Justina Machado plays Lisette Hernandez in NBC's new comedy "Welcome to the Family."
Born and raised in Chicago, Machado is the eldest of five children in a family of Puerto Rican descent. Machado started her career upon graduating from high school, and her performances on stage at the Latino Chicago Theater propelled her into acting on a full-time basis.
Machado might be best remembered as Vanessa Diaz in HBO's critically acclaimed, award-winning series "Six Feet Under." Her other numerous television credits include "Grey's Anatomy" and "Three Rivers," in which she appeared opposite Alex O'Laughlin.
Most recently, Machado has enjoyed recurring roles on "Private Practice" and "Desperate Housewives," as well as ABC Family's "The Fosters." She will also be lending her voice to the role of Rosa in the new Fox animated series "Murder Police."
Machado's feature film work includes Steven Soderbergh's groundbreaking "Full Frontal" and "Torque" opposite Ice Cube. She also appeared in "The Accidental Husband" opposite Uma Thurman, and "In the Electric Mist," in which she starred as Tommy Lee Jones' law enforcement partner. Machado's first feature film was "She's So Lovely," directed by Nick Cassavetes and starring Sean Penn.
The actress made her Broadway debut in the Tony Award-winning "In the Heights" at the Richard Rodgers Theater in New York. She also appeared in the world premiere production of "A Free Man of Color" at the Lincoln Center Theater. Additional theater credits include Neil LaBute's "Some Girls," in which she starred opposite Mark Feuerstein at the Geffen Theater in Los Angeles, and "Blade to the Heat" at the Mark Taper Forum.