Lea Michele Sarfati, known professionally as Lea Michele, is an American singer and actress from The Bronx, New York.
Her mother is Italian American and Roman Catholic, and her father is of Turkish Sephardi Jewish ancestry. She is known for her role as Rachel Berry on the Fox television series Glee (2009–15). Michele's performance received critical praise, earning her a Satellite Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, three consecutive People's Choice Awards, and a Primetime Emmy Award nomination. In 2015, she began portraying Hester Ulrich in Fox's Scream Queens.