Laura Bailey is a voice actress from the United States. She made her anime debut as Kid Trunks in the Funimation dub of Dragon Ball Z when she was 18 years old.

Emily / Glitter Lucky in Glitter Force, Tohru Honda in Fruits Basket, Lust in Fullmetal Alchemist and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Shin-title Chan’s character in the Funimation dub, and Maka Albarn in Soul Eater are among her other anime roles. She portrays Vex’ahlia (“Vex”), Jester Lavorre, and Imogen Temult in the web series Critical Role.

Bailey has voiced Rayne in the BloodRayne series, Jaina Proudmoore in World of Warcraft, Rise Kujikawa in Persona 4, the Female Protagonist in Persona 3 Portable, and other characters in video games. Serah Farron in Final Fantasy XIII, the title role in Catherine, Serana in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Dawnguard, and Chun-Li in Street Fighter Mass Effect 3’s Oriana Lawson Lucina is a character in Fire Emblem: Awakening. Infamous Second Son and First Light’s Abigail “Fetch” Walker, Tales from the Borderlands’ Fiona, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and The Lost Legacy’s Nadine Ross, and Gears of War’s Kait Diaz. She earned the BAFTA Award for Best Performer in a Leading Role and Best Performance at The Game Awards in 2020 for her role as Abby Anderson in the video game The Last of Us Part II.

Laura Bailey

Laura Bailey

Laura Bailey Biography

Born
Mississippi, U.S.
Other names Elle Deets
Education Collin County Community College
Occupation Voice actress
Years active 1999–present
Spouse(s)
Travis Willingham

(m. 2011)​

Children 1
Website laurabaileyvo.com

Bailey has played Catwoman in Batman: The Telltale Series, Supergirl in Injustice 2, Mary Jane Watson in Spider-Man, and Black Widow in a number of Marvel productions, including the TV show Avengers Assemble and the upcoming video game Avengers 2020.

Bailey is a Mississippi native. Jenny, her older sister, is her only sibling. Because her father was in the Air Force, the family had to move around a lot. Before Bailey was six years old, they resided in Oklahoma before moving to San Antonio, Texas, and subsequently around North Texas.

They eventually made their home in Allen, Texas, a Dallas suburb. She dabbled in acting and appeared in school productions, but she aspired to be a biologist. She didn’t think she could earn a living as an actress until she saw a behind-the-scenes special of Dawson’s Creek in which Katie Holmes was interviewed. She studied drama at Collin County Community College in Plano, Texas, where she performed in productions of Suburbia, Through a Glass Onion, and Don’t Rock the Jukebox, among others.

While working at Funimation, Bailey shared a room with voice actor Colleen Clinkenbeard.

Bailey married voice actor Travis Willingham on September 25, 2011. They had dated briefly when they were younger and later reconnected. They reside in the city of Los Angeles. Ronin, their son, was born in 2018.

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Early years

He was born in the state of Mississippi. Jenny is the name of the older sister she has. Because her dad was in the Air Force, the family moved around a lot. Before Bailey turned six, they lived in Oklahoma, then moved to San Antonio, Texas, and then moved around North Texas. In the end, they moved to Allen, Texas, which is near Dallas. She liked acting a little bit and took part in school plays, but she wanted to be a biologist. She didn’t know she could make a living by acting until she saw an interview with Katie Holmes on a behind-the-scenes special for Dawson’s Creek. She took part in productions of the plays Suburbia, Through a Glass Onion, and Don’t Rock the Jukebox while she was in the theater program at Collin County Community College in Plano, Texas.

Laura Bailey

Laura Bailey

Career

Bailey was in one of her college plays when voice actor Kent Williams saw her and asked her to try out for Funimation while they were making Dragon Ball Z. Kid Trunks was her first major role on Dragon Ball Z. She gave him a raspy voice. She did the voice of the main character, Marlene Angel, in Blue Gender, which was Funimation’s first project outside of the Dragon Ball universe. She also did the voice of Keiko Yukimura in Yu Yu Hakusho, which ran on Cartoon Network.

In the anime Fruits Basket, Bailey was chosen to play the lead role of Tohru Honda. She said that Tohru’s character has helped her be more positive. “I was so inspired by her character by her joy and outlook on life that, you know, you want to be like that,” she said. She later gave voice to Lust, one of the bad guys in Fullmetal Alchemist, and Sana Kurata, one of the good guys in Kodocha.

Before she became an ADR director, Bailey had been working for Funimation for about four years. She worked on Blue Gender: The Warrior and on some episodes of Case Closed. Gunslinger Girl, in which she also did the voice of Henrietta, was her first big ADR project as a director. She helped direct parts of Kodocha as well. She became a line producer for the Funimation dub of Shin-Chan and also did the voice of the main character.

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Bailey has done the voice of Rayne in the BloodRayne series, Jaina Proudmoore in World of Warcraft, Rise Kujikawa in Persona 4, and the Female Protagonist in Persona 3 Portable. In Street Fighter, she was Chun-Li. In Final Fantasy XIII, she was Serah Farron. In Sonic the Hedgehog, she was Blaze the Cat. In Catherine, she was Catherine. In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim—Dawnguard DLC, Serana, In the Fire Emblem game Awakening, Lucina, Abigail “Fetch” Walker in Infamous Second Son and First Light, Fiona in Tales from the Borderlands, Spartan Olympia Vale in Halo 5: Guardians, Nadine Ross in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and The Lost Legacy, Kait Diaz in Gears of War.

Bailey played Abby Anderson in the video game The Last of Us Part II in 2020. This role won her the BAFTA Award for Best Performer in a Leading Role and the Best Performance award at The Game Awards 2020. She also got death threats online, which made people angry. At the Crunchyroll Anime Awards in 2022, Bailey was up for Best VA Performance (EN).

Bailey has done voice-over work, but she has also been in several live-action shows. In the 2001 episode of Walker, Texas Ranger called “Saturday Night,” she had a small part as the daughter of a club owner (Frank Stallone Jr.) who had ties to the Mafia. Later, she had a short part in a Texas-filmed episode of One Tree Hill called “It gets worse at night.” She has been in the movies Mr. Brooks, Ruffian, and The Staircase Murders.

Bailey also played Vex’ahlia (“Vex”) in Campaign One, Jester Lavorre in Campaign Two, and Imogen Temult in Campaign Three of the popular Dungeons & Dragons web series Critical Role (Campaign three.). At the 2019 Webby Awards, Critical Role won both the Webby and the People’s Voice Award in the “Games (Video Series & Channels)” category. At the 2019 Shorty Awards, the show was both a Finalist and the Audience Honor Winner. After Critical Role became a huge hit, the cast left the Geek & Sundry network and started their own production company, Critical Role Productions, in early 2019. Soon after, they wanted to raise $750,000 on Kickstarter to turn their first campaign into an animated series, but they ended up getting over $11 million. Amazon Prime Video announced in November 2019 that they had bought the streaming rights to this animated series, which is now called The Legend of Vox Machina. Bailey is back as Vex. Bailey is also one of the people who read the book Critical Role: Vox Machina – Kith & Kin in the audiobook version (2021).

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