Lea Thompson is perhaps best known for her role as the various incarnations of Lorraine McFly in Back to the Future I, II, and III; as the star of Caroline in the City; and as Kathryn Kennish in Switched at Birth. Thompson’s more than 30 films include Some Kind of Wonderful, All the Right Moves, The Beverly Hillbillies, Space Camp, Dennis the Menace, Article 99, Red Dawn, The Little Rascals, The Wild Life, The Unknown Cyclist (acting and vocals), Exit Speed, Splinterheads, Mayor Cupcake (star and producer), the now infamous Howard The Duck (star and vocals), Thin Ice, The Trouble with the Truth (star and producer), J. Edgar, Ping Pong Summer, Left Behind, The Dog Lover, Literally Right Before Aaron, and many more, most recently Sierra Burgess is a Loser.
Lea’s more than 25 television movies include The Substitute Wife, Stolen Babies, The Right to Remain Silent, The Unspoken Truth, Nightbreaker, the NBC miniseries A Will of Their Own, Stealing Christmas, The Debbie Smith Story, The Cabin, Call Me Crazy: A Five Film, and My Mother’s Future Husband to name a few. TV guest spots include Friends, The Larry Sanders Show, Tales from the Crypt, Ed, Greek, Law and Order: SVU, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The Muppets, Scorpion, and of course … Leno, Letterman, many talk shows. Television series include Freeform’s (formerly ABC Family) Peabody Award-winning hit show, currently airing their 5th season, Switched at Birth (actor and director); Hallmark’s Mystery Movies series Jane Doe (star and director); NBC’s Caroline in the City (star and producer); Lifetime’s For the People; Disney’s animated series Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero. Lea got to dance on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars: 19th Season, making it through the ninth week of competition!
As a director, she has directed several films for Hallmark as part of the Jane Doe film series. She directed The Goldbergs and is currently in post-production directing/acting in a film written by Madelyn Deutch, The Year of Spectacular Men.
Thompson’s theatre works include over 20 ballets, The Little Mermaid, Bus Stop, The Illusion, Vagina Monologues, I Love My Wife, Caroline in Jersey, and her personal favorite, as Sally Bowles in the Sam Mendes’s revival of Cabaret on Broadway. Lea lives in Los Angeles with her husband of 27 years, film/television director Howard Deutch and their two talented daughters Madelyn and Zoey, along with lots of dogs, fish, horses, chickens, ducks, a cat, and a parrot. She can often be seen around Los Angeles, performing at charity events for Alzheimer’s Association, MJF Foundation, and various breast cancer and mental health organizations. You can follow Lea on Twitter at @LeaKThompson