Julia Scarlett Elizabeth Louis-Dreyfus is an American actress, comedian and producer, known for her television work on Seinfeld, The New Adventures of Old Christine, and her current series Veep.
Louis-Dreyfus broke into comedy as a performer in The Practical Theatre Company in Chicago, which led her to casting in the famed sketch show Saturday Night Live from 1982 to 1985. Her breakthrough however came in 1989 with the character of Elaine Benes on Seinfeld, which became one of the most critically and commercially successful sitcoms of all time. In 2002 she and her husband Brad Hall developed the series Watching Ellie, which lasted two seasons. In 2006, she played Christine Campbell in The New Adventures of Old Christine for a five-season run on CBS. In 2012, she began playing Selina Meyer in Veep, which has recently been renewed for a third season on HBO.
Film appearances have included Hannah and Her Sisters, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Deconstructing Harry, Fathers' Day and Enough Said, with voice roles in several animated films including A Bug's Life and Planes.
Throughout her career, Louis-Dreyfus has received four Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe Award and five Screen Actors Guild Awards. She is the only woman who has won the Emmy three times for three separate comedy series and has been credited as one of the most nominated comedic actress in Emmy Award history with a total of fourteen nominations, surpassing the record long-held by Lucille Ball. She also received nominations for producing the first two seasons of Veep, taking her total Emmy tally to sixteen nominations.