Laurel Holloman

Laurel Lisa Holloman[1] (born May 23, 1971) is an American painter and actress. She is best known for playing Tina Kennard in The L Word.[2]

Laurel Holloman
Laurel Lisa Holloman

(1971-05-23) May 23, 1971 (age 49)
Alma materUniversity of North Carolina
OccupationPainter, actress
Years active1994–present
Paul Macherey
(m. 2002; div. 2012)

Early lifeEdit

Holloman is the youngest child in her family. She has two older brothers. She attended the University of North Carolina where she graduated with a degree in Performance Communication. She appeared in numerous theater productions in Chapel Hill and Raleigh, North Carolina, as well as in Chicago and London. She studied painting and sculpting at UCLA and at The San Francisco Art Institute.[3]



After graduating from UNC, Holloman moved to Chicago to work with the Piven Theatre Workshop. She studied with John Lynn in Los Angeles, and was cast in David Orr's independent feature Blossom Time. She moved to New York City in early 1994 and appeared in stage productions such as Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie, Carson McCullers' The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter at the Theatre for the New City. Holloman also performed off-Broadway in Julia Jordan's Night Swim at Playwright's Horizons.

In 1995, Holloman began her film career with her role as Randy Dean in The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love. She worked steadily in a variety of mostly independent film roles, such as The Myth of Fingerprints, Boogie Nights and Tumbleweeds.[4]

In 2005, Holloman appeared in Showtime's show The L Word as Tina Kennard. For this role, she was presented with a Golden Satellite Award in 2005 as Best Actress in a Drama series.[5] Though she retired from acting to pursue a career in painting, she briefly returned to reprise the role in two episodes of the series' follow-up, The L Word: Generation Q.


After her acting career, Holloman spent her time in painting in Los Angeles. Her paintings were influenced by Mark Rothko, with vibrant use of color and large scale pieces, as well as elements of three dimensional effect. Although mostly abstract, Holloman's paintings betray a distinctly literary spirituality. She received favorable reviews for Free Falling,[6] which was held at the Ateneo Veneto in Venice, Italy. Art critic Lea Mattarella reviewed Holloman's works in La Repubblica: "Holloman's paintings take us elsewhere, and at the end of the day, this is what art is all about".

Holloman's painting, "Swell", was chosen to be part of the group show entitled "Nell' Acqua Capisco" at the Venice Biennale, 2013. She won 1st Place in Discipline Painting at the 2014 Contemporary Art Biennale of Argentina.[7] Holloman had two entries in the 2015 Florence Biennale and won a prize for "Into the Woods". In November 2015 she had a solo show at the Menier Gallery in London titled "The Innocents". Holloman's first solo museum show entitled "Everglow" was held in Amstelveen, Netherlands from July 2016 through August 2016 in the Museum Jan Van der Togt.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

Holloman married architect Paul Macherey on July 13, 2002. They have a daughter, Lola Reiko Macherey. They adopted a second daughter, Nala Belle (meaning 'beautiful gift'). In 2011, Holloman filed for divorce, which was finalized on June 18, 2012.[9]


Solo ExhibitionsEdit


  • Fertile Ground, Bankside Gallery, London[10]


  • Everglow, Museum Jan van der Togt, Amstelveen[11]


  • The Innocents, Mernier Gallery, London


  • The Fifth Element, Galerie Joseph, Paris



  • Free Falling, Ateneo of Venice, Venice[18]
  • Coeur Libre, Pantheon Town Hall, Paris.[19]



Year Title Role Notes
1995 The Price of Love Roxanne Television film
1995 The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love Randy Dean
1996 Blossom Time Francis Bodean
1996 Dalva Karen Television film
1997 Boogie Nights Sheryl Lynn
1997 The Myth of Fingerprints Leigh
1997 Dying to Belong Shannon Television film
1997 Prefontaine Elaine Finley
1997 The Clearing N/A Short film
1997 The First to Go Carrie
1998 Stamp and Deliver N/A
1999 Cherry Evy Sweet
1999 Chapter Zero Jane
1999 Loving Jezebel Samantha
1999 Tumbleweeds Lauri
1999 Loser Love Lily Delacroix
1999 Tide Lilly Short film
1999 Lush Ashley 'Ash' Van Dyke
2000 Committed Adelle
2001 Morning Shelly
2001 Popcorn Shrimp Cop #1 Short film
2001 Last Ball Cathy
2001 The Rising Place Emily Hodge
2001 Liberty, Maine N/A
2002 Alone Charlotte


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Cracker: Mind Over Murder Carol Episode: "True Romance: Part 1"
2001 That's Life Karen Matlin 3 episodes
2001–2002 Angel Justine Cooper 8 episodes
2003 Without a Trace Joan Wilson Episode: "Underground Railroad"
2004–2009 The L Word Tina Kennard 70 episodes
Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama
2009 Castle Sandy Allen Episode: "Deep in Death"
2010 Gigantic RaeAnne Colvin 4 episodes
2020 The L Word: Generation Q Tina Kennard 2 episodes


  1. ^ Shelley, Rachel (11 April 2011). "Laurel Holloman speaks to Rachel Shelley about her creative career change". DIVA Magazine Lesbian Arts & Entertainment. Archived from the original on 23 January 2012.
  2. ^ Jackson, Danielle (July 11, 2017). "Will Laurel Holloman Return For 'The L Word' Sequel? It's Very Possible". Bustle. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
  3. ^ "Laurel Holloman - Exhibition at Museum Jan van der Togt in Amstelveen". ArtRabbit. Retrieved 2017-09-20.
  4. ^ Mermelstein, David (1997-09-14). "UP AND COMING: Laurel Holloman; Choosing Roles She Really Craves". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-09-20.
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  6. ^ "Laurel Holloman -- TGR Italian News: 'Free Falling' Art Exhibit". 12 July 2012.
  7. ^ "2014 Awards Art Biennial." Bienal Internacional De Arte Contemporaneo De Argentian. N.p., 7 Nov. 2014. Web. 11 Aug. 2015. <>.
  8. ^ "Exhibitions |". Retrieved 2016-08-17.
  9. ^ "'L Word' Star Laurel Holloman -- Boy-Girl Divorce FINAL".
  10. ^ "Laurel Holloman: Fertile Ground".
  11. ^ "Museum Jan van der Togt Laurel Holloman solo show". Museum Jan van der Togt Laurel Holloman solo show Hatchfund. Retrieved 2017-09-20.
  12. ^ "Laurel Holloman's New Abstract Art Show Lands In Berlin". Digital Journal. 22 April 2013.
  13. ^ http://www.welt.die_welt/article116075460/Laurel-Holloman.html[permanent dead link]
  14. ^ 8 May 2013 "Innere Landschaften"
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  16. ^ 55 Biennale di Venezia Exhibition Catalogue; "Swell" by Laurel Holloman published at page 245.
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  18. ^ "Laurel Holloman. Free falling". Agenda Venezia. 10 August 2012.
  19. ^ "Laurel Holloman de "the L word" expose "coeur libre" à Paris". Glose. 17 April 2012.

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