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Lauren Luna Vélez

Born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens, New York among eight siblings including her twin sister Lorraine, Lauren Velez dreamed of becoming an actress ever since she played a groundhog in a school play in second grade. Immediately following high school, she received a scholarship from the Alvin Ailey Dance School which led to her first job ... See full bio »

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Known For

Dexter Lt. Maria LaGuerta / Capt. Maria LaGuerta / Det. Maria LaGuerta
New York Undercover
New York Undercover Det. Nina Moreno / Lourdes
Oz Dr. Gloria Nathan
I Like It Like That
I Like It Like That Lisette Linares


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 2016/II Adrift (completed)
Cecilia Fernandez
 2016 Officer Downe (completed)
Police Chief Berringer (as Lauren Vélez)
 2016 How to Get Away with Murder (TV Series)
Soraya Hargrove
- It's About Frank (2016) ... Soraya Hargrove (as Luna Vélez)
- Don't Tell Annalise (2016) ... Soraya Hargrove (as Luna Vélez)
- Always Bet Black (2016) ... Soraya Hargrove (as Luna Vélez)
- There Are Worse Things Than Murder (2016) ... Soraya Hargrove (as Luna Vélez)
- We're Good People Now (2016) ... Soraya Hargrove (as Luna Vélez)
 2016 Elementary (TV Series)
Zoe Mercado
- Art Imitates Art (2016) ... Zoe Mercado (as Luna Velez)
 2015 South of Hell (TV Series)
- Blood Relations (2015) ... Tetra
- I See You (2015) ... Tetra
- The One That Got Away (2015) ... Tetra
- South of the Border (2015) ... Tetra
- White Noise (2015) ... Tetra
 2014 Unforgettable (TV Series)
Aisha Conway
- Fire and Ice (2014) ... Aisha Conway (as Lauren Vélez)
 2006-2012 Dexter (TV Series)
Lt. Maria LaGuerta / Capt. Maria LaGuerta / Det. Maria LaGuerta
- Surprise, Motherfucker! (2012) ... Capt. Maria LaGuerta (as Lauren Velez)
- Do You See What I See? (2012) ... Capt. Maria LaGuerta (as Lauren Velez)
- The Dark... Whatever (2012) ... Capt. Maria LaGuerta (as Lauren Velez)
- Helter Skelter (2012) ... Capt. Maria LaGuerta (as Lauren Velez)
- Argentina (2012) ... Capt. Maria LaGuerta (as Lauren Velez)
 2011 Rosewood Lane
Paula Crenshaw (as Lauren Vélez)
 2011 Hawthorne (TV Series)
Dr. Kat
- For Better or Worse (2011) ... Dr. Kat (as Lauren Vèlez)
 2011 Breakout Kings (TV Series)
Carmen Vega
- Where in the World Is Carmen Vega (2011) ... Carmen Vega (as Lauren Velez)
 2009-2010 Ugly Betty (TV Series)
- The Past Presents the Future (2010) ... Elena (as Lauren Vélez)
- In the Stars (2009) ... Elena (as Lauren Vélez)
- A Mother of a Problem (2009) ... Elena (as Lauren Vélez)
- Things Fall Apart (2009) ... Elena (as Lauren Vélez)
- There's No Place Like Mode (2009) ... Elena (as Lauren Vélez)
 2008 Law & Order: Criminal Intent (TV Series)
Officer Lois Melago
- Purgatory (2008) ... Officer Lois Melago (as Lauren Vélez)
 2006-2007 Numb3rs (TV Series)
Claudia Gomez
- Contenders (2007) ... Claudia Gomez (as Lauren Vélez)
- Hardball (2006) ... Claudia Gomez (as Lauren Vélez)
- Undercurrents (2006) ... Claudia Gomez (as Lauren Vélez)
 2007 Serial
Roseanne Crystal (as Lauren Vélez)
 2006 Medium (TV Series)
Elena Cabrera
- Knowing Her (2006) ... Elena Cabrera (as Lauren Vélez)
 2005 Wanted (TV Series)
Faye Templeton
- The Last Temptation (2005) ... Faye Templeton (as Lauren Vélez)
 2005 Barely Buzzed (Short)
Maria Vasquez (as Lauren Vélez)
 2005 Strong Medicine (TV Series)
Dr. Vanessa Burke
- First Response (2005) ... Dr. Vanessa Burke (as Lauren Vélez)
 2004 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Attorney Shamal
- Obscene (2004) ... Attorney Shamal (as Lauren Vélez)
- Home (2004) ... Attorney Shamal (as Lauren Velez)
 2003 Dragnet (TV Series)
Det. Denise Beltran
- For Whom the Whistle Blows (2003) ... Det. Denise Beltran (as Lauren Vélez)
- Redemption (2003) ... Det. Denise Beltran (as Lauren Vélez)
 1997-2003 Oz (TV Series)
Dr. Gloria Nathan
- Exeunt Omnes (2003) ... Dr. Gloria Nathan (as Lauren Vélez)
- Junkyard Dawgs (2003) ... Dr. Gloria Nathan (as Lauren Vélez)
- A Day in the Death... (2003) ... Dr. Gloria Nathan (as Lauren Vélez)
- 4giveness (2003) ... Dr. Gloria Nathan (as Lauren Vélez)
- A Failure to Communicate (2003) ... Dr. Gloria Nathan (as Lauren Vélez)
 1999-2002 Law & Order (TV Series)
Bermuda Air Attendent / Ms. Torres
- Hitman (2002) ... Bermuda Air Attendent (uncredited)
- Marathon (1999) ... Ms. Torres (as Lauren Vélez)
 2001 Prison Song
Prison Counselor (uncredited)
 2001 Love and Treason (TV Movie)
Agent Susan Mestre (as Lauren Vélez)
 2000 Prince of Central Park
Rosa Sanchez (as Lauren Velez)
 2000 Profiler (TV Series)
Emily Sadler
- Clean Sweep (2000) ... Emily Sadler (as Lauren Velez)
 2000 The Pretender (TV Series)
Emily Sadler
- Spin Doctor (2000) ... Emily Sadler (as Lauren Velez)
 1999 St. Michael's Crossing (TV Series)
Vicki Solera (as Lauren Vélez)
 1999 Strange World (TV Series)
Detective Arias
- Azrael's Breed (1999) ... Detective Arias (as Lauren Vélez)
 1995-1999 New York Undercover (TV Series)
Det. Nina Moreno / Lourdes
- Catharsis (1999) ... Det. Nina Moreno (as Lauren Velez)
- The Troubles (1998) ... Det. Nina Moreno (as Lauren Velez)
- Going Native (1998) ... Det. Nina Moreno (as Lauren Velez)
- Sign o' the Times (1998) ... Det. Nina Moreno (as Lauren Velez)
- The Unusual Suspects (1998) ... Det. Nina Moreno (as Lauren Velez)
 1999 Taino (Short)
Laura (as Lauren Vélez)
 1998 The LaMastas (as Lauren Vélez)
 1998 Thicker Than Blood (TV Movie)
Camilla Lopez (as Lauren Vélez)
 1997 In Search of a Dream (as Lauren Vélez)
 1997 I Think I Do
Carol (as Lauren Vélez)
 1996 City Hall
Elaine Santos (as Lauren Vélez)
 1995 The Cosby Mysteries (TV Series)
Claudine Palmeri
- The Hit Parade (1995) ... Claudine Palmeri (as Lauren Vélez)
 1994 I Like It Like That
Lisette Linares (as Lauren Vélez)
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After 'Dexter' and 'La Lupe', I would love to return to theater. I'm just ready for more. See more »


Considered for the role of "Hallie" in Scream 2, she was even credited as playing the character in the fictional "Stab 2" (a film within in film) on the The Scream special edition DVD. See more »

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