Lara Pulver 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. She won the 2016 Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical in the West End’s revival of the hit Broadway musical Gypsy.
Pulver was born in Southend-on-Sea, Essex. Her father is from a Jewish family and her mother converted to Judaism. Her parents separated when she was eleven. Pulver attended the National Youth Music Theatre between 1994 and 1998, as well as The Liz Burville Dance Centre, Bexley. In 1997, she began studying at the Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts, and graduated in 2000. She has since worked as an actress, singer and dancer in West End musicals.
Pulver began dating actor Raza Jaffrey in 2012 and the two were married on 27 December 2014. The couple had a child in 2017.