Actor-Singer-Voice Artist Laura Darrell is perhaps best known as Anna, a principal recurring role on AMC's new series Dietland. She can be seen in episodes 9 and 10, the season finale! She also can be seen as Sister Lee, a recurring role on SYFY’s Happy! starring Christopher Meloni. In the theater world most recently, she was in the closing cast of Barrow Street's acclaimed London transfer, Off-Broadway production of Sweeney Todd, going on about 30 times for Johanna, Pirelli and Beggar Woman.
Other recent credits include Encores! The Golden Apple at New York City Center and the New York premiere of the John Kander - Greg Pierce musical, Kid Victory at the Vineyard Theater. Her voice can be heard on the original cast album as well as that of Frozen Live, in the role of Anna, which she originated at Disney California Adventure’s Hyperion Theater.
Laura can also be seen in the independent feature films, Creedmoria, winner of Cinequest's 2016 Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature Comedy and Sundance favorite, That's What She Said, starring Anne Heche and Alia Shawkat. Festival shorts and web series include A Writer's Retreat, Missed Connections, The Dressing Room and Bad Kitty.
A graduate of the British American Drama Academy in London, Laura studied at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts before transferring to USC, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in Dramatic Arts. She studied improv and sketch at Upright Citizens Brigade and acting with Austin Pendleton, Chris McGinn and Kate McGregor-Stewart.
"First rate performer Laura Darrell does nicely as a possible romantic interest for our sexually conflicted hero."
Ben Brantley, NY Times
Laura Darrell delivers the tongue-twisting Stephen Sondheim lyrics of chaste Maria's solo flights with angelic pipes."
Los Angeles Times
"Laura is one of the most gifted singing-actors
it's ever been my privilege to work with..."
John Kander, Composer of Cabaret and Chicago
"An exuberant comic vitality that keeps the viewer engaged."
The Hollywood Reporter
Watch Laura's film work, which encompasses a hot new AMC TV series, festival shorts and award winning comedy features.
"The plum role
lesbian Madeline True goes to scene-stealing Laura Darrell
Stage Scene LA
"Laura Darrell tugs at heart strings with her anguished yet lovely vocals on "I'd Rather Wait.""
David Clark, Broadway World
Laura Darrell is a a top vocalist and voice artist, having studied voice with tony-winner Victoria Clark and celebrity coach Edward Sayegh. John Kander, the legendary composer of Cabaret and Chicago said:
"Laura is one of the most gifted singing-actors it's ever been my priviledge to work with..."
Additional theatre credits include staged readings and workshops with many prestigious companies including The Barrow Group, New York Theatre Workshop, The York Theatre and Ensemble Studio Theatre.
A prolific audiobook narrator, Darrell has recorded more than twenty titles for Audible ranging from beloved children's books to romance and narrative non-fiction. These include the popular Empire Chronicles and The Barking Detective Mysteries series, as well as Ginger Scott and Jenny B. Jones novels.
A proud native of Maine, Laura grew up in a small town outside of Portland called Yarmouth, home of the Clam Festival. Her fundraising work for the Maine Children's Cancer Program through a Maine PBS special, garnered Darrell a New England/Boston Emmy Award nomination. When not busy performing, Laura is a dedicated bookworm who enjoys equestrian sports, practicing the flute, boating and traveling.
"Anna is terrific and endlessly enchanting."
Ellen Dostal, Broadway World
Listen to one of Laura's vocal reels, which includes a Disney medley, an original Off-Broadway Cast Recording, and more!
Testimonial from Jenny B. Jones award-winning author of Engaged in Trouble and I'll Be Yours
"Laura Darrell is one of the top audiobook narrators. With her significant professional stage background, she contributes all her acting skills, as well as her immediate grip on the story and characters and just brings the books alive. She's a joy to work with, uber positive, and got my characters with her array of incredible, diverse voices. I look forward to working with Laura again!"
Testimonial from the author of Waiting on the Sidelines, Wild Reckless, Ginger Scott
"Laura's voice brings characters to life. She doesn't just read a story; she brings out the feelings of the story, capturing nuances and emotions woven into the words. As an author, you have a certain voice in your head when you write. Laura finds it. The feedback I have gotten from listeners of stories of mine she has narrated has been tremendous. Her work is professional and the care she gives to a story is special. I would recommend her as a narrator in a heartbeat, though I am tempted to keep her all to myself."
Reviews for Paleofantasy by Marlene Zuk
"I really appreciated Laura Darrell's narration. She sounded so excited/amused through the whole book, and she really enunciated her books. I can't stand narrators who fail to really enunciate, as sometimes I can't make out what they are saying."
"The best part about the book was the narration. Laura Darrell did a fine job..."
Reviews for the Barking Detective Mysteries Series (Pepe Novels)
"Laura Darrell is the perfect narrator. I love her interpretation of the canine personalities. The books are wonderful..."