Suzanne Cryer is an American actress, who has garnered fame for portraying Ashley on the ABC sitcom ‘Two Guys and a Girl’ and Laurie Bream in the HBO original series ‘Silicon Valley’. The New York native earned a degree in English literature from the ‘Yale University’ before enrolling at the ‘Yale School of Drama’ for a master’s. During this period, she portrayed various characters in a number of productions at the ‘Utah Shakespeare Festival’. After beginning her acting career on stage, she made her screen debut in an episode of NBC’s police procedural drama ‘Law & Order’ in 1992. In the same year, she also made her big screen debut in the drama film ‘Vaudeville’. However, she had to wait until 1998 for her breakthrough role as Ashley Walker on the ABC sitcom ‘Two Guys and a Girl’. Since then, she has appeared in films like ‘Sex and the City’, ‘Get the Gringo’, and ‘The Cloverfield Paradox’. Between 2013 and 2018, she portrayed Jenna Paul on the family drama television show ‘The Fosters’. Cryer joined the cast of ‘Silicon Valley’ in its second season and has since established Laurie Bream as one of the most memorable supporting characters of the series.
Suzanne Cryer started her acting career on stage. While attending the ‘Yale School of Drama’, she devoted a summer to acting at the ‘Utah Shakespeare Festival’ and portrayed important characters like Rosalind in ‘As You Like It’ and Anne in ‘Richard III’. After completing her education, she performed in Hartford Stage’s production of ‘The Rivals’ and Baltimore Center Stage’s production of ‘Don Juan’. In 1992, she made her TV debut in a season three episode of NBC’s ‘Law & Order’. Her first cinematic appearance was in the drama film ‘Vaudeville’ in 1992. Cryer subsequently appeared in the 1994 short film ‘Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade’.
She garnered widespread critical acclaim for her outing in the West-Coast premiere of ‘Arcadia’ at the Mark Taper Forum. She also performed as Josie in ‘Neil Simon's ‘Proposals’, which was first staged at the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles and then travelled across the country before reaching Broadway at the Broadhurst Theater. Between 1995 and 1998, she guest-starred in several TV shows, including ‘New York News’, ‘Lifestories: Families in Crisis’, ‘Caroline in the City’, ‘Seinfeld’, ‘Union Square’, ‘Cosby’, and ‘Conrad Bloom’. Barry Levinson’s 1997 comedy-drama ‘Wag the Dog’ was the second film of her career. In it, she got the chance to work with the likes of Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro, and Anne Heche. Cryer was then cast as Katherine Devereaux in the 1998 comedy drama ‘Wilbur Falls’. That year, she also appeared in the short film ‘My Mother Dreams the Satan's Disciples in New York’ and shared screen space with Stephen Baldwin, Danny Nucci, and George Newbern in ‘Friends & Lovers’.
Cryer joined the cast of the ABC sitcom ‘Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place’ in its second season in 1998. She essayed the role of Ashley Walker, who becomes acquainted with Michael "Berg" Bergen (Ryan Reynolds) at medical school. They briefly date before parting ways. Her character later starts a relationship with Berg’s friend Peter “Pete” Dunville (Richard Ruccolo) and gets pregnant with his child. She continued to play her role until the conclusion of ‘Two Guys and a Girl’ in 2001. Between 1999 and 2001, she played the recurring role of Kate the anchor woman on the ABC sitcom ‘It's Like, You Know...’. She also had a recurring role on the NBC sitcom ‘Frasier’ between 2002 and 2003. In 2008, Cryer appeared in ‘Sex and the City’, the cinematic sequel to the popular HBO series of the same name (1998-04). That year, she also played Jolie Driver in four episodes of USA Network’s short-lived series ‘The Starter Wife’.
Cryer was cast as Tarla Grant, one of the victims of the Trinity Killer, in two episodes of Showtime’s crime mystery drama series ‘Dexter’. She then played a driver’s wife in Adrian Grunberg’s action drama ‘Get the Gringo’. In 2016, she starred in ‘10 Cloverfield Lane’, the second instalment in the popular Cloverfield franchise. It received mostly positive reviews and was also very successful commercially, grossing $110.2 million against the budget of $13-15 million. In 2018, she returned to the franchise to play a small role in ‘The Cloverfield Paradox’.
From 2013 to 2018, she played the recurring role of Jenna Paul in Freeform’s drama series ‘The Fosters’. Cryer began portraying Laurie Bream in the second season of ‘Silicon Valley’ in 2015 and continues to do so. Introduced as the new CEO of the Raviga Capital, Bream is a highly intelligent but socially inept character, just like her predecessor Peter Gregory (Christopher Evan Welch). In 2018, she starred in the indie drama film ‘Regarding the Case of Joan of Arc’.
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Family & Personal Life
Suzanne Rossell Cryer was born on January 13, 1967, in Rochester, New York, USA, to Dick and Libby Cryer. Suzanne has a sister. After graduating from ‘Greenwich High School’ in Greenwich, Connecticut in 1984, Cryer earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the ‘Yale University’. She then attended the ‘Yale School of Drama’, from where she eventually received a master’s degree.
In 2000, Cryer exchanged wedding vows with Gregory Luke. They have three children together, including two sons and a daughter. Their oldest son’s name is Charles.