Who is Lucy Punch?

British actress Lucy Punch was born in Hammersmith, London, England, on 30 December 1977, making Capricorn her zodiac sign. She has 83 acting credits and is perhaps known best for portraying Lucinda in the 2014 adventure comedy movie “Into the Woods”, which starred Anna Kendrick and Meryl Streep, and was directed by Rob Marshall. It follows a witch who has tasked a baker and his wife with creating magical items from classic fairytales, and the movie won 10 of its 84 award nominations, including three Oscar nominations for Best Achievement in Production Design, Best Achievement in Costume Design and Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role.

Lucy’s currently shooting for two upcoming movies: “Nuked” and “How to Date Billy Walsh”.

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Education and early life

Lucy was raised alongside her brother in Hammersmith, by their father Michael Punch who ran a market research company, and mother Johanna who was a housewife.

She fell in love with acting mostly thanks to her brother, who persuaded her to watch various movies and TV series with him while they were growing up. Lucy studied at Godolphin and Latymer School, at which she was passionate about acting, dancing and singing in school plays; from 1993 through 1997, she was a member of the National Youth Theatre, and appeared in a number of plays.

Upon matriculating in 1996, Lucy enrolled at University College, London but dropped out because she wanted to pursue acting.

Roles in TV series

Lucy’s debut TV series role was playing Queen Stephanie in the 1998 episode “Orphans” of the action “The New Adventures of Robin Hood”, and she could then have been seen appearing in the family comedy “Renford Rejects”, the comedy “Days Like These” and the historical comedy “Let Them Eat Cake”.

In 2004, she portrayed Elaine Denham in six episodes of the romantic comedy “Doc Martin”, which starred Martin Clunes and Caroline Catz, and was created by Mark Crowdy and Dominic Minghella. It follows the life of genius but socially challenged doctor Martin Ellingham, the series aired from 2004 through 2022, and won two of its 13 award nominations.

What also marked the 2000s for Lucy was playing Holly Ellenbogen in 13 episodes of the romantic comedy “The Class”, which starred Jon Bernthal and Andrea Anders, and was created by Jeffrey Klarik and David Crane. It follows a 27 years old man who’s reunited with his childhood friends, and the series won one of its four award nominations. The remainder of the 2000s saw Lucy appear in an episode of the comedy “The Sarah Silverman Program”, another comedy “The Omid Djalili Show” and the romantic comedy “Wainy Days”.

In 2012 and 2013, she portrayed BJ in all 16 episodes of the comedy “Ben and Kate”, which starred Dakota Johnson and Nat Faxon, and was created by Dana Fox. It follows a free-spirited young man who’s moved in with his sister, and the series was nominated for six awards. Lucy was then invited to make a guest appearance in the comedy “Hello Ladies”, another comedy “Kroll Show” and the romantic comedy “New Girl”.

In 2018 and 2019, she portrayed Esme Squalor in 14 episodes of the critically acclaimed adventure comedy “A Series of Unfortunate Events”, which starred Neil Patrick Harris and Patrick Warburton, and follows the lives of three children whose parents have just died in a fire; the series won 19 of its 65 award nominations.

Some of Lucy’s most recent TV series roles have been in 2022, in 16 episodes of the comedy “Bloods”, four episodes of the  science fiction comedy “Avenue 5”. and 20 episodes of the comedy “Motherland”.

Roles in movies

Lucy’s debut film role was playing Regan in the 2000 romantic fantasy “Cinderella”, and she could then have been seen appearing in the 2000 crime comedy “Greenfingers”, the 2003 science fiction mystery “Second Nature” and the 2004 family fantasy comedy “Ella Enchanted”.

Also in 2004, she played Lead Stewardess in the biographical comedy “The Life and Death of Peter Sellers”, which starred Geoffrey Rush and Charlize Theron, and was directed by Stephen Hopkins. It follows the life of Inspector Clouseau from the film franchise “Pink Panther”, and the film won 31 of its 66 award nominations. Some of Lucy’s roles in the remainder of the 2000s were in the 2006 comedy “Are You Ready for Love?”, the 2007 short horror comedy “Don’t”, and the 2010 romantic comedy “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger”.

In 2012, she played Pauline in the popular romantic comedy “The Giant Mechanical Man”, which starred Chris Messina and Jenna Fischer, and was written and directed by Lee Kirk. It follows a zoo worker who’s fallen in love with a silver-painted street performer. Lucy could then have been seen appearing in the 2012 drama “Yellow”, the 2013 crime horror comedy “Cottage Country”, and the 2014 comedy “Someone Marry Barry”.

She portrayed Lexi in the 2017 comedy “The Female Brain”, which starred Toby Kebbell and was written and directed by Whitney Cummings; it follows ‘the science behind our romantic missteps’.

Some of Lucy’s most recent film roles have been in the 2021 comedy “Silent Night”, and in 2022 the romantic comedy “Book of Love” and the crime comedy “Confess, Fletch”.

Other credits

Lucy received special thanks for the 2011 short comedy movie “The Biggest Schmucks in the World”.

She wrote and produced the 2019 crime comedy movie “Judy & Punch”.

Some of her recent talk-show appearances have been in “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson”, “Weekend Kitchen with Waitrose” and “Conan”.

Awards and nominations

Lucy’s won three of her nine award nominations: a 2006 Berlin International Film Festival Shooting Star Award, a 2006 Monaco International Film Festival Angel Award for Best Actress, for her performance in “Are You Ready for Love?”, and a 2015 Satellite Special Achievement Award for Best Ensemble, Motion Picture for “Into the Woods” (shared with colleagues).

Love life and relationships

Lucy hasn’t spoken about any men whom she’s perhaps been with, but it’s still known that she was once in a relationship with British actor James D’Arcy, from 2002 through 2007; he’s appeared in 88 movies and TV series, and is perhaps known best for starring as Young Rufus Sixsmith in the 2012 mystery science fiction movie “Cloud Atlas”, which won 15 of its 94 award nominations.

She gave birth to her son Rex in July 2015, but the details concerning the boy’s father haven’t been disclosed; it’s widely believed that Lucy is raising Rex by herself. It was reported a year earlier that Lucy had married in a secret ceremony, but this hasn’t been addressed by her.

Lucy seems to be unattached as of July 2023, hasn’t married and has a son.

Interesting facts and hobbies

Lucy’s today living in Los Angeles, California, and spends most of her spare time hiking.

The magazine “Variety” featured her on their 2010 list ‘Top Ten Actors to Watch’.

She wasn’t the original choice for a role in Woody Allen’s 2010 movie “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger”, but was rather cast after the original actress Nicole Kidman had to pull out because of scheduling conflicts.

Lucy isn’t active on Instagram, but her fan-made page is today followed by more than 7,000 people, and more than 700 pictures and videos have been uploaded onto it.

Lucy’s a philanthropist, and is today involved with a number of charity organizations; she’s also volunteered at several animal shelters.

Emma Watson’s one of her favorite actresses, and some of Lucy’s favorite movies include “Little Women”, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” and “Beauty and the Beast”.

Height, eyes and wealth

Lucy’s age is 45. She has brown hair and eyes, is 5ft 8ins (1.73m) tall and weighs around 130lbs (59kgs).

Lucy’s net worth’s been estimated at over $3 million, as of July 2023.

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