Lauren is an award-winning writer, director, and actor, working in TV and film. A self-confessed #HurriCooney, she stars in many but not all of her projects. As a filmmaker she is interested in genre-infused drama that gets under the skin, and comedy-drama that probes society for outlandish laughs and uncomfortable truths. As an actor you could cast her as the social worker with a dark secret, the disgruntled party girl, or the renegade female lead in the next instalment of Star Wars (please).
Lauren trained as an actor at The National Youth Theatre (Great Britain), Cambridge University, Ecole Philippe Gaulier, Identity School of Acting, and extensively in both Meisner and Improv. Her acting has seen her performing at premier London theatres including The Southwark Playhouse, The Southbank Centre, The Roundhouse, and Soho Theatre.
As a screenwriter and filmmaker, Lauren primarily learnt via the trials and tribulations of making her debut film, Pendulum - a semi-improvised sci-fi, shot in India. Lauren unpacks these learnings on the courses that she teaches (aimed at actors wishing to make their own work), or over several vodka martinis (Grey Goose, extra dirty). Pendulum went on to be a festival success: it had its UK premiere at the Oscar-qualifying Encounters film festival, and was nominated for awards across the globe. Lauren also stars in Pendulum.
"After watching this short form film three times, I am at a loss for words with PENDULUM. I have not experienced a short film so powerful on so many levels and in the end, so emotionally draining... Tense, powerful, deep, and ultimately final." - Nightmarish Conjurings.
Lauren has since trained as a writer-director on a BFI-affiliated programme and at London Film School. And the blood, sweat, tears, and diarrhoea from Pendulum (it was shot in India, after all) have been regenerated into Retrieval - a feature film that was picked for development as part of the inaugural Modern Tales programme, supported by the BFI and Creative Skillset. Lauren has also been a participant on both Birds Eye View’s Filmonomics programme and Screen Training Ireland’s VFX ‘Script to Screen', and is a member of Cinesisters, the UK’s collective for female directors.
She has a slate of feature films and television series in development.
She produces work as Nothing Films.