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Lauren McNamara

Lauren McNamara is a young Canadian actress who started her acting career in commercials at the age of nine.  Lauren booked her first commercial audition for Coldwell Banker followed quickly by an International Commercial for Tourism Jamaica.  After nine days of filming in Jamaica, Lauren quickly realized this was the career she wanted to pursue. 

The transition to film and TV happened shortly thereafter and a role in Lifetime's A Sister's Nightmare alongside Peyton List, Natasha Hentsridge, and Kelly Rutherford.  Most recently Lauren is starring in Aliens Ate My Homework and has also had supporting lead roles in Hallmark Channel's Falling For Vermont and Hallmark's Summer of Dreams. Lauren also appeared as Sherry in an episode of the Canadian series Aftermath.  Sports play a big role in her off screen time: Soccer, Wake boarding and Wake Surfing being her favorites.

2021 Young Artist Academy™ Awards
Best Performance in a TV Movie Role: Teen Actress - Nominated
Best Performance in a Streaming Series Role: Teen Actress - Nominated


2019 Young Artist Academy Awards
Best Ensemble Performance in a Streaming Series or Film - Winner
Best Performance in a Streaming Series or Film: Young Actress - Nominated

2019 Joey Awards
Best Supporting Actress in a Television Movie Age 9+ - Winner

2019 Young Entertainer Award
Best Young Ensemble Cast - Feature Film - Winner
Best Leading Young Actress - Independent or Film Festival Feature Film - Nominated
Best Supporting Young Actress - Television Movie, Mini Series or Special - Nominated


2018 Joey Awards
Best Ensemble in MOW or Video Feature - Winner
Best Leading Actress in a MOW/Video Feature - Winner
Best Ensemble in a MOW or Video Feature - Nominated
Best Actress in a Principal or Supporting Role in a Feature 9-18 Years - Nominated

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Academy Newsletter Interview - November 2019

The 15-year old actress Lauren McNamara from Vancouver, BC advises to “ work like you don’t need the money ”.
Read how her nine years of acting have helped develop strong interpersonal and professional skills.

I love my friends and family, and work hard, and I love to travel. Horseback riding, and Soccer are my activities outside of acting and both have helped onscreen characters!  
I have enjoyed all the projects I have been involved in.  My highlights are the Aliens Ate My Homework and the sequel, Aliens Stole My Body.  Universal Entertainment in partnership with Roger Lay and Eric Carnagey Entertainment were a joy to work for.  Sean McNamara is a Genius Director and really stretches me as an actor.  [I love] developing new friendships with fellow actors and the versatility of becoming different characters.
[Work has helped me learn] patience and people skills, especially how to relate to adults and other actors on a professional level.

Networking Tip: Be yourself and stay humble.

Look for Lauren in the Young Artist Academy™ Award-winning film Aliens Stole My Body which is scheduled to be released early 2020 and another short film currently in the works.

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