Lorna Scott
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Portraying the overbearing boss of James McAvoy in the blockbuster film “Wanted” (2008)
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American veteran actress Lorna Scott is recognized for her comedic timing and dramatic skills. In show business for nearly two decades, she is perhaps best known for portraying the overbearing boss of James McAvoy in the blockbuster film “Wanted” (2008) and the awkward next door neighbor in the ABC sitcom “Surviving Suburbia” (2009). She also played Vera Lisso in the independent film “Sordid Lives” (2000) and the TV series adaptation “Sordid Lives: The Series” (2008). Other films Scott has acted in include “Little Miss Millions” (1993), “Save” (1995), “Primary Colors” (1998),“Ghost World” (2001), “Rock Star” (2001), “Stealing Harvard” (2002), “Anger Management” (2003), “Bad Santa” (2003), “Freaky Friday” (2003), “Something's Gotta Give” (2003), “Cellular” (2004), “The Heartbreak Kid” (2007), “Bedtime Stories” (2008), “Role Model” (2008) and “17 Again” (2009). Scott has also appeared in countless TV series, including “Married with Children,” “Party of Five,” “Boy Meets World,” “Diagnosis Murder,” “ER,” “Bakersfield P.D.,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Charmed,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Criminal Minds,” “True Blood” and “Trust Me,” as well as in the TV films “Ordinary Miracle” (2005) and “Kiss At Midnight” (2008), to name a few.

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Scott has participated in a number of charities, including those supporting animal rights, breast cancer awareness and causes that help women. Some organizations she has supported include the SPCA, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the Bill Foundation, and the Sierra Club.

Surviving Suburbia


Lorna Scott made her big screen debut in the independent film “Hero” (1985), for filmmaker Alexandre Rockwell. She then disappeared from the screen for many years before appearing on the small screen with guest spots in “Designing Women,” “Gabriel's Fire” (both 1990), “The Wonder Years” (1991), “Life Goes On,” “Rachel Gunn, R.N.,” “The Larry Sanders Show” and “Wings” (all 1992), “Bodies of Evidence,” “Grace Under Fire” (both 1993), “Married with Children,” “Party of Five,” “Boy Meets World,” “Blossom,” “On Our Own” (all 1994), “Hearts Afire,” “Diagnosis Murder,” “Family Matters” and “ER,” (all 1995). She also appeared in the series “Bakersfield P.D.,” (1993 and 1994) and “Coach” (1992 and 1995).

In 1992, Scott appeared in the television movie “Honor Thy Mother,” which was based on the book “Blood Games” by Jerry Bledsoe. She was reunited with the director of the film, David Greene, for the ABC thriller “Willing to Kill: The Texas Cheerleader Story” (also 1992), which starred Lesley Ann Warren as Wanda Holloway. A year later, she returned to the independent circuit in the Jim Wynorski directed “Little Miss Millions” (1993), in which she was cast opposite Howard Hasseman and Jennifer Love Hewitt. Following a string of TV film appearances, she landed a supporting role in the Sundance Film Festival premiered thriller “Save” (1995), which starred Julianne Moore and was written and directed by Todd Haynes.

Scott remained active throughout the rest of the 1990s. She appeared in episodes of “3rd Rock from the Sun,” “Weird Science,” “Roseanne,” “The Wayans Bros.,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Guys Like Us,” “Home Improvement,” “G vs E” and “Any Day Now” as well as the made-for-TV films “If These Walls Could Talk” segment “1952” (1996), “Suddenly” (1996) and “Murder Live” (1997). On the movie front, she played Glenda Frye in the award winning short “Every Night and Twice on Sundays” (1998), had an unaccredited part in the big screen adaptation of Joe Klein's popular book, “Primary Colors” (1998), which was directed by Mike Nichols and starred John Travolta, and appeared with Greg Lewis and Robert Vitelli in the comedy “Eating L.A.” (1999). She also worked with Melanie Lynskey, Wil Wheaton and Corin Nemec in Mark Tapio Kines' “Foreign Correspondents” (1999).

Entering the new millennium, Scott had the small, but memorable, role of Vera Lisso in Del Shores' disappointing independent film “Sordid Lives” (2000), adapted from his acclaimed play of the same name. She also appeared in Sally Field's “Beautiful” (2000, starred Minnie Driver and Joey Lauren Adams), Christine Lahti's “My First Mister” (2001), the Academy Award nominee for Best Adapted Screenplay, “Ghost World” (2001, and Éva Gárdos' “An American Rhapsody” (2001, starred Scarlett Johansson and Nastassja Kinski). Scott then offered a notable portrayal of Mrs. Andrews in Stephen Herek's “Rock Star” (2001), which starred Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Aniston. Meanwhile, she also guest starred in such TV shows as “Jesse,” “Providence,” “King of the Hill,” “The Norm Show” and “The Division” and appeared in the TV film “Getting Away with Murder: The JonBenet Ramsey Mystery” (2000).

From 2002 to 2003, Scott was a member of the cast of NBC's soap opera “Days of Our Lives” and appeared in the TV series “Judging Amy,” “Hidden Hills,” “The Trek,” “One on One,” “Carnivàle” and “Las Vegas.” Scott continued to stay busy with roles in Brad Marlowe's “Second to Die” (2002, starred Erika Eleniak), the flashback sequence “Buying the Cow” (2002, starred Ryan Reynolds, Alyssa Milano, Jerry O'Connell and Bridgette Wilson), Bruce McCulloch's “Stealing Harvard” (2002, starred Jason Lee, Tom Green, Leslie Mann, Dennis Farina, Megan Mullally, Chris Penn and Seymour Cassel), the Adam Sandler/Jack Nicholson comedy hit “Anger Management” (2003, directed by Peter Segal), Mark Water's “Freaky Friday” (2003, starred Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan), the based-on-novel “Easy Six” (2003, as Dorothy), the comedy “Bad Santa” (2003) and Nancy Meyers' “Something's Gotta Give” (2003, starred Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton, Keanu Reeves, Frances McDormand and Amanda Peet).

The following years saw Scott in the movies “Straight-Jacket” (2004), “Johnson Family Vacation” (2004), David R. Ellis' thriller “Cellular” (2004, starred Kim Basinger and Chris Evans), “Ordinary Miracle” (2005, TV), Ellie Kanner's “Crazylove” (2005), Nicholas Peterson's “Intellectual Property” (2006) and Joe Carnahan's “Smokin' Aces” (2006). In 2007, she appeared in bit parts in such films as “Shanghai Kiss,” C.B. Harding's “Delta Farce,” Luke Eberl's “Choose Connor,” Alan Ball's “Nothing Is Private,” and the Farrelly brothers' “The Heartbreak Kid” (starred Ben Stiller). Meanwhile on the small screen, Scott appeared as a guest in episodes of “8 Simple Rules” (2004), “Charmed” (2004), “Desperate Housewives” (2004), “Navy NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service” (2005), “Unfabulous” (2005), “The War at Home” (2006), “The Closer” (2006), and “Criminal Minds” (2007). She also portrayed the reoccurring role of Beatrice in the Fox teen drama “The O.C” (2007).

After appearing in “The Great Buck Howard,” which was written and directed by Sean McGinly and starred Colin Hanks and John Malkovich, Scott was cast in the supporting role of Janice, Wesley Gibson's (played by James McAvoy) domineering boss, in the thriller “Wanted” (2008), loosely adapted from the comic book miniseries of the same name by Mark Millar. Directed by Timur Bekmambetov and starring McAvoy, Morgan Freeman and Angelina Jolie, the film was considered a critical and commercial hit and was nominated for Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing at the 81st Academy Awards.

Still in 2008, Scott made a cameo appearance in an episode of the HBO popular drama “True Blood” called “Strange Love” and had a role in “Little Britain USA,” the American version of the BBC sketch comedy series of the same name. Both “Little Britain” and “Little Britain USA” starred David Walliams and Matt Lucas. She also reprised her film role of Vera Lisso in the 2008 TV series version “Sordid Lives: The Series.” The sitcom debuted in the United States in July 2008 and the United Kingdom in August 2009. 2008 also found the actress playing Carla Walsh, Faith Ford's assistant, in the Hallmark Movie Channel's holiday film “Kiss At Midnight,” helmed by Bradford May and written by Anna Sandor, as well as in bit parts in the films “Role Model” (directed by David Wain) and “Bedtime Stories” (directed by Adam Shankman).

Recently, in 2009, Scott starred as Monica, the troublesome next door neighbor, in the short lived ABC sitcom “Surviving Suburbia,” which ran from April to August, 2009. The show marked the first show of Bob Saget after the actor/comedian left “America's Funnies Home Videos.” Other cast members included Cynthia Stevenson, Genevieve Hannelius, Jere Burns and Dan Cortese. In February, she appeared in “All Hell the Victors” and an episode of the TNT drama “Trust Me” before returning to film in New Line Cinema's “17 Again,” which starred Zac Efron, Matthew Perry, Leslie Mann, Thomas Lennon, Sterling Knight and Michelle Trachtenberg. The comedy was released on April 17, 2009, and went on to achieve commercial success.


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