Laura Greenwood landed her first major acting role aged twelve in Terry Gilliam’s “The Brothers Grimm” opposite Matt Damon and Heath Ledger. She was then spotted by Casting Director Doreen Jones for the lead role role of Penny Phillips in Prime Suspect: The Final Act opposite Helen Mirren. Critics from the Los Angeles Times and New York Daily news described her performance as “Thoroughly impressive.” and “Phenomenal.”
During the last twenty years Laura has enjoyed a diverse career working with the BBC, Kudos, ITV, Sky Atlantic, Sky One, Warner Brothers, as well with independent filmmakers.
Her stage work includes Zonal (Lyric, Hammersmith), Creaks & Moans (Riverside Studios) with The Young Blood Theatre Company and playing Strindberg’s Julie in Miss Julie (The Etcetera Theatre) with the Buckland Theatre Company.
Laura Greenwood’s voice work ranges from a Cancer UK radio campaign to a BBC Radio 4 play “The Forgotten” (written by Hattie Naylor and directed by Paul Dodgson for Pier Productions).
Laura’s training includes Meisner, improvisation and ongoing one-to-one coaching with Leon Yianni. She has studied with The Burbank Meisner Centre, Actors Club, The Young Blood Theatre Company, Monobox, The Actors Temple, Imprology, Gary Condes, The Free Association, The Butterfly Theatre Company and Monkey Toast. In addition, to compliment her acting work, Laura qualified as an Alexander Technique Teacher in 2018 (The Alexander Technique Teacher training school) and Yoga Teacher (RYT 200)
What makes Laura’s work exciting is the depth to which she is prepared to go as well as the left field approach she often takes. Always different, daring and committed, Laura’s passion is to create unique, truthful characters from drama to comedy and everything in between.
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"Laura Greenwood convinces as the temptress, her hair always threatening to tumble free, her buttoned-up dress not quite covering her soon to be sullied skin. Her reaction to the adult world's demands barging into her child-like fantasies is horrible to behold - Greenwood also provokes sympathy for her character's plight. As in so much in real life, nobody is wholly to blame for what happens, but nobody is without guilt either."Read More
"Turning to Laura Greenwood as Miss Julie and wow what a performance. Turning from the spoiled autocratic daughter of the lord in the first half to the desperate, panic-stricken child of the second was a wonderful piece of acting by Laura that had me on the edge of my seat seeing where Miss Julie was going to go."Read More
"Laura Greenwood carries the movie all the way through."Read More
"Mirren’s star power and the other solid performances — most notably by young Laura Greenwood as Penny — add texture."Read More
"I feel certain Ms Greenwood - who already is clearly an exceptional talent - will have a similarly brilliant career."
"The scenes she shares with Mirren are nothing short of phenomenal"
Laura came to acting quite by chance.
After a diagnosis of dyslexia early on in primary school her family encouraged her to join the Saturday drama club“Young Blood Theatre Company” at the Riverside Studios. Young Blood was where she first experienced the thrill of what acting really meant.
Unlike other drama groups for young people who did countless versions of Oliver and Bugsy Malone, Young Blood dealt with arson, homelessness and deep gritty feelings. It was also a really fun place -exploring different stories and ideas through devising and games.
Other Young Blood Alumni include Toby Regbo, Bel Powley, Ophelia Lovibond, Imogen Poots and Lenora Crichlow.
It was through Young Blood that Laura met her agent Andrew Braidford (founder of the Young Blood Theatre Company) and was invited to join his agency, BWH. Laura has remained with Andrew at BWH ever since.