Lara Pulver (born 1 September 1980) is an English actress. She has played Erin Watts in the British BBC spy drama Spooks, and Irene Adler on BBC's TV adaptation Sherlock.

Early life

Pulver was born in Southend-on-Sea, Essex. Her father is from a Jewish family and her mother converted to Judaism.[1][2] Her parents separated when she was eleven.[1] Pulver attended the National Youth Music Theatre between 1994 and 1998, as well as The Liz Burville Dance Centre, Bexley.[3] In 1997, she began studying at the Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts, graduating in 2000. She has since worked as an actress, singer and dancer in West End musicals.


Pulver was nominated for the 2008 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for the role of Lucille Frank in the first West End production of the musical Parade at the Donmar Warehouse. She reprised the role in the Los Angeles production at the Mark Taper Forum opposite T.R. Knight.

In 2008, Pulver recorded a song for the CD Act One – Songs from the Musicals of Alexander S. Bermange. Pulver joined the cast of the BBC's Robin Hood in 2009 as Isabella, the sister of Guy of Gisbourne.[4]

In 2010, Pulver joined the cast of the third series of HBO's True Blood as Sookie Stackhouse's fairy godmother, Claudine Crane.

Pulver played Erin Watts, the new chief of Section D, in the tenth and final series of BBC spy drama Spooks.

Pulver played Irene Adler in "A Scandal in Belgravia", the first episode of the second series of Sherlock.[5]

In 2012 she joined the cast of Da Vinci's Demons as the "seductive and politically-minded" Clarice Orsini, a series regular and wife of Lorenzo Medici.[6]

In 2014, she played Louise in a revival of Gypsy at the Chichester Festival Theatre.[7] The production transferred to the West End in April 2015.[8]

In 2015, she reprised her role as Erin Watts in the feature film Spooks: The Greater Good.

Personal life

In 2003, Pulver met American actor Josh Dallas while he was in the UK studying at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. They married over Christmas 2007 in a 16th-century barn in Devon.[9][10] The couple honeymooned in the Maldives.[11]

Dallas confirmed their divorce in an interview on Bob Rivers' radio show on 2 December 2011.

Pulver began dating actor Raza Jaffrey in 2012 and the two were married on 27 December 2014.[12]

Screen credits

Year Film Role Notes
2009 Robin Hood Isabella TV series (8 episodes in Series 3)
2010 Legacy Diane Shaw
2010 The Special Relationship Intern TV movie
2010 True Blood Claudine Crane TV series (5 episodes)
2011 Spooks Erin Watts TV series (main cast in Series 10)
2011 Language of a Broken Heart Violet
2012, 2014 Sherlock Irene Adler "A Scandal in Belgravia" and "The Sign of Three"
2012 Coming Up Annette "Camouflage"
2013–2015 Da Vinci's Demons Clarice Orsini TV series; main character
2013 Skins: Fire Victoria TV series; minor role
2014 Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond Ann O'Neill TV series (4 episodes); Main character
2014 Edge of Tomorrow Karen Lord Non-speaking cameo
2014 Game of Thrones Lady Elissa Forrester Video game
2015 Spooks: The Greater Good Erin Watts Reprising her role from the series
2015 A Patch of Fog
2016 Underworld: Blood Wars Filming

Stage credits


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  4. ^ "Bits and Bobs (Vol. 5 1/2): Exclusive 'Robin Hood' scoop from Richard Armitage! | PopWatch". Entertainment Weekly. 2012. Retrieved 26 April 2012. 
  5. ^ Conlan, Tara (4 January 2012). "Sherlock: BBC will not remove nude scenes for 7pm repeat". The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  6. ^ Eames, Tom (4 June 2012). "Sherlock's Lara Pulver, Southland's Clifton Collins Jr join new shows". Digital Spy. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  7. ^ Theo Bosanquet & Rosie Bannister (6 March 2014). "Chichester reopens Festival Theatre with Rupert Everett in Amadeus, plus Gypsy and Guys and Dolls". 
  8. ^ "Full West End Gypsy cast announced". 2 March 2015. 
  9. ^ Maureen Paton (16 September 2011). "Dressed to kill: Move over Harry Pearce — a new glamorous MI5 boss is taking over Spooks for its final series". daily Mail. Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  10. ^ Anderson, Joel. "Lara Pulver's Fabulous Life". 8 November 2011. Fabulous. 
  11. ^ "Lara Pulver". British Airways. Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  12. ^ Adam Jacques (29 March 2015). "Camilla Schneideman & Lara Pulver: 'I realised the flapjacks I gave". The Independent. 
  13. ^ a b "Article about Pulver's casting in Parade". 12 June 2007. 
  14. ^ "Nominations announcement, 2008 Laurence Olivier Awards". Official London Theatre Guide. 
  15. ^ "Article about Pulver's casting in The Last 5 Years". 21 June 2006.