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Alexis "Lex" Murphy is John Hammond's granddaughter and Tim's sister, who accompanied the endorsement team on the tour as a gift due to her parents getting a divorce.[1]

Her novel and film version are very different, with a number of her traits being given to her brother and vice-versa. Being John Hammond's granddaughter, she is second-generation Scottish-American.

Jurassic Park (novel)

Alexis Murphy is first seen in the novel coming out of a helicopter with her little brother, Tim Murphy. Grant guessed she was no older than eight years old. Donald Gennaro expressed his outrage that John Hammond would allow children on the test tour, though in the film he seems to not mind it at all. Regardless, the children tagged along. Lex accompanied her brother and Ed Regis in the first car as they began the tour. She quickly became bored watching the dinosaurs do nothing and was glad to hear they were going back.

She is portrayed as an extremely whiny, irritating, unpleasant little girl with a love of sports. She hates dinosaurs and teases Tim about his fascination for them in the same way that their father does. Due to all of this, she nearly gets herself and others killed multiple times yet displays no change in character.

Novel version of Lex in early film art

Unfortunately, Dennis Nedry took the opportunity to cut the power off and the T. rex seized that opportunity to break through the fence. Lex and Tim stayed in the car as the dinosaur picked it up. Lex fell out of the car and was knocked unconscious. Lex awoke in the middle on an empty road to find Alan Grant at the edge. They eventually found Tim and Ed Regis, but Regis was killed before they could do anything about it.

The three began to walk through the park, trying to trip the motion detectors. The three spent the night in a storage room where Lex befriended a juvenile Triceratops. The group eventually found a raft and managed to out-paddle the T. rex. The group follows the river back to the main entrance and finally, after one final encounter with the T. rex, made it back to safety.

Alan Grant put the two kids in the cafeteria while he worked with the other adults. The kitchen was ambushed by a single Velociraptor that the siblings managed to trap inside a meat locker. Before they managed to trap the dinosaur, Tim is in danger and Lex sacrificed herself to saved her brother which proves her love for Tim. Luckily, they both are safe and managed to ran away. Knowing that there was nowhere safe, they began to help and were met up with Grant and Gennaro as they finished off the raptors.

The building was finally safe as they returned to the Control Room and play with the sound controls creating a Tyrannosaurus rex roar, frightening John Hammond who was walking outside. Lex and her brother were picked up by one of the helicopters before the island was bombed. Lex appeared playing in the hotel pool with her brother while Dr. Marty Guitierrez explained that the children would be allowed to go home, but the rest would be staying in Costa Rica indefinitely.

The Lost World (novel)

Lex is not mentioned by name in the sequel but it is stated that she is in prep school.[2]

Jurassic Park

In the movie, the roles of Tim and Lex were partly reversed; Lex is now the older sibling and is given Tim's computer hacking skills, while Tim is the younger sibling but keeps the same fascination for dinosaurs. Throughout the film, Lex wears a tank top decorated with multicolored spiral shapes, trousers, and a blue baseball cap. She is portrayed by Ariana Richards, who was 12 years old at that time. She along with Tim are first seen when they happily greet their grandfather as he brings the other guests down to take the tour car from the park.

Lex joins the main party on their trip through the park in the automated Explorers; riding in a car with her brother Tim and the lawyer, Donald Gennaro. She expresses alarm and shock when the command center tries to lure out the Tyrannosaurus rex with a live goat. When Gennaro sarcastically asks her why this bothers her, she retorts that she is a vegetarian. She is present with the main group when they encounter the sick Triceratops.

When the group becomes stranded at the Tyrannosaurus rex enclosure due to Nedry's sabotage, the group begins to feel tremors. Gennaro wonders if maybe it is the power trying to come back on while Tim surveys the enclosure with nightvision goggles. The group then realizes the goat from earlier is missing, with Lex asking what happened to it. Moments later, part of the goat falls on the sunroofer of her, Tim's and Gennaro's Explorer, with the now revealed ​​Tyrannosaurus rex in the process of eating it. The party then realizes to their horror that the electrified fences are down as the Tyrannosaurus rex rakes them its claws.

Ellie, Lex and Tim

Lex has very good computer skills and is a proficient computer hacker and is impressed by the interface the car had for the tourists. She was able to get Jurassic Park back online and the phones and the locks working again. She is initially shown to be optimistic and enthusiastic at the beginning of the first film and has an understandably juvenile personality. Though liked by Dr. Sattler, she is shown to be disliked by Dr. Grant, owing to his general dislike of children including her brother Tim, though he warms up to the Murphy children over the course of their survival in the Park. Lex is last seen sleeping against Grant's side as the group escapes Isla Nublar by N293G.

The Lost World: Jurassic Park (film)

Lex and Tim only appear in one scene of this film, when the disgraced Ian Malcolm comes to visit John Hammond in New York. They are concerned about their grandfather's declining health, as well as the hostile takeover of InGen by Hammond's nephew Peter Ludlow.

Lex has not appeared in any subsequent films.


LEGO Jurassic World

Lex Murphy from LEGO Jurassic World.

Lex Murphy is a playable character in LEGO Jurassic World. In the game, she has four abilities. Like most female characters in the game she possesses the Agile ability, allowing her to leap higher than male characters and can use special pink/blue objects to access new areas. Her Hacker ability allows her to access computer terminals to manipulate objects and in the game's retelling of the events of the 1st film, she uses this ability to restore power to the park. She also has the unique ability to throw baseballs as a ranged weapon which she can use to hit LEGO bulls-eye target, switches, or enemies. Using her Scream ability she can shatter LEGO glass by screaming loudly. She has two playable costumes, her initial outfit and baseball cap from the beginning of the first film and her "Survivor" outfit (her cap-less damaged and dirty outfit) from the end of the first film. Her standard character model and voice is also used as the default for the customizable character slot, Custom C. Interestingly despite Lex's cap appearing on the default of Custom slot C, it disappears if the slot is customized as her cap (complete with hair) does not appear as a customization option.

Comic books

Lex and her brother, now adults, are two of the primary characters in the comic book series Jurassic Park: Redemption. Lex's vegetarianism from the first film is extrapolated. Lex is now the CEO of LexxCrop, a company that produces organic crops. Lex's dislike of dinosaurs have only grown worse since the events of the park disaster, referring to them as the most savage and dangerous creatures on the planet.


Lex and her brother appear in the manga Jurassic Park.


  1. In a delete scene of Jurassic Park, Hammond asks the endersement team to be understanding because his grandchildren's parents are getting a divorce. The text of this scene can be read on the film script, scene 31.
  2. The Lost World: "Palo Alto"
Jurassic Park novel Characters
Alan GrantEllie SattlerIan MalcolmJohn HammondLewis DodgsonJohn ArnoldRobert MuldoonDennis NedryHenry WuEd RegisDonald GennaroLex MurphyTim MurphyGerry HardingMartin GutierrezClarenceRalphRexy
Jurassic Park Characters
Alan GrantEllie SattlerIan MalcolmJohn HammondDonald GennaroRobert MuldoonLex MurphyTim MurphyJohn Arnold/Ray ArnoldDennis NedryHenry WuLewis DodgsonThe Big OneKimRandyRexy
The Lost World: Jurassic Park Characters
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