Lea Michele Sarfati (born August 29, 1986) is an American actress and singer, better known by the stage name Lea Michele. Michele began working professionally as a child actor on Broadway in productions such as Les Misérables. She appeared in several more musicals before being selected for the lead role in the hit musical Spring Awakening, earning a Drama Desk Award nomination for her performance. She has recently received widespread acclaim for her Emmy and Golden Globe nominated role as Rachel Berry in the Fox television series Glee, which premiered in May 2009.
She has nine tattoos. Left shoulder: two music notes (Mama from Bohemian Rhapsody). Left wrist: gold star (gold stars are a metaphor in honor of Rachel Berry), left rib cage: a cross and writing, left hip: bird, left foot: Imagine (song title), inner thigh: unknown, right foot: butterfly (picture of butterfly from a set prop on Spring Awakening) right back hip area: butterfly, right wrist: I Believe (song title from Spring Awakening) Michele is best friends with Spring Awakening and Glee co-star, Jonathan Groff. Michele has been linked to Broadway actor Landon Beard and Tony Award winner John Lloyd Young. Michele currently is dating Broadway star Theo Stockman and has been since approx. Fall 2009.