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Lana Parrilla is an American actress best known for her role Teresa Ortiz on the NBC crime drama Boomtown and for her role Regina Mills on the ABC supernatural drama Once Upon a Time.


Lana Parrilla was born on July 15, 1977 in Brooklyn, New York to an Italian mother. Her father Sam Parrilla worked as a professional baseball player in the 70's. Lana made her acting TV debut in 1999 on the TV series All Grown Up.


2000 - 2005

In 2000 Lana was cast as a recurring character on the ABC comedy sitcom Spin City as Angie Ordonez an assistant working at the New York mayor office. Lana in 2002 was cast as a main character on the NBC crime drama Boomtown as Teresa Ortiz a paramedic joining the police force. In 2005 Lana was cast as a recurring character on the Fox action drama 24 as Sarah Gavin an ambitions CTU analyst framed as a spy.


2006 - 2010

Lana in 2006 was cast as a main character on the NBC drama Windfall, the series revolve around a group of people in a small town who wins the lottery of 400 million dollars. In 2008 Lana was a main character on the CBS drama Swingtown as Nina Schaefer a mature wife interested in recruiting her new neighbours in her swinging lifestyle. Lana in 2010 was a main character on the CBS medical drama Miami Medical as Eva Zambrano a doctor who denied the position of Chief of Trauma when its unexpectedly given to her new boss Dr Proctor.


2011 - 2015

In 2011 Lana was cast as a main character on the ABC supernatural series Once Upon a Time as Regina Mills an evil queen responsible for imprisoning people from fairyland into the modern world with a dark curse.



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1999 Grown Ups as Waitress

2000-2001 Spin City as Angie Ordonez

2002 JAG as Lt Stephanie Donato

2002 The Shield as Sedona Tellez

2002-2003 Boomtown as Teresa Ortiz

2004 NYPD Blue as Janet Grafton

2004 Six Feet Under as Maile

2005 24 as Sarah Gavin

2006 Windfall as Nina Schaefer

2007 Lost as Greta

2008 Swingtown as Trina Decker

2010 Covert Affairs as Julia Suarez

2010 Medium as Lydia Halstrom

2010 Miami Medical as Dr Eva Zambrano

2010 The Defenders as Betty

2011 Chase as Isabella

2011 Once Upon a Time as Evil Queen / Mayor Regin

2000 Spiders as Marci Eyre

2000 Very Mean Men as Teresa

2001 Replicant as Marci

2003 Frozen Stars as Lisa Vasquez

2005 One Last Ride as Antoinette

2008 The Double Life of Eleanor Kendall as Nellie