From her introduction to television as Lisa E on MTV’s “Awake on the Wild Side” to her role as Dr. Lisa Cuddy on the hit Fox medical drama “House,” Lisa Edelstein’s diversity of roles runs as deep as her innate talent. Executive produced by Bryan Singer and created by David Shore, “House” is the most watched show in the world and garnered Edelstein the People’s Choice Award for “Favorite TV Actress.” She has since transitioned into a memorable arc on the CBS drama “The Good Wife.”
No stranger to fearless roles, Edelstein has portrayed Rob Lowe’s call-girl lover on “The West Wing,” the transsexual boyfriend of James Le Gros on “Ally McBeal,” David Conrad’s lesbian sister on “Relativity” and an Orthodox Jew losing custody of her child on “Family Law.” Edelstein was again tapped by David E. Kelley, this time to play James Spader’s love interest on “The Practice.”
Additional television credits include her series regular role on “Leap of Faith” and guest turns on shows such as “Seinfeld,” “Without a Trace,” “Frasier,” “Felicity” and “ER.” Edelstein also works extensively in the realm of voiceover, most recently as Mercy Graves on the animated “Superman” and “Justice League” series, as well as guest spots on “American Dad” and “King of the Hill.”
In feature films, Edelstein is best known as Ben Stiller’s aerobics-obsessed date in “Keeping the Faith,” directed by Edward Norton. Additional credits include “What Women Want,” “Daddy Day Care,” “As Good As It Gets,” “Say Uncle,” “Grilled” and “Fathers and Sons.”
After honing her craft at the prestigious NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Edelstein performed in numerous off- and off-off-Broadway productions, including the AIDS-related musical “Positive Me,” which she authored, composed and performed.
Edelstein currently resides in Los Angeles with her rescue dogs and volunteers her time working for charity organizations such as Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, Save the Children and Planned Parenthood. She is also starting to work with AmFAR regarding AIDS awareness around the world.