Lea Michele Sarfati (born August 29, 1986) is an American actress, singer, and author. She is known for her role as Rachel Berry on the Fox comedy-drama series Glee (2009–15). Michele’s performance received critical praise, earning her an Emmy Award nomination and two Golden Globe Award nominations, as well as a Satellite Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and three consecutive People’s Choice Awards. Since 2015, she has portrayed Hester Ulrich on Fox’s horror-comedy series Scream Queens.
Michele began working professionally as a child actress on Broadway in productions such as Les Misérables, Ragtime, and Fiddler on the Roof. In 2006, she originated the role of Wendla Bergmann in the Broadway rock musical Spring Awakening. Michele made her film debut in 2011, starring in the romantic comedy New Year’s Eve. In 2014, she voiced Dorothy Gale in the animated film Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return.
In 2012, Michele signed to Columbia Records, beginning her music career. Her first single, “Cannonball”, was released on December 10, 2013. Her debut album, Louder, was released on March 4, 2014, debuting at number 4 on the Billboard 200. Michele released her first book, Brunette Ambition, on May 20, 2014, which debuted on The New York Times Best Seller list. Her follow-up book, You First: Journal Your Way To Your Best Life, was released on September 22, 2015.