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Nicole LaLiberté
Born (1981-12-01) December 1, 1981 (age 39)
Years active2007–present

Nicole LaLiberté (born December 1, 1981[1]) is an American actress. She has had recurring roles on the television series How to Make It in America (2011) and Dexter (2012–2013) and most notably played Darya in David Lynch's Twin Peaks: The Return.


LaLiberté moved from Upstate New York to New York City at age 12 in 1993, to study ballet at the School of American Ballet.[2] After years as a ballerina, she transitioned into modeling appearing in the 2002 Lavazza Calendar shot by David La Chapelle, Arthur Elgort's book Camera Crazy and in magazines including Vogue Italia, W and Photo.[3]

LaLiberté began acting in 2007. Her first acting role was in a play that her friend Michael Domitrovich had written and wanted her to be in.[4] Called Artfuckers, it ran Off-Off Broadway at the Theater for the New City from February 19 to March 4, 2007[5] and then Off-Broadway at the DR2 Theatre from February 8 to March 16, 2008.[6] The play itself was met with mixed reviews but the performances, particularly LaLiberté's were generally praised.[7][8] Mark Blankenship of Variety said that she "brings believable grit to her one-dimensional, frequently naked role as a heartless nymphette."[9]

Her first screen performances were brief appearances in episodes of Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Rescue Me in 2007. In 2009, she played the lead role in the film My Normal, about a lesbian dominatrix with dreams of becoming a film maker, and had a small role in an episode of Nurse Jackie. In 2010, she starred in three films: Gregg Araki's film Kaboom which premiered at Cannes; the comedy Dinner for Schmucks; and Paul Morrissey's drama News from Nowhere which had its premiere at the Venice Film Festival.

Her first major role came in 2011, playing the recurring role of Lulu in the second season of HBO's How to Make It in America. That year she also appeared in the drama film Shouting Secrets. In 2012, she played Arlene Schram in the seventh season of Dexter. She also appeared in another four films: the romantic comedy Wifed Out; played a lead role in Girls Against Boys; had a small role in the comedy Nous York; and starred alongside Emily Blunt, Colin Firth and Anne Heche in Arthur Newman. In 2013, she starred in an episode of The Mentalist, reprised her role as Arlene Schram in the eighth season of Dexter and had roles in the films In a World..., written and directed by Lake Bell, and Fractured, a horror film.

She appeared as Kitty Greenburg in "Man Rots from the Head" a short written and directed by Janicza Bravo alongside Michael Cera and as Miss President in the instant midnight classic Adam Green's Aladdin. Most notable perhaps is her portrayal of Darya in the highly anticipated return of the David Lynch helmed series Twin Peaks and acid-eyed Tess in the Jim Carrey produced I'm Dying Up Here both for Showtime.

In 2018 she played the starring role, Joan of Arc, in Regarding the Case of Joan of Arc, written and directed by Matthew Wilder, which premiered at the International Film Festival of India in Goa, India.


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Starlet Episode: "Bombshell"
Rescue Me Knockout Episode: "Keefe"
2009 Nurse Jackie Model Episode: "Health Care and Cinema"
2011 How to Make It in America Lulu Recurring character
2013 The Mentalist Annabelle Sugalski Episode: "Little Red Corvette"
2012–2013 Dexter Arlene Schram Episode: "Do You See What I See"
Episode: "Surprise, Motherfucker!"
Episode: "Make Your Own Kind of Music"
2017 Twin Peaks Darya Episodes I and II
I'm Dying Up Here Tess
Now Apocalypse Cleopatra
Year Title Role
2009 My Normal Natalie
2010 Superego Scarlet
Kaboom Madeleine O'Hara/Rebecca Novak
Dinner for Schmucks Christina - Bird Girl
News from Nowhere Natalie
2011 Shouting Secrets Bianca
2012 Wifed Out
Girls Against Boys Lulu
Nous York Rachel
Arthur Newman Silverlake
2013 In a World... Amazon Warrior
Fractured Marlena
2015 Here Now Lilith
Adam Green's Aladdin Ms. President
2016 Stale Ramen Elise
Smartass Chuchu
She's in Portland Maggie
Man Rots from the Head Kitty Greenburg
2018 Regarding the Case of Joan of Arc Joan of Arc
2020 She's in Portland Maggie
The Gesture and the Word Eloise
La Flamme Rouge Valerie
Zero Road Nikki


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  2. ^ "Nicole LaLiberte Bio". HBO. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
  3. ^ "Nicole LaLiberte". Vogue. December 2012. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
  4. ^ "Nicole LaLiberte Talks Her Breakout Role In Austin Chick's "Girls Against Boys"". Icon vs. Icon. February 1, 2013. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
  5. ^ "Michael Domitrovich with Alina Troyano". The Brooklyn Rail. February 2, 2007. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
  6. ^ "Artfuckers". Curtain Up. February 2, 2008. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
  7. ^ "Artfuckers". Edge Boston. February 27, 2008. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
  8. ^ "Artfuckers". NY Theatre. February 21, 2007. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
  9. ^ "Artfuckers". Variety. February 26, 2008. Retrieved August 16, 2013.