Born in the Bronx, N.Y. in 1986, Lea Michele was raised in Tenafly, New Jersey and attended Tenafly High School.
Michele began her career as a child actor in the 90's, making her stage debut in Broadway's famed Les Miserables at age 8. The young talent originated the Broadway role of Wendla in Spring Awakening, and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Leading Actress in a Musical for her work.
The actress now stars in the ensemble Fox song-and-dance series Glee, where she plays Rachel Berry, the perfectionist star of her high school glee club. She splits her time between Los Angeles and New York.