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Lucille Frances Ryan (aka Lucy Lawless) was born in Mount Albert, Auckland, New Zealand on March 29, 1968. Like many actresses, she got an early start in the performing arts, starring in her first musical at the age of 10. She continued to act in musicals and plays throughout middle school, and at age 15, attended an opera and decided she was interested in singing as well. She began taking voice lessons shortly after. Language being a particular fascination for Lucy, she eventually attended the University of Auckland, studying German, Italian, and French for a year, and then moving into opera for three. However, due to the many lifestyle changes that come with opera, eventually she would move on to pursuing acting more passionately.
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Lucy got her start in television on the New Zealand series, "Funny Business," which was a sketch comedy show she worked on for two and a half seasons. From there, she began taking drama classes at the William Davis Centre for Actors Study in Vancouver, Canada, landing small TV guest spots along the way. Of course, you never know when a guest-appearance could change your life as you know it. Such was the case when Lucy appeared as Xena on the TV movie, "Hercules and the Amazon Women," which would go on to become the pilot for the TV series, "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys." From that small role spun off the series, "Xena: Warrior Princess," which skyrocketed Lucy to cult stardom. Her iconic role on the series would go on to land her many more famous television roles along the way, including prominent parts on series such as "Battlestar Galactica" and "Spartacus: War of the Damned" and its TV movie counterparts as well.
Of course, Lucy is known for much more than her acting. With her background in musical theater, as well as Broadway experience, she continues to pursue her career as a singer. Her appearance on the TV series, "Celebrity Duets," in 2006 particularly pushed her back in that direction. She performed several concerts between 2007 and 2009, and even has two albums and five concert DVDS credited to her.