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Liza LapiraBirthday: December 3rd 1981
Birthname: Liza Lapira
Birthplace: Queens, New York
Height: 5'5
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Brief Bio on acting Career:

Liza, of Fillipino descent, trod the boards in many theatrical productions and workshops in the "Big Apple", as well as appearing in a very small role in her first movie, "Autumn In New York" with Winona Ryder and Richard Gere in 2000.
Her stage credits are As You Like It, The School for Wives, The Odyssey, and Alexandra Cunningham's No. 11 Blue and White.

In 2004 she relocated to LA and immediately found steady work in a string of Popular Shows.
Her most regular work on TV at that time was in Showtime's "Huff" with Hank Azaria, playing Oliver Platt's put upon PA, Maggie Del Rosario. Playing Maggie earned her an AZN television nomination for best newcomer.
"Huff" ran for two seasons after which Liza continued to appear in more TV shows such as "ER" (2 episodes) Law & Order: SVU (6 Episodes) and "Dexter (5 episodes).


Further film roles included Tony Scott's "Domino" starring Keira Knightly, where Liza played "Chinegro" woman in a standout scene with Jerry Springer. JJ Abram's "Cloverfield" as one of the partygoers, whose fate is left uncertain when the giant monster destroys the Brooklyn Bridge. "21" with Kevin Spacey and Kate Hudson, in the role of Kianna, and indie movie "Big Bad Swim". The story of a group of people, afraid of the water, wanting to learn to swim, which Liza actually did in order to prepare for her role. "Big Bad Swim" premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2006.

Around this time, she won one of her most fondly remembered roles. That of rookie Special Agent Michelle Lee on "NCIS", appearing in a dozen episodes between seasons 4 and 6 of this long running show, before being tragically "killed off" at the conclusion of a highly charged three episode story arc at the end of 2008.
Liza went on to play another Federal agent, FBI special agent Sophie Trinh in "Fast and The Furious 4".

A dilligent search of the internet may lead you to the "Dr Miracles" series of shorts. Made exclusively for the internet Channel 102 NY, these were set in a hospital and featured a predominantly Asian cast. Shot on a shoestring, Liza both starred in and also co-produced these bite sized comedies .


Liza is a self confessed "Nerd", with a passion for snorkelling and lip balm. To her closest friends she is "Minnie" and describes herself as a "Girly girl" with a love of romantic comedies, and has recently appeared in three. "See You in September", "Table for Three" and "Crazy Stupid Love".

Having already appeared in "Cloverfield"(2008), Liza became re-acquainted with the Sci-Fi genre by appearing in both seasons of "Buffy" creator Joss Whedon's "Dollhouse" series, as well as, "Repo Men" (2010), with Jude Law. A thriller with Sci-Fi overtones.

2011 saw her as one of the regulars in Fox's comedy, "Traffic Light". After the show cancellation after only one season, she is now set to move on to a movie titled Crazy Stupid Love.




(Please put in chronological order starting with the newest first.)
Title
Role
Dates / Number of Episodes
Episode # and Titles
(If applicable)

Crazy Stupid LoveLiz2011
Traffic LightLisa2011 (13 episodes)Pilot, En Fuego, All The Precedents Men, Credit Balance, Breaking Bread, No Good Deed, Stealth Bomber, Kiss me Kate, Best Man, Bonebag,Where the Heart is,Tommy Guns, Help Wanted
Dollhouse Ivy 2009/10 (10 episodes) Gray Hour, Man on the Street,A Spy in the house of Love, Briar Rose, Vows, Belle Chose, Meet Jane Doe, Stop-Loss, The Attic, Getting Closer
Fast and Furious
Agent Sophie Trinh
2009

Repo Men
Alva
2010

Table for Three
Nerissa
2009

See You In September
Monica
2010

Dexter
Yuki Amado
2008 (5 episodes)
All in the Family, Finding Freebo, Our Father, Easy as Pie, Si se puede
ER
Christine
2008 (2 episodes)
The Chicago Way, Parental Guidance.
Huff Maggie Del Rosario 2004/06 (21 episodes)

Law and Order SVU Rebecca Cheng/Forensics tech 1999-2007 (6 episodes)
Snitch, Avatar, Dependent, Burned, Scourge and Wanderlust
Marmaduke (voice)
Party dog.
2010

See Kate Run
Samantha Wong
2009

N.C.I.S.
Special Agent Michelle Lee
2007/08 (12 episodes)
Shalom, Escaped, Dead and Unburied, Once a Hero, Smoked, Friends and Lovers, Angel of Death, Last Man Standing, Collateral Damage, Cloak, Dagger.
21
Kianna
2008

Cloverfield
Heather
2008

Queens Supreme
unknown
2007
Mad About You.
LA Blues
Sandra
2007

Monk
Dr. Souter
2007
Mr. Monk goes to the Hospital.
Grey's Anatomy
Noelle Lavatte
2006
Let's Angels Commit.
Huff
Maggie Del Rosario/Maggie
2004/06 (21 episodes)

The Big Bad Swim
Paula
2006

Domino
Chinegro woman
2005

ABC/TTV Micro-Mini Series (short)
unknown
2004

The Parkers
Shaquan
2004 (1 episode)
At Last.
The Sopranos
Amanda Kim
2004 (1 episode)
Sentimental Education.
Without a Trace
Layla
2004
Legacy.
Sex and the City
Pam
2003
Pick-A-Little, Talk-A-Little.
Brown Sugar
Hot 97 Receptionist
2002

The Education of Max Bickford
Nia Sheppard -
volunteer student
2001/02
Money Changes Everything, A Very Great Man.
Law and Order - SVU


Law and Order
Waitress
Rebecca Change
Forensic tech.
Cheryl Treadwell
1999 (1 episode)
2001 (1 episode)
2007 (3 episodes)
2001
Wanderlust
Scourage
Burned, Snitch, Dependent
A Loosing Season.
Autumn in New York
Charlotte's birthday friend.
2000

Hollywood Cafe
Herself
25/8/08









Before Liza was famous:



Interests/hobbies:
Snorkelling.



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Trivia:
Lapira was born in Queens New York, area said to produce tough chicks, but Liza was said to be as sweet as they come..



Charity Work:



Awards or Nominations:
AZN Television nomination Best Newcomer for "Huff"
ShoWest convention Best Ensemble Cast award win for "21"



    Links:
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0487594/
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liza_Lapira










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