Claudia Lee (born June 20, 1996) is an American actress, singer and songwriter best known for her role as Magnolia Breeland on the CW comedy-drama Hart of Dixie. She also played Bridget on the comedy Zeke and Luther.
Lee was born Claudia Lee Mirkowski in Lafayette Indiana, to Denise and Klaudius Mirkowski. At the age of 3, her parents enrolled her in dance classes, where she studied ballet, jazz and tap-dancing for 10 years. When she was 8 years old, Lee expressed a desire to learn her father’s native language. Determined that she would learn to speak Polish, her parents sent her to school in Poznań, Poland for one month every summer for five years. Claudia also has an older brother who with whom she shares a "great bond" and influences her characters.
Long interested in music, Lee began taking piano lessons when she was 10. At age 13, she attended the School of Creative and Performing Arts (SOCAPA) summer camp in Vermont. There, her roommate introduced Lee to an agent from Hollywood who was instrumental in bringing her to Los Angeles.
Lee and her family arrived in Hollywood in January 2010. Within her first few weeks, Lee landed a role in a national TV commercial for Comcast with actor Zachary Levi (Chuck, Less Than Perfect). She was then cast in a short film, The Circus Girl, as Elizaveta, a young Russian villain who is traveling with a struggling circus family.
Following The Circus Girl, Lee went on to television series Zeke and Luther and Hart of Dixie. In August 2012, Lee was cast in the Universal Studios film Kick-Ass 2, which was based on the second volume of the Kick-Ass comic book series by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr. The film, directed by Jeff Wadlow, was released in August 2013.
In 2014, Lee appeared in the Fox comedy series Surviving Jack.
In 2010 Lee began working with music producer Max DiCarlo. In November of that year, Lee released her first song and music video, "It Gets Better", inspired by a national campaign aimed at stopping bullying. Lee's debut album, Here Right Now, was released in February 2012. "Hollywood Sunset", a song on the album, had previously been released in September 2011. The next two singles from the album, the country-rap song "3 Leaf Clover", and "Take My Hand" that Lee performed on Hart of Dixie, were released in 2012.