Julia Louis-Dreyfus earned worldwide acclaim and recognition for her portrayal of Elaine Benes in the hit NBC series "Seinfeld" and as Christine Campbell in the CBS hit comedy "The New Adventures of Old Christine." Between both shows combined, she has received two Emmy awards with twelve nominations, a Golden Globe award with three nominations, five Screen Actors Guild awards with eleven nominations and four American Comedy Awards with eight nominations.
Louis-Dreyfus will next be seen in the new HBO series, "Veep", which she is both starring in and producing. Directed by Armando Iannucci, the half-hour comedy centers on Selina Meyer, the new Vice President of the United States. The show will premiere in April of 2012.
At the end of January, Louis-Dreyfus will premiere her short, "Picture Paris," at the 2012 Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The short follows an ordinary suburban mom (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) whose son is leaving for college and compensates for her empty nest syndrome by carefully planning a life-changing trip to Paris. When her plans go hilariously awry, she finds herself wondering if the things we most desire -- passion, revenge, love and Paris itself are possible in our day to day lives The film also stars Cesar Award winner Eric Elmosnino and is written and directed by Brad Hall.
Her other television credits include multiple appearances on HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" which was co-created by Larry David of "Seinfeld," a recurring role on Matt Groening's "The Simpsons" on FOX, a recurring role in 2003 on Fox's critically acclaimed "Arrested Development," NBC's 2002 real-time sitcom "Watching Ellie," and the TNT animated film "Animal Farm" to which she lent her voice alongside Ian Holm, Kelsey Grammer and Patrick Stewart. Louis-Dreyfus first made her mark on television during a three-year stint (1982-1985) on "Saturday Night Live" opposite the likes of Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest and Eddie Murphy. She subsequently hosted the show twice, becoming the first female former cast member to return as host.
Feature film credits include co-starring in Pixar's animated hit "A Bug's Life;" Woody Allen's Academy-award winning "Hannah and Her Sisters"; Allen's "Deconstructing Harry"; Rob Reiner's "North;" Ivan Reitman's "Fathers' Day"; and "Jack the Bear".
Louis-Dreyfus is a committed and steadfast defender of the environment. She serves as a member on the leadership council for the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) as well as on the Board of Directors of Heal the Bay and on the Honorary Board of Heal the Ocean.
She studied theater at Northwestern University where she was also a recipient of a Doctor of Arts in 2007. During college, she was a member of The Practical Theater Company, and Chicago's famed Second-City comedy troupe.