Billie Catherine Lourd is an American actress best known for her work in the ‘Star Wars’ film series. Born in Los Angeles, California, she is the only child of actress Carrie Fisher. She studied at New York University, where she studied psychology, before she began her film career. She gained popularity after appearing in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’, an epic space opera film, which is a part of the famous ‘Star Wars’ franchise. The film was a huge success, critically and commercially, and it introduced the young actress to a wider audience. She reprised her role in the film’s sequel ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’, which was released after two years. As an emerging actress, she is also exploring the world of television and has acted in a number of popular television shows. Lourd has appeared in two seasons of the TV series ‘American Horror Story,’ both of which have been praised by the critics.
Billie Lourd began her acting career in 2015 by bagging a role in the space opera film ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’. Directed by JJ Abrams, the film was a part of the famous ‘Star Wars’ franchise. The film also starred actors such as Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver and Daisy Ridley. Lourd earned much popularity for her role of Lieutenant Kaydel Ko Connix. Made on a budget of around $300 million, the film was a huge success, earning over $2 billion. It received critical appreciation as well.
In 2015, she also appeared in the comedy horror TV series ‘Scream Queens’, in a supporting role. It started airing in September. The series starred actors such as Emma Roberts, Skyler Samuels, Lea Michele, Glen Powell and Diego Boneta. The story revolved around a sorority which gets plagued by a serial killer. Reviews were mostly mixed, and the show was cancelled after two seasons.
In 2017, she appeared in her next film ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’, where she reprised the role of Lieutenant Kaydel Ko Connix. The film was a commercial success, earning over $1 billion, on a budget of around $250 million. It was praised by the critics as well. Directed by Rian Johnson, the film starred actors like Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver.
She next had a main role in ‘American Horror Story: Cult’ (2017), the seventh season of the American anthology TV series ‘American Horror Story’. The story takes place in a fictional suburb named Brookfield Heights in Michigan. It is about a cult terrorizing the residents after the 2016 US presidential election. The show received favorable reviews and won multiple awards. In 2018, she had a role in the eighth season of American Horror Story: ‘American Horror Story: Apocalypse’. Like the previous season, it also earned positive reviews and multiple awards.
In 2018, she played a supporting role in the biographical crime drama ‘Billionaire Boys Club’. Directed by James Cox, the film starred actors such as Ansel Elgort, Taron Egerton, Kevin Spacey and Emma Roberts. It was based on the Billionaire Boys Club in Southern California in the 1980s. The plot follows a group of rich teenagers who get involved in a Ponzi scheme, leading to a murder. The film was a commercial disaster and the reviews were negative as well.
In 2019, she had a supporting role in the comedy film ‘Booksmart’. It was directed by Olivia Wilde. The film was a commercial and critical success. She is now set to appear in ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’.
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Family & Personal Life
Billie Lourd was born on July 17, 1992, in Los Angeles, California. She is the only child of talent agent Bryan Lourd and actress Carrie Fisher. Not much is known regarding her early life. Before becoming an actress, she studied psychology at New York University and graduated in 2014. She is dating Austen Rydell.