Lucy Punch

Lucy Punch

Punch in April 2011
Born (1977-12-30) 30 December 1977
London, England
Residence West Hollywood, California, United States
Occupation Actress
Years active 1998–present
Children 1

Lucy Punch (born 30 December 1977)[1] is an English actress. She has appeared in films such as Hot Fuzz, Bad Teacher, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, Dinner for Schmucks, and Into the Woods.

Early life

Punch was born in London, the daughter of Johanna and Michael Punch, who ran a market research company.[2][3] She was educated privately at Godolphin School in Salisbury, Wiltshire and Latymer Upper School in Hammersmith, London.[4] She performed with the National Youth Theatre from 1993 to 1997, and began a course at University College London before dropping out to become an actress.[5]


Punch (left) with the cast of You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger in 2010

Punch made her acting debut in a 1998 episode of The New Adventures of Robin Hood.[6] Her other TV credits include the naive daughter of Alison Steadman's character in the short-lived series Let Them Eat Cake which starred French and Saunders. She starred as a football player in the kids TV show Renford Rejects, and played the role of victim Melissa Townsend in the 19th episode of Midsomer Murders.

In 2000, Punch made her stage debut as Elaine in Terry Johnson's West End adaptation of The Graduate.[7] She has worked at the Royal Court and Bush theatres, both in London.[8][9]

In 2004, Punch played receptionist Elaine Denham on Doc Martin. She left the television show The Class after appearing in 11 of the first 12 episodes.[10] In 2006 she won the Best Actress award at the Monaco International Film Festival for her performance in Are You Ready For Love? [11]

Punch starred in Woody Allen's 2010 film You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger.[12] In August 2010, she appeared in BBC Two's three part police comedy-drama Vexed. In 2011, Punch appeared in Bad Teacher, portraying sanctimonious school teacher Amy Squirrel.[13]

Punch was cast as Deena Pilgrim, the female lead in the TV pilot Powers,[14] but the role was recast.

Personal life

Punch resides in West Hollywood, California.[4] Her first child, a son named Rex, was born in July 2015.[15]



Year Title Role Notes
2000 Cinderella Regan Television film
2000 Greenfingers Holly
2001 It's Not Me, It's You Rose
2001 Goodbye, Mr Steadman Linda Mortimer Television film
2002 Come Together Amy Television film
2003 Second Nature Car Rental Girl Television film
2004 Ella Enchanted Hattie
2004 The Life and Death of Peter Sellers Lead Stewardess
2004 Being Julia Avice Crichton
2005 Festival Nicky Romanowski
2006 Are You Ready For Love? Melanie Monaco International Film Festival – Angel Award for Best Actress
2006 Stingray Lucy
2007 Two Families Irene Television film
2007 Hot Fuzz Eve Draper
2007 Grindhouse Blonde in Don't Trailer Uncredited
2007 St. Trinian's Verity Thwaites
2008 1% Candace Television film
2009 Big Breaks Alexis
2009 (Untitled) The Clarinet
2010 Elektra Luxx Dolores
2010 You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger Charmaine
2010 Dinner for Schmucks Darla
2011 A Little Bit of Heaven Sarah Walker
2011 Take Me Home Tonight Shelly
2011 Bad Teacher Amy Squirrel
2011 A Good Old Fashioned Orgy Kate
2012 The Giant Mechanical Man Pauline
2012 The Wedding Video Saskia
2012 Yellow Amanda
2012 Stars in Shorts Julie
2012 Stand Up Guys Wendy
2013 Cottage Country Masha
2014 Someone Marry Barry Melanie Miller
2014 Into the Woods Lucinda
2015 She's Funny That Way Prostitute
2015 Cake Nurse Gayle
2016 The Meddler Emily


Year Title Role Notes
1998 The New Adventures of Robin Hood Queen Stephanie Episode: "Orphans"
1999 Renford Rejects Sue White 13 episodes
1999 Days Like These Helen Foreman 2 episodes
1999 Let Them Eat Cake Eveline 4 episodes
1999–2001 Big Bad World Melissa 4 episodes
2000 The 10th Kingdom Sally Peep 3 episodes
2001 People Like Us Kate Episode: "The Actor"
2001 Midsomer Murders Melissa Townsend Episode: "Tainted Fruit"
2002 I Saw You Esther Episode: "Episode 1.1"
2003 Dinotopia Shayna Episode: "Night of the Wartosa"
2004 My Family Sarah Episode: "Luck Be a Lady Tonight"
2004 Doc Martin Elaine Denham 6 episodes
2005 Survivors Juliet Savage Episode: "In Deep Water"
2006 Agatha Christie's Poirot Susannah Henderson Episode: "After the Funeral"
2007 The Class Holly Ellenbogen 13 episodes
2007 Comedy Showcase: Ladies and Gentlemen Alice Pilot
2007 The Sarah Silverman Program Sally Episode: "Ah, Men"
2007 The Omid Djalili Show Miss Fanny Dashett Episode 1.2
2008 Fairytales Fenola Gay Episode: "Cinderella"
2008 Wainy Days Angel Episode: "Angel"
2010 Vexed DI Kate Bishop 3 episodes
2012 Ben and Kate BJ 16 episodes
2016 New Girl Genevieve Episode: "Sam, Again"
2016 Motherland Amanda


Year Title Role Notes
2000 The Graduate Elaine Gielgud Theatre
2001 Boy Gets Girl Harriet Royal Court Theatre
2002 A Carpet, A Pony and A Monkey Kate Bush Theatre
2014 Great Britain Paige Britain Theatre Royal Haymarket[16]


  1. "Lucy Punch, celebrity". TV Guide. Retrieved August 27, 2016.
  2. Goodman, Jillian. "Bad Teacher's Lucy Punch on her 'Über-Goddess' Co-star Cameron Diaz, Playing the Slut, and Women in Comedy". Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  3. Palmer, Martyn (June 24, 2011). "The only way is LA: Meet British actress Lucy Punch who is tickling Tinseltown pink". Daily Mail. Retrieved August 27, 2016.
  4. 1 2 Nicole Lampert (9 August 2012). "From doing the rounds with Doc Martin to cook-ins with Cameron Diaz, Lucy Punch is our kooky new queen of comedy". Daily Mail. Retrieved 10 August 2012.
  5. Smiley, Tavis (June 16, 2011). "Actress Lucy Punch". PBS. Retrieved August 27, 2016.
  6. "Lucy Punch". Retrieved August 27, 2016.
  7. Eyre, Hermione (3 December 2010). "Lucy Punch is making a mark on Hollywood". Retrieved 5 June 2011.
  8. Clapp, Susannah (11 November 2001). "Eric and Ernie for ever". The Observer. Retrieved 6 June 2011.
  9. Koenig, Rhoda (27 May 2002). "A Carpet, a Pony and a Monkey, Bush Theatre, London". The Independent. Retrieved 6 June 2011.
  10. Adalian, Joseph (11 January 2007). "'Class' to air on Net first – Entertainment News, Business News, Media". Retrieved 8 February 2010.
  11. "Monaco International Film Festival of non violent films". Monaco International Film Festival. Retrieved 5 June 2011.
  12. Jay A. Fernandez (29 May 2009). "Woody Allen welcomes Brit Lucy Punch". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2 June 2009.
  13. "Lucy Punch cast in Bad Teacher". 8 February 2010. Retrieved 8 February 2010.
  14. "'Powers' TV Series Casts Deena Pilgrim", 21 June 2011, MTV
  15. "Lucy Punch On How She Named Her Baby Boy". TeamCoco. Retrieved 22 January 2016.
  16. "Lucy Punch stars in West End Great Britain". Whats On Stage. 11 August 2014. Retrieved 7 September 2014.

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