Lea Michele Sarfati is an American actress, singer, and author, best known for her performance as Rachel Berry on the Fox television series Glee. Michele's portrayal of Rachel has received much critical praise, earning her two Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy in 2010 and 2011, and an Emmy Award nomination for Best Leading Actress in a Comedy Series in 2010. She has also received a Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy, a Screen Actors Guild Award and three consecutive People's Choice Awards for her performance. Michele began working professionally as a child actress on Broadway in productions such as Les Misérables, Ragtime, and Fiddler on the Roof. In 2006, she originated the lead role of Wendla in the Broadway musical Spring Awakening for which she received a Drama Desk Award nomination. In 2008, the Spring Awakening soundtrack, on which she was a featured solo artist, won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album.
Michele made her film debut in 2011 when she starred in the romantic comedy New Year's Eve, directed by Garry Marshall.