Lara Jean Chorostecki could never be accused of sticking within narrow margins. Nabbing roles in the realms of drama, comedy, crime, science fiction, fantasy, and horror, Lara Jean is an actress known for her versatility and craft, both on screen and stage.
Born in Brampton, Ontario, Canada, Lara Jean discovered her love for acting at the age of 8 after watching a theatre production of Les Miserables.
Beginning her professional acting career as a teenager at The Stratford Shakespeare Festival, she was the youngest member to ever be accepted into Stratford’s Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre Training.
Lara Jean then found herself in London, England where she completed her Masters in Classical Acting at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
Named one of Canada's 13 Shining Stars by Real Style Magazine, Lara Jean can be recognized for her film and television roles in highly acclaimed series including NBC's Hannibal, as ruthless tabloid blogger Freddie Lounds, Sergeant Krystina Breeland in CBC's emotionally-driven WWII drama X Company (Canadian Screen Award Nomination), ABC's smash hit Designated Survivor as Beth MacLeish, Starz miniseries Camelot, Brandon Cronenberg’s feature film Antiviral (official selection of both Cannes and TIFF), the lead in the indie rom-com Please Kill Mr. Know it All (Canadian Comedy Award Nomination), Charlie in CTV's Dan for Mayor (another Canadian Comedy Award Nomination), and BBC America’s 1860s Irish cop drama Copper where she guest stars as Sybil O’Brien.
Lara Jean's guest star turns have included roles on CBS's American Gothic, CW’s Beauty and the Beast, Fox's Houdini and Doyle, SyFy's Killjoys and Haven, Showcase's Lost Girl, CTV's Saving Hope, NBC's The Listener and more.
Lara Jean feature projects include leading roles in "Defining Moments" with the legendary Burt Reynolds, Eric Peterson (Corner Gas), and Tammy Blanchard (Emmy winner and two time Tony nominee), Debbie in “Hammer” with Will Patton, “Nose to Tail” opposite her Hannibal cast-mate Aaron Abrams, "The Masked Saint" opposite film and television icon Diahann Carroll, Mary in "Joseph and Mary" (Best Actress, CIFF) for Shaw Media opposite Kevin Sorbo, as well as indie darling "Barn Wedding" (winner of Audience Choice and Jury Prize for Best Ensemble at the Canadian Film Festival), "Renaissance", the web series "We are Disorderly", the lead in the webseries "The Ungratefuls", and short films "The Girl Next Door" (Cinefest Sudbury 2015) and "Boxing" (official selection of TIFF 2015).
Her theatre credits include four seasons with the Stratford Festival, (most notably appearing as Drina in Peter Hinton's The Swanne, and Katie in Quiet in the Land); Homechild opposite Eric Peterson (Canstage); Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Olivia in Twelfth Night, and Mary Lennoxin The Secret Garden(Resurgence); as well as Arley-Rose in A Boy Called Newfoundland for critically acclaimed Toronto theatre company Theatre Smash.
A frequent globe trotter, Lara Jean (known to most as LJ) can often be found fuelling many of her personal passions of hiking, writing, volunteering with local Toronto animal shelters, relaxing with her cats at home, and sharing her love of Shakespeare with students from grades 2 through to university through workshops and speaking engagements.
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