Laura Bristow was the alias assumed by Irina Derevko, a KGB agent who was ordered to infiltrate the United States. Her mission was to get close to the CIA agent Jack Bristow and infiltrate the United States of America. Her marriage to Jack Bristow produced one child, Sydney Bristow.
She approached Jack Bristow posing as an exchange student from the USSR. They fell in love and were soon married. When Sydney was a child, Laura was involved in a fatal car accident.
Sydney believed her mother had died, however, it was merely an extraction process. Through the accident, she and her KGB handler escaped the United States.
- Siblings: Elena Derevko (deceased), Yekaterina Derevko
- Husband: Jack Bristow (deceased)
- Children: Sydney Bristow, Nadia Santos (deceased)
- Grandchildren: Isabelle Vaughn, Jack Vaughn
Besides Lena Olin, several other actresses portrayed Laura in the course of the series:
- Arabella Holzbog portrayed Laura in a photograph Sydney kept (A Broken Heart), (Reckoning)
- Kate Anthony was the voice of Laura in a video clip shown (Snowman)
- Natasha Pavlovich is the woman seen in the video clip (Snowman)
- Mia Maestro portrayed a younger Laura in a photograph (Welcome to Liberty Village)