Laura Bailey | Biography

Quick Information

  • Full Name Laura Dawn Bailey
  • Occupation Actress, ADR Director
  • Nationality American
  • Birthplace Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S.
  • Birth Date May 28, 1981
  • Age 40 Years, 3 Months
Known For Voicing In Video Games 'Last Of Us Part II' and 'Kait Diaz in Gear 5'

Laura Bailey | Biography

ADR director of 'Gunslinger Girl'

While performing in one of the plays at the college productions, Bailey was noticed by voice actor Kent Williams, who invited her to audition for Funimation. Williams then had been working on Funimation’s anime Dragon Ball Z. Subsequently, Bailey began her voice career at the popular anime studio Funimation.

Laura Bailey is BAFTA Award-winning American voice actress. She is famous for her voice-overs in video games, including her award-winning performance as Abby Anderson in The Last Of Us Part II (2020) and Kait Diaz in Gear 5 (2019).

Who is Laura Bailey?

Voice actress Laura Bailey is an award-winning voice actress who has voiced hundreds of characters in English-version of video games, television series, and films. She is popular for her voice-overs in video game characters such as Kait Diaz in Gears 5, Lucina in Fire Emblem Awakening, Jaina Proudmoore in World of Warcraft, Chun Li in Street Fighter, Catwoman in Batman: The Telltale Series, and Abby Anderson in The Last Of Us Part II.

Some of her notable voice-overs in animated television series and films, includes, Maka Albarn in Soul Eater, Tohru Honda in Fruits Basket, Lust in Fullmetal Alchemist, Shin-Chan Nohara in Shin-Chan, Black Widow in Marvel’s Avenger Assemble, and Gwen Stacy in Spider-Man. 

Since 2021, Bailey has been caset on Critical Role, a weekly web series in which professional voice actors play Dungeons & Dragons, in which she played the role of Vex’ahlia and Jester Lavorre. 

Early Life and Education

Laura Bailey, in full, Laura Dawn Bailey, was born in Biloxi, Mississippi, the United States, on 28 May 1981. She got inspired to pursue an acting career after watching behind-the-scenes of teen drama television series Dawson’s Creek. Then, she studied at the acclaimed Quad C Theater program at the Collin County Community College in Plano, Texas. During her college years, she also performed in productions of Suburbia, Through a Glass Onion, and Don’t Rock the Jukebox


While performing in one of the plays at the college productions, Bailey was noticed by voice actor Kent Williams, who invited her to audition for Funimation. Williams then had been working on Funimation’s anime Dragon Ball Z. Subsequently, Bailey began her voice career at the popular anime studio Funimation.

Bailey debuted in the anime series Dragon Ball in 1986, voicing the character Sara/Chi-Chi which appeared in three episodes of the series. In 1991, she voiced Nanako in the English version of the famous anime Only Yesterday. Thenafter, she became a part of the anime series Dragon Ball Z. Her first major role in the series was Kid Trunks, which she portrayed with a raspy voice. In 1995, she voiced Keiko Yukimura in the short comedy anime Yu yu hakusho: eizo hakusho II. 

From 1999-2000, she voiced the starring character, Marlene Angel, in the adventure anime Blue Gender. In 2001, Bailey voiced the starring character, Tohru Honda, in the anime Fruits Basket. 

Later, she voiced Lust in Fullmetal Alchemist, Tokine Yukimura in Kekkaishi, and the title character Shin-Chan Nohara in the Funimation dub of Shin-Chan.

Bailey also lent her voice in Marvel’s Avenger Assemble as the voice of Black Widow, Spider-man as the voice of Gwen Stacy, Constantine: City of Demons as The Night Nurse, and many more. 

ADR Directing

After working with Funimation for about four years, Bailey also started ADR (Audio Dialogue Replacement) directing. She co-directed parts in the comedy anime Kodocha, in which she also voiced Sana KurataShe then worked on Blue Gender: The Warrior and some episodes of Case Closed. 

In 2003, Bailey landed her directing skills when she became the ADR director of Gunslinger Girl, her first major ADR directing project. She also voiced the character, Henrietta, in Gunslinger Girl. She later became a line producer for the Funimation dub of Shin-Chan, in which she also voiced the title character, Shin-Chan Nohara.

Voice Acting in Video Games

In addition to the animated television series and films, Bailey lent her voice in numerous video games. She first voiced in a video game in 1997 in Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers. Then she went on to lend voice in video games, including Rayne in the BloodRayne franchise, Kid Trunks/Gotenks in Dragon Ball Z, Kuina/Pepper in One Piece: Unlimited Adventure, Jaina Proudmoore in World of Warcraft, and Chun-Li in the Street Fighter series. She also voiced the character Nadine Ross in Uncharted series, Spartan Vale in Halo franchise, Fetch in Infamous series, Supergirl in Injustice 2, Catwoman in Batman: The Telltale Series, Fiona in Tales from the Borderlands, Kait Diaz in Gears of War 4 and 5, Lucina in Fire Emblem Awakening, and Serah Farron in Final Fantasy XIII & XIII-2

Her latest voice work for the video game characters includes Abby in The Last of Us: Part II, Clara-247 in Starfinder, Black Widow in Marvel’s Avengers, The Hunter in The Pathless, Dr. Mia Everett in Jurassic World Aftermath, and Kaine in NieR Replicant: ver.1.22474487139…

‘Critical Role’

In 2015, Bailey was cast as Vex’ahlia and Jester Lavorre in the web series Critical Role, a weekly live-streamed RPG game show where professional voice actors improvise, role-play and roll their way through the Dungeons & Dragons campaign. Bailey played Vex’ahlia, the Half-Elf Ranger, in the first campaign which aired from March 2015 to November 2017 post 115 episodes and 373 hours of gameplay. In its second campaign, she played Jester Lavorree, the Tiefling Cleric. The second campaign began in January 2018.

'The Last of Us Part II'

After over two decades of a career as a voice actor, Bailey landed the role of Abby Anderson in the video game The Last of Us Part II. In its original The Last of Us, she played some minor roles. The game debuted in 2020, but some vocal fans were upset by its content, including a new character Abby. 

As events unfolded, ABailey was harassed over her character as Abby. She even received death threats.

About her controversial portrayal of Abby, Bailey said, “I knew that I was going to get some hate. I didn’t anticipate the extent.”

She stated that playing the character in The Last of Us Part II was one of the most grueling roles she haddone, but also shared that it was one of the most gratifying experiences in her very prolonged and impressive career.

Awards and Recognitions

For her voice acting, Bailey has won several awards and has been nominated for many awards over the years. She has received 'Behind the Voice Actors Awards' multiple times. She won the ‘BTVA Voice Acting Award’ for ‘Voice Actress of the Year’ in 2017. That same year, she also won the ‘BTVA People’s Choice Voice Acting Award’ for ‘Voice Actress of the Year’ and for ‘Best Female Lead Vocal Performance in a Video Game’ for her voice of Seline Kyle/Catwoman in Batman: The Telltale Series (2016). She also received shared 'BTVA Awards.' In 2019, she won the ‘NAVGTR Award’ for ‘Supporting Performance in a Drama’ for her role in the video game Spider-Man (2018).

 For her role in The Last of Us Part II (2020), she won the ‘The Game Awards’ for ‘Best Performance’ in 2020 and ‘BAFTA Games Award’ for ‘Performer in a Leading Role’ in 2021. For the same role, she also received the ‘NAVGTR Award’ for ‘Outstanding Performance in a Drama - Lead’ shared with fellow voice actor Ashley Johnson in 2021.


After dating for several years, Bailey married her fellow voice actor, Travis Willingham on 25 September 2011. The pair together had a son, Ronin Willingham, who was born on June 28, 2018). They currently live in Los Angeles.

In 2007, Baily moved to Los Angeles. After a couple of years, she met her future husband, Willingham, after he auditioned for Dragon Ball Z at Funimation. At the time, she was already working there. Eventually, they started dating after three years, after coworking on some projects together, and finally tied the knot in 2018.

Did You know?

Previously, she had shared a room with voice actor and director Colleen Clinkenbeard while they were working at Funimation. 

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