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A.J. Cook
Born in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, to Michael and Sandra Cook, Andrea Joy Cook began acting at the age of 17. She has appeared in nearly a dozen films and several TV shows before the age of 25. Before taking up acting, she was a dancer, having started dancing competitively at age 4 in the styles of tap...
 
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Adelaide Clemens
Born and raised in Brisbane, Australia. Daughter of a British father. Clemens began working as an actress on Australian television while in high school. She guest-starred in a 2006 episode of Blue Water High as Juliet, and in 2007, she starred in the children's series Pirate Islands: The Lost Treasure of Fiji as Alison...
 
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Adrianne Palicki
Actress, John Wick
Adrianne Palicki was born on May 6, 1983 in Toledo, Ohio, to Nancy (French) and Jeffrey Palicki. Her father is of Polish and Hungarian descent, and her mother is of English and German ancestry. Adrianne graduated from Whitmer High School. She did not take the stage in her first play until she was a sophomore at Whitmer High School...
 
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Agam Darshi
Actress, Sanctuary
Agam was born in England and raised all over Canada: Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary and finally settled in Vancouver. She received a BFA in visual arts, with a focus in photography and minor in theatre, from the University of Calgary. When Agam first moved to Vancouver, she got an agent and booked her first professional role in Renegadepress.com...
 
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Aimee Garcia
Actress, Dexter
A Chicago native of Mexican and Puerto Rican descent, she made her professional stage debut at the age of seven in Paul Mejia's "Cinderella" at The Auditorium Theatre. By the age of twelve, she was dancing 20 shows a month as "Clara" in "The Nutcracker". She joined the Young People's Company, whose alumni include John Cusack,Joan Cusack...
 
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Aimee Teegarden
Aimee Richelle Teegarden, born October 10, 1989, is an American actress, model and producer. She starred as Julie Taylor in the NBC drama Friday Night Lights from 2006 to 2011. In 2011, she co-starred with Dennis Quaid in Martin Guigui's thriller Beneath the Darkness. Later she plays Jenny Randall in the horror film Scream 4 and as Nova Prescott in the Disney film Prom...
 
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Aisha Tyler
Actress, Archer
Aisha Tyler born September 18, 1970 is an American talk show host, actress, comedian, author, producer, writer, and director. She is known for portraying Andrea Marino in the first season of Ghost Whisperer, voicing Lana Kane in Archer, and portraying Mother Nature in the Santa Clause film series, as well as recurring roles in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Talk Soup.
 
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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Actress, Jodhaa Akbar
Aishwarya Rai (Ash) is one of Bollywood's pre-eminent leading ladies. This Indian darling burst upon the world stage when her striking beauty, poise and commanding intelligence won her the Miss World crown in 1994. This former architecture major soon became one of India's most famous models, landing a prestigious Pepsi-Cola campaign and appearing in Vogue Magazine...
 
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Alana De La Garza
Actress, Law & Order
Alana De La Garza was born in Columbus, Ohio and later relocated to Texas, ultimately attending the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). After college, she moved to Orlando, Florida, landing roles in a number of independent films as well as commercials. Her work took her to New York, where she studied extensively under renowned acting instructor JoAnna Beckson...
 
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Alberta Watson
Alberta Watson, well known to television audiences for her Gemini award-nominated role as Madeline on La Femme Nikita, enjoys a long and diverse career in television and film. A native of Toronto, Watson began performing with a local theater group as a teenager. She received a Genie nomination for Best Supporting Actress for one of her first movie roles...
 
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Alex Kingston
Actress, ER
 
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Alexandra Daddario
Actress, San Andreas
Alexandra Daddario is an American actress. She is known for playing "Annabeth Chase" in the "Percy Jackson" film series and "Blake Gaines" in San Andreas. She starred in the films, Texas Chainsaw 3D and Hall Pass, and has guest-starred on TV series, including White Collar, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, True Detective, and American Horror Story: Hotel...
 
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Alexandra Paul
Actress, Christine
Alexandra Paul was modeling when she decided to forego college at Stanford University and pursue acting. The star of over 70 feature films and television programs, she can also be seen in the award-winning documentary Who Killed the Electric Car?. Internationally recognized for her 5-year starring role as "Lt. Stephanie Holden" in the hit series Baywatch...
 
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Alexandra Silber
Actress, 1408
Raised in Detroit Michigan by two loving parents, Alexandra attended the prestigious Interlochen Arts Camp throughout her childhood, later enrolling in the Interlochen Arts Academy for most of her high school career. After graduating, she chose to hone her incredible acting skills at the Royal Scottish Academy in Glasgow...
 
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Ali Larter
A native of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, Ali began modeling at age 13 and traveled the world before moving to Los Angeles to study acting. Her first professional acting job was a role on the television series Chicago Sons. She received her breakthrough in the high school football drama Varsity Blues which included her infamous whipped cream bikini scene...
 
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Ali Liebert
Actress, Bomb Girls
Ali Liebert is a 2015 Canadian Screen Award winner ("Best Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series") for her portrayal of Betty Mcrae in Reelz/Global TV's original hit series, Bomb Girls. In July 2013, she also won a Leo Award for the same character. Most recently she recurred as a gun slinging young widower in the gold rush era series, Strange Empire (CBC)...
 
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Alice Eve
Alice Sophia Eve was born in London, England. Her father is Trevor Eve and her mother is Sharon Maughan, both fellow actors. She is the eldest of three children. Eve has English, Irish and Welsh ancestry. Her family moved to Los Angeles, California when she was young as her father tried to crack the American market. However, they returned to the United Kingdom when she was age 13...
 
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Alicia Witt
Actor/singer songwriter Alicia Witt has had a nearly three-decade long career, starting with her film debut, in 1984, as "Alia" in David Lynch's science fiction classic, Dune. Witt was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, to Diane (Pietro), a high school teacher, and Robert Witt, a photographer and science teacher...
 
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Alisen Down
Alisen Down was born and raised in British Columbia, Canada. After graduating high school, she attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles, California and from there went to England to study with the British American Academy in Oxford. Since then has had lead, recurring and guest star roles on several Television series and movies...
 
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Allison Scagliotti
Actress, Warehouse 13
Allison Scagliotti was born on September 21, 1990 in Monterey, California, USA as Allison Glenn Scagliotti. She is an actress, known for Warehouse 13 (2009), Redemption Maddie (2007) and Read It and Weep (2006). Her most recent television series is Stitchers on ABC Family (2015) where she plays the character Camille.
 
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Ally Walker
Actress, Santa Barbara
Ally Walker was born in Tullahoma, Tennessee and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Actress Ally Walker studied biology and chemistry at the University of California Santa Cruz and went on to work for a genetic engineering firm in San Francisco. While spending a semester at Richmond College of the Arts in London...
 
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Aly Michalka
Actress, Easy A
Aly Michalka was born in Torrance, California, to Carrie (Begley), a musician, and Mark Michalka, who owns a contracting company. She has German, as well as English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh, ancestry. Aly began acting at the age of five in stage productions by churches her family attended outside Seattle...
 
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Alyssa Milano
Actress, Charmed
Alyssa Milano comes from an Italian-American family; her mother Lin Milano is a fashion designer and father Thomas Milano is a film music editor. Alyssa was born in a working-class neighborhood in Brooklyn and grew up in a modest house on Staten Island. One day her babysitter, who was an aspiring dancer...
 
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Amanda Peet
Actress, 2012
Amanda Peet was born and raised in New York City. She is the daughter of Penny (Levy), a social worker, and Charles Peet, a lawyer, and has an older sister. Her father was of mostly English and German ancestry, and her mother was from a Jewish family (from Germany, Russia, and Hungary). Peet's great-grandfathers were politician Samuel Levy and showbiz impresario S.L. Rothafel...
 
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Amanda Righetti
Actress, The Mentalist
Amanda Righetti is a Utah-born, Nevada-raised actor/producer and Best Actress Award winner by the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival. Righetti began her career at 14, as a young model, but made waves as the trust-fund squandering, world-traveling black sheep, "Hailey Nichol", on Fox's The O.C....
 
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Amanda Tapping
Actress, Stargate SG-1
Born In England, raised in Canada. BFA Acting University of Windsor. Amanda spent 12 seasons on Stargate SG-1 and its spin-offs, Stargate: Atlantis and SGU Stargate Universe, as "Samantha Carter". She then took on the lead role of "Dr. Helen Magnus" on the television series Sanctuary, a project she had been nurturing from its inception on the internet...
 
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Amber Tamblyn
Actress, 127 Hours
Amber Rose Tamblyn was born May 14, 1983 in Santa Monica, California. Amber caught an agent's eye at the age of ten after a performance in "Pippi Longstocking". She has appeared in Live Nude Girls and Johnny Mysto: Boy Wizard. In addition, her most popular role has been the role of "Emily Bowen-Quartermaine" of the popular soap General Hospital...
 
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America Ferrera
Actress, Ugly Betty
America Georgine Ferrera (born April 18, 1984) is an American actress. She is known for her leading role as Betty Suarez on the American Broadcasting Company's comedy-drama television series Ugly Betty (2006-10). Her acting garnered critical acclaim, and she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Television Series Musical or Comedy...
 
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Ami Sheth
Actress, Walkaway
 
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Amy Acker
Born and raised in Dallas, Texas where she graduated Lake Highlands High School, Amy Acker is the oldest of four children; she has two sisters and one brother. An acting major at Southern Methodist University, Amy acted in several college theater productions. She appeared in various roles during the fantasy segments for the popular award-winning children's TV series Wishbone...
 
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Amy Adams
Actress, Arrival
Amy Lou Adams was born in Vicenza, Veneto, Italy, to American parents, Kathryn (Hicken) and Richard Kent Adams, a U.S. serviceman who was stationed at Caserma Ederle in Italy at the time. She was raised in a Mormon family of seven children in Castle Rock, Colorado, and has English, as well as smaller amounts of Danish, Swiss-German, and Norwegian, ancestry...
 
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Amy Brenneman
Actress, Heat
Amy Frederica Brenneman was born in New London, Connecticut, to Frederica (Shoenfield), a judge in the Connecticut State Superior Court, and Russell Langdon Brenneman, Jr., an environmental lawyer. Amy's mother was one of the first women to graduate from Harvard. Amy is also a graduate of Harvard, where she majored in comparative religion...
 
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Amy Carlson
Actress, Blue Bloods
Born in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, Amy Carlson spent most of her early life in the Chicago area. But when Amy was in Junior High School, she and her family also lived in the Middle East where her parents, Bob and Barb, taught at the American School. Amy has three siblings, sisters Betsy and Lori and brother Joe...
 
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Amy Gumenick
Los Angeles based actress, Amy Gumenick, grew up in the competitive dance and theater world, where she discovered her love for performance at a very early age. Though the performing arts were constant in her upbringing, she formally cultivated her passion for acting at the University of California, Santa Barbara where she earned a BFA in theater...
 
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Amy Jo Johnson
Actress, Felicity
Amy Jo Johnson grew up on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA. As a child she competed as a gymnast, learning skills that would later be of great use to her in her breakthrough role as Kimberly Hart the Pink Ranger on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. She gave up competing when she was 17, and concentrated more on her acting interests...
 
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Ana Claudia Talancón
Ana Claudia Talancon was born on May 1st, 1980 in Cancun, Mexico. Her first performance was in her home town Quintana Roo in Cancun. She studied acting in Cancun with the Cuban professor Albio Paz. She later went to Mexico City to continue her studies at the Acting Workshop of Héctor Mendoza and Raúl Quintanilla...
 
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Anastasia Griffith
Actress, Alfie
Anastasia trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art having already completed a degree in History of Art at Bristol University. Born to her Northern Irish mother (once an actress herself) and American father she was brought up along with her six elder brothers in West London where she still remains today.
 
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Andrea Parker
Actress, The Pretender
Parker is a native Californian. She began ballet study at age 6, trained with youth programs around the country and, at age 15, joined the San Francisco Ballet. After three years of touring, she switched to contemporary dance and began studying acting while working as a bartender. Shortly thereafter...
 
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Andrea Roth
Actress, Rescue Me
Andrea Roth, a first generation Scottish-Dutch Canadian, was born in Woodstock, Ontario. Her first theatrical appearance was in The Miracle Worker when she was eleven. She received her big show business break when she starred in the mini-series A Woman of Independent Means, playing Sally Field's character's daughter Eleanor...
 
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Angela Sarafyan
Angela Sarafyan is an Armenian American actress. She has appeared as a guest-star in several television series such as Judging Amy and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Sarafyan has acted in the feature films: On the Doll, Kabluey, The Informers, A Beautiful Life, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, A Good Old Fashioned Orgy, and Lost and Found in Armenia. In 2016 she starred as Clementine Pennyfeather in HBO's Westworld.
 
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Angelina Jolie
Actress, Maleficent
Angelina Jolie is an Oscar-winning actress who became popular after playing the title role in the "Lara Croft" blockbuster movies, as well as Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Wanted, Salt and Maleficent. Off-screen, Jolie has become prominently involved in international charity projects, especially those involving refugees...
 
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Anisha Nagarajan
Actress, Outsourced
Nagarajan's parents are immigrants from India. Her mother, Geetha Nagarajan, is a former developmental specialist at Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic. Her father, Nandu Nagarajan, is a professor and academic at the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. She has one brother, Arjun...
 
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Anna Chlumsky
Actress, Veep
 
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Anna Paquin
Actress, The Piano
Anna Paquin is the first millennial to have received an Academy Award nomination for acting, and the first to win. She was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, in 1982, to Mary (Brophy), an English teacher from Wellington, New Zealand, and Brian Paquin, a Canadian phys-ed teacher. Anna moved to her mother's native country when she was four years old...
 
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Anna Silk
Actress, Lost Girl
Anna Silk is a Canadian actress born in New Brunswick, Canada who graduated from St. Thomas University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1997. She appeared in at least two productions at the St. Thomas Theatre, "Seven Menus" and "The Kitchen." Anna has guest starred in numerous television shows but most famously known for playing Bo, the lead role in the hit television series Lost Girl.
 
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Anna Torv
Actress, Fringe
Anna Torv (born 7 June 1979) is an Australian actress known for her role as FBI agent Olivia Dunham on the Fox television series Fringe (2008-2013). Torv was born in Melbourne, Victoria, the daughter of Susan (née Carmichael) and Hans Torv, also grew up in Gold Coast, Queensland. Her father is of Estonian descent, but was born in Stirling, Scotland.[4] Her mother is of Scottish descent.
 
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Annabelle Wallis
Actress, Annabelle
Annabelle Wallis was born in Oxford, but spent much of her childhood in Portugal, attending Saint Dominic's International School. She did several short films before she moved to London to pursue a career in movies. In London, she did some advertisements and went to drama school. Her maternal uncle is actor Richard Harris...
 
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Annabeth Gish
Actress, Mystic Pizza
A versatile actress, Annabeth Gish weathered the transition from child actor to adult, with a variety of dramatic and comedic roles on film and television. Anne Elizabeth Gish was born on March 13, 1971 in Albuquerque, New Mexico and moved with her family to Cedar Falls, at the age of two. Her parents were both teachers; her father...
 
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AnnaLynne McCord
Actress, 90210
AnnaLynne McCord is an American actress, writer, director and former model. Known for playing vixen-type roles. McCord first gained prominence in 2007 as the scheming Eden Lord on the FX television series Nip/Tuck, and as the pampered Loren Wakefield on the MyNetworkTV telenovela American Heiress...
 
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Anne Dudek
Actress, White Chicks
Anne was raised in Newton, Massachusetts. She got the role of Iphigenia in "The Iphigenia Cycle" in Chicago while still in theater school at Northwestern University. She was a resident artist at The Court Theatre in Chicago. The production moved off-Broadway to New York City, where she won the Joseph E...
 
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Annette Bening
Annette Bening was born on May 29, 1958 in Topeka, Kansas, the youngest of four children of Shirley (Ashley), a soloist and church singer, and Arnett Grant Bening, an insurance salesman. She has German and English ancestry. Her family moved to California when she was young, and she grew up there. She...
 
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April L. Hernandez
One of the most respected Latino actors in Hollywood, April Hernandez-Castillo's personal life-story is one of victory. Her feature film debut as Eva Benitez in the Image Award nominated MTV film, Freedom Writers, alongside Academy Award-winner Hilary Swank, put her in the ranks of some of the biggest names in the industry...
 
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Archie Panjabi
Actress, The Good Wife
Archie made her film debut in the British hit East Is East. Since then, she has continued to work on international blockbuster films, from Bend It Like Beckham and The Constant Gardener to critically acclaimed films like A Mighty Heart (starring opposite Angelina Jolie) and Yasmin (written by Simon Beaufoy)...
 
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Ashley Greene
Actress, Twilight
Ashley Michele Greene was born in Jacksonville, Florida to parents Michele (Tatum), an insurance broker, and Joseph Lacy Greene, US Marine who runs a concrete business. A self-confessed tomboy and "daredevil", Ashley loved to try to keep up with her older brother Joe, taking on activities such as taekwondo and winning several awards...
 
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Ashley Johnson
Actress, The Avengers
Ashley was raised in a musical family that goes on for generations and generations. Her grandmother was famous concert pianist Evelyn Taft, also known as Evelyn Johnson. Ashley is classically trained in piano and also plays the guitar and the ukulele. She has been a part of many bands and enjoys playing music.
 
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Ashley Judd
Actress, Divergent
American actress and political activist Ashley Judd was born Ashley Tyler Ciminella on April 19, 1968, in Granada Hills, California. She grew up in a family of successful performing artists as the daughter of country music singer Naomi Judd and the sister of Wynonna Judd. While she is best known for an ongoing acting career spanning more than two decades...
 
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Ashley Tisdale
Ashley Michelle Tisdale (born July 2, 1985) is an American actress, singer, and producer. During her childhood, she appeared in more than 100 TV advertisements and had roles in theatre and television shows. In 2004, she was cast as Maddie Fitzpatrick in Disney Channel's The Suite Life of Zack & Cody...
 
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Athena Karkanis
Actress, Wild Kratts
Canadian actress Athena Karkanis began her professional career in acting in 2003 with an episode on the Chappelle's Show. Since that time, Athena has an extensive career in film, television and voice acting. Her credits include the Canadian teen drama The Best Years, The Border, and Wild Kratts...
 
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Audrey Tautou
Actress, Amélie
Audrey Justine Tautou was born on August 9, 1976 in Beaumont, France, to Evelyne Marie Laure (Nuret), a teacher, and Bernard Tautou, a dental surgeon. Audrey showed an interest for comedy at an early age and started her acting lessons at 'Cours Florent'. In 1998 she won the best young actress award in the ninth 'Jeune Comedien de Cinema Festival' in Bezier...
 
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Aunjanue Ellis
Actress, The Help
Aunjanue Ellis was born in San Francisco, California. She graduated from the Brown University, and later attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. During her career, Ellis performed on Off-Broadway theater, appeared in many film, and had roles on television. In film, she is best known for her roles in "Men of Honor" (2000)...
 
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Autumn Reeser
Actress, Sully
Autumn Reeser is an American actress born in Southern California to Kim and Tom Reeser. She and her younger sister, Melissa, were raised in Carlsbad and Oceanside in a home that valued and respected the arts. Melissa became a prolific writer/poet and Autumn performed in numerous musicals with the Carlsbad Youth Theater from the ages of six to seventeen...
 
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Aya Sumika
Actress, Numb3rs
 
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Beatrice Rosen
Beatrice Rosen, (born November 29, 1984) also credited as Béatrice Rosen and Béatrice Rosenblatt, is an American-born French actress. Rosen was born in New York City in the United States, although she grew up in Paris where she started acting. Rosen played a role in the eighth season of the WB series Charmed as innocent Maya Holmes as Piper Halliwell's first new identity...
 
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Beau Garrett
Actress, TRON: Legacy
Hired by GUESS! in the late 1990s as one of their new, fresh faces, Beau Jesse Garrett was born in Beverly Hills, California and grew up in Topanga Canyon. She was discovered, as many are, by a scout who saw her in a local shopping mall. She has one sister. Recently, she has played a quite sensual character on the HBO comedy series Entourage...
 
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Becki Newton
Actress, Ugly Betty
Becki grew up in Guilford, Connecticut. She started performing in local productions and summer stock theater at age 13. She studied European History at the University of Pennsylvania, during which time she spent several semesters abroad. After graduating, Becki immediately moved to NYC to pursue Broadway...
 
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Belinda Stewart-Wilson
Belinda Stewart-Wilson is an English actress, born in London, England, U.K. She is best known for her role in the popular TV sitcom The Inbetweeners as Polly McKenzie. Her father is a British Army officer Sir Blair Stewart-Wilson.During childhood she grew up on various military postings in the UK, Germany...
 
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Bellamy Young
Actress, Scandal
Born in Asheville, North Carolina, Bellamy is a graduate of Yale University. She also studied at Oxford University in England. In New York, she starred on Broadway as Mary in Cy Coleman's "The Life" and also as Meg in the revival of Stephen Sondheim's "Merrily We Roll Along". Other notable theater...
 
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Beyoncé Knowles
Beyoncé was born in Houston, Texas. Her father, Mathew Knowles, manages Destiny's Child. Her mother, Tina Knowles (née Celestine Ann Beyincé), designs their glittering costumes. Solange Knowles, her sister (they're about 5 years apart), has released her debut album. She dances with her big sister during DC-3 concerts. Beyoncé is of African-American and Creole descent...
 
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Bitty Schram
Actress, Monk
Born in New York City, Schram attended the University of Maryland on a tennis scholarship. She is best known for her role as Adrian Monk's original personal assistant, Sharona Fleming, on the TV series, Monk. She is also known for her film debut role as "Evelyn Gardner", the sobbing right-fielder...
 
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Blake Lively
Actress, Gossip Girl
Blake Lively was born Blake Ellender Brown in Tarzana, California, to a show business family. Her mother, Elaine Lively (née McAlpin), is an acting coach and talent manager, and her father, Ernie Lively (born Ernest Wilson Brown, Jr.), is an actor and teacher. Her brother is actor Eric Lively...
 
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Brandy Ledford
Actress, Modern Family
Brandy Ledford has been in the entertainment business her whole life. She started performing at an early age as a dancer and went on to become the 1980 World Champions with the drill team that comprised most of her childhood. After high school, Brandy took a turn at modeling. While prevailing quite successfully in that field...
 
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