Lauren Varnfield Obituary, Death – The passing of Lauren Varnfield during the Edinburgh Fringe has deeply saddened all of us at Fringe Review, where she was a cherished friend. In memory of Lauren, our coverage is dedicated to her remarkable life and contributions. Our dear friend and fellow reviewer, Roger Kay, has crafted a heartfelt tribute in her honor: Lauren’s journey in the world of drama began at the prestigious Oxford School of Drama, renowned as one of the finest drama schools globally.
Her talent transcended the stage to television, with appearances in shows like Holby City and Afterlife, where she had the privilege of working alongside esteemed actors such as Andrew Lincoln. Her theatrical career was equally impressive, highlighted by her remarkable portrayal of Griet in The Girl With the Pearl Earring at The Royal Haymarket. Yet, it is her time in Brighton that resonates most profoundly within the Fringe Review community.
Her unforgettable performance as Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire marked the inception of Pretty Villain Productions in 2012. In collaboration with Roger Kay, Lauren co-produced an impressive 25 shows, often gracing the stage herself. She breathed life into characters like Elisabeth Proctor and Marilyn Monroe and showcased her multifaceted talents as a writer, performer, and director, particularly in her production Myra, which captivated audiences at both Brighton Fringe and Edinburgh Fringe.
Lauren’s artistic endeavors garnered widespread acclaim, replete with glowing reviews and accolades. A critic once described her as “absolutely mesmerizing,” lauding her engaging and powerful stage presence, which effortlessly blended swagger and vulnerability. Lauren possessed a rare gift for delving into the depths of the human experience, setting her apart as an artist of profound insight. She was not only blessed with a razor-sharp wit but also a generous spirit, extending kindness to strangers and harboring an immense capacity for love.
Lauren leaves behind a family shattered by grief and friends scattered across the globe, each bearing witness to a life that was nothing short of extraordinary. Hers was a life never lacking in excitement, and she leaves behind a legacy of universal adoration. Lauren Varnfield will forever be cherished and remembered.