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Lucy Lawless
Birthdate March 29, 1968
Birthplace Mount Albert, Auckland, New Zealand
Character Lucretia
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Lucy Lawless is the actress who plays Lucretia in Spartacus.

Early Life[]

Lucy Lawless was born Lucille Francis Ryan, on March 29, 1968.


Lawless is mainly known for her role as Thracian warrior Xena on the Rob Tapert - produced series Xena: Warrior Princess. She originally played the role on Hercules: The Legendary Journeys in 1995, and was acclaimed by fans despite being a villain. Seeing this, the producers altered their original plan to kill off Xena's character at the end of her three-episode run and launched a spin-off series which revolved around Xena seeking redemption for her past misdeeds by battling evildoers and which grew to match and even surpass The Legendary Journeys in popularity.

She also appeared in the TV series Battlestar Galactica and had a role in the movie Bedtime Stories with Adam Sandler. In 2011 she starred as Lucretia in the series and its prequel, Spartacus: Blood and Sand and Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, respectivly. She also appeared as Lucretia in Spartacus: Vengeance.

Lucy Lawless as Lucretia.

Personal Life[]

  • Lucy Lawless admits to being uncoordinated despite her physically active role as Xena and has been given the nickname "Unco" for "uncoordinated".
  • She has three children: Daisy, born 1989, Julius, born 1999, and Judah, born 2002.
  • She is 5'9" and her natural hair color is ash blonde.
  • She is a very vocal supporter of gay rights. It is speculated that this is related to Xena's relationship with her traveling companion Gabrielle (Reneé O'Connor), which a number of fans, including from the lesbian community, view as romantic. (The two do kiss in a Season 2 episode of the show.)


  • She worked with Manu Bennett a decade before Spartacus on an episode of Xena: Warrior Princess called "Antony and Cleopatra". Bennett plays Antony while Lawless' Xena steps in for Cleopatra after she is murdered and attempts to avert a Roman civil war that could engulf Egypt ahead of the Battle of Actium.
  • Her personal Xena costume currently resides in the National Museum of American History in New York after she donated it in 2006.

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