The daughter of popular British comedian and actor Jasper Carrott, Lucy Davis made her acting debut in her school’s production of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. She went on to hone in on her craft with the Birmingham Youth Theater and in the 1990s, landed guest roles in such series as The Detectives, Blue Heaven and Casualty.
It was while she attended the Carlton TV Junior Workshop that Davis won the role of Maria Lucas on the BBC miniseries remake of Pride and Prejudice (1995), opposite Coin Firth, Jennifer Ehle, David Bamber and Julia Sawahla. Before long, she was hired to play Hayley Tucker on the long running BBC radio soap The Archers, a gig she held from 1995 to 2004. She went on to appear in the biopic film The Gambler (1997), starring Michael Gambon, and stared as Old Noshie in the children’s series The Belfry Witches two years later.
In 2001, Davis landed the regular role of the receptionist Dawn Tinsley on the popular British comedy series The Office, alongside Ricky Gervais, Martin Freeman, Mackenzie Crook, Ewen MacIntosh, Ben Bradshaw, Emma Louise Manton and Philip Pickard. After two seasons, the series was imported to the cable channel BBC America and went on to score success there. It became one of the few abroad comedies to find a dedicated U.S. viewer audience and received a Golden Globe in 2004 in the category of Best Comedy. While working on The Office, Davis also portrayed Susie on the TV film Come Together (2002), appeared as a maid in the dramatic film Nicholas Nickleby (also 2002), which was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, and guest starred in several shows, including Murder in Mind, Holby City and The Afternoon Play. In 2004, she took on the role of Dianne in Edgar Wright’s horror movie Shaun of the Dead (2004), which became a cult hit. The same year, she also had a small role in the British comedy Sex Lives of the Potato Men and provided the voice of Sundance the Pig for the TV film The Legend of the Tamworth Two.
After a supporting role alongside Rupert Graves, Malcolm McDowell and Jennifer Jason Leigh in the motion picture Rag Tale (2005), which screened at several film festivals, Davis headed to Los Angeles to further her career. Within a short time, she was cast in The TV Set (2006), with David Duchovny and Sigourney Weaver, and the Tim Hill directed sequel Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties (2006), in which she voiced Abby. She next appeared in two episodes of the TV series Ugly Betty (2006) and played a recurring role on the Aaron Sorkin created show Studio 60 On the Sunset Strip (2006-2007). Costars of the latter series included Matthew Perry, Amanda Peet, Bradley Whitford and Steven Weber. In 2007, she played Nora in an episode of Californication, starring David Duchovny. She also appeared in the romantic comedy Shades of Ray (2008), which was written and directed by Jaffar Mahmood, and as Janet in the comedy Bob Funk (2009), opposite Rachael Leigh Cook. Davis will soon be seen in writer Ryan A Levin’s upcoming Some Guy Who Kills People and as Evie in the horror film The Cellar.
Saturday, February 2nd, 8pm, The Eureka Theatre
Upright Citizens Brigade ASSSSCAT Improv
Saturday, February 2nd, 9:30pm, Marines’ Memorial Theatre