Lara is a trained actress living in London with a base in Northern Ireland. She entered the world of acting at age 11, working on 26 episodes of a CITV series (Bel’s Boys) followed by a feature film (City of Ember) starring Saoirse Ronan and Bill Murray. These experiences sparked a love for acting which she continued to explore in her teenage years through the work of the charity Cinemagic. With Cinemagic she acted in several short films including “The Mantle” which was directed by Michael Lennox. She also got the opportunity to go to New York and LA to act as a Northern Irish ambassador for the charity.
When the time came Lara decided she still wanted to experience the student life and explore her passion for science and studied Biological Sciences at Oxford. While at university she continued to act in short films and plays. Towards the end of her degree she got a scholarship to the BADA Midsummer in Oxford Course and was introduced to formal actor training for the first time. Encouraged by tutors she applied for further training at drama schools after finishing at Oxford and obtained a place on the MA course at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts. She massively enjoyed her time there and appreciates how much is has expanded her toolkit as an actor.
Shortly after graduating from ALRA the global pandemic hit which was unfortunate timing for a new graduate. Despite this, Lara secured a supporting role in the arts council funded short film, “Mildly Different” which focused on the experiences of the autistic female lead. After this short film, she made the decision to move to London to gain access to a wider range of opportunities as an actor. Since moving she has acted in “The New Irish Playbook” a showcase of new Irish plays which sold out at the Irish Cultural Centre in Hammersmith in early May and recently appeared in one of Slainte’s theatre company Scratch nights.