Laurel Dougall is originally from New York, New York but has lived in London for 10 years and has dual citizenship. Laurel's love of performing began at an early age when she performed in the ensemble of Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat as a young girl. Soon she was taking singing lessons, and she studied Voice and Musical Theatre at the Grammy recognised specialist secondary school The Hamiliton Academy of Music in Los Angeles.
After graduating from Hamilton Musical Theatre Academy, Laurel studied Ballroom Dance and Human Development at University and eventually returned to New York. While living in New York City, Laurel worked as an early childhood music educator and performed and recorded an album with a group called Ephraim's Harp, led by Lisa Despain (on top of periodic gigs as a wedding singer etc.). But Laurel had to put her dreams of performing professionally on hold while she raised her young family of four boys.
In September 2013, with all four boys established successfully in school, Laurel enrolled in a 1 year professional training course in London to kickstart her Musical Theatre career. Whilst training, Laurel was was one of two people selected out of 45 to compete in the prestigious Stephen Sondheim Student Performer of the Year 2014 Competition, and was also specially selected to sing in Master Classes with Hannah Waddingham and Stiles & Drewe.
In Laurel's first year out of training, she created three unique roles for three UK Premieres of three musicals Off West End. Laurel played pathos-filled Claire in See Rock City, and then went from playing strong-willed Hungarian circus owner Madami Manzini (who does "One Extroadinary Thing" by sacrificing her life for the freedom of others in The Grand Tour) to playing the highly comedic ("astonishingly, grotesquely funny") role of Myrtle Meshbesher, the eccentric wife of a NY Police Commissioner in Irving Berlin's musical Face the Music.
In Laurel's second year out in the industry, she combined a bit of pathos with farce to portray Northerner Dorothy Hardcastle in The Kissing Dance, Next she played the lovely role of Mrs. Darling as well as striking Tiger Lilly in Stile's and Drewe's Peter Pan: A Musical Adventure. Laurel also won heat one of the Phoenix Artist Club's Talent 2016 Search for a New Musical Theatre Star Competition singing "Your Daddy's Son" from Ragtime and gained amazing praise in the Grand Final later that year. Laurel most recently played uppity Mrs. Wade in Leonard Bernstein's Wonderful Town, where she also enjoyed doing some fun dance choreography.
In the Spring of 2017, Laurel was given the great opportunity of playing the lead role of Lizzie Curry in 110 in the Shade, the musical adaption of N. Richard Nash's 1954 play The Rainmaker. It was a a huge undertaking to learn the 11 stunning songs Lizzie sings in the show, as well as the rich text which accompanies the music, and Laurel loved every minute of it!
In addition to performing on stage, Laurel has filmed a Nestle advert and a business ident, and she is working with a music management company to produce some of her own original music.
In her spare time, Laurel loves hanging out with her family, teaches early childhood music, plays the the piano, flute and basic guitar, and competes in triathlons. She also occassionally conducts choirs, is fluent in Spanish, and is CRB checked.