Actor: Laura Meakin
Laura Meakin is a British actress, known for her portrayal of Hesther Carney in the fourth and final season of AMC's historical drama series TURN: Washington's Spies; Money Monster, directed by Jodie Foster; and Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Laura was trained as a ballet dancer and began her career as a professional dancer performing in the UK and abroad before beginning her acting career on stage in productions ranging from classic comedies, well-loved musicals and opera, to Shakespeare in London's West End and in National and International tours. Her talent was spotted early on when she received a scholarship to the prestigious Arts Educational School in London and later won a coveted place at the famous Lee Strasberg Institute in New York. While still at drama school, she was spotted by British director Daniel Peacock, who cast her as heart throb teacher Miss Blackburn in his award winning Channel 5 TV show Billie: Girl of the Future, kicking off Laura’s career as a TV and film actress. She went on to star in other TV series for Channel 4, ITV and BBC in the UK. Her work caught the eye of American casting directors, which led to her break-out role as Hesther Carney in AMC's hit Revolutionary War drama TURN: Washington's Spies. After playing the ultimate sexy hooker in the acclaimed stage adaptation of the controversial Ken Russell film Crimes of Passion, Laura went on to appear on screen with Johnny Depp in Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd for DreamWorks; Jodie Foster’s Money Monster, starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts, for TriStar; as well as the new film adaptation of LaChiusa's celebrated musical, Hello Again. She can be seen in the upcoming film Nick and Nicky alongside Blade Runner star Sean Young, in the horror film Scars and the historical film Famine. Laura recently joined the cast of the upcoming AMC animated drama series Pantheon.