Lara Pulver is an English actress who got her start in 2009 and is now an award-nominated actress, starring in the BBC television series, "Sherlock."
Lara Pulver was born and raised in Essex, England where she grew up in a Jewish household. She attended the National Youth Music Theatre in her adolescence and then began studying at the Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts, which she graduated from in 2000. From there, she began singing, dancing and acting in West End musicals. In 2008, she was nominated for Best Actress in a Musical at the Laurence Olivier Awards for playing Lucille Frank in the production of "Parade."
In 2009, she caught her first big acting role in the BBC series "Robin Hood," playing the villainous Isabella, sister of the show's original villain, Guy of Gisbourne, in the show's final season. Afterwards, Lara was quickly picked up for other roles, including the characters of Claudine Crane, Sookie Stackhouse's fairy godmother, on Showtime's "True Blood" and Erin Watts on the tenth and final season of "Spooks" (known as "MI-5" in the states).
At the end of her run on the vampire drama in 2012, Lara became a series regular on the show "Da Vinci's Demons," as well as getting the character of Irene Adler on the BBC series "Sherlock," in which she has a hugely popular nude scene across from the show's lead Benedict Cumberbatch. In 2014, she landed the role in the Tom Cruise film "Edge of Tomorrow," alongside her former "Robin Hood" co-star, Jonas Armstrong.
In 2003, Lara met her future husband, American actor Josh Dallas, whom she married in Christmas of 2007. Lara then planned a 2014 Christmas wedding with Homeland's newest addition, Raza Jeffrey, after getting divorced in 2011.