Laura Slade Wiggins is an American actress best known for her (initially starring, later recurring) role as Karen Jackson in the comedy-drama television series Shameless.
Born in Athens, Georgia, Wiggins discovered her passion for the arts at age eight and began performing in her community's theatre productions.
Since her television debut in USA Network's TV movie Not Like Everyone Else, she has appeared in episodes of CSI; Eleventh Hour and starred as the lead in the critically acclaimed Lifetime television movie, Girl Positive, co-starring Andrea Bowen and Jennie Garth.
At 16, she began focusing on film acting and upon graduating high school, moved to the west coast to attend college and continue her acting career.
In her free time, she enjoys creative writing, singing and playing the acoustic and bass guitar in the band Dawn Soir. She currently resides in Los Angeles.