Lucy Lawless (born Lucille Frances Ryan on March 29, 1968 in Auckland, New Zealand), is a Kiwi actress and singer best known for her role as Xena on the television series Xena: Warrior Princess from 1995 to 2001.
Lucy was born the fifth child of Frank and Julie Ryan. She found the joy of acting in secondary school. At Auckland University, she studied foreign languages for a year. She then left for Europe with her boyfriend, Garth Lawless, to travel around Germany and Switzerland. They went back and landed a job with a mining company in Australia.
In 1988, Lucy and Garth were married. They returned to New Zealand and had a daughter, Daisy. Lucy and Garth were divorced in 1995. She married the executive producer of Xena, Robert G. Tapert, in 1998. The couple have two sons: Julius Robert Bay Tapert (born 1999) and Judah Miro Tapert (born 2002). They all live in New Zealand.