‘The Good Doctor’: Who Plays Lea’s Parents?

On The Good Doctor, Shaun recently met Lea’s parents. Just as she expected, things were a bit uncomfortable. Here’s what Showbiz Cheat sheet knows about the actors who play Lea’s parents.

Shaun meets Lea’s parents

Lea's parents had a lot to say about their daughter's relationship. | Jeff Weddell via Getty Images
Lea’s parents had a lot to say about their daughter’s relationship. | Jeff Weddell via Getty Images

During The Good Doctor Season 4, Episode 8 (titled “Parenting”) Lea’s parents decide to visit. When Lea learns that her parents will be coming over, she’s not thrilled. They usually criticize the people she dates and ask questions that make them uncomfortable.

Lea has to go as far as providing Shaun (Freddie Highmore) with a list of topics to avoid during their dinner conversation. Some of the topics on the list include California lettuce, the 1985 NBA draft lottery, and drummers. She says the list is long, so there’s likely much more than that on her “avoid” list.

Before the dinner, Shaun practices with Glassman (Richard Schiff) and Morgan (Fiona Gubelman). However, Glassman later tells Shaun there’s no way he can really prepare for how these types of dinners can go wrong. Lea’s parents might ask questions Shaun can’t answer.

“The real problem isn’t going to be small talk and family bickering,” says Glassman. “The real problem is what happens when Lea’s parents express real concerns about their daughter?”

Shaun asks Glassman what concerns might come up. “Concerns any parent would have,” replies Glassman. “You two barely know each other. You haven’t been dating very long and now you’re living together. This relationship is moving too fast.”

Who plays Lea’s parents?

Will Shaun and Lea's relationship survive her parents? | Jeff Weddell via Getty Images
Will Shaun and Lea’s relationship survive her parents? | Jeff Weddell via Getty Images

Lea’s mother, Pam Dilallo, is played by actor Julie Warner. One of her early acting roles was in a 1981 episode of the daytime drama Guiding Light titled “Tainted Evidence.” She played the character Cynthia. In 1989, she appeared in an episode of 21 Jump Street titled “Come from the Shadows,” in which she played Alice Greenwood.

Warner made her film debut in the 1990 movie Flatliners. The following year, she played Lou in Doc Hollywood. Her other acting roles include appearances in Mr. Saturday Night (1992), Tommy Boy (1995), Stick It (2006), and Family Law (1999-2001).

We don't think we've seen the last of Lea's parents on 'The Good Doctor' | Jeff Weddell via Getty Images
We don’t think we’ve seen the last of Lea’s parents on ‘The Good Doctor’ | Jeff Weddell via Getty Images

Lea’s father, Mike Dilallo, is played by Barclay Hope. One of his early acting roles was in a 1983 episode of the series Hangin’ It. He made his film debut in the 1986 movie The Last Season, in which he played Tom Powers.

Hope’s next movie was the 1987 film Rolling Vengeance. His other acting roles include appearances in PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal (1996), Paycheck (2003), Tooth Fairy (2010), Final Destination (2011), and Riverdale (2017-2019).

Who plays Lea on ‘The Good Doctor’?

Shaun’s girlfriend, Lea Dilallo, is played by Paige Spara. She made her acting debut in a 2010 short film titled Prospect Street. In 2015, she joined the cast of Kevin from Work. She played the role of Audrey for 10 episodes. Spara made her film debut in the 2017 movie Home Again, in which she played a bartender. That same year, she joined the cast of The Good Doctor.

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