Lea Michele's career began when she accompany a friend to a casting call for a musical, and decided to try out on a whim. She got a role, and made her Broadway debut in 1995, as Young Cosette in the New York production of Les Miserables. This led to appearances in Broadway productions of Ragtime (where she was part of the original cast), Fiddler on the Roof, and Spring Awakening, which earned her a Drama Desk Award nomination.
Her theater work led Michele to television. While she had previous screen experience - she was a guest on an episode of Third Watch, in 2000 - she is best known as high school diva Rachel Berry on the Fox series Glee. The comedy, which was a runaway success, led to several other projects, including the films New Year's Eve and Dorothy of Oz. The Glee role also gave her a Satellite Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
- Grammy Award, Best Cast Recording, 2006 (for the original cast recording of Spring Awakening)
- Satellite Award, Best Actress in a Series (Comedy or Musical), 2009 (for Glee)
- Screen Actors Guild Award, Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, 2010 (for Glee)
- New Year's Eve (2011)
- Dorothy of Oz (voice, 2012)
- Third Watch (guest, 2000)
- Glee (regular, 2009-present)