Lucy Punch (born 30 December 1977) is an English actress. Her credits include films like Bad Teacher and Dinner for Schmucks, and television shows Doc Martin and Ben and Kate

Personal lifeEdit

Punch was born in HammersmithLondon. Her parents run a market research company. Punch was educated privately at Godolphin School and then Latymer Upper School. Punch 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.

Since 2006, Punch has lived in West HollywoodLos AngelesUnited States.


Punch made her debut in a 1998 episode of The New Adventures of Robin Hood. Her other TV credits include the naive daughter of Alison Steadman's character in the short-lived series, Let Them Eat Cake that starred French and Saunders. She starred as a football player in the kids TV show Renford Rejects.

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

In 2004, Punch played the cheeky, kooky receptionist, Elaine Denham, in the television show Doc Martin.

She left the television show The Class after appearing in all but one of the first 12 episodes.

In 2006, she won the best actress award at the Monaco International Film Festival for her performance in Are You Ready For Love?.

Punch starred in Woody Allen's 2010 film You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, having replaced Nicole Kidman.In August 2010, she appeared in BBC Two's three part police comedy-dramaVexed alongside Toby Stephens.

In 2011, Punch starred alongside Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake in Jake Kasdan's Bad Teacher.

Punch was cast as Deena Pilgrim, the female lead in the TV pilot Powers for the FX channel, but the role was recast.

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