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Lucy Punch is an English actress who portrays Esmé Squalor on Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events".


Lucy Punch grew up in London, and was a member of the National Youth Theatre in her late teens before going to University College London to read History. While she was there, she auditioned for TV roles and eventually dropped out to concentrate on acting.

She learned a lot, she says, from working on the short-lived TV series Let Them Eat Cake (1999) with Jennifer Saunders and Dawn French. Although she has played many serious roles on TV and in film since, it's her comic skills that have shone.

After several years of steady TV and film work at home, she moved to Los Angeles in the mid-2000s and soon found work there on another short-lived comedy show, The Class (2006) and has stayed in the US ever since, appearing on TV and in movies to increasing acclaim.[1]

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Punch saw Esmé as someone living in a gilded cage, who say Olaf's arrival as a rebirth for her. She wanted to be loved and to be seen, and Punch used Isabella Bow, famous for wearing high fashion couture, as an inspiration. One of her favorite scenes was the Library of Records scene in "The Hostile Hospital: Part One," as she found Esme is more demented and emotional than Olaf, which makes her terrifying, but also sympathetic.

It look Lucy Punch a long time to get ready for filming, as in order to become Esmé Squalor, she had to be wigged, put into body makeup, have her eyebrows blocked out, and change her nails. There was sometimes "an entire nail production line just to get the Esmé nails ready." Punch thought that the difficult costume helped her keep in character, as she was, for example, "very conscious to keep [her] beautifully manicured fingernails in place." She also noted that she loved the latex octopus costume from The Grim Grotto episodes.

Her boots for her Officer Luciana Costume were repurposed stripper boots, and it was her and Cynthia Summers's idea for Esmé to have a smaller hat underneath her large one in The Ersatz Elevator: Part One. Summers referred to Punch as "an incredibly physical performer and a comic genius." 

Punch also noted that Esmé received more crazy outfits in Season Three, as the character was trying desperately to keep Olaf's attention and affection, and to reflect "an increasing desire to be seen." 

Punch also campaigned to get to take home one of the four props used for the Sugar Bowl after filming, saying that "My character was so desperate for it, it seemed appropriate."[2]



Year Title Role Notes
2000 Cinderella Regan
2000 Greenfingers Holly
2001 Goodbye, Mr Steadman Linda Mortimer
2002 Come Together Amy
2003 Second Nature Car Rental Girl
2004 Ella Enchanted Hattie
2004 The Life and Death of Peter Sellers Lead Stewardess
2004 Being Julia Avice Crichton
2005 Festival Nicky Romanowski
2006 Are You Ready for Love? Melanie
2007 Hot Fuzz Eve Draper
2007 St. Trinian's Verity Thwaites
2007 Two Families Irene
2007 Ladies and Gentlemen Alice
2010 Elektra Luxx Dolores
2010 You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger Charmaine
2010 Dinner for Schmucks Darla
2011 A Little Bit of Heaven Sarah Walker
2011 Take Me Home Tonight Shelly
2011 A Good Old Fashioned Orgy Kate
2011 Bad Teacher Amy Squirrel
2012 The Giant Mechanical Man Pauline
2012 The Wedding Video Saskia
2012 Yellow Amanda
2012 Stand Up Guys Wendy
2013 Cottage Country Marsha
2014 Someone Marry Barry Melanie Miller
2014 She's Funny That Way Kandi
2014 Cake Nurse Gayle
2014 Into the Woods Lucinda
2015 The Meddler Emily
2017 The Female Brain Lexi
2017 You, Me and Him Olivia
2019 How to Build a Girl Sylvia Plath
2021 Silent Night Bella
2022 Book of Love Jen Spencer


Year Title Role Notes
1998 The New Adventures of Robin Hood Queen Stephanie One Episode
1999 Renford Rejects Sue White
1999 Days Like These Helen Foreman
1999 Let Them Eat Cake Eveline
1999-2001 Big Bad World Melissa
2000 The Tenth Kingdom Sally Peep
2001 People Like Us Kate One Episode
2001 Midsomer Murders Melissa Townsend One Episode
2002 I Saw You Esther One Episode
2002 Dinotopia Shayna One Episode
2004 My Family Sarah One Episode
2004 Doc Martin Elaine Denham
2005 Survivors Juliet Savage One Episode
2005 Agatha Cristie's Poirot Susannah Henderson One Episode
2006-2007 The Class Holly Ellenbogen
2008 Fairy Tales Fenola Gay One Episode
2010 Vexed DI Kate Bishop
2012 Playhouse Presents Venitia One Episode
2012-2013 Ben and Kate BJ
2013 Hello Ladies Mother One Episode
2014 Robot Chicken Daenerys Targaryen / Arya Stark / Janice Rand One Episode
2016 New Girl Genevieve
2018 The Book of Dog Tinkerbell One Episode
2018-2019 A Series of Unfortunate Events Esmé Squalor
2019 The Conners Kyle's Mom One Episode
2020 What We Do in the Shadows Lilith One Episode
2016-2021 Motherland Amanda
2021 The Prince Kate Middleton Voice
2021 Gossip Girl Saskia Bates One Episode
2021-2022 Bloods Jo


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