Lea Michele

Actress + Singer
Born Aug 29, 1986

Lea Michele Sarfati, known professionally as Lea Michele, is an American actress and singer, best known for her performance as Rachel Berry on the Fox television series Glee. Michele began working professionally as a child actress on Broadway in productions such as Les Misérables, Ragtime, and Fiddler on the Roof. In 2006 she originated the role of Wendla in the Broadway musical Spring Awakening.… Read More

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1986 Birth Born on August 29, 1986.
1995 8 Years Old Michele made her Broadway debut in 1995, at the age of 8, as a replacement in the role of Young Cosette in Les Misérables. … Read More
1997 10 Years Old …  In 1997, Michele was homeschooled while living and working in Toronto, where she performed in a production of Ragtime. … Read More


2000 13 Years Old Michele refrained from auditioning for Broadway roles during her freshman, sophomore and junior years so she could focus on her education. In the summers from 2000 to 2002, Michele attended Stagedoor Manor in the Catskills, a center for performing arts training. … Read More
2004 17 Years Old 1 More Event
During her senior year of high school in 2004, Michele played Shprintze in the Broadway revival of the musical Fiddler on the Roof, and understudied the role of Chava. … Read More
2005 18 Years Old In February 2005, she performed as Wendla at Lincoln Center. … Read More
2006 19 Years Old She elected to remain with Spring Awakening, which debuted on Broadway in December 2006. … Read More


In January 2008, she performed at the "Alive in the World" benefit concert as the character Phoebe. … Read More
From 2009 until its ending in 2015, Michele starred on the Fox musical comedy-drama series Glee as Rachel Berry, the show's female lead and star singer. … Read More
In May 2010, Michele and the cast of Glee embarked on a U.S. music tour, playing 10 shows in Phoenix, Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York City. … Read More
…  Michele made her film debut in 2011, starring in the romantic comedy New Year's Eve. … Read More
2012 25 Years Old 1 More Event
On September 18, 2012, it was announced that Michele would be working on her first solo album.
In June 2013, Michele co-hosted the launch of Feed America for Target stores. … Read More
Her debut album, Louder, was released on March 4, 2014, debuting at number 4 on the Billboard 200.
2015 28 Years Old 1 More Event
In June 2015, Michele purchased a four-bedroom home in Brentwood for $2.9 million, after selling her two-bedroom Los Angeles cottage which she had bought in April 2012 for $1.4 million. … Read More
In February 2016, it was announced that Michele would collaborate with Burt's Bees in a campaign to act on the declining population of bees.
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