Kate Lauren French (born September 23, 1984) is an American television and film actress and model. She is perhaps best known for her role as Niki Stevens on The L Word. French was born in Flemington, New Jersey to fashion models Joan (Gocha) and William Robinson 'Rob' French. Her mother was signed to Ford modeling agency. French spent her childhood years in South Kingstown, Rhode Island and West Amwell, New Jersey. Her family then moved to New York where they settled in Quogue on Long Island. Her mother later married fashion photographer Jim Reiher, who has represented the United States in aerobatics. French attended Westhampton Beach High School where she was a member of the track and field team.
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