Lauren Vélez

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Lauren Vélez
Birth name Luna Lauren Vélez
Born November 2, 1964 in Brooklyn, New York, USA
Sometimes credited as Lauren Velez,
Lauren Luna Vélez
Notable Roles Dr. Gloria Nathan in Oz
Lt. Maria LaGuerta in Dexter
Notable Episodes
Awards 2 ALMA Awards
1 NAMIC Vision Award
1 NCLR Bravo Award
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Contents

Biography

Roles

Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
New York Undercover Nina Moreno 1995–1998 2 3 4
Oz Gloria Nathan 1997–2003 1 2 3 4 5 6
Dexter Maria LaGuerta 2006–2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
The Cosby Mysteries Claudine Palmeri 1x14 - The Hit Parade March 8, 1995
New York Undercover Lourdes 1x22 - Olde Thyme Religion April 6, 1996
Strange World Detective Arias 1x03 - Azrael's Breed March 16, 1999
Law & Order Ms. Torres 10x06 - Marathon November 17, 1999
The Pretender Emily Sadler 4x10 - Spin Doctor (1) February 5, 2000
Profiler Emily Sadler 4x10 - Clean Sweep (2) February 5, 2000
Dragnet Det. Denise Beltran 1x09 - Redemption April 6, 2003
Dragnet Det. Denise Beltran 1x11 - For Whom the Whistle Blows April 23, 2003
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Attorney Shamal 5x16 - Home February 17, 2004
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Attorney Shamal 6x03 - Obscene October 12, 2004
Strong Medicine Dr. Vanessa Burke 5x20 - First Response January 16, 2005
Wanted Faye Templeton 1x12 - The Last Temptation December 19, 2005
Medium Elena Cabrera 2x19 - Knowing Her April 24, 2006
NUMB3RS Claudia Gomez 2x23 - Undercurrents May 12, 2006
NUMB3RS Claudia Gomez 3x08 - Hardball November 10, 2006
NUMB3RS Claudia Gomez 3x16 - Contenders February 16, 2007
Elementary
(credited as Luna Velez)
Zoe Mercado 4x20 - Art Imitates Art April 10, 2016

Specials and Made-for-TV Movies

Title Role Airdate Series/Banner
Thicker Than Blood Camilla Lopez May 31, 1998
Love and Treason Agent Susan Mestre March 7, 2001

Talk, News and Game Show Appearances

Memorable Moments

Awards and Accolades

ALMA Awards

(2 Wins in 12 Nominations)

  • Won: Outstanding Actress in a Television Series (2001)
Oz
  • Won: Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series (2009)
Dexter

NAACP Image Awards

(2 Nominations)

  • Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (1997, 1998)
New York Undercover

NAMIC Vision Awards

  • Won: Best Actress - Drama (2007)
Dexter

NCLR Bravo Awards

(1 Win in 2 Nominations)

  • Won: Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series (1996)
New York Undercover