Natasha Lyonne is an actress, writer and producer who was born in New York City to an Orthodox Jewish family. Lyonne’s maternal grandparents are Holocaust survivors. As a child she her family moved to Israel where Lyonne began acting in live productions and decided that she wanted to become an actress.
After her parents divorce she and her brother moved back to the United States with their mother. Lyonne was estranged form her father and wasn’t close with her mother and lived independently from the age of 16.
Lyonne has been in films since the age of 6 when she was cast in Pee-Wee’s Playhouse. She appeared in both the American Pie and Scary Movie franchises. She’s best known for her Emmy-nominated role as Nicky Nichols in Orange Is the New Black and most recently as Nadia Vulvokov of the 2019 Netflix series Russian Doll which she co-created, executive produced and wrote.