Creator / Lea Michele

"I love Broadway World! I'm like such a dork; I wake up, get my cup of coffee, and am like, 'Let's see what's going on on Broadway World!'"

Lea Michele (born Lea Michele Sarfati; August 29, 1986) is an actress currently starring in The Mayor. She was born in the Bronx. She started acting at the tender age of eight as Young Cosette in a production of Les MisÚrables, which she admits she tried out for on a whim. She then continued on to play the Little Girl in the original Broadway cast of Ragtime, Shprintze on Fiddler on the Roof, and several parts in various musicals, concerts, and plays, reaping in a bunch of awards and accolades while she was at it. She also played Wendla in the musical and the original Broadway run of Spring Awakening.

And then she auditioned for the part of the obnoxious, talented diva Rachel Berry on Glee (with a rendition of "On My Own" from Les Miserables. Interviews say, though, that it was in fact platonic life partner and ''Spring Awakening'' co-star Jonathan Groff who introduced her to series creator Ryan Murphy, and that the part of Rachel was written with her in mind.) And to say that playing Rachel made her famous is a huge understatement.

She's made her film debut in New Year's Eve and has already lent her voice to the titular character in Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return.

Personality-wise, the media knows her as a cheerful sweetheart with pipes that have been called a once-in-a-generation voice. Lea is also a vegan and a very strong advocate for gay rights, as well as for PETA and has campaigned very openly against animal cruelty. Follow her on Twitter here!

In early 2014, she released her debut musical album, Louder.

See also: Chris Colfer, Cory Monteith, Kevin McHale, Max Adler, Naya Rivera, Heather Morris, Darren Criss, Idina Menzel, Ryan Murphy, Dianna Agron and Jonathan Groff.