November 20, 1976
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Laura Harris is a Canadian-born film and television actress who has appeared in numerous productions shot in her native Vancouver. In 2003 and '04, she played Daisy Adair, one of the leads on the Bryan Fuller-created Showtime series "Dead Like Me," a fantasy comedy about two Seattle-based grim reapers--played by Ellen Muth and Mandy Patinkin--who help escort souls into the afterlife; in '09, Harris had a lead on the sci-fi drama "Defying Gravity" along with Ron Livingston. One of her early lead film roles came in 1997, on Gary Burns's award-winning, Vancouver-shot rogue comedy "Kitchen Party," an irreverent meditation on a classic Canadian teenage ritual: the house party. The following year, Harris starred with Josh Hartnett and Jordana Brewster, along with a large cast of wildcards (including Piper Laurie and, in a rare film role, Jon Stewart), in the successful Robert Rodriguez horror movie "The Faculty." While Harris was likely seen by millions as Marie Warner, the terrorist and sister to main character Kate Warner on Fox's then-ubiquitous action-drama, "24," her best, or at least most intriguing role thus far, has to be her surprise turn as "Girl Klapper," part of Christopher Guest's folk singer ensemble in the '03 mockumentary "A Mighty Wind," which earned Harris and the ensemble a Florida Film Critics Circle Award.