Lea Michele is an American actress and singer best known for her starring role as Rachel Berry, a strong, driven member of the glee club who is misunderstood by her peers, on the musical comedy-drama television series Glee.
She is also known for her roles in Broadway musicals, particularly for her starring role as Wendla in Spring Awakening.
At just 8 years old, Lea Michele made her Broadway debut as Young Cosette in Les Miserables. Since then, Michele has shared the stage with Broadway greats Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell in Ragtime as well as Alfred Molina and the 20th anniversary cast of Fiddler on the Roof.
Best known for her role as Wendla in the Tony Award-winning Broadway production of Spring Awakening, Michele was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical for her performance. She was recently nominated for a Teen Choice 09 Award in the Choice TV: Breakout Star Female category.
Michele has also performed at Radio City Music Hall during the Tony Awards with the casts of Spring Awakening, Ragtime and Fiddler on the Roof. Michele is featured on the cast recordings of these productions.
She was seen as Eponine in the star-studded production of Les Miserables at the Hollywood Bowl. She has performed solo concerts to sold-out crowds at Feinstein's at Loews Regency in New York and at the Upright Cabaret in Los Angeles.
On the small screen, Michele has appeared on Third Watch and Guiding Light. She currently divides her time between New York City and Los Angeles.