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Also Known As: Lucy Frances Ryan Died:
Born: March 29, 1968 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Mount Albert, Auckland, NZ Profession: actor, picked grapes in Germany, worked in gold mine in Austria sawing rocks

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With a physical presence (at almost 6' tall) and tough-as-nails demeanor, the statuesque Lucy Lawless rose from unknown actress to international star as "Xena: Warrior Princess" (Syndicated, 1995-2001). A native New Zealander with a flair for adventure, Lawless' physical presence and natural on-screen charisma proved successful for the actress in starring and supporting roles in both film and television. Joining the ensemble cast of the Sci Fi Channel's cult hit "Battlestar Galactica" (2004- ) in 2005, Lawless stood out as Cylon number three, D'Anna Biers, finding international success on the small screen once again.

With a physical presence (at almost 6' tall) and tough-as-nails demeanor, the statuesque Lucy Lawless rose from unknown actress to international star as "Xena: Warrior Princess" (Syndicated, 1995-2001). A native New Zealander with a flair for adventure, Lawless' physical presence and natural on-screen charisma proved successful for the actress in starring and supporting roles in both film and television. Joining the ensemble cast of the Sci Fi Channel's cult hit "Battlestar Galactica" (2004- ) in 2005, Lawless stood out as Cylon number three, D'Anna Biers, finding international success on the small screen once again.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Angel of Death (2009)
2.
 Bitch Slap (2009)
4.
 Bedtime Stories (2008)
5.
 Boogeyman, The (2005) Cast
6.
 Locusts (2005)
7.
 Eurotrip (2004) Madam Vandersexx
8.
 Double Dare (2003) Herself
9.
 Spider-Man (2002) Punk Rock Girl
10.
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Milestones close milestones

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Born and raised in New Zealand
1986:
Traveled throughout Europe at age 18 (date approximate)
1987:
Moved to Australia with then-boyfriend, later husband
:
Studied acting in Vancouver, Canada
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Returned to New Zealand; appeared in small roles in numerous international co-productions
1992:
Acted in the film "Rainbow Warrior"
1994:
Made two guest appearances on the syndicated series "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys"
1995:
Breakthrough role playing the title character on the syndicated series "Xena: Warrior Princess"
1997:
Broadway debut as Rizzo in the revival of the musical "Grease"
2001:
Made guest appearance on the two-part season opener of "The X-Files" (Fox)
2002:
Cast as herself on an episode of "The Simpsons" (Fox)
2003:
Cast as Kathleen Clayton on The WB adventure series "Tarzan"
2004:
Appeared in the comedy "Eurotrip" as Madam Van Der Sexxx
2005:
Cast in the thriller "Boogeyman" opposite Barry Watson
2005:
Joined the cast of "Battlestar Galactica" (Sci Fi Channel)
2009:
Made a two-episode guest appearance on Showtime drama "The L Word"
2010:
Returned to series television as Roman widow Lucretia on "Spartacus" (STARZ)
2011:
Reprised role of Lucretia in the STARZ miniseries "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena"
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Education

Auckland University: - 1986 - 1987
Auckland University: - 1986 - 1987

Notes

"This is the most physically-demanding show for any woman on television."--Eric Gruendemann, "Xena" producer, in People, April 8, 1996.

"Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I'd one day be a female action hero. I thought I'd be doing Shakespeare." --Lawless in USA Today, February 15, 1996.

"I don't want any of this role-model nonsense. I don't want anyone copying me. Don't waste your time." --Lucy Lawless in Entertainment Weekly, November 24, 1995.

"Women can be as badass as any man ever way." --Lawless in Entertainment Weekly's Yearend Special December 1995.

Lawless fractured her pelvis when thrown from a horse while preparing for a skit on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" in October 1996.

Companions close complete companion listing

husband:
Garth Lawless. Bar manager. High school sweetheart; married in 1987 when Lawless became pregnant; divorced June 1995.
husband:
Robert Tapert. Producer. Born c. 1955; executive producer of "Xena"; married on March 28, 1998.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Frank Ryan. Banker. Born in 1932; formerly served as mayor of Mount Albert, New Zealand.
mother:
Julie Ryan. Born in 1937.
brother:
Daniel Ryan. Younger.
daughter:
Daisy Lawless. Born in July 1988.
son:
Julius Robert Bay Tapert. Born on October 16, 1999 in New Zealand.
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