Tonight, we honour Bermudian actress Lana Young with a screening of her
most recent feature film, Bentley’s Will, followed by an interview with
her and an audience Q and A.
Lana fulfilled a dream when she was cast as the lead in the title role
of Bentley opposite Phillip Andre Botello. The film, directed by Zachary
Parks Grigg, tells the story of an estranged mother (Young) and son
(Botello), who over the course of a day begin the slow process of
healing while searching for their missing dog. The film makes its
international premiere at BIFF.
She appears in the short film, Beat Blue, also screening at BIFF.
Lana, who has worked professionally since receiving her M.A. in Acting
from the Arts Educational School London in her 30s, is currently
recurring as Dr. Mary Osder in Fox’s hospital drama The Resident and as
Inez Trujillo in OWN’s new saga Ambitions airing this month.
In 2019, you can catch her in feature films Where’d You Go Bernadette
with Cate Blanchette, Limited Partners with Tiffany Haddish, Rose Byrne
and Salma Hayek -- and Three’s Complicated opposite Shanola Hampton.
Her career work includes the recurring roles of Mrs. Douglas in The
Vampire Diaries (CW), Dr. Jacinta Butler in Greenleaf (OWN), Gloria Ruiz
in The Inspectors (CBS); guest-star roles in Gone as Detective Michele
Hodiak (NBC), Linda in Kevin Can Wait (CBS), and most recently as Debbie
in The Act (HULU) opposite Patricia Arquette; and co-star roles in
Jessica Jones, Blindspot, Satisfaction, Nashville, Law & Order, just
to name a few.
Lana has worked with some of the greats, performing with Christopher
Plummer and Ewan McGregor in the Oscar-winning film Beginners (her first
feature film), playing Gloria the nanny opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and
Rachel McAdams in the boxing drama Southpaw, and playing a fertility
doctor opposite Emily Blunt and Justin Theroux in the feature film The
Girl on the Train.
Lana lives in New York City with her cats Monkey and Lennon.