Lauren Marie Socha (born 9 June 1990) is an English actress. She rose to prominence during her role as Kelly Bailey in the E4 comedy-drama television series Misfits, for which she won a BAFTA TV Award in the Best Supporting Actress category. She is also known for her role in the Channel 4 television film The Unloved.
Lauren Socha in 2011
Lauren Marie Socha
9 June 1990
|Known for||Comedy-drama television series Misfits|
|Relatives||Michael Socha (brother)|
Socha was born in Derby, Derbyshire to Robert and Kathleen (née Lyons) Socha. Her mother is English and her father was British of Polish/Italian parents. She has an older brother, Michael Socha, also an actor. She attended St. George's RC Primary School, Burton College and St. Benedict's Catholic School and Performing Arts College, Derby. She trained at the Central Junior Television Workshop based in Nottingham.
Socha was first recognised by agents and casting directors when she attended a local drama workshop, having been inspired by her older brother. This led to her being cast as the lead in the Arctic Monkeys' video for their 2006 single "When the Sun Goes Down" at the age of 15.
In 2009 Socha went on to star in Samantha Morton's directorial debut The Unloved in which she played a sixteen-year-old girl in a care home. She was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress for her role. A week later she auditioned for the role of Kelly Bailey in British comedy-drama Misfits and got the part.
In May 2011 she won a BAFTA in the Best Supporting Actress category for her role of Kelly in Misfits. Socha was nominated for Outstanding Actress in the fiction category at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival in 2011. She later appeared in the short The Child, playing a version of Marilyn Monroe. She also took part in the BBC learning project "Off By Heart Shakespeare" where she played Juliet from Romeo and Juliet, performing the speech: "Blistered be thy tongue".
She also appeared in five episodes of Catastrophe as the babysitter.
Socha resides in Derby. She has three tattoos: three stars on her neck, a bow on her back and her initials with a star on her wrist, which her parents allowed her to have done. Her brother, Michael Socha, is also an actor.
On 23 January 2012, it was reported that Socha had been charged with racially aggravated assault in connection with an incident involving a Derby taxi driver, Sakandar Iqbal, the previous October. Iqbal stated that "She called me a Paki, a dirty bastard, and said, 'You're Asian, fuck off back to where you came from'. She said, 'Do you know who I am? I'll have your family lifted'." On 2 May 2012, Socha pleaded guilty to the charge, and was sentenced to four months in prison, suspended for 12 months, shortly after her release from prison she upheld her views on immigration and stated via Twitter "Im EDL and if you don't like it I don't care" and "Minorities should adapt or go back home", she has also posted admiration for Nick Griffin the leader of the BNP.
|2009||The Unloved||Lauren||TV film|
Nominated—BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
|2011||The Child||Marilyn Monroe||Short|
|2017||Fanged Up||Ms Renfield||Feature Film|
|2017||Strangeways Here We Come||Film|
|2009–11||Misfits||Kelly Bailey||Main cast: Series 1-3|
BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
|2010||Five Daughters||Dawn||Three episodes|
|2010||71 Degrees North||Herself|
|2017||The Other One||Catherine "Cat" Walcott|
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- ""Reenie-Rae Rainsford was born 18/4/2016 at 3.14pm, weighing 6lbs 13oz. We're all great - thank you all so much for the support!! Xxx"". Twitter. 19 April 2016. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
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