Lucy Punch (born 30 December 1977) is an English actress. Her credits include films like Bad Teacher and Dinner for Schmucks, and television shows Doc Martin and Ben and Kate.
Punch was born in Hammersmith, London. Her parents run a market research company. Punch was educated privately at Godolphin School and then Latymer Upper School. Punch performed with the National Youth Theatre from 1993 to 1997, and began a course at University College London before dropping out to become an actress. Since 2006, Punch has lived in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, United States.
Punch made her debut in a 1998 episode of The New Adventures of Robin Hood. In 2000, she made her stage debut as Elaine in Terry Johnson's West End adaptation of The Graduate.
In 2006, she won the best actress award at the Monaco International Film Festival for her performance in Are You Ready For Love?.
Punch starred in Woody Allen's 2010 film You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, having replaced Nicole Kidman. In August 2010, she appeared in BBC Two's three part police comedy-dramaVexed alongside Toby Stephens.
In 2011, Punch starred alongside Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake in Jake Kasdan's Bad Teacher.