In season five of AMC’s drama Breaking Bad, Laura Fraser cemented her position among thespians who possess that special skill to interpret any role they are given. Her accent as Lydia on the show was so potent that most people, including some of her costars, didn’t realize she is not an American. Although she joined the series towards the end, she later confessed that she had a great time with her character.
In addition to Breaking Bad, Laura Fraser takes credit for several other roles in both films and TV with Neverwhere, A Knight’s Tale, and Lip Service as the standouts.
Laura Fraser – Bio
The Scottish screen sensation was born on 24th July 1976, in Glasgow. Her mother Rose, is a nurse who later became a college lecturer while her father is identified as Alister Fraser, a screenwriter, and businessman.
Laura has three siblings; an older brother and two younger ones – a brother and a sister. Her family is of English, Scottish, Icelandic, Scandinavian, and Irish ancestry and, she holds British and Scottish nationality.
Her academic records can be traced to Hillhead High School. She also honed her performing skills at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and used to be a member of the Scottish Youth Theatre.
Spanning over two decades, Laura Fraser’s acting career has been nothing short of fulfilling. Since her professional debut in 1995, the Scottish actress has appeared in over thirty films and even more than that has been recorded in her television credits. Likewise, she has received commensurate recognition from awarding bodies.
In 2013, Screen Actors Guild Awards nominated her in the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series category. The next year, 2014, she won the award in the same category for her performance in Breaking Bad. She previously landed a BAFTA Scotland Award in the category of Best Actress in a Scottish Film for her role in The Flying Scotsman (2006).
Her last major award win was at the 2017 BAFTA Scotland Award. She picked up the accolade for Best Actress – Television, thanks to her role in The Missing (2016).
Movies And TV Shows
Laura Fraser had her first taste of the performing arts when her father wrote a play for the youth club in her school and she played the female lead. She made her professional debut in 1995 on the set of a short film titled Good Day for the Bad Guys. More film roles came her way after that, including as Joanne Macgowan in Small Fences (1996).
In 1998, Laura appeared in four films – Left Luggage as Chaya Silberschmidt, The Man in the Iron Mask as Bedroom Beaut, Cousin Bette as Mariette, and Divorcing Jack as Margaret. She then portrayed four more characters in 1999 on the set of Virtual Sexuality as Justine Alice Parker, Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? as Joanna Robinson, Titus as Lavinia and A Christmas Carol as Belle.
Laura Fraser started the 2000s with her role in Kevin & Perry Go Large as Candice and in 2001, she portrayed Kate in A Knight’s Tale and featured as The Future in Vanilla Sky. Five film credits were added to her resume in 2003 – they include Den of Lions as Katya Paskevic, Devil’s Gate as Rachel, 16 Years of Alcohol as Helen, Coney Island Baby as Bridget and The Old One as Jane Doe.
Her next film appearance was in 2006, first in Nina’s Heavenly Delights as Lisa MacKinlay followed by Land of the Blind as Madeleine and The Flying Scotsman as Anna Obree. Fraser’s other film credits can be traced to Cuckoo (2009), The Boys Are Back (2009), Flutter (2011), Wish You Well (2013), The Sisterhood of Night (2014), I Am Not a Serial Killer (2016) and In the Cloud (2017).
Her career in television started in 1996 with an episode in Casualty and the same year, she played one of her recognized roles in Neverwhere as Door in 6 episodes. From 1997 to 2001, Laura appeared in television films including The Tribe, Forgive and Forget, and Station Jim. In 2004, she took on 6 episodes in Conviction as Lucy Romanis and 4 episodes in He Knew He Was Right as Emily Trevelyan. The next year (2005), she portrayed Henriette in 3 episodes of the British television comedy-drama Casanova. After a brief break from TV, she was seen in 4 episodes of Talk to Me in 2007.
A few television films later, the next series she appeared in was Single Father (2010) in 4 episodes. Lip Service came her way the same year and she stayed on the British show until 2012, appearing in 8 episodes. 2012–2013, she was making waves on the set of Breaking Bad, playing the role of Lydia Rodarte-Quayle in 9 episodes. In 2014, she played Regan Black in 13 episodes of Black Box and one episode in Forever.
Her other television series appearances were made in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Professor Jessica Dillon (2015), Houdini and Doyle as Lydia Belworth (2016), One of Us (2016) as Juliet (Netflix released the show as Retribution), The Missing as Eve Stone (2016), Better Call Saul as Lydia Rodarte-Quayle (2017–2018), and The Loch as DS Annie Redford (2017).