Juliet Landau

Juliet Rose Landau (born March 30, 1965) is an American actress, director, producer and ballerina best known for her role as Drusilla on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spinoff show Angel, the latter appearance earning her a Saturn Award nomination. She is also known for co-starring as Loretta King in Tim Burton's Ed Wood.

Juliet Landau
Juliet Rose Landau

(1965-03-30) March 30, 1965
OccupationActress, director, producer, ballerina
Years active1990–present
Spouse(s)Deverill Weekes
Parent(s)Martin Landau
Barbara Bain
RelativesSusan Landau Finch (sister)

Early life

Landau was born in Los Angeles to actor parents Martin Landau and Barbara Bain.[1] Both her parents were Jewish.[2][3] Her older sister is film producer Susan Landau Finch,[4] and the sisters spent their early childhood in a Tudor style house in West Los Angeles.[5] Landau is a former professional ballerina,[6] and her mentor was the actress Susan Peretz.


Landau co-starred in Ed Wood as Loretta King and starred opposite Whoopi Goldberg in Theodore Rex. She played Drusilla on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, appearing on Buffy and its spinoff show Angel over the course of six seasons, receiving positive reviews.[7]

Landau's roles in independent films include Where The Road Runs Out, Fairfield, Monster Mutt, Citizens, Dark Hearts, The Yellow Wallpaper, Hack!, Toolbox Murders, Repossessed, Carlo's Wake, Life Among the Cannibals, Ravager, Direct Hit, and a co-starring turn in Henry Jaglom's Going Shopping.

Landau has made numerous television guest appearances, including on Criminal Minds, Millennium, La Femme Nikita, Strong Medicine and a starring role in the Lifetime movie Fatal Reunion. Landau voiced various characters on the animated series Justice League Unlimited and Ben 10 as well as the animated movie Green Lantern: First Flight. She has also voiced characters for three of the BioShock video games.

Landau's theater roles include Awake and Sing at the Pittsburgh Public Theater, the world premiere of Failure of Nerve, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, A Streetcar Named Desire, Uncommon Women and Others, The Pushcart Peddlers, Billy Irish, We're Talking Today Here, the musical How To Steal An Election, Irish Coffee and the world premiere of musical The Songs of War. She played Natasha in a reading of Three Sisters, assembled by Al Pacino at The Actors Studio.[8]

Landau's directorial debut was 2008's Take Flight, a short documentary film about Gary Oldman and his creative process. Oldman spoke positively about the experience.[9][10] With her husband, Deverill Weekes, Landau co-directed Dream Out Loud, about make-up artist Kazuhiro Tsuji, who was branching into the world of fine art. The film captures one of his creations from inception to culmination, and features interviews with Guillermo del Toro, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Rian Johnson.

In 2009, Landau co-wrote issues #24 and #25 of the Angel comic book series for IDW Publishing, in collaboration with Brian Lynch, with storylines featuring her Buffy and Angel character Drusilla. Landau also contributed numerous ideas and references for the cover and interior art of the issues, and has stated that she would like to write more comics set in the Buffyverse.[11] She was slated to write a five-part Drusilla miniseries from Dark Horse Comics in 2014, which is now delayed.[12]

In 2012–13, Landau produced and starred in the play Danny and the Deep Blue Sea directed by John McNaughton at the Crown City Theater in North Hollywood.[13] Her portrayal won rave reviews and multiple awards, and the show was extended five times.

In July 2013, Landau was cast as a new incarnation of the Time Lord Romana in the audio dramas Gallifrey[14] and Luna Romana,[15] both of which are spin-offs from the TV series Doctor Who.

In 2019, Landau was cast as Rita Tedesco in the fifth season of Bosch[16] on Amazon Prime Video.

Personal life

Landau is a member of the Actors Studio and in 2008 was being mentored by Mike Medavoy.[9]



Year Title Role Notes
1992 Parker Lewis Can't Lose Lucinda Episode: "Dance of Romance"
1999 Millennium Jeanie Bronstein Episode: "Forcing the End"
La Femme Nikita Sarah Gerrard Episode: "Before I Sleep"
Jan Baylin
1997–2003 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Drusilla 17 episodes
2000–2004 Angel 7 episodes
2003 Strong Medicine Lorraine Episode: "Seize the Day"
2005 Fatal Reunion Lisa Calders/Dana Declan (TV movie)
2005–2006 Justice League Unlimited Tala, Plastique, Bernadeth, Rama Kushna, Zatanna (7 Episodes) Voice Role
2008 Ben 10: Alien Force Natalie/Anodite Verdona Episode: "What Are Little Girls Made Of?"
Helen Episode: "Plumber's Helpers"
Episode: "Voided"
2009 Helen/Tini Episode: "Vengeance of Vilgax: Part 1"
2010 Helen Episode: "Above & Beyond"
2011 Ben 10: Ultimate Alien Fritz Episode: "Viktor: The Spoils"
Natalie/Verdona Episode: "Girl Trouble"
Natalie/French Classroom Teacher Episode: "It's Not Easy Being Gwen"
Verdona/Waitress Episode: "Moonstruck"
Goodnight Burbank Herself Episode: "Lesbians on Acid"
2012 Criminal Minds Catherine Heathridge Season 7 Episode 19 "Heathridge Manor"
Green Lantern: The Animated Series Drusa 3 episodes
2014 Ben 10: Omniverse Helen/Magistrata Episode: "Weapon XI"
2015 Muzzled: the Musical The Black Matron


Year Title Role
1990 Pump Up the Volume Joni (scenes deleted)
1990 The Grifters Young Lilly (uncredited)
1992 Neon City Twink
1994 Ed Wood Loretta King
1994 Direct Hit Shelly
1995 Theodore Rex Dr. Veronica Shade
1996 Life Among the Cannibals Rachael
1997 Ravager Sarra
1999 Carlo's Wake Anna Torello
2001 Freedom Park
2002 Citizens Zoey
2002 Repossessed Alison Labatte
2004 Toolbox Murders Julia Cunningham
2005 Going Shopping Isabella
2007 Hack! Mary
2008 Haunted Echoes (aka: Darkness Visible) Claire
2008 Take Flight: Gary Oldman Directs Chutzpah Director
2009 Green Lantern: First Flight Labella
2009 Monster Mutt Nataliya
2011 InSight Dr. Lisa Rosan
2011 The Yellow Wallpaper Charlotte Weiland
2012 Justice League: Doom Ten
2012 Strange Frame Bitsea
2014 Dark Hearts Astrid
2014 Fairfield Ms. Matthews
2014 Where the Road Runs Out Corina
2015 Justice League: Throne of Atlantis Lois Lane
2016 The Bronx Bull The Starlet
2017 The Terror of Hallow's Eve Nurse Pryce

Video games

Year Title Role
2007 BioShock Little Sisters
2012 PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale Little Sister
2013-14 BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Little Sister/Marsha Lutz/Leta

Awards and nominations

2001 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress on Television Drusilla in Angel in 2000 Nominated


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  7. Vineberg, Steve (October 1, 2000). "Yes, She's a Vampire Slayer. No, Her Show Isn't Kid Stuff". The New York Times. Retrieved Dec 30, 2011. The wildly gifted Juliet Landau... plays Dru like an acid-addled cross between Ophelia and Cassandra.
  8. "Behind the Scenes". Cityofangel.com. Archived from the original on 2011-09-28. Retrieved 2011-10-31.
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  13. "'Buffy' Villain Comes to NoHo Stage". North Hollywood-toluca Lake, California Patch. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
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  15. "Two New Doctor Who Covers - News - Big Finish". Retrieved 27 October 2014.
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