Lara Pulver is an English actress best known for her role as Sookie's (Anna Paquin) fairy godmother, Claudine Crane, in the television horror series True Blood, from 2010-2011.
She is also known for her starring role as Clarice Orsini, Lorenzo Medici's seductive and politically-minded wife who proves herself to be much more than a political pawn, in the historical fantasy drama television series Da Vinci's Demons.
Lara's role as Irene Adler in BBC One's Sherlock has made her a household name in the UK. In 2012, she also starred in the final season of BBC One's award winning series Spooks as MI5 British spy Erin Watts.
In 2010, Lara joined the cast of the third season of HBO's True Blood as Sookie Stackhouse's fairy godmother, Claudine Crane. Lara's television debut was in 2009 when she joined the regular cast of Robin Hood to play Isabella of Gisbourne.
Lara's work in television and theatre has garnered a number of industry award nominations including Best Actress at The Critic's Circle Television Awards in 2012, two Best Actress in a Musical nominations at the Olivier Awards and Best Actress in a Musical at The What's On Stage Awards.
Her film credits include Language of a Broken Heart, directed by Rocky Powell, A Special Relationship directed by Richard Loncraine and the role of Diane Shaw in Legacy, directed by Thomas Ikimi.
On stage, Lara played the leading role of Lucille Frank in the Donmar Warehouse production of Parade directed by Rob Ashford. She then joined TR Knight and a new cast to reprise the role at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Lara also played in Uncle Vanya at the Chichester Festival Theatre.
Other credits include Beau Jest at the Hackney Empire, Everything Must Go! at London's Soho Theatre, Into the Woods at Royal Opera House and The Last Five Years at the Menier Chocolate Factory.