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Who Is Sam Handel? Meet Lauren Ambrose's Husband with Whom She Has 2 Children

Esther NJeri
Feb 18, 2022
05:20 P.M.

Lauren Ambrose rose to fame after starring as the rebellious yet creative Claire Fisher in the drama "Six Feet Under," But away from the big silver screens, she is the doting wife to Sam Handel. Let's meet him.

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While Lauren Ambrose and Sam Handel met at a wrap party for a film that neither of them had worked on, their chemistry was undeniable, and a year later, in September 2001, they walked down the aisle in Massachusetts.

Ambrose was only 23 when she made the lifetime commitment to her filmmaker husband. But more than being just a husband, he became the stabilizing force for Ambrose as she tried to make a name in the industry.

Actress Lauren Ambrose on January 8, 2020 | Source: Getty Images

Actress Lauren Ambrose on January 8, 2020 | Source: Getty Images

"NOT ALONE" MATCHING TATTOOS

The two also got similar tattoos reading "Not Alone" as a sign of their commitment to each other. The couple has been together since they tied the knot. They have since welcomed two kids, a boy and a girl.

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They welcomed their first child Orson Handel in January 2007, followed by their daughter in 2012. Speaking on balancing her busy schedule and motherhood, she said she tags them along to her sets, adding, according to Nicki Swift:

"My kids know the whole score. I feel like both of them could go on for me at any minute. They know the whole backstage. They could give tours."

Actress Lauren Ambrose and her husband Sam Handel at the Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, California, on February 25, 2012. | Source: Getty Images

Actress Lauren Ambrose and her husband Sam Handel at the Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, California, on February 25, 2012. | Source: Getty Images

A SUCCESSFUL CAREER IN ACTING

Ambrose wears many hats. Away from being a loving wife to Handel and a doting mother to their two children, Ambrose is an actress and a singer.

After playing Vicky Rayburn in the 1997 comedy "In & Out," she landed a role as a bathroom-trapped high school senior in the 1998 teen romantic comedy "Can't Hardly Wait," then as the ingénue lead in "Psycho Beach Party."

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The early 2000s saw her star as the cranky, sensitive art student Claire Fisher in the prestige cable series "Six Feet Under," She received two Emmy nominations for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

 Sam Handel and Lauren Ambrose at the Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018, in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

Sam Handel and Lauren Ambrose at the Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018, in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

She made her Broadway debut in the 2006 play "Awake and Sing!," playing Hennie, then went on to play Juliet in the Park performance of Romeo and Juliet. Ben Brantley praised her performance, saying she was "a Juliet truly to die for."

In 2009, she appeared on "Exit The King," then had numerous more roles in film, including "Sleepwalk With Me," "Wanderlust," and "Grassroots." In 2018, she starred in "My Fair Lady" as Eliza Doolittle.

TAKING TIME OFF

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Her success has not come without a hiatus here and there. Like many moms in Hollywood, starting a family often means taking time off acting, as was the case for Ambrose.

Actress Lauren Ambrose on January 12, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

Actress Lauren Ambrose on January 12, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

Nicki Swift reports that Ambrose took time off from "My Fair Lady" to spend more time with her family and rest her vocal cords.

As a mother of two, Ambrose was excited about returning to the screens for her role as the high-strung Dorothy Turner in the psychological horror series "Servant."

MEET SAM HANDEL

Besides supporting his wife through the challenges of a working mom, Handel is a director with several directing credits in his name. He is known for "Maria," a drama short in which Ambrose stars as Maria.

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Sam Handel at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 21, 2013, in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

Sam Handel at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 21, 2013, in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

He also directed the 2011 short comedy "I'm Coming Over" and "Camille (And Then There Was Me)," which is still in the developmental stage.

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