BIO: Lea Michele

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By Jason Matthews

At just 8 years old, Lea Michele made her Broadway debut as “Young Cosette” in “Les Misérables.” Since then, she has shared the stage with Broadway greats Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell in “Ragtime” as well as with Alfred Molina in “Fiddler on the Roof.”

 

Michele has also performed at Radio City Music Hall during the Tony Awards with the casts of “Spring Awakening,” “Ragtime” and “Fiddler on the Roof.” She was last seen as “Eponine” in the star-studded production of “Les Misérables” at the Hollywood Bowl, and has performed solo concerts to sold-out crowds at Feinstein’s at Loews Regency in New York and at the Upright Cabaret in Los Angeles.

 

Best known for her role as “Wendla” in the Tony Award-winning Broadway production of “Spring Awakening,” Michele was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical for her performance.

 

For her work on GLEE, Michele was honored this year with a Golden Globe nomination for Best Television Actress - Comedy or Musical and an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Michele was also recently nominated for a 2010 Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress: Comedy. In 2009, she was nominated in the Choice TV: Breakout Star Female category.

 

Michele’s television credits include “Third Watch” and “Guiding Light.” She will next lend her voice talents to the upcoming animated 3-D musical “Dorothy of Oz” alongside Jim Belushi, Dan Aykroyd and Kelsey Grammer.

 

The newest face of Dove’s line of hair care products, Michele currently divides her time between New York City and Los Angeles.

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