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 Lea Michele Sarfati was born on August 29, 1986, in the Bronx, New York City. … Read More
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


2000 13 Years Old In the summers from 2000 to 2002, Michele attended Stagedoor Manor in the Catskills, a center for performing arts training. … Read More
In 2004 (during her senior year of high school), Michele played Shprintze in the Broadway revival of the musical Fiddler on the Roof. … Read More
2005 18 Years Old In February 2005, she performed as Wendla at the Lincoln Center. … Read More
2006 19 Years Old 1 More Event
She elected to remain with Spring Awakening, which debuted on Broadway in December 2006. … Read More


2007 20 Years Old In December 2007, Michele performed at the Lucille Lortel Theater for Unsung: 'Tis The Season To Be Naughty. … Read More
…  In 2008, the Spring Awakening soundtrack, on which she was a featured solo artist, won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album.
From 2009 until its ending in 2015, Michele starred in the Fox musical comedy-drama series Glee as Rachel Berry, the show's female lead and star singer. … Read More
…  In April 2010, Michele appeared in a PSA for PETA speaking out against fur clothing.
Michele made her film debut in 2011 when she starred in the romantic comedy New Year's Eve, directed by Garry Marshall. … Read More
The following year, she ranked number 11 on the AfterEllen Hot 100 for 2012.
She ranked number 42 on the AfterEllen Hot 100 list of 2013.
Her debut album, Louder, was released on March 4, 2014. … Read More
On January 17, 2015, it was announced that Michele has been cast in a leading role in the first season of the horror-comedy anthology series Scream Queens, starring opposite Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts and Abigail Breslin. … Read More
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