Lana Parrilla is an American television actress. She is best known as The Evil Queen/Regina Mills on ABC's "Once Upon a Time," but has also played recurring roles on series such as "24," "Boomtown," and "Spin City."
Lana Maria Parrilla was born on July 15, 1977 in Brooklyn, New York, where she took a shine to acting from a very young age. As a child, her love of the performing arts grew significantly due to the time she spent with her aunt Candice Azzara, who also happened to be a famous actress herself. From there, she went on to study at the Beverly Hills Playhouse, eventually landing her first role on the television series "Grown Ups" in 1999.
While Lana is mostly known for her roles in television, she starred in the films "Very Mean Men," "Spiders," and "Frozen Stars" early in her career before television became her niche. After being cast in her breakout role as deputy mayor assistant Angie Ordonez on "Spin City" in 2000, she went on to star in a number of popular but short-lived series including "Boomtown," "Windfall," and "Swingtown." Of course, she also played major roles on more successful series like "24" and her most series role to date "Once Upon a Time."
Throughout her career, Lana has been recognized several times for her outstanding work. In 2003, she won the Imagen Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role on "Boomtown." Five years later, she was nominated for the ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Television Series for "Swingtown." Since then, her role as The Evil Queen/Regina Mills on "Once Upon a Time" finally won her the ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Television Series in 2012, as well as both a TV Guide Award for Favorite Villain in 2012 and the NHMC Impact Award in 2013.