Lauren Alexandra Taylor (born June 16, 1998) [1] is an American actress who portrays Shelby Marcus on Best Friends Whenever. She currently portrays Matilda in Matilda the musical and Glinda in Wicked.


Born and raised in San Diego, California, Taylor began performing in musical theatre at age eight in school and community productions. She went on to compete in a 12-part chamber Cappella choir in middle school, which led to performances across the country, including Carnegie Hall. At fourteen, she started singing for the San Diego Symphony Summer Pop Concert Series and opened for acclaimed musical artists Michael Bolton, Wilson Phillips, Debbie Gibson, and Vanessa Williams.

Her acting credits also include several national commercials and a starring role in the Netflix series “Richie Rich.”

Taylor is an honor student and an all-around athlete who participated in competitive cheerleading for four years. She also played lacrosse and soccer.

In her spare time, she enjoys making music, including writing songs and playing guitar, going to the beach, watching movies and spending time with her friends. Taylor currently resides in Southern California with her mother, twin brothers, Conner and Jordan, their Chocolate Lab, Hanna, and two cats, Mojo and Baby.


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Year Title Role Notes
2015 Best Friends Whenever Shelby Marcus Lead role Disney Channel Original Series[2]


2015 Richie Rich (2015 TV Series) Harper Lead role Netflix Original Series[4]
2015 Liv and Maddie Shelby Marcus Special guest role


  • She has released several original songs called "Carousel" and "Treat Me Right", as well as a cover of Frank Ocean's "Sweet Life."
  • The Netflix series she booked a lead role in, Richie Rich, was developed by Brian Robbins. Lauren Taylor also co-starred with Stuck In The Middle's Jenna Ortega in that series.
  • She likes to watch shows on Netflix such as Parks and Rec, House of Cards, 30 Rock, and Arrested Development.
  • She listens to bands such as The 1975, Foster the People, and The Neighbourhood.
  • Lauren Taylor's Twitter.
  • She follows our wiki Twitter.
  • She portrays Glinda in Wicked alongside Idina Menzel as Elphaba, Peyton Meyer as Fiyero, and Auli'i Cravalho as Nessarose.


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