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Lindsey Strauss
Full name: Lindsey Evelyn Strauss
Status: Alive
Residence: Season 5:
1829 Barnette Drive
Season 6:
Occupation: Editor
Nickname: Linds, Mrs Scott
Gender: Female
Hair color: Brown
Eye color: Blue
Marital status: Single
Significant Other/s: Lucas Scott
(ex-fiancé: S5)
Family: Sean Strauss
(father; deceased)
Freda Strauss
Donald Strauss
Barry Strauss
Paul Strauss
Portrayed By: Michaela McManus
First Appearance: "4 Years, 6 Months, 2 Days"
(episode 5.01)
Last Appearance: "You've Dug Your Own Grave, Now Lie In It"
(episode 6.05)
Episode Count: 17

Lindsey Evelyn Strauss was an editor who worked and fell in love with Lucas Scott. While she did try to impress Lucas' family and friends, quickly befriended Haley and Brooke, she clashed with Lucas' ex-girlfriend Peyton because she was jealous of what Lucas and Peyton had together. Lindsey and Lucas were eventually engaged but Lindsey knew he would never stop loving Peyton, so she left him at the altar. Lucas tried to persuade her to come back to him, but in the end, he accepted his feelings for Peyton and the two got engaged and Lindsey returned to New York. Lucas later visited her when his second novel was released and the two parted on good terms, despite her initial annoyance that he and Peyton were engaged.


Before the SeriesEdit

Lindsey attended an Ivy League school. She then followed her father into publishing, as he owned a publishing company. She joined it, although she felt as though she had to prove herself, more so than others. Haley got close to Lindsey as she was unsure about her, though she was rooting for Lucas to be with Peyton or Brooke. And ever since that day they were friends. Ever since Lindsey was young, she was claustrophobic. Her dad died of cancer but not before being unable to walk, talk or even recognize her. She had to turn off his ventilator and the last breath he took, she could always hear.

Shortly after they began working together, Lindsey and Lucas began a relationship. Once she made it as an editor, she got a lucky bamboo which she saw as a symbol that she had made her dream. When Brooke opened Clothes Over Bro's in Tree Hill and Peyton opened Red Bedroom Records she gave both of them a lucky bamboo. The first time Lindsey met Haley was at a cafe, as Haley wanted to interrogate her, asking her to bring her driver's license.

Season 5Edit


Lindsey announced her and Lucas' engagement to Peyton.

Although Lucas lived in Tree Hill, while Lindsey still lived and worked in New York and traveled down to visit Lucas regularly, while also working on editing his second novel. When Lucas' ex-girlfriends Peyton Sawyer and Brooke Davis returned to Tree Hill, Lindsey became insecure in her relationship, although she started a friendship with Brooke, but due to Peyton's lasting feelings for Lucas the two girls were bitter and rude to each other, although Lindsey always had admired the "Peyton from the book". After fighting with Lucas over Peyton, Lucas proposed to her she said yes and the two began to plan their wedding with Haley as the matron of honour and Brooke designed Lindsey's wedding dress. After Haley and Nathan separated, both Lindsey and Lucas aimed to reconcile the couple by hosting a joint wedding shower.

Lindsey leaves Lucas at the altar during their wedding.

During her wedding, she linked "The Comet" to Peyton and believed she couldn't marry him because of his love for Peyton, shocking Lucas. Later on, Lindsey told Lucas that she was with someone else, Lucas was enraged and took out his frustrations on his basketball game. Lindsey then returned to Lucas' home to retrieve the rest of her stuff and gave back Lucas' ring before leaving.

Season 6Edit

When Lucas had to go to New York to meet with Lindsey about his book tour, he told her that he was going to marry Peyton. She asked him why he couldn't tell her this over the phone. However, they left on good terms.



Lindsey was raised in a loving family by her two parents. And held a very strong relationship with her father and aimed to follow his footsteps career-wise. When Lindsey started dating Lucas Scott, he and her father got on well together, although not long after starting her relationship her father became sick and painfully died of cancer leaving Lindsey devastated.

Romantic LifeEdit

After starting to edit Lucas Scott's first novel, the two began to enter a romantic relationship and would split their time between Tree Hill and New York. Lucas helped Lindsey through her father's death from cancer during their relationship. The first strains in their relationship began when Lucas' ex-girlfriend Peyton Sawyer returned to town and the couple would fight due to Peyton's feelings for Lucas. Despite this, the two became engaged and began planning their wedding. On their wedding day, Lindsey couldn't go through with it believing, Lucas had feelings for Peyton, and left him at the alter. Lucas continuously called and e-mailed Lindsey trying to reconcile their relationship, until he finally realized it was over.


Lindsey began her career as a junior book editor in her father's publishing company. The very first book she edited was Lucas' An Unkindness of Ravens. But she struggled with the image she had of only getting her job due to being the bosses daughter. But she overcame it when she proved she was good at her job and deserved it.


  • She has the same initials as Lucas Scott, her former fiance.
  • Had the same ring Lucas used to propose for Peyton.

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