Laura Ricciardi

Laura Ricciardi

Actor, Director, Writer, Executive Producer, Sound Recordist, Additional Camera


Laura Ricciardi is an American filmmaker and journalist best known for her work on the acclaimed Netflix docuseries Making a Murderer. She was born in 1977 in New York, and raised in the nearby town of Irvington. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2000 with a degree in Communication Arts, before going on to receive a Master’s degree in Journalism and Documentary Film from the University of California-Berkeley in 2006.

Ricciardi first gained notoriety for her debut film, My Life Without Me (2006), which follows a woman who discovers she has terminal cancer. The film was praised by critics and earned several awards.

In 2005, Ricciardi teamed up with Moira Demos, and the two began working on the documentary series Making a Murderer. The series follows the story of Steven Avery, a man who was wrongfully convicted of rape in 1985 and later exonerated of the crime. The series gained international attention and was praised as one of the most compelling and gripping documentaries ever made.

Ricciardi and Demos spent the next decade working on the series, conducting interviews with Avery’s family and attorneys, and visiting the Wisconsin town where the events took place. The series was released in 2015 and went on to become one of the most popular and critically acclaimed documentaries of all time.

Ricciardi and Demos have since gone on to produce several other projects, including the Netflix original series The Keepers (2017), which tells the story of a decades-old murder in Baltimore. Ricciardi has also directed and produced several short films and documentaries, including the Emmy-nominated short film, My First Film (2008).

Laura Ricciardi is an acclaimed filmmaker and journalist who has earned a reputation for her gripping and thought-provoking work. Her passion for storytelling and her dedication to uncovering the truth has made her one of the most respected documentary filmmakers in the world.