
attending auditions for music videos, films and commercials. Lauren
studied acting with Michael Wilson. Lauren Nicole's
nickname is L-Boogie.
On September 9, 2009, Lauren gave birth to her first child, son
Kameron Samuel Ari Carter. The child's father is her former
fiancé, rapper Lil Wayne.
Madea's Big Happy Family
Lauren London appeared in music videos for artists like Tyrese,
Ludacris, Pharrell, and Snoop Dogg before gaining her first break in
2006 with a guest spot in the sitcom “Everybody Hates
Chris”. The same year, she made her feature film debut as hip hop
artist T.I.'s love interest, New New/Erin Garnett, on the drama film
“ATL”, which marked the directorial debut of music video
director Chris Robinson. The film earned mostly favorable reviews from
critics and was nominated for numerous awards, though it was not a big
success at the box office. For her fine performance, London was
nominated for 2006 Black Movie Award in the category of Outstanding
Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role. Relating to her
character in “ATL,” she stated, “I relate to her
struggle with who she's trying to be. She's not feeling comfortable
with restrictions and I remember being that way at 17 and rebelling
against what everyone wanted me to be and who I thought I wanted to be,
so I related to aspect of her. Not the rich part
In 2007, London appeared in two episodes of the HBO comedy series
“Entourage” called “The Resurrection” and
“The Prince's Bride,” playing Turtle (played by Jerry
Ferrara)'s girlfriend, Kelly. Besides, she portrayed Melanie Whitfield
in “This Christmas,” a Christmas comedy/drama film written,
produced and directed by Preston A. Whitmore II. Her co-stars in the
film included Delroy Lindo, Idris Elba, Loretta Devine, Chris Brown,
Columbus Short, Regina King and Sharon Leal.
From 2008 to 2009, London had a recurring role as Christina Worthy in
the CW teen drama series “90210”. She returned to features
with the role of Ivy in the 2009 action/comedy “Next Day
Air”, starring Mike Epps and Donald Faison. It was followed by a
turn as Hayden Panettiere's friend, Cameron “Cammy” Alcott,
in Chris Columbus' comedy “I Love You, Beth Cooper”, which
was adapted from the novel of the same name. She also had an uncredited
part in the short “Blokhedz Mission G Animated Web Series”
(2009). 2009 also saw her appear as herself in the comedy
documentary film “Good Hair,” starring and narrated by
comedian Chris Rock, as well as in the reality TV series “Keeping
Up with the Kardashians”.
In 2011, London played the role of Bow Wow's lover, Renee, in “Madea's Big Happy Family”, a
comedy/drama film based on Tyler Perry's 2010 play of the same name.
The film received mixed reviews from critics. The same year, she began
her recurring role as Shelley in the VH1 comedy/drama series
“Single Ladies” and appeared as Jentrey in an episode of
“Reed Between the Lines” called “Let's Talk About
London will play Sheree Moore in the film adaptation of David E.
Talbert's “Baggage Claim”. The comedy is set to be released