story so far...
Laura Fraser was born on 24th July 1976
and brought up in Glasgow Her father, Alister, used to
run a small building company but is now an aspiring
scriptwriter; her mother, Rose, used to be a nurse but is
now a college lecturer. She has an older brother who
works with computers, a younger sister who is studying
philosophy at university, and a little brother who is 18
and hasn't yet decided what he wants to do with his life.
Laura describes her family as a pretty close bunch.
Alister Fraser was instrumental in getting his daughter
into acting when she was at school. He wrote a play for
the youth club in which she played the female lead.
After completing her highers (the Scottish equivalent of
A-levels), Laura did a drama foundation course at
Glasgow's Langside College, and than went to the
prestigious Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.
During her time there, she got a supporting role in
Gillies MacKinnons film 'Small Faces'. This was on top of
a couple of other minor roles she had taken (such as 'Big
Day for the Bad Guys). The college authorities took a
pretty dim view of the amount of professional work she
had been taking on, questioning her committment to the
course. Having not been enjoying her time at the Academy,
and encouraged by her parents, she dropped out after a
year and moved to London.
She firstly stayed with an aunt in Watford, then moved
into a shared house in London. She landed the starring
female role in the BBC adaption of Neil Gaimans
'Neverwhere' series, and then moved to several small or
supporting roles in films (Cousin Bette, Man in the Iron
Mask), as well as a lead in the short film 'Paris
Brixton'. She also appeared as a minor character in
single TV dramas, such as 'The Investigator' and 'The
Tribe'). Her role in the movie 'Left Luggage' was more
substantial and led to her getting one of the main
character roles in the black comedy 'Divorcing Jack' (at
least in the first half). And her highest profile
performance as the lead female in the comedy 'Virtual
Sexuality' 1n 1998. From here she has appeared in a
number of films, mainly in supporting roles, but always
noticeable. Her performance as Lavinia in the offbeat
version of 'Titus' has particularly been singled out for
praise. And all these roles have demonstrated her
versatility in characterisation and style to the full.
From the fantasy of 'Neverwhere', comedy of 'Virtual
Sexuality', Shakespearean drama of 'Titus', emotional
drama of 'Forgive and Forget' and slapstick of 'Kevin and
Perry', Laura cannot be typecast. She effortlessly adapts
to all the genres. (and accents where needed - she has
rarely appeared acting using her own Glasgow accent).
Laura moved to America after completing 'Coney Island
Baby'. She landed a role in the well regarded HBO drama
'Iron Jawed Angels', and also met up with Karl Geary, her
co-star in 'Coney Island Baby'. They lived together in
Brooklyn, and subsequently married in New York in 2003.
They moved to Ireland in mid 2004.
In early 2005, Laura returned to live in Glasgow with her
husband and stepdaughter, and a desire to start a family
and focus on local work.
She found she was pregnant in late 2005, and spent time
working as a choreographer on a pantomime written by her
father 'Oh Yes He Is!' for the charity Sense Scotland.
In May 2006 she and Karl became proud parents of a baby
Laura intended to not work for 12 months and be a
full-time mum, but by September 2006 she was back making
a film for the BBC. She is now working regularly, using
Glasgow as a base.