ALEXIS BLEDEL (Lena) made her television debut in the critically acclaimed series "Gilmore Girls." For seven successful seasons, she starred as Rory Gilmore, the teenage daughter in this dramedy about a close-knit relationship between a single mother and a savvy daughter. Her portrayal earned Bledel the 2005 and 2006 Teen Choice Award for Actress in a Comedy and the 2002 Family Friendly Forum Award for Best Actress in a Drama. Named by the Television Critics Association as 2001's Outstanding New Program, "Gilmore Girls" also starred Lauren Graham, Kelly Bishop, and Ed Herrmann.
She will next be seen starring in the feature comedy "The Post-Grad Survival Guide," set for a 2009 release.
Bledel made her feature film debut in 2002 in "Tuck Everlasting," based on the acclaimed novel by Natalie Babbitt, in which she starred as Winnie Foster, a free-spirited teen trapped in a repressed Victorian household who meets up with the mysterious Tuck Family. "Tuck Everlasting" also starred Ben Kingsley, William Hurt, Sissy Spacek and Jonathan Jackson. Bledel was also part of the ensemble cast of the Robert Rodriguez action thriller "Sin City," with Bruce Willis, Josh Hartnett, Rosario Dawson and Brittany Murphy.
Her additional film credits include "Bride and Prejudice," an Indian musical version of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, for "Bend it Like Beckham" director Gurinder Chadha; and the independent films "Orphan King," with Bill Pullman and Andrew McCarthy, and "I'm Reed Fish," opposite Jay Baruchel.
Bledel began her acting career in community theater in her hometown of Houston, Texas. She also modeled in New York during her school breaks. Before winning the role of Rory Gilmore, she attended NYU Film School to study writing and directing.