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Lucy Lawless

Lucy Lawless plays the pivotal role of Lucretia, in Spartacus: Blood and Sand, a Starz original action-adventure drama series, set in the brutal Roman gladiator era. In a passionate and ambitious partnership with her husband Batiatus (John Hannah), she supports his every move as he maneuvers their way back from near financial ruin.

Lawless parallels their relationship with Shakespeare's Macbeth, "They're a team; they have a great relationship. He's the brains and she shores up his confidence; she supports her man."

Lawless, a New Zealander, rose to international fame through her groundbreaking performance as Xena: Warrior Princess in the cult hit series also executive produced by Spartacus: Blood and Sand's Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi. Her other major television role was as D'Anna/Number Three in the critically acclaimed SCI FI Channel series Battlestar Galactica.

She has continued to demonstrate her versatility with a wide range of television work, most recently in Flight of the Conchords. This followed such notable series as Curb Your Enthusiasm, The L Word, CSI: Miami, and The X-Files.

In film, she played Aspen in Adam Sandler's Bedtime Stories, Mother Superior in the upcoming Bitch Slap, produced by Xena producer Eric Gruendemann and directed by Spartacus: Blood and Sand's Rick Jacobson and cameos in Raimi's Spider Man, and Tapert's Boogeyman.

Lawless is a member of the board of the Starship Foundation, the fundraising body for the Starship Children's Hospital in her hometown Auckland. She was made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2004. She has three children, is married to producer Rob Tapert and lives in Auckland, New Zealand.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2010.
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Lucy Lawless Facts

Birth NameLucy Frances Ryan
BirthdayMarch 29, 1968 (54)
BirthplaceMount Albert, Auckland, New Zealand
Height5' 10½" (1m79)  How tall is Lucy Lawless compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Xena: Warrior Princess
Justice League: The New Frontier
Ash vs Evil Dead
Spartacus: Compl Series Bd+uv
Spartacus: Vengeance: Season 2
Spartacus: Blood and Sand: Season 1
Spartacus: Gods Of The Arena
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys: Season 1
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