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Laura Dawn Bailey (born May 28, 1981) is an American actress and voice actress. Best known for her anime roles (at first, Funimation titles but she has definitely moved on), she has also supplied voices in video games and worked as staff on several anime series. If you've played many AAA games in the last few years, you've likely heard her voice, as she's become one of the most prolific female voice actors in the industry since 2010.

Some of her best known anime roles are Lust in Fullmetal Alchemist, Young Trunks in Dragon Ball Z, Maka Albarn in Soul Eater, Tohru Honda in Fruits Basket, Sana Kurata in Kodocha, Shin Nohara in the English dub of Crayon Shin-chan, and Rise Kujikawa in Persona 4.

As for video games, she is well known as Rayne in the BloodRayne video game series, the default voice for a female Boss in the Saints Row series from 3 onwards, Fetch in Infamous Second Son and inFAMOUS: First Light, Serana in the Dawnguard DLC for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Fiona in Tales from the Borderlands, Kait Diaz in Gears of War 4 and Black Widow in Marvel's Disney XD animation lineup. She is married to fellow voice actor Travis Willingham, and they have one son, Ronin.

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Bailey primarily does video game voice overs and western animation nowadays, rarely getting any new anime roles, generally only reprising roles when she does anime. If she does get a new anime role, it's usually with Studiopolis.

Has a website and Twitter account.


Notable roles by Laura Bailey:

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Western Animation


I challenge these tropes!

  • Action Girl: A majority of the characters she voices fall into this. Just a few examples would be:
    • The gunslinging, limb-severing Rayne from ''BloodRayne''
    • Chun Li in Street Fighter IV
    • Natasha Romanov a.k.a. Black Widow in Avengers Assemble
    • Eltariel, the Blade of Galadriel from Shadow of War
    • Nadine Ross from the Uncharted series.
  • Anime Chinese Girl: She voiced many characters in video game and anime who happen to be Chinese. Across from the iconic Chun-Li, she also voiced Faye Lee, Pao-Lin Huang, and Xing Huo.
  • Crossdressing Voices: Notably as Shin and Kid Trunks. Subverted with Marth (who is actually Chrom's future daughter, Lucina).
  • Contralto of Danger: Due to the number of Action Girls she's voiced, many of her characters she voiced come out this way. That being said, she's capable for using a higher-pitched voice for cuter and younger characters. Only a few examples would be:
    • Rayne, again.
    • Lust from Fullmetal Alchemist
  • Promoted Fangirl: According to Bailey, out of all the women who auditioned for the role of Chun-Li in Street Fighter IV, she was the only one who actually knew who Chun-Li was.
  • Relationship Voice Actor: Apparently, should Bailey and Willingham wind up playing badasses, they will kick the crap or straight up murder each other (for example, Fullmetal Alchemist, Avengers Assemble and Infamous Second Son). At Metrocon 2015, Laura noted how odd it was that she always seemed to play close friends or love interests with Troy Baker, while her characters often butt heads with those played by Travis.
  • Screaming Warrior: She can scream. Memorable ones include Lust and her flame-tastic death at the hands of Roy Mustang, Maka after a particularly gruesome battle, and Lucina.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Not so much in her voice roles for whatever reason, but DEAR GOD, does she cuss on Critical Role, especially and unsurprisingly when she's having a bad night with rolls. Cluster F-Bomb doesn't even begin to do it justice.


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