Piret Laurimaa (born 3 November 1971), is an Estonian stage, television, radio, and film actress.
Early life and education
Piret Laurimaa was born in Pärnu to Tiit Laurimaa and Aave Uus (née Meriluht). She has three half-siblings. She graduated from secondary school in 1990, then studied acting at Aare Laanemets' theatre school in Pärnu. She graduated from Tallinn Pedagogical University (now, Tallinn University) in 1995.
Following graduation, she joined the Endla Theatre in Pärnu in 1996; she was engaged at the theatre until 2014. Among her more memorable international roles at the Endla were in productions of works by: Molière, Gustave Flaubert, Thornton Wilder, Tom Stoppard, Marc Camoletti, William Gibson, Maria Blom, Luigi Pirandello, Mikhail Lermontov, Leea Klemola, and Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt, among others. Roles in productions of Estonian playwrights and authors include works by: Karl Ristikivi, Juhan Smuul, Anton Hansen Tammsaare, Friedebert Tuglas, August Gailit, and Illar Mõttus.
During her time at the Endla, Laurimaa was awarded the Estonian Theatre Award for Best Actress in 2008 and the Best Actress in 2009. She was voted the audience favorite in 2003, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2014. She also received the Endla Colleague Award in 2002, 2005, 2007, and 2009.
Television and film career
Laurimaa made her feature film debut as the character Gerli in the 2003 Rando Pettai directed, Peep Pedmanson penned comedy Vanad ja kobedad saavad jalad alla (English release title: Made in Estonia). The film was based on the popular Estonian television comedy series Vanad ja kobedad. In 2013, she appeared as Kaarin in the Ilmar Raag directed romantic drama Kertu, released in English-speaking countries as Love Is Blind. She has also appeared in two film shorts: Perebisnes in 2003, and Haiguste ravi in 2011.
She has made appearances on a number of Estonian television programs, including: Ohtlik lend in 2006, Kelgukoerad in 2008, Kättemaksukontor in 2009 and again in 2015, and Viimane võmm in 2015.
From 2009 until 2010, she appeared on the TV3 improvisational comedy series Vilde tee, adapted from the German television series Schillerstraße. The premise of the series was that the actors (mainly from the Endla Theatre) only knew the topic of the series episode in advance; the entire plot had to be improvised after receiving directions through headphones and following cues from the other actors.
Piret Laurimaa married actor Tiit Palu in 1998. The couple have two children; a son and a daughter.