Laura Allen plays a mother dealing with the loss of her son (Dylan Minette) and a wife trying to reconnect with her husband, Detective Michael Britton (Jason Isaacs), after the terrible tragedy on NBC's "Awake."
Allen got her start on the big screen in "Mona Lisa Smile" alongside Julia Roberts and Maggie Gyllenhaal. She was also featured in Disney Pictures' "Old Dogs" and in the independent film "Cherry," which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in spring 2010. Her other film credits include independent movies "From Within," "Hysteria," and "How You Look to Me" with Frank Langella.
In addition to "Awake," Allen's list of television credits includes the Shawn Ryan-produced FX series "Terriers" and the critically acclaimed FX/Courteney Cox series "Dirt" as Julia Mallory. She was also the female lead in the Spike Lee-directed film "Sucker Free City" for Showtime, and the Emmy-nominated USA Network original series "The 4400" as Lily Tyler.
A graduate of Wellesley College, Allen focused her social science studies in criminology. Upon graduation she worked with the NYPD as a domestic violence counselor before pursuing acting. She soon got involved with the downtown theater scene, volunteering at New York's prominent off-Broadway theater MCC. Shortly thereafter, she landed her first acting role in a pilot for Fox, Darren Star's "The $treet," and later was chosen for the role of Laura Kirk English on the daytime drama "All My Children."
A native of the Pacific Northwest, Allen grew up on Bainbridge Island, Washington, outside of Seattle. Along with her father and two sisters, she performed throughout her childhood in community theater productions and summer stock; she continued her pursuit of live theater during college and her studies abroad in London and at Shakespeare & Company in the Berkshires.
She now resides in Venice, California with her son and husband.