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Who is Laura Haddock?
Laura Jane Haddock was born on 21 August 1985, in Enfield, London, England, and is an actress, best known for her portrayal of Meredith Quill in the film “Guardians of the Galaxy”, along with its sequel “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”. She also played the character Viviane Wembly in “Transformers: The Last Knight”.
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The Net Worth of Laura Haddock
How rich is Laura Haddock? As of early-2019, sources inform us of a net worth that is over $5 million, earned through a successful career in acting. She’s also done numerous television projects, and has appeared in several stage productions as well. As she continues her career, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.
Early Life, Education, and Career Beginnings
While Laura was born in Enfield, her family later moved to Harpenden, Hertfordshire, England where she grew up, and attended St. George’s School. At the age of 17, she decided to move into London to train in drama as she was set on pursuing a career in acting, and trained at the Arts Educational School located in Chiswick, west London.
She made her television debut in the pilot for the Comedy Showcase feature “Plus One” in 2008. Soon she started gaining more opportunities in television, appearing in roles for “The Palace”, “My Family”, “The Colour of Magic”, and “A Pocket Full of Rye”. She gained one of her first lead roles in the drama series “Honest” playing the character Kacie Carter; the show is a remake of the New Zealand series entitled “Outrageous Fortune”, and follows a criminal family as they try to change their ways after the father gets sent to prison.
A Path to Prominence
Haddock worked on the pilot episode of “Life of Wild”, which is the American version of the show “Wild at Heart”, before working on several advertisements. She then had another lead role in the comedy show “Monday Monday”, which is set in a head office of a supermarket which has fallen on hard times, leading it to relocate its staff. The show was going well until it was cancelled due to complications from the economic downturn. She then replaced the lead Sinead Moynihan for the second and third series of “How Not to Live Your Life”; the sitcom follows a pessimistic man who is trying to get through life, but struggles due to his bad instincts. The show gained a cult following, but was later cancelled when Danny Cohen left BBC Three.
In 2011, she played the role of a kidnapped daughter of an illegal arms dealer in two episodes of the television drama “Strike Back: Project Dawn”, then her popularity rose when she played the role of Lucrezia Donati in the series “Da Vinci’s Demons” – her character was the lover of Leonardo da Vinci, and the mistress of Lorenzo de’ Medici, and the drama is a fictional account of da Vinci’s early life, as he is implicated in the political scheming of two families, and a strained relationship with the Catholic Church.
In 2014, Laura gained a lot of popularity when she was cast as Meredith Quill in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film “Guardians of the Galaxy”, as the mother of the lead character Peter Quill, played by Chris Pratt in the film is based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name, directed by James Gunn. It stars Pratt alongside Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, and Zoe Saldana. The film features an uneasy alliance of a fleeing group of extraterrestrial criminals, on the run after stealing a powerful artifact. The film was highly successful, becoming the third highest grossing film of 2014, and receiving a lot of praise.
She reprised her role in the second film entitled “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”, which features the Guardians continuing their adventures as Peter becomes united with his father Ego. The film grossed more than the first, and continued to receive praise for its visuals, soundtrack, cast, and humor. During the same year, she also played the character Vivian Wemly in the film “Transformers: The Last Knight”, which is based on the Transformers toy line, and is the fifth installment of the “Transformers’ film series, featuring her alongside Mark Wahlberg, Josh Duhamel, and John Turturro, but was considered a box office disappointment, with critics panning the film.
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For her personal life, it is known that Haddock started dating actor Sam Claflin in 2011, and they married two years later. He is best known for his role in “The Hunger Games” film series as Finnick Odair, and also played Philip Swift in “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”. The couple have two children together. According to reports, the two met while at an audition, with both subsequently saying that it was love at first sight.
She mentioned in an interview that she discovered her love for acting after watching “Pollyanna” and deciding there and then that she wanted to be an actress. She was also interested in becoming a policewoman, until her father said to her that she really wanted to be an actress so that she could play a policewoman. She credits her parents for encouraging her to pursue her dream. Similar to numerous actresses, she is highly active online through accounts on social media websites, active on both Instagram and Twitter.