Stephen Amell is a Canadian actor, known for portraying Oliver Queen / Green Arrow in the Arrowverse television franchise (based on the comic character of the same name) and Casey Jones in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.
Stephen Adam Amell was born on May 8, 1981 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to Sandra (Bolté) and Thomas Amell. His cousin is actor Robbie Amell. He is of English, Scottish, German, and one sixteenth French-Canadian, descent. Stephen decided to pursue a career in acting when he was in his teens. He appeared in two episodes of the fourth season of Queer as Folk as the Liberty Ride spinning instructor in 2004. Amell played Adam in the first season of the television series Dante's Cove; he was replaced in the second season by Jon Fleming. In 2007, Amell won a Gemini Award for his guest-starring role on ReGenesis. The same year he was also nominated for a Gemini Award in the Best Ensemble Cast Category for Rent-a-Goalie. He had recurring roles in the TV series Da Kink in My Hair and Heartland. On December 3, 2010, Amell joined the cast of The Vampire Diaries as werewolf 'Brady' for season 2. Amell starred as Joran Van Der Sloot in the Lifetime film Justice for Natalee Holloway which originally aired in May 2011.
On October 2, 2011, season 3 of HBO's series Hung premiered with Amell starring as busboy-turned-prostitute Jason, a younger rival "ho" to Thomas Jane's Ray Drecker. He also appeared as Jim in the fourth season of 90210. Amell announced on October 28, 2011 that he had just finished filming the Christmas episode of New Girl with Zooey Deschanel and Max Greenfield. He touches on the experience of filming his first "network half hour comedy" in an interview with Daemon's TV. On November 9, 2011, Amell was announced for the recurring role of Scottie, a paramedic on ABC's Private Practice. He also plays the role of Travis in Blue Mountain State In January 2012, Amell was cast as the title character in The CW series Arrow, a re-imagining of the comic-book character Green Arrow. On March 31, 2015, Amell joined the film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows as vigilante Casey Jones, which will be released on June 3, 2016. As an avid professional wrestling fan, Amell had long campaigned for a guest appearance on WWE's weekly Raw program, when in late May 2015 it was reported that he was tentatively set to wrestle Stardust at WWE's SummerSlam pay-per-view on August 23, 2015. Amell made his first WWE appearance on the May 25 Raw, where he had a confrontation with Stardust. However, after the real-life death of Stardust's father Dusty Rhodes in June 2015, reports speculated that the match had been scrapped. Despite this, Amell stated at the 2015 Comic Con International in July 2015, "I'm probably gonna do some stuff with the WWE. I don't know if that means a wrestling match. We'll see."
Amell returned to Raw on August 10, continuing his story-line with Stardust when he stepped into the ring after being assaulted in the audience by Stardust, attacking the wrestler until being contained by security. Following a backstage segment with Triple H, it was announced that Neville would team with Amell to face Stardust and King Barrett at SummerSlam. At the event on August 23, Amell and Neville defeated Barrett and Stardust in a tag team match. Neville and Barrett started and after Neville used his speed to control the action, Barrett tagged in Stardust. Stardust insisted that Amell enter the ring, a challenge accepted in a way that both imitated and bettered Stardust's own athletic ring entrance. Stardust first pushed Amell to the canvas, Amell then responded with a kip-up and a stiff front thrust kick to Stardust's chest. For the next few minutes Amell was controlled by Stardust and Barrett, and absorbed punches, kicks, knees, slams, falls from ring to floor, and an attack on the floor by the non-legal man, Stardust. Upon returning to the ring, and hitting Stardust with an Enzuigiri, Amell made a hot tag to Neville, who dominated both opponents. The conclusion of the match came after Amell dove off the top corner ropes onto Stardust and Barrett who were standing on the floor below. The match ended after Neville hit his finisher, the Red Arrow, on Barrett and pinned him. Behind the scenes, wrestlers were said to have been impressed with Amell's performance. There were also talks of a potential singles match with Stardust. On December 21, Amell was awarded a Slammy for the "Celebrity Moment of the Year" for his dive onto Stardust.
Amell has hosted a number of successful fund-raising campaigns via the crowd funded merchandise platform Represent.com. In 2014, Amell partnered with the charity Fuck Cancer to raise almost a million dollars with the release of a T-shirt featuring his face on the front (with a Post-it note on his forehead, and featuring the organization's name). He ended up selling over 60,000 shirts from this campaign. In January 2015, Amell launched his second Represent.com campaign featuring a word he made up, Sinceriously, to benefit two mental health charities: Paws and Stripes, and Stand For The Silent. In August 2015, Amell used his guest appearance on WWE Raw with Stardust to raise funds via his third campaign for children's hospice Emily's House in Toronto. The campaign raised $300,000, and Amell and Stardust presented a check together at Emily's House.
Amell married actress and model Cassandra Jean on December 25, 2012 in a private ceremony in the Caribbean, and for a second time in New Orleans on May 26, 2013. The couple have a daughter, Mavi, born in 2013. Growing up, Amell was a fan of various local sporting teams, such as the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Toronto Raptors and the Toronto Blue Jays. Amell is still very involved with the sports; he often jokes with fans telling them to skip Maple Leafs games and watch Arrow when the team faces a tough opponent, and recently, Amell campaigned to have Jays' third baseman Josh Donaldson elected to the 2015 all-star game.
Born in 1991 in Winter Park, Florida, Spencer began to show an interest in the arts at a young age. When asked in school to draw what she would be when she got older, 6 year old Spencer drew herself on-stage with a star over her head. Two years later, she had enrolled in acting classes and immediately started booking numerous television commercials in the Orlando, Florida area.
With sights set high, 11 year-old Spencer and family set off to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams. Within a year's time, she booked a guest starring role on CBS's "Without A Trace" and a role in Sony Pictures' feature film "Spanglish". Shortly thereafter, Spencer began recurring as "Bitsy" on the Nickelodeon series "Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide".
In 2004, Spencer stole the hearts of producers Robert Zemeckis, Steven Speilberg and director Gil Kenan and won the lead role of "Jenny" in Sony Pictures / Imagemovers' feature film, "Monster House". This was one of the first "Motion Capture" films of the time. She was nominated for an Annie Award for her role role as "Jenny". At 14 years of age, Spencer booked the lead role of "K-Mart" in "Resident Evil: Extinction". Her character lived to see the 4th installment, "Resident Evil: Afterlife", which was released in 2010. Spencer has guest starred in numerous television shows throughout this time such as "Cougar Town", " In Plain Sight", "Vampire Diaries", "Cold Case", and "Love Bites". She most recently filmed a movie for Lifetime called "Bling Ring", which airs this summer. In 2008, Spencer filmed an independent mini-series called "Twentysixmiles" which is looking for distribution. Spencer has also had the opportunity to be a part of a couple of independent films such as "Karaoke Man", and has a lead role in Joseph Kahn's "Detention", which has recently been acquired by Sony Films for worldwide distribution. Spencer lives in Los Angeles with her family and looks forward to a bright future.
Mia Kirshner was born in Toronto, Ontario on January 25, 1975, to Etti, a teacher, and Sheldon Kirshner, a journalist. Her father is of Polish Jewish descent and her mother is a Bulgarian Jewish immigrant. Mia had a middle class upbringing and graduated from the prestigious McGill University with a degree in English Literature. She had a love for acting from her school days at the Jarvis Institute, and her parents helped find her a talent agent at the age of 12.
By the age of 15, Mia was acting professionally and made her film debut in 1993 in Denys Arcand's Love and Human remains. Kirshner won a Genie nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a supporting role for her part in the film. Mia's performance also brought her to the attention of Atom Egoyan, who cast her as the female lead in the 1996 film Exotica. Mia's depiction of a sexy stripper in the film, won her critical acclaim, and by 1996 she established herself with an equally inspiring performance in The Crow: City of Angels.
Having established herself in Hollywood as a leading and versatile performer, Mia also appeared in the first three episodes of 24 as the assassin Mandy in 2001. She would later reprise the role for the second season's finale and in the latter half of the show's fourth season. Also in 2001, Kirshner played Catherine Wyler, The Cruelest Girl in School, in Not Another Teen Movie. The character is primarily a spoof of Kathryn Merteuil (played by Sarah Michelle Gellar) in Cruel Intentions, and was partially based on Mackenzie Siler (played by Anna Paquin) from She's All That. In Marilyn Manson's music video for "Tainted Love", which was featured on the movie's soundtrack, she made a cameo appearance as her character Catherine Wyler.
In 2004, Kirshner was cast as author Jenny Schecter, a main character in the drama series The L Word. She remained with the show for all of the show's six seasons through 2009. She won several awards for her role as Jenny Schecter, and a world-wide fan base which followed her character throughout the seasons of the L Word.
In 2006, Mia starred in Brian De Palma's The Black Dahlia in which she plays the young aspiring actress, Elizabeth Short, who was mysteriously mutilated and murdered in 1947. While the film itself was critically panned, many reviews singled out her performance for acclaim. In 2010, Kirshner co-starred in the film 30 Days of Night: Dark Days which began filming in the fall of 2009. In 2010, she was cast as Isobel Fleming, a guest role on The Vampire Diaries.
In 2011, she voiced the title character in Bear 71, a National Film Board of Canada web documentary that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
On April 20, 2012, it was announced that Kirshner would join the new Syfy series Defiance.
Kirshner was ranked #43 on the Maxim Hot 100 Women of 2002. She and Beverly Polcyn were nominated for Best Kiss at the 2002 MTV Movie Awards for Not Another Teen Movie. In 2012 it was announced that Kirshner would be the face of Monica Rich Kosann's jewelry collection.
Already established as Canada's most decorated female performer, Mia is also a decorated writer, winning acclaim for her 2007 book I Live Here.
Claire Rhiannon Holt (born June 11, 1988) portrays the role of Rebekah Mikaelson in The Vampire Diaries and The Originals. Her most notable roles are Samara in Pretty Little Liars, Chastity Meyer in Mean Girls 2 and Emma Gilbert in H2O: Just Add Water.
Claire was born in Brisbane, Australia. She graduated from Stuartholme School in Toowong at the end of 2005. She is involved in several sports: swimming, volleyball, water polo, and Tae-Kwon-Do, in which she has a black belt. When she was younger, she was in her school's choir.
In 2006, she won the role of Emma Gilbert in the Network Ten children's television series H2O: Just Add Water. The show has earned a Logie Award and Nickelodeon Australia Kids' Choice Award. While the series was renewed for a third series, she left the show after series two, after signing on for the sequel to the 2007 film The Messengers, titled Messengers 2: The Scarecrow. Filming took place in Sofia, Bulgaria throughout 2008. Starring alongside Norman Reedus and Heather Stephens, the film was released 21 July 2009 straight-to-DVD. In August 2011, she was confirmed to be in the TV series The Vampire Diaries as Rebekah Mikaelson. In addition to television and film roles, she has appeared in advertisements for Dreamworld theme park, Sizzler Restaurant, and Queensland Surf Lifesaving. BuddyTV ranked her #55 on its TV's 100 Sexiest Women of 2011 list.
Tonkin was born in Sydney. When she was four, she attended dance courses in classical ballet, hip hop, contemporary dance, and tap dance. At the age of 12, Tonkin began courses at the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) at the Wharf Theatre. Tonkin attended Loreto Kirribilli and later graduated from the Queenwood School for Girls.
In December 2005, Tonkin was cast as the role of Cleo Sertori on the Australian children television series H2O: Just Add Water which follows the lives of three teenage girls who turn into mermaids. Tonkin improved on her swimming abilities during the pre-production of the series. The series premiered on 7 July 2006 on Network Ten and has since gone on to be aired to a worldwide audience of more than 250 million. To promote the series she and her co-stars presented the best band award at the Nickelodeon UK Kids' Choice Awards in October 2007. In 2008, Tonkin was nominated for "Best Lead Actress in a Television Series" at the prestigious Australian Film Institute Awards. The series ran for three seasons with the series finale airing on 16 April 2010.
Tonkin has also appeared on fellow Australian television shows Packed to the Rafters and Home and Away. In September 2010, Tonkin made her film debut starring in the Australian action ensemble film Tomorrow, When the War Began. In the film, which revolves around a group of teenagers waging a guerrilla war against an invading foreign power in their fictional hometown of Wirrawee, she played the role of the rich and uptight Fiona Maxwell. In December 2010, a sequel was announced with Tonkin expected to return, though production of a sequel never came to fruition.
In January 2011, Tonkin moved to Los Angeles to pursue an international acting career. She was cast in March 2011 as Faye Chamberlain on The CW supernatural drama series The Secret Circle which premiered on 15 September 2011 to over 3.5 million viewers. The series follows a group of young witches who are a part of a secret coven. For her performance, Tonkin has received critical acclaim, with critics referring to her as the breakout star of the series; she was featured on Variety's list of "new faces to watch" and named one of 2011's breakout TV stars by E! Online. The Secret Circle, however, had only one full season as it was canceled on 11 May 2012.
In August 2010, Tonkin was cast in the 3D horror film Bait 3D. Filming took place on Australia's Gold Coast and follows a group of strangers who are trapped in a supermarket after a freak tsunami with a pack of great white sharks. The film was expected to be released in Australia in September 2012. In August 2012, Tonkin joined the cast of The CW television series, The Vampire Diaries, in the recurring role of Hayley, a friend of Tyler. She joined her co-star from H2O: Just Add Water, Claire Holt, who portrays Rebekah Mikaelson on the show.
On 11 January 2013, The CW confirmed that a spin-off series to The Vampire Diaries was in the works, titled The Originals. The series revolves around the Original Vampire family members, and Tonkin would "be heavily featured in the prospective pilot" of the series. The CW confirmed on 13 February that Claire Holt would also join the cast of The Originals, marking the third time Tonkin and Holt have starred together on a show. Tonkin has had a main role in the first three seasons.
Tonkin has appeared in a number of advertisements which include Vauxhall Motors and was previously signed to Chic Management. Her modeling career includes shoots for Girlfriend, Teen Vogue, ELLE Australia, Miss Vogue Australia, Vogue Australia, Dolly and Free People. Tonkin has also appeared in Miles Fisher's music video "Don't Let Go". In 2012 Tonkin opened a website about health with friend Teresa Palmer called YourZenLife.
Sean Hardy Faris was born in Houston, Texas, to Katherine (Miller) and Warren Stephen Faris. His ancestry is English, along with some German, Scottish, and Irish.
Faris moved to Ohio at age 12 and has been honing his craft in Los Angeles since moving four years upon his high school graduation. He received an MTV Movie Award for his lead role in Summit Entertainment's hit Never Back Down, and starred as Betty White's grandson and Jennifer Love Hewitt's love interest in the CBS Hallmark Hall of Fame telefilm The Lost Valentine. In addition to his central role in the rugby-inspired feature Forever Strong, he appeared as Dennis Quaid's eldest son in Paramount's hit remake of the classic Yours, Mine & Ours and previously starred as the hunky object of affection in MGM's comedy romp Sleepover. Next on the horizon is the crime thriller Pawn in which he stars opposite Academy Award-winner Forest Whitaker, and the coveted title role in The Story of Bonnie & Clyde. In direct contrast, Faris starred as the lead in FOX's acclaimed drama series Reunion which followed six close friends from their high school graduation to their 20th reunion. He previously led the cast of ABC's dramatic series Life As We Know It. Based upon British author Melvin Burgess' controversial novel Doing It, the acclaimed show chronicled the sexual antics of a group of high school friends in Seattle. For his role as sensitive jock Dino Whitman, he was heralded as a breakout talent by the likes of Daily Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, and USA Today. A more recent foray into television included a multi-episode arc on The CW's top-rated Vampire Diaries. No stranger to television, Faris has also guest-starred on such shows as Smallville, One Tree Hill, and Boston Public. His big screen debut featured him alongside the likes of Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett in Michael Bay's epic Pearl Harbor.
Paul was raised in the Marlboro, New Jersey. His parents immigrated from Poland, where he spent a large portion of his childhood. Many of his relatives still reside there. He has 3 sisters, two younger and one older. His eldest sister is an attorney.
During his high school years, Paul attended Christian Brothers Academy, Marlboro High School, and Lake Prep. He was expelled from the first school for getting into fights.
Paul was actively involved in New York City theater studies during his high school years. Whilst his junior year he landed the role of Max in Guiding Light. Due to his acting schedule, he transferred to several schools. He ultimately graduated in 2000 and went on to Rutgers University but, because he was being offered roles, decided to quit after one semester.
In 2009 he was cast in The Vampire Diaries. He auditioned for both the roles of Damon, the bad vampire brother, and Stefan, the good vampire brother. It was ultimately decided he would work better as Stefan.
He resides in Los Angeles, New York City, and Atlanta, where he continues filming as well as directing 'The Vampire Diaries'.
Kat Graham is a music artist, actress and producer, best known for her starring role in the hit TV show "The Vampire Diaries." Born in Geneva, Switzerland, Kat speaks four languages - English, Spanish, French and Hebrew - and is the daughter of a Liberian father and a Russian Jewish mother. At the age of 6, Kat began acting in commercials such as Barbie, K-Mart, Pop- Tarts and Old Navy, and television shows including "Like Family," "Grounded for Life," and "Lizzie McGuire." Her first big break came when she replaced a young Christina Milian as the host of the Disney channel's popular series "Movie Surfers." Kat can also be seen in the films "17 Again," with Zac Efron and Matthew Perry, "The Roommate," with Leighton Meester, and the starring role in "Honey 2", and the slated 2014 release of Lionsgate's "Addicted".
Kat furthered her natural acting talents with vocal training, piano lessons and dance classes. At 15, she was chosen by renowned choreographer Fatima to perform at the BET Awards as a background dancer for Bow-Wow, leading to stints as a dancer for Missy Elliott and Pharrell, and went on to work with choreographers Hi Hat and Michael Rooney.
In addition to being a professional actress and dancer, Kat began to pursue a career as a musical artist. One of the first songs she wrote and performed - "Derailed" - was featured in the Jean-Claude Van Damn movie bearing the same title. She was inspired to purchase her own studio equipment and add producer to her list of talents. A year later she met super producer Damon Elliott (Pink, Mya, Destiny's Child). While the two worked on perfecting Kat's skills as a musician and producer, she continued to work as an actress, starring on the series "CSI: Las Vegas", "The O.C.," "Malcolm In The Middle," "Joan of Arcadia," "Strong Medicine" and "Hannah Montana." She appeared in music videos, including Akon's "Mr. Lonely," 112's "What If," John Legend's "Used to Love U," B2K's "Why I Love You" and Musiq Soulchild's "Buddy", Nelly's "Just a Dream," and Diddy with Usher "Looking for Love". At 17, Kat was selected by Coca-Cola as part of an international campaign to market their soft drink Fanta. While promoting the campaign as a member of the "Fantanas" (as Capri/Strawberry), Kat simultaneously completed her degree in recording engineering. In 2007 Kat went on a world tour with The Black-Eyed Peas, and her voice is featured on Will.I.Am's solo release "Songs About Girls" ("I Got It From My Mama") and "The Donque Song," featuring Snoop Dogg.
Kat went on to be the face of many campaigns and endorsements that include Wet n Wild, Degree, Foster Grant, Caress, OP, Yoplait, Samsung, U by Kotex, Avon, Bing, Ford, Aquafina, Abercrombie, Nivea, and Armani Exchange. In 2013 she became a high profile supporter of the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees) which she currently travels and campaigns for. She is a council member for GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), as well an ambassador for The Water Project and went on to help fund wells for clean water to be built for villages and schools throughout Africa. In 2016, she became the Goodwill Ambassador to Empower54.
Kat soon signed to A&M Octone Records and she released her debut EP, "Against The Wall" in May of 2012. The first single, "Put Your Graffiti On Me," which was produced by Australian Duo "Twice as Nice" (50 Cent, Pete Wentz), reached over 7 million views on VEVO and charted on the Billboard Dance Charts. Her last single "Power" produced by Mitch Allen (Demi Lovato's "Heart Attack") was released on iTunes July 31st 2013 and premiered on billboard.com to positive reviews. The song was added to over 30 stations within the first week of its release. Kat has completed her 7th season of "The Vampire Diaries" and recently finished filming the Tupac Shakur biopic "All Eyez On Me" and released her first full length album, "Roxbury Drive," which includes "Secrets" featuring Babyface. She is currently working on her second debut album, set to release in Fall 2016. Kat has produced and sold multiple projects which range from web series' with Maker Studios to her dance drama "From The Top" with Warner Bros. Television. She is currently producing the Tammi Terrell biopic alongside Hilary Shor (The Butler, Children of Men), Bob Teitel (Barbershop, A Few Good Men), and Rose Ganguzza (Kill Your Darlings, New York, I Love You).
Kat is currently represented by Brillstein Entertainment Partners & William Morris Endeavor.
Kimberly Battista is a professional model and actress signed with J. Pervis Talent and CLICK Models, Atlanta and Hutson Talent, VA. She was recently awarded the honor of being named CLICK's Lifestyle Model of the Year for 2014-15. Kim is known for her fun and easy going attitude. She has an extensive modeling portfolio and has been featured in over 50 publications, on billboards and has walked in various fashion shows . She was even chosen to be Playboys Girl of the Month on their website, The Smoking Jacket. She is extremely diverse in her roles and has the chameleon-like ability to transform into any character she plays. Her most recent work includes work on the Divergent series of films, a featured role in the movie "The Nice Guys" with Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling, scheduled to be released in 2016. Currently, she is working on set of the movie Passengers as the role of the Jr Officer of the spaceship. Television appearances include The Vampire Diaries, Devious Maids and Ice Cold Killers and a supporting role as femme fatale, Grayson, on the pilot St. Gabriel.
|Steven R. McQueen
Steven R. McQueen (born Steven Chadwick McQueen; July 13, 1988) is an American actor who plays Jeremy Gilbert on The Vampire Diaries. He is best known for his role on the TV series Everwood. Steven has also starred in a film called Piranha 3-D as Jake Forester along with stars Elizabeth Shue and Jerry O' Connell.
Steven R. McQueen was born on July 13, 1988 in Los Angeles, California. His father is Chad McQueen and his mother is Stacia Robitaille (married to NHL Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille). He is also the grandson of actor Steve McQueen and actress Neile Adams. Steven has one half-brother by his father (Chase), one half-sister by his father (Madison), and a half-brother by his mother (Jesse/Jessarae). Steven R. McQueen is skilled in martial arts, ice hockey, kickboxing and horseback riding. He also enjoys video games.
On January 11, 2015, Julie Plec announced that Steven was leaving The Vampire Diaries. His character, Jeremy Gilbert, leaves town to become a vampire hunter, using art school as a cover-up. His last appearance (probably only as a main character) was Stay of Season 6.
McQueen was born in Los Angeles, California, he is the son of Stacey Toten (Stacia Robitaille) and actor/producer Chad McQueen. His Paternal grandparents were the actor Steve McQueen, Filipino actress Neile Adams. His stepfather, Luc Robitaille is a retired Canadian NHL hall of famer. McQueen has two younger half siblings, Chase and Madison McQueen from his father's remarriage as well as a half brother, Jesse (Jessarae) Robitaille from his mother's remarriage. McQueen uses the name Steven R McQueen professionally, the 'R' referring to his stepfather's surname of Robitaille.
Steven dated Chelsea Kane, Candice Accola, The Vampire Diaries' assistant Hilary Harley, and model Olivia Pickren.
Malese Jow, originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, has developed into an actress, songstress, and entertainer.
Malese began her acting career in 1999 with McDonald's commercials when the head of advertising heard her sing and booked her in several spots and jingles. Then in 2002, at the ripe age of 11, Malese competed on Ed McMahon's "Next Big Star" (PAX) where she won 4 rounds in the kids vocalist category. To take a break from music, Malese then began to focus on her acting career. In the fall of 2003, she booked the starring role of "Geena Fabiano" opposite Emma Roberts for Nickelodeon's hit show "Unfabulous," which aired worldwide on Nickelodeon for three seasons. She continued to build her teen fan base by guest-starring on Disney's "Hannah Montana" and "Wizards of Waverly Place", Nickelodeon's "iCarly", CBS's "The Young and the Restless", and Lionsgate's feature film adaptation of "Bratz-the Movie".
Since then, Malese has made a seamless transition from successful teen star to a maturing actress with more serious roles such as the major recurring character of "Anna" on season 1 of CW's "Vampire Diaries". Anna re-appeared as a shocker in the season 2 finale in May, and all "Team Anna" fans are anxiously anticipating season 3 to see what happens to her endearing/resurrected character. She also guest starred on TNT's "Leverage" and ABC's "Desperate Housewives" in 2011. On the big screen, Malese was the supporting lead "Alice" in the Academy Award nominated feature "The Social Network", written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by David Fincher.
As for upcoming releases, Malese filmed her second series regular role for the Nickelodeon network as bad girl "Cadence Nash" in "The Troop", and recurred on several episodes of their hit show "Big Time Rush" as the new edgy, rocker girl "Lucy Stone" for the second season, all airing in mid to late 2011.
Candice Rene King (née Accola) (born May 13, 1987) is an American actress, singer and songwriter, known for portraying the role of Caroline Forbes on The CW's The Vampire Diaries.
Candice King was born in Houston, Texas, the daughter of Carolyn (Clark), who was an environmental engineer before becoming a homemaker, and Kevin Accola, a cardio-thoracic surgeon. She has English, Romansh-Swiss, French, and Norwegian ancestry. She grew up in Edgewood, Florida and attended Lake Highland Preparatory School. Both her parents are active members of the local Republican political party. She has one younger brother, Kree Thomas Accola.
In December 2006, King released her debut album, It's Always the Innocent Ones, independently in the United States. She co-wrote thirteen of the fourteen tracks on the record. The remaining track was a cover of 'Til Tuesday's hit "Voices Carry (song)." In 2008 the album was re-released in Japan and achieved greater success. King toured as a backing singer for Miley Cyrus's Best of Both Worlds Tour. She appeared as herself in the 2008 3D concert film Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert. In February 2011, King performed a cover of "Eternal Flame" by The Bangles on The Vampire Diaries.
King had guest appearances in a number of television series such as How I Met Your Mother, Supernatural and Drop Dead Diva. In July 2009 she starred in the independent horror film Deadgirl which centers on two high school boys who discover an immortal woman in an abandoned asylum. That same year again King had a bit-role in The Hannah Montana Movie. In 2009 she was cast in The CW television series The Vampire Diaries as Caroline Forbes, a teenage vampire. The series was an immediate success with the series premiere reaching 4.91 million viewers. Critical reception for the show was mixed, but as the show commenced, critics were positive. For King's performance, reception from critics and fans alike was very positive and has remained that way, receiving many awards for her performance. In June 2012 she joined the YouTube series Dating Rules From My Future Self as Chloe Cunningham a 26-year-old girl who believes love does not exist. The series centers on a girl receiving romance advice from herself ten years in the future via text message. The first season of the series went on to receive over 14 million views.
Candice began dating musician Joe King of The Fray after they met at a Super Bowl event in February 2011. They became engaged in May 2013, and married on October 18, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Upon her marriage, she became a stepmother to Joe King's two daughters from his first marriage. In August 2015, it was announced that Candice and Joe were expecting their first child together. On January 15, 2016, King gave birth to a daughter which they named Florence May.
Along with her The Vampire Diaries co-stars Michael Trevino and Ian Somerhalder, King is a supporter of the It Gets Better Project, which aims to prevent suicide among LGBT youth. Though her parents are Republicans, Candice herself has shown support for President Barack Obama, and supports gay rights.
Actor-dancer-director Jasmine Guy has enjoyed a diverse career in television, theater and film. She began her professional career at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City. Jasmine starred on Broadway in the original productions of Beehive and Leader of the Pack, and reprised hit productions of Grease, The Wiz and Chicago (as Velma Kelly). After years on Broadway and touring the globe, Jasmine landed the role of Whitley Gilbert on the Cosby Show spinoff A Different World. She won six consecutive NAACP Image Awards for her portrayal of the pretentious but funny southern belle. Her other television performances include: Melrose Place (with Heather Locklear); NYPD Blue (with Jimmy Smits); Fresh Prince of Bel Air (with Will Smith) and Living Single (with Queen Latifah). One of her favorite roles was that of Roxy, the grim reaper meter maid on Showtime's hit series Dead Like Me (with Mandy Patinkin.) Her most recent role as Grams on the popular series Vampire Diaries can be seen on the CW Network. Jasmine has also worked with these great performers and directors in these films and mini-series: Spike Lee's School Daze; Eddie Murphy's Harlem Nights; Alex Hailey's Queen and Debbie Allen's Stompin' at the Savoy. She can be seen currently in the film October Baby. Jasmine has worked extensively in theater with Kenny Leon, Susan Booth, Andrea Frye and Pearl Cleage. She has starred in or directed many productions, including: for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf; Miss Evers' Boys; Blues for an Alabama Sky; The Colored Museum; The Fourposter; The Nacirema Society; Broke-ology; Fool For Love, and most recently, God of Carnage at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre, where she also directed the world premiere of the opera I Dream, celebrating the life and journey of Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1991, she released her self-titled album on Warner Bros. Records, featuring the hit single Try Me. Try Me was produced by Full Force and features Xcape with Candy Burgess. The song shot up the R & B charts quickly to Gold status, and fueled the success of the album's second and third chart singles Another Like My Lover and I Just Wanna Hold You. In 2004, Jasmine penned the biography Evolution of a Revolutionary (Atria Books), which chronicles the life and journey of Afeni Shakur - Black Panther, activist and mother of slain rapper Tupac Shakur. As a frequent motivational public speaker, Jasmine is called upon to share her story openly with those who may benefit from her trials and triumphs. Her ongoing desire to blend balance and discipline with ambition and service continues to fuel her passion for the arts. She has traveled throughout the U.S. and appeared at more than 100 speaking engagements, addressing diverse audiences at colleges, universities, conventions, corporations, affinity groups, churches, high schools and countless charitable and fundraising events.
Matthew W. Davis (born May 8, 1978), also professionally known as Matt Davis, is an American actor who is known for his roles as Adam Hillman on the ABC comedy-drama What About Brian from 2006 to 2007 and Alaric Saltzman on The CW fantasy drama The Vampire Diaries from 2009 to 2012. In 2014, he returned as a series regular for the sixth season, he starred on the short-lived CW mystery and horror drama Cult as Jeff Sefton, and had a recurring role on the CBS police drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as Sean Yeager.
Davis was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. He attended Woods Cross High School, and the University of Utah. He was briefly married to actress Leelee Sobieski in 2008.
Davis co-starred with Reese Witherspoon and Selma Blair in the comedy Legally Blonde (2001), as Warner Huntington III, who breaks up with Elle Woods (Witherspoon).
His notable film credits include Blue Crush (2002) with Kate Bosworth and Michelle Rodriguez, Tigerland (2000) with Colin Farrell and BloodRayne (2005) with Kristanna Loken.
Davis starred in The CW fantasy drama The Vampire Diaries, as Alaric Saltzman since 2009 and starred in the short-lived CW mystery and horror drama Cult, as Jeff Sefton that same year.
Davis had a recurring role in the CBS police drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation from 2013 to 2014 in the 14th season, as swing shift CSI Sean Yeager. He appeared in the sixth episode titled "Passed Pawns", the eighth episode titled "Helpless", and the 13th episode titled "Boston Brakes".
He later returned to the hit The CW show The Vampire Diaries as Alaric Saltzman once again as a series regular.
Olga Fonda is a model and actress. At age 14, she left her hometown for a year to be an exchange student in the United States. After returning home, she continued her education by studying Business-Economics at a university in Moscow. The brainy beauty began modeling after she returned to the States and was quickly signed by Ford Models when they recognized her star-potential.
Best known for her recurring role in TNT's action drama "Agent X" opposite Sharon Stone and Jeff Hephner. Fonda played 'Olga Petrovka,' a mysterious and fearless Russian spy. She will next be seen in the CBS hit, "Hawaii 5-0" and in the action/drama film Nine Eleven; opposite Whoopi Goldberg, Luis Guzman, and Wood Harris.
Fonda's big break came when she was cast alongside Hugh Jackman in the 2011 blockbuster Real Steel. Additionally, Fonda is best known for playing fan-favorite 'Nadia,' daughter of Katherine (Nina Dobrev), in the popular CW drama "The Vampire Diaries". Other credits include some of the biggest shows & films of the last few years, such as "Ugly Betty," "Entourage," "Nip/Tuck," "How I Met Your Mother," and Little Fockers. She also appeared in the independent feature Love Hurts.
As a woman of many talents, she is trained in the martial art krav maga, as well as karate, sword-fighting, motocross, snowboarding, etc. She often enjoys performing her own stunts.
Sebastian Roché is a Scottish-French actor and writer known for his roles as Kurt Mendel on Odyssey 5, , Thomas Jerome Newton on Fringe, Balthazar on Supernatural, and Mikael Mikaelson on both The Vampire Diaries and The Originals. On film, he has appeared in The Last of the Mohicans (1992), The Peacemaker (1997), 15 Minutes (2001), Sorry, Haters (2005), The Namesake (2006), New York City Serenade (2007), Beowulf (2007), Happy Tears (2009), Safe House (2012), Wer (2013), and A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014). In addition to his film and television work, Roché has starred in the Broadway stage productions of Salome (1992) and The Green Bird (2000). Roché was born in Paris, France to a French father and British mother. As a teenager, he lived for six years on a sailboat with his parents and brothers, travelling to the Mediterranean, Africa, South America, and the Caribbean. He is a graduate of the prestigious Conservatoire National Supérieur d'Art Dramatique of Paris. Roché also studied at the Cours Florent and the Conservatoire de la Rue Blanche Upon his graduation from the CNSAD in 1989, Roché started working in French theatre, films and television with actors such as Michel Serrault, Isabelle Huppert, and Béatrice Dalle. Roché began his acting career in the made-for-television film The Murders in the Rue Morgue, appearing opposite Ian McShane and Val Kilmer, which aired on CBS on 7 December 1986. Throughout the late 1980s, he had roles in French television and cinema, including the films Adieu je t'aime (1988), La Queue de la comète (1988), La Révolution française (1989), and La vengeance d'une femme (1989), and the television series Bonjour maître (1987) and The Hitchhiker (1989-91). Roché also has an extensive classical theatre background, notably starring in Salome (1992) with Al Pacino at the Circle in the Square Theatre; Titus Andronicus (1994) with the Theatre for a New Audience, Off-Broadway, directed by Julie Taymor; Macbeth (1994) at the Classic Stage Company, directed by Jack Stehlin; and Arms and the Man (1995) in Hartford, Connecticut, directed by Mark Lamos He appeared in a supporting role in the Daniel Day-Lewis-starring historical epic The Last of the Mohicans, which was released in the United States on 25 September 1992. On American television, he appeared in Loving (1992), South Beach (1993), New York Undercover (1996), Swift Justice (1996), and Liberty! (1997). In 1997, Roché was part of the main cast in the Fox fantasy adventure series Roar, playing the role of Saint Longinus. He starred opposite Heath Ledger and Vera Farmiga.The series was cancelled due to low ratings later that same year. Roché's many 1990s television credits include recurring and guest starring stints in series such as Feds (1997), Dellaventura (1997), Sex and the City (1998), Merlin (1998), Law & Order (1999), and Big Apple (2001). In 1998, he returned to the stage in the Off-Broadway production of Trainspotting at the Players Theater. In 2000, he portrayed Renzo in the Broadway production of The Green Bird at the Cort Theatre. The play marked his second collaboration with director Julie Taymor. That same year, he appeared in the television film The Crossing opposite Jeff Daniels, which aired on A&E on 10 January 2000. He also had a minor role in the Robert De Niro-starring thriller film 15 Minutes, released on 9 March 2001. 2002-13: Television breakthrough In 2002, Roché began portraying Kurt Mendel in the Canadian sci-fi series Odyssey 5 for Showtime. He remained in the role until the show's cancellation a year later. In the pilot episode, he spoke French. He also guest starred in episodes of Touching Evil (2004), Charmed (2005), Alias (2005), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2005), and The Unit (2006). Roché then co-starred in the Mira Nair-directed drama film The Namesake, released on 9 March 2007, and in the Darby Crash biopic What We Do Is Secret, released on 8 August 2008. He subsequently co-starred with Freddie Prinze, Jr. the comedy-drama New York City Serenade, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on 13 September 2007. Roché next starred in the motion capture epic fantasy film Beowulf, alongside Anthony Hopkins and Angelina Jolie, which was directed by Robert Zemeckis and released to cinemas on 16 November 2007. He reprised his role as Wulfgar from the film in the accompanying video game Beowulf: The Game, released on 13 November 2007. In 2007, Roché began appearing in the ABC soap opera General Hospital as terrorist/criminal Jerry Jacks (although, when the character reappeared, he was going by the pseudonym James Craig). By 2009, Jerry had minimal screen time and was written out. From July to August 2009, Roché returned to the series in a recurring capacity, and returned again to the role in December 2010. From August 2012 to October 2013, Roché again returned as Jerry on a recurring basis. Roché starred in a total of 319 episodes, and has spoken Russian, Spanish, and French in the series Roché with the cast of The Vampire Diaries, 16 June 2013 In 2009, he guest starred in The Mentalist as Shirali Arlov, and as John Quinn in both 24: Redemption (2008), and the 2009 season of 24. Roché then appeared in the comedy-drama film Happy Tears with Demi Moore and Parker Posey, released on 19 February 2010, and leant his voice to the animated film The Adventures of Tintin, directed by Steven Spielberg, released on 21 December 2011. In 2010, Roché joined the recurring cast of The CW's drama series Supernatural. He starred in six episodes of the sixth season as Balthazar, a rogue angel and longtime friend of fellow angel Castiel.He was next cast in the Fox sci-fi drama series Fringe, recurring in the second and third seasons as Thomas Jerome Newton, the leader of an army of shapeshifters from a parallel universe and a main antagonist of the series. In 2011, Roché began recurring as Mikael Mikaelson, the father of the Original Vampires, in The CW's supernatural drama series The Vampire Diaries. He then recurred as Clyde Easter in the CBS procedural crime drama series Criminal Minds. Roché next had a supporting role in the action-thriller film Safe House, starring Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington, which was released on 10 February 2012. Also in 2012, he made a guest appearance in NBC's procedural fantasy drama series Grimm, then starred in William Brent Bell's horror film Wer, released first in Japan on 16 November 2013. 2014-present: Continued television work Roché at the Supernatural Convention in Virginia, 3 May 2014 From 2014 to 2015, Roché reprised his role as Mikael in The Vampire Diaries spin-off series, The Originals. Roché then starred in the American crime drama-thriller film A Walk Among the Tombstones alongside Liam Neeson, released on 19 September 2014. In March 2014, he joined ABC's political drama series Scandal in a recurring capacity. In December 2014, it was announced that Roché would guest star in season four of ABC's fairy tale drama series Once Upon a Time as King Stefan.Roché starred as Pierre Curie in an episode of the documentary miniseries The Mystery of Matter: Search for the Elements, which aired on PBS on 19 August 2015 Roché then guest starred in season seven of CBS' procedural drama series NCIS: Los Angeles, as Lee Ashman In 2016, Roché will co-star in the Paolo Sorrentino-directed miniseries The Young Pope, alongside Jude Law and James Cromwell. He will also have a recurring role in the second season of Amazon Video's drama series The Man in the High Castle as Martin Heusmann, the estranged Nazi father of main character Joe Blake. In May 2016, Roché joined the cast of Christopher Gorham's directorial debut comedy film We Love You, Sally Carmichael, portraying movie star Perry King. Personal life Roché moved to the United States in 1992. He met American actress Vera Farmiga while co-starring together in the short-lived television series Roar, and eloped to the Bahamas with her after the series ended in 1997.The couple resided on a 117-acre estate in Upstate New York.After seven years of marriage, Roché and Farmiga separated in 2004 and divorced the following year On 31 May 2014, he married Australian actress Alicia Hannah Kim in a private ceremony at the Chateau Les Bouysses in Mercuès, France.
Grace Phipps (born May 4, 1992) is an American actress, best known for her roles as "Amy Martin" in the television series, The Nine Lives of Chloe King and "April Young" in The Vampire Diaries. Phipps was born in Austin, Texas, raised in Boerne, Texas and San Antonio, Texas, where she graduated from Robert E. Lee High School, and The North East School of the Arts, majoring in Musical Theatre. Following her 2010 high school graduation, Phipps moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting and immediately landed the role as "Bee" in the remake Fright Night, as well as originating the role of "Amy" on the canceled series, "The Nine Lives of Chloe King". In 2012, she was cast as the new recurring character, "April Young", on "The Vampire Diaries".
Elizabeth Blackmore is an Australian actress who portrays Valerie Tulle in the seventh season of The Vampire Diaries. She was born in Perth, Australia and is a graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. In 2013, Blackmore was a finalist for the Heath Ledger Scholarship award which is intended to give her a chance at success in Hollywood. Aside from her role in The Vampire Diaries, she is best known for playing Natalie in the 2013 horror film Evil Dead and for her upcoming recurring role on Supernatural another CW Series.
Melissa Ponzio spent most of her childhood clowning it up at school and impersonating her beloved family. Then late one night, she saw Sigourney Weaver in Alien and knew right then and there what she wanted to be...she wanted to be an alien! But they said she couldn't really be an alien, so on to the next best thing. Born in New York City, Melissa lived around the states with her loving parents and younger brother, until settling in Florida for most of her childhood. During high school, she was the over-achieving senior class president, yearbook editor and prom queen all while also being on the swim team. College brought her to her adoptive hometown of Atlanta, where she graduated with honors from Georgia State University with a bachelor's degree in journalism and a minor in theater.
Melissa is perhaps best known for her role as the hard-working and devoted mother on the hit MTV series, Teen Wolf. Her character, 'Melissa McCall,' recently discovered her son Scott's (played by Tyler Posey) secret nature, setting up a new and exciting dynamic for the third season of the show which is now airing.
Melissa can also be seen recurring as 'Donna Robbins' on the hit NBC series, Chicago Fire. Her character has caught the eye of 'Chief Boden' (Eamonn Walker), and audiences will see their relationship unfold though the remainder of the season.
Fans of the breakout AMC drama, The Walking Dead, will recognize Ponzio as original Woodbury resident 'Karen,' - the lone survivor of the Governor's attack on his own army in the third season finale. During the fourth season of the show, 'Karen' who developed a loving bond with 'Tyrese,' (Chad Coleman) meets her untimely, shocking and pivotal demise; a turn of events that reverberate through the remainder of the season. Other notable television appearances include recurring roles on Cinemax's Banshee, and Lifetime's Army Wives, as well as guest appearances on The Following, Touch, NCIS, Necessary Roughness, Franklin & Bash, Drop Dead Diva, CSI and the Vampire Diaries.
Melissa recently starred opposite Hilary Swank in the HBO original film, Mary and Martha, directed by Phillip Noyce. Based on a true story, the movie portrays a mother's fight to eradicate malaria in the developing world. Other film credits include HBO's historical drama Warm Springs, opposite Kenneth Branagh and Cynthia Nixon, and the Warner Brothers' comedy, Life As We Know It, with Josh Duhamel and Katherine Heigl.
Dog loving, pizza devouring, and always up for entertaining, she is also the co-owner of The Goods Inc.
Michael Malarkey (born in June 21, 1983) is a British-American actor and singer best known for his role as Enzo in the series The Vampire Diaries.
Malarkey was born in Beirut, Lebanon to an Irish American father and a British mother of Arab/Italian origin. The family established in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Michael is the oldest of three brothers (Daniel, Kevin). In 2006, Malarkey traveled to London, England to study at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Malarkey had his beginnings on the London stage appearing in various theatre productions like Spring Storm, Beyond the Horizon and adaptations of The Great Gatsby in the role of Jay Gatsby and in the musical Million Dollar Quartet in the role of singer Elvis Presley.
Malarkey also appeared in short films Good Morning Rachel (2009) and Ghost in the Machine (2012) and in the TV feature film Impirioso before landing the role of Lorenzo (Enzo) in season 5 of the television series The Vampire Diaries as a recurring character. After great popularity with the viewing public, Malarkey's role was upgraded to a series regular in season 6.
Michael Trevino (born January 25, 1985) plays Tyler Lockwood on The Vampire Diaries. Recently, he has appeared on the TV series 90210, The Riches, and The Originals.
Michael Trevino was born on January 25, 1985 in Montebello, California and raised in Valencia, California. He was born to Mexican parents who were raised in East Los Angeles. His mother was born in Zacatecas, Mexico, and his father was born near Fresno, California. Once Michael Trevino discovered his passion for acting, he enrolled at Playhouse West for theater studies. One of his first jobs was an Old Navy Commercial. His first lead role was on Cow Belles. He is an avid surfer, snowboarder, and deep sea fisherman. He also dated Glee star Jenna Ushkowitz. Although he was absent for most of the last half of Season 4, he returned as a regular in Season 5, as he was still under contract.
Marguerite MacIntyre received her BFA from the University of Southern California, and subsequently trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.
She has worked on and off Broadway, regionally, and in television and film. She made her Broadway debut as Avril/Mallory in "City of Angels", directed by Michael Blakemore. Favorite New York credits include originating the roles of: Bertha Mason/Scatcherd in "Jane Eyre", directed by John Caird; Sarah Stone in the adaptation of William Goldman's "No Way To Treat A Lady", directed by Scott Schwartz; Delphi in Alan Menken's "Weird Romance"; and Grace Farrell in "Annie Warbucks" directed by Martin Charnin.
She's starred regionally at the Papermill Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Barrington Stage, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scottsdale Center for the Arts, and at the Godspeed Opera House. In Los Angeles, she's performed at the Pantages, at Joe Stern's Matrix Theater, Garry Marshall's Falcoln Theater, and twice for the Reprise Series at the Freud Playhouse, including her third time working with idol, Larry Gelbart. She's done five original cast recordings and is the recipient of a Dramalogue award.
Marguerite made her prime time television debut as a guest star in the sixth season opener of Seinfeld as the beleaguered Miss Rhode Island. Since then, she's guest starred on Bones, The Mentalist, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY and numerous others. She recurred most memorably opposite Michael Chiklis on The Shield. She was series regular Abby Day on John Scott Shepherd's dramedy, The Days for ABC, followed by three seasons starring as Nicole Trager on ABC Family's TCA award winning sci-fi drama, Kyle XY. Most recently, she's survived three seasons as Sherriff Liz Forbes on the CW hit, The Vampire Diaries.
In 2011, Marguerite was hired by Michael Eisner's Tornante to write a twenty-part web series Pretty Tough, adapted from the novel by Liz Tigelaar, produced by Vuguru Media and directed by Stewart Hendler.
She has recently inked a deal to write a feature film, @emma, for Darko Entertainment, and produced by "The Vampire Diaries" creator, Julie Plec.
With nearly 3 million subscribers and more than 430 million video views across her five YouTube channels, Justine is one of top female personalities on YouTube. Justine, who has more than 1.5 million Twitter followers, has been named "the most influential person online" by Fast Company and in 2012 was ranked No. 6 most influential personality by The Daily Beast's Digital Power Index.
Her online popularity has led to brand ambassador deals with Mattel, Nikon, Ford, GE, Carl's Jr., Gillette, Taco Bell, Doritos, Skittles, Sharpie, Microsoft, and more.
Ezarik recently appeared in the international campaign for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and hosted the video game franchise's 2012 Friday Night Fights and 2013 championship series. She voices the character Passion Fruit on the web series-turned-Cartoon Network show The Annoying Orange. Her other television appearances include hosting on Spike/GTTV, E! News and NBC and acting stints on The Vampire Diaries, Law & Order and Criminal Minds.
Teressa Liane is an Australian actress born in Melbourne, Victoria. Best known for her portrayal of the lovable, larger-than-life character Rhiannon Bates on Australian TV Show, "Neighbours" (1985) Fremantle Media. Now working in the US, Teressa will soon be on screen as Angelica in AMC's 'Into the Badlands' (airs Fall, 2015) as well as "feisty" heretic, Mary Louise on Season 7 of 'The Vampire Diaries' (airs October 8th 2015)
Teressa's love for Film and Musical Theatre ignited at a very young age when her mother introduced her to the magic that was... the musical (on VHS). The middle child of a single-parent household, Teressa would often be left to entertain herself...and so she did, literally. Putting on shows, telling stories, it wasn't long before her work evolved from mirror to schoolyard. At eight years of age, a visit to The Arts Centre to see HMS Pinafore and that was it. Jon English won the fight and Teressa cleared the 'Dream Job' list, with one goal in sight... to act.
Throughout high school Teressa discovered she had a knack for impressions: Jim Carrey, Steve Martin, Molly Shannon - you name it you'd probably find her testing and perfecting it! - But more importantly, she discovered a thrilling love for theatre and performance. The incredible support of friends and a fabulous Drama teacher gave her the confidence to join a local Theatre Group, First Impressions Youth Theatre (FIYT) Here she was surrounded by unique performers, and gained invaluable experience as a writer and actor.
While studying at La Trobe University, Teressa was swept up in the crazy world of Student Theatre. Here she made her singing debut, her writing was honoured in the Beatnik Cabaret (2008) and she made the decision to stop studying Acting, and just do it.
Transitioning from stage to screen, she took on various classes until she came across TAFTA - The Australian Film & Television Academy, in Melbourne. Founder/Director & high-profile Actor/Writer/Director John Orcsik, soon took on the role as a mentor & friend. To this day, Teressa praises John's honesty, belief and passion for his students and credits this to her own success.
-- Teressa is represented by Active Artists Mgmt. (AU) & LINK Ent. (US)
|Christina Marie Moses
Christina Moses is the female lead in the upcoming mid-season CW television series, "Containment," created by show-runner Julie Plec ("The Vampire Diaries", "The Originals"). This heart-pounding new drama follows the rapid spread of a deadly virus in Atlanta, which causes the government to issue an urban quarantine. Christina plays "Jana," a brilliant data recovery specialist, who has trouble trusting those closest to her because of her rough upbringing. Jana quickly realizes that she has been locked inside of the quarantine and is separated from her Atlanta PD Lt. Major boyfriend, Lex. Jana must use her quick wits, reluctant leadership skills, and survival instincts to become the hero those on the inside desperately need. The series premieres on April 19th, 2016 on The CW.
Christina was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA by parents who were both involved in the entertainment business. Her father was a respected acting teacher, writer, and director, and this lead Christina to be exposed to the world of acting at a very early age. Her father saw a special gift for the craft of acting in Christina, but she was painfully shy in front of a camera, and this lead to a hesitancy to pursue a career in it even though the love of acting had been planted.
As Christina grew older she continued to pursue various creative endeavors such as painting and writing, but there was always something missing for her. Once she entered high school she discovered theater. She was hooked once again. This time period reinvigorated her childhood love of acting and she found the theater to be an inspiring environment for her to develop her passion for the craft. She continued studying theatre in college at UC Santa Cruz and joined a multi-cultural theater group that performed for, while helping inner-city kids in Los Angeles. Helping kids lead her to transfer to Eugene Lang University in NYC and finish her degree in education. Focused on helping educate kids through the arts, Christina set aside acting for a period of about three years, yet she knew in her heart she should dedicate herself to acting. She still had the hurdle of shyness to jump over.
Having now grown into a mature and much more confident woman, Christina decided she wasn't going to let fear stop her anymore. Acting was her true calling and this was something she had to pursue on a professional level. She packed up her things and moved back to Los Angeles in 2006 to do just that. Her brave choice was immediately validated by her quickly booking a slew of commercials and being featured in many independent films.
After a brief return to New York City to perform in theater for a few years, Christina took part in an ABC Talent Showcase at the Acorn Theatre in 2008. This lead to her securing an agent and she returned back to Los Angeles now fully ready to flourish in her chosen profession. Christina booked roles in ABC Family's "Twisted," and CW's "Nikita." She worked in the film projects such as Warner Bros, "The Invention Of Lying," Magic Time Productions, "Star Trek Voyages," and Morphius Films, "Starship".
Committing to becoming an actress was a long road, one of which her doubt and fears were constant obstacles. Christina wants to be an inspiration to other actors to follow your heart, work hard on your craft, overcome your insecurities, and to never give up on what you want to achieve. She is living proof that amazing things can happen when you do so.
Outside of her career, Christina spends her time helping to shed light on the importance of educating young girls, exposing the growing problem of human trafficking, and creating more pathways for female driven projects in entertainment. She is a supporter of organizations such as: Lotus Outreach International, The Girl Effect, and The Geena Davis Institute.
Christina enjoys focusing on a healthy diet, hiking, practicing yoga, swimming, dancing, and the art of meditation. She believes living an active and balanced life is an important part of an individual's happiness.
Jeremy Palko is an American actor in film and television. He was born in LaGrange, GA to Bruce and Sabine Palkowetz. Raised in Washington State, Jeremy grew up in Puyallup, WA where he attended Rogers High School. A graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle, Jeremy had his first experience in the theater after a knee injury sidelined him from collegiate sports.
Jeremy found his first speaking role in the film Never Back Down where he used his athletic background to play the running back in the film's opening scene. Jeremy has since gone on to play numerous parts in such television shows as The Vampire Diaries, Are We There Yet?, Burn Notice, and Sleepy Hollow. Most recently, Jeremy can be found on the Emmy Nominated show Bloodline, as Nicholas Widmark and Andy on AMC's The Walking Dead.
Dean is an actor and coach for performers in Film + TV. Some of his clients include Nina Dobrev (Vampire Diaries), Miley Cyrus (Hannah Montana), Devon Bostick (Diary of a Wimpy Kid), FeFe Dobson (Home Again), Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (The Bold and the Beautiful) and Daytime Emmy winner Brittany Allen (All My Children).
Dean also serves as a screen test advisor, pre-production and on-set acting coach for various networks and feature film production companies including Discovery, NBC, Showtime, Shaftesbury, Global, Paramount and Alliance Atlantis. Dean's collaboration, in this capacity, has not only influenced the critical acclaim of many stars, but his direction has also served as the basis for casting and the subsequent development of national and international talent.
Dean has been a permanent resident of the US since 2010, residing in both New York and Los Angeles. Native to Canada, Dean's ancestry includes roots in Ireland, Scotland and England. In 1992, with an early passion for law and politics, Dean began following in the footsteps of family members and renegade politicians Edward Henry Carson (9 February 1854, Dublin, Ireland - 22 October 1935, Kent, England), often known as Sir Edward Carson or Lord Carson, a barrister, judge and politician from Ireland, and Edward Carson (Eddie) Sargent (April 11, 1915 - January 28, 1998), a Canadian politician. Sargent served in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1963 to 1987, as a member of the Liberal Party. In 1993, 1 year after acceptance and studies at Queen's University, Kingston, Dean's pursuit of law gave way to a growing passion for the performing arts. Dean graduated from Queen's University with degree(s) in Theater Arts (BAH) 1996 and Education (Bed) 1997. Dean's passion and commitment for the arts and education began in 1996 after directing a production of West Side Story at the Grand Theater, in Kingston. It was through directing, that Dean correlated his skill-sets with teaching. Dean laid the first foundation blocks of what today is known as Armstrong Acting Studios in 1997; originally Players Workshops, later Dean Armstrong Acting Studio. In 2011, AAS reached the status of one of Canada's largest independent film + television training studios with over 10,000 actors as graduates and ongoing students. Dean entered into the world of professional acting in his late 20's; making his impact on an international audience only 2 short years after his graduation. 2000 marked Dean's Showtime (2000-2005) and Broadway (2000-2002) simultaneous debut(s) in the US, denoting his diversity and marketability as both a screen and stage actor. "Dean Armstrong, giving the best performance in the series!" - The Washington Post, an article entitled "Queer as Folk, A Firecracker of a Season Finale" In 2003, after a year hiatus from Broadway's RENT, Dean returned to the stage starring as Jonathan Larson in the Canadian Premiere of TICK, TICK, BOOM! From 2004 onward, failing vocal chords and a shift into screen studies and practice prevented Dean from returning to the world of Musical Theater; although considered and a finalist for title roles in the Mirvish productions of We Will Rock You and Rock of Ages in Toronto, Canada. 2005-2009 Were hibernating years for Dean; spent behind the scenes building what today is known as Armstrong Acting Studios. It was during this time, that Dean logged hundreds of episodes as well as feature credits as a screen-test advisor, preproduction and on-set acting coach. Dean's work includes collaboration with Showtime, Disney, Paramount Pictures, Alliance/Atlantis, Discovery Channel, Impossible Pictures, Global and CTV. Highlights include his work alongside Jeremy Podeswa on Fugitive Pieces and Annmarie Morais on How She Move. Dean's own production company, Appulse Films, was founded in 2009 as a continued commitment to bridging the gap between education and the industry. The production company holds a mandate to create, facilitate and extend opportunities to actors and crew alike in film + television. The company's first film entitled Verona (The Short), directed by Laurie Lynd, was shot in the fall of '09. Dean continues to be active and groundbreaking as an artist in film and TV. As an instructor, he continues to look after private clients as well as to guest lecture at various schools, programs, workshops and venues across the US and Canada. Dean's daughter, Ryan Kiera Armstrong, daughter of Dr. Berta Bacic, was born in New York City on March 10, 2010.
Gavin began acting at the age of 7. He has since starred in feature films such as Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" alongside Russell Crowe, Anthony Hopkins and Jennifer Connelly. He can be seen on a recent episode of "The Vampire Diaries" as "Young Damon", as well as numerous commercials and print campaigns for national retailers/magazines. He has trained and studied with several of the most highly regarded acting coaches and casting directors in the industry and has developed a great emotional range and memorization skills in the process. When Gavin is not acting, he can be found on the soccer field. He is also an honor roll student and enjoys spending time with his family and friends when time allows.
Born in Long Beach, California, Michael was raised and educated in both the US and Ireland - the homeland of his parents - and double majored in English and History at UCLA. He's journeyed through Europe, parts of Africa and India, supporting himself as a bartender and in various construction jobs. All the while he photographed, wrote, journaled his experiences. It was probably the best education anyone could have had - and almost certainly influenced his work later as an actor and award-winning writer-director.
His first major series role was on "Days of Our Lives"; he got the part of Tanner Scofield when he was 25, and this began a long relationship with Daytime. Michael was also named one of People's "50 Most Beautiful", appeared in several primetime television movies, and things began to click for his career as an actor. But he put everything on hold when his mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer two years later in 1993, and returned to Los Angeles to care for her until her death in 1994.
Michael returned to acting with Fox's VR-5 as Duncan, and followed up with an intriguing turn as identical twin brothers in legendary showrunner Stephen J. Cannell's "Two". His appearance on the iconic series "Ally McBeal", as nude model Glen, was almost as memorable as the Dancing Baby. The episode went on to win an Emmy, and Michael continued to play the role on both "Ally McBeal" and sister show, "The Practice" - both brainchildren of series producer David Kelley.
After a Gemini-nominated turn as David Hume in Showtime's "Total Recall 2070", Michael returned to Daytime with ABC's "Port Charles", a spinoff of "General Hospital" - with a decidedly more supernatural bent - and the start of an extraordinary run playing an unprecedented five characters within the "General Hospital" universe.
Michael helped shape and create the now-iconic Caleb Morley - vampire, rockstar, and well-coiffed lothario. The character was wildly popular with viewers and was arguably a forerunner to later vampire protagonists in "Angel", "True Blood", "The Vampire Diaries", and even "Twilight". When "Port Charles" ended, Michael began work as John McBain on "One Life to Live" in 2003 - a role he played for the next nine years - and later carried over to "General Hospital".
His 2011 graphic novel trilogy "Soul Stealer" was a critical success and praised by Aint It Cool News as "Graphic Novel of the Year". Michael's story, combined with artist Christopher Shy's masterful visualizations, made for a stunning partnership of words and pictures. Michael had also struck a friendship with Peter Straub - who had been a dedicated "One Life to Live" viewer. The author visited the set in New York and left a gift in Michael's mailbox - a copy of his novel "Koko". It was a novel Michael's mother had loved, and in that way things have of coming full circle, Michael later collaborated with Straub, writing the terrifying novel "The Green Woman" for DC Comics.
A proud member of the Writers Guild of America, Michael also adapted and wrote the screenplay for "Daedelus is Dead", a short film based on an unfinished script by Doors legend Jim Morrison. The film has screened at more than a dozen major film festivals and was bought by The Sundance Channel. His feature detailing the life of actor Montgomery Clift is being produced by Relativity Media, while another screenplay about Ella Fitzgerald is in development with Norman Lear.
Michael recently penned the gritty novel "Credence", published by Blackwatch Comcs - a company he formed and co-owns with Christopher Shy and Emmalee Pearson. In 2015, he also wrote and directed short films "Dreamliner" and the award-winning "Ultraviolent" - both starring his friend and former OLTL castmate Trevor St. John.
Jaiden Kaine is a former military operative turned actor. His mom is a psychiatric nurse and his dad was a playwright. He was born in New York City and studied at the famed William Esper Studios under Terry Knickerbocker. He's most known for his breakout role as "Oswall Swann" in Ridley Scott's "Killing Lincoln" (2015) as well as playing "Bruce Dasilva" opposite Sam Rockwell & Anna Kendrick in Paco Cabezas; "Mr. Right". (2015) He's a recurring guest star on The Vampire Diaries (2015-2016) & Marvel's Luke Cage (2016). He lives in Hollywood.
|Jasi Cotton Lanier
Jasi Lanier took an unconventional route into the stunt industry. After graduating from University of South Carolina in Media Arts, she modeled, acted in horror movies and performed as a fire-eater to pay off her student loans. After shooting a movie in New Jersey, she fell in love with her co-star Joseph Anthony and decided to movie up north to study Meisner Technique with Glen Vincent and ShotoKan Karate. She continued to study acting in NYC with Olinda Turturro and Enzo Carolina performing in many indie films, including The Resurrection Game, Nikos, B-Movie, and Fifth City. Through a chance meeting at Pittsburgh Comicon she met artists Dave Nestler and Dorian Cleavenger. She approached them to do an interview for a magazine. After the interviews, they both asked her to pose for them. That meeting led to the beginning of her career as an art model for comics, fantasy, pinup art, and romance novels. She was most notably was Joe Jusko's Tomb Raider model for Top Cow comics for several years and featured on the cover of Heavy Metal Magazine in August 2003 and Heavy Metal Calendars by Greg Hildebrandt in 2005/2006. She has modeled for over 300 paintings thus far. Though she loved modeling and acting in B- horror movies, Jasi felt something was missing. Upon closer examination she came to realize that her true passion was to become a stuntwoman. Inspired by her Uncle Dusty who performed in live stunt shows in the 60s/70s and several articles about stuntwomen in the magazine Femme Fatales, Jasi set out to become a stuntwoman. She worked a few years dabbling in stunts in independent movies and industrials. In June of 2005, with the blessing of her family and friends made the big move to Los Angeles. At first she was overwhelmed by the city, but quickly embraced all that the Los Angeles had to offer. She did background work and got her SAG card being featured on 2 1/2 Men. Jasi then joined a stunt service and started training at the famed Bob Yerkes backyard in the art of high falls, fights, swords and reactions. She got her first opportunity there by Stuntman/ Stunt Coordinator John Moio who saw her sword fighting. He recommended her for a job on the show iCarly doubling a 14-year boy for stunt coordinator, Vince Deadrick Jr. She had all weekend to practice sword-fighting left handed for an audition on Monday. With the help of her friend, and stuntman, Mario Perez, she trained all weekend, day and night, for her audition. On Monday, she showed up and she booked the job on the iFence episode of iCarly doubling actor Nathan Kress She continues to work on iCarly now doubling actress, Jennette McCurdy for the past 4 years. Jasi continued to train and booked a few jobs while also supplementing her income as a set decorator. In 2010, she decided to commit to stunts full time and it paid off. Jasi has worked on shows such as Alice in Wonderland, Castle, Raising Hope, Vampire Diaries, and Criminal Minds. While continuing to work in stunts, Jasi is making a resurgence to acting appearing recently in the short film Broken and being featured on all female "Jack Ass" style stunt show called Cherry Bombs affectionately known as Firecracker. This fall, she will again be modeling for artists such as Mike James, Greg Hildebrandt, Guy Powers, Age and Lorenzo Sperlonga. Her love for stunts has driven her to serve her community. She has volunteered and served as a department head for Stuntacular, a live Halloween stunt show that is a fundraiser for Make a Wish. Jasi is served as an assistant board member for Diamond in the Raw/ Stuntwomen's Awards and secretary for the Stuntwomen's Foundation. She continues to train Kung fu and will be testing black sash in 2012, weapons, swords, acrobatics, boxing, and stunts. She is a certified PADI Rescue Diver and is adding stilt walking and fire staff to her skills set. Jasi enjoys roller-skating, tai chi, hula hooping, rock climbing, rappelling, and hiking in her free time. Her life philosophy comes from her father who taught her to collect experiences.
W.F. Bell is a life-long horror enthusiast that has transitioned from fan to character/background actor. He has a strong start so far, with one credited role in Rob Zombie's film 31, and a role in the Tupac biopic titled "All Eyez on Me". Television work includes The Walking Dead, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Survivor's Remorse, The Untitled Paranormal Project, and a History Channel docudrama titled Roanoke: Search for the Lost Colony. Additionally, he has a featured speaking role in a short independent film titled "The Ripple Effect".
|Jayson Warner Smith
Atlanta native Jayson Warner Smith is an actor in film, television and theatre. He started in theatre at age nine and since that time, Jayson has been in a play a TV show or a film every year of his life. "It's just always been what I was best at and what I really loved to do." "Nothing made me happier than collaborating with other artists to create something new."
Performing mostly in theatre Jayson has amassed quite a resume of roles but in 2010 Jayson finally scored a larger supporting role in a Hollywood film; the 2011 released remake of Footloose. Yes there's a remake of Footloose. This role marked the beginning of a new chapter in Jayson's love of acting. Since then he has performed supporting and leading roles in films and TV shows such as, Anchorman II, The Vampire Diaries, 99 Homes, Mississippi Grind, 42 and Fox TV's Sleepy Hollow.
In addition to those credits, Jayson is best known for his portrayal of the horrifyingly despicable death-row serial killer Wendall Jelks on Sundance TV's Rectify. This highly acclaimed show and Jayson's recurring role have helped him move to the next level in the eyes of Hollywood's story tellers and in 2015, things really took off.
Beginning in March of 2015, Jayson has performed major supporting roles in, Devil and the Deep Blue Sea with Maisie Williams and Jason Sudekis, Christine with Rebecca Hall and Michael C. Hall, The Birth of a Nation with Nate Parker and Armee Hammer, and Mena with Tom Cruise. All of these films will be coming out in 2016 and 2017. Most notably, The Birth of a Nation and Christine will both be premiering at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2016.
Atlanta remains his home and he lives in Sandy Springs with his wife Lisa. Jayson teaches acting at The Robert Mello Studio in Atlanta. He is repped by Alexander White in Atlanta and The House of Representatives in Los Angeles.
|Amber Dawn Fox
Amber Dawn Fox is best known for her role on The Walking Dead as "Officer Bello" one of Dawn's people at Grady Memorial Hospital in season 5. She started as a background actor in 2009 and has worked on shows such as The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, and Under The Dome. She also has worked on the films Dear John and Dumb and Dumber To, among others. She enjoyed working on set, and the entire process of it all, so much that she began taking acting classes at the beginning of 2014. She worked on several indie and stu dent films shortly after. She is now working on a series of movies based off of the "Realm" novels. She will play "Agnes", the head witch from the immortal realm. Realm is also set to be a series of comic books. Amber Dawn Fox's image is being used to create the character of "Agnes" for the comic books. The first novel, "Realm: The Blood Moon" is out now on Amazon. The first movie Amber Dawn Fox will be portraying the character of Agnes in is titled "Realm - The Second Beginning" and as of August 2015 is in development. She is also scheduled to film in several other feature films in 2016 as well. Among others, Amber will be playing the lead role of "Alexa" in Devil's Preacher and will be playing the role of Alex Vincent's (from the Child's Play films) wife in Descending.
The tall, muscular and handsome American actor, Maurice Johnson was born in Augusta, Georgia to Ruby and Eugene Johnson, Jr. He credits his high school debate coach for pushing him to use his talents and powerful voice on the school's debate team and in various oratorical contests that garnered him many accolades. This foundation led him to pursue his major in college and ultimately acting as a profession. Maurice received a football scholarship to Albany State University and graduated with a degree in Speech and Theatre. He was also initiated into the Chi Epsilon chapter of Omega Psi Phi, Fraternity, Inc. at Albany State.
Maurice caught the acting bug as he walked onto the stage in his first stage play, Thomas Meloncon's "Diary of Black Men" directed by Dr. Wendy Coleman at Albany State's Billy C. Black auditorium. Upon graduating from college he performed in local and regional stage plays before landing a national SunTrust commercial without having an agent. He continued to hone his craft doing commercials and on the indie circuit before landing co-star and guest star roles on hit television shows like CBS's "Hawaii Five-O", TBS/OWN's Tyler Perry's "For Better or Worse", CW's "Vampire Diaries", ABC's "Devious Maids", ABC's "Nashville" and NBC's "Game of Silence" to name a few. Maurice was first seen on the silver screen in Joyful Noise with Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton in a comical scene where the two were in a cat fight. Maurice will be seen next on the silver screen opposite Morris Chestnut and Regina Hall in the upcoming thriller "When the Bough Breaks" (September 2016) and in the highly anticipated blockbuster "Billionaire Boys Club" alongside Hollywood heavyweights Emma Roberts, Kevin Spacey, Ansel Elgort, Taron Egerton, Billie Lourd, Alicia Sanz, Judd Nelson, Jeremy Irvine, and Suki Waterhouse. Maurice is poised to breakthrough in upcoming roles that will showcase his versatility.
Brad James is a strikingly handsome, phenomenally talented star on the rise. Brad is humble and borderline shy about his accomplishments, yet certain and fiercely focused on his missions in life. His passion to achieve greatness in the entertainment industry became clear to him a long time ago while finishing up a tour of duty in the Marine Corps. After his enlistment, Brad began making regular commutes to Atlanta for training and auditions to make his desire of being an A-list actor a reality. After he honed his skills as an actor and began booking multiple projects, he discovered a natural knack for teaching acting through his company "The Actors Stage". His gift of teaching became a cathartic space of growth and creativity that produced several working actors, directors, and writers in the Atlanta area. With this, Brad James started to make an undeniable name for himself whilst paying his dues in the indie film world, stage plays, tv/web series and more.
Brad James started out as a leading man in indie films. Landing his first movie role as the lead action hero in the indie cult movie "Champion Road". Brad performed all of his own stunts in this action film, which has gone on to gross millions with distribution through Maverick Entertainment.
After the unexpected success of "Champion Road", Brad longed to become more knowledgeable about the business of making movies. He formed an entertainment group, Brad James LLC, and began writing his own projects while assembling a team of other creative people to make a positive network of professionals.
Brad was more than ready for the big leagues when the opportunities came calling. After his first television role on Tyler Perry's "Meet the Browns", Brad James began landing roles on shows such as, The CW's "Vampire Diaries" and "One Tree Hill", BET's "Let's Stay Together" and "Reed Between the Lines", MTV's "Teen Wolf" and VH1's "Single Ladies". Brad has also starred in several web based programs; including, "Osiris: The Series" and "Templeton Pride". More film credits are sure to follow including the soon to be released, "A Haunting in Georgia" with Chad Michael Murray and Academy Award nominee, Cicely Tyson.
Brad James has earned all of these film and television credits in just 2 years! His pace is showing no signs of slowing down as he has been added as a series regular on the highly anticipated TBS sitcom, "Tyler Perry's: For Better or Worse".
Brad James has become more than just a talented actor. In addition to his acting, Brad has also begun to write, produce and direct projects that he feels have stories that will entertain and enlighten. He's also expanding his reach and utilizing his creative abilities to speak to the youth about the different paths to success in business as well as personal endeavors. He has spoken at several drama academies, schools, panels, camps and more; constantly promoting belief in one's self to accomplish anything that you put your mind and heart to do.
Kimberley Drummond born in Spanish Town, Jamaica migrated to the USA with her mom at the young age of four. While attending school, Kimberley began dance classes as a hobby and fell in love with the stage that made her want to learn everything about it. After performing in a 3rd grade production, she immediately found her passion. She started acting at a very young age and was determined to give it her all from the very beginning. She attended Middle & High Schools for Performing Arts in South Florida . After graduating, she was accepted in the New York School for Film and Television Conservatory where she studied her on-camera training.
Continuing her studies with local coaches in New York City, her hard work paid off when she landed the supporting role as Taqua in the Independent film Mooz-Lum alongside greats Nia Long, Roger Guenveur Smith, Evan Ross, Danny Glover & Dorian Missick. This is Kimberley's first movie and she moves the audience with her incredible skills re-telling one Muslims experience during 911.
Kimberley now lives in Atlanta and landed her first television appearance as Mindy in CW's highest rated show, The Vampire Diaries. She has made a few appearances on local television shows such as Drop Dead Diva & Stuff You Should Know. Recently Kimberley landed a role on the critically acclaimed Hunger Games franchise in Catching Fire as Rue's Aunt. Her journey is at its beginning stages but is looking very promising. As she continues perfecting her craft, with Gods continuous blessings, you'll fall in love with her optimism, humor, & elegance that she shares with the world.
Actor Justin Price, best-known for playing, Emanuel in his breakthrough role in "Walk by Faith" (2013) and Sam in "Ring of Fire" (2013), was born in Ft. Benning, Georgia on September 07, 1985. Justin grew up with his father, a U.S. ARMY Special Forces SNCO and his mother, a Registered Nurse. Justin also has four siblings, an older brother and 3 sisters. As a child he was known for writing stories and selling them to his friends and family. Justin was raised in a very disciplined home, mainly due to his father being in ARMY special forces. He developed a love for physical exercise and a passion for reading from his dad. Sadly, Justin lost his father in combat in 1997. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
Justin's career began when he visited his extended family in Los Angeles. During that time, he scored lead roles in two commercials and a film. Shortly after, he moved to Atlanta, Ga. to attend college and begin studying in pursuit of an Engineering degree. He eventually realized that acting was his true calling and the permanent move to Los Angeles. He caught the eye of director "Wayne Isham" and was cast as the leading male in Zac Brown Band's music video, "Goodbye in Her Eyes". This soon led him being cast in the CW drama, "The Vampire Diaries", as Jeffery Lockwood Hamilton.
After playing a werewolf descendant in, "The Vampire Diaries", he was called in to screen-test for the role of, Sam in, "Ring of Fire" (2013) the June Carter Cash Story. Director, "Allison Anders" cast him immediately following.
Rob Hardy, who is a recent nominee of the HBO Director to Watch Award, broke into network television with his January 2007 directorial debut of the Emmy Award winning show ER. Soon after, Black Enterprise Magazine listed him among the Top 40 Entertainers under 40 for the year 2008. Since recently wrapping production on Stomp the Yard: Homecoming for Sony Pictures, Hardy has returned to television with a directing stint on the CBS series Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior starring Oscar winner Forest Whitaker.
Hardy began his career as a high school Senior, with the camcorder-shot movie G-Man. While pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering at Florida A & M University, he made the leap to film with the low-budget motion picture Chocolate City. This experience earned him the institution's highest honor, the Bernard Hendricks Student Leadership Award, and launched his company Rainforest Films. The underground buzz on the project soon led to his controversial film Trois. Hardy not only directed and co-wrote the thriller, he was also instrumental in self-distributing the project to be the fastest Independent African American film to pass the $1million dollar mark. In 2003, after directing the critically acclaimed thriller Pandora's Box, he added the role of "Producer" to his credits by collaborating with business partner Will Packer (they co-founded Rainforest Films), to produce Motives. 2004 saw Hardy Executive Producing Trois: The Escort, and penning an "untitled Usher" project for MTV Films. Hardy then wrote and directed the spiritually themed drama entitled The Gospel, and produced the companion Gospel Live!. Executive producing Mekhi Phifer's directorial film debut Puff Puff Pass, soon followed, before serving as Executive Producer of Stomp The Yard, which held the #1 position at the box office for two weekends in January of 2007 and received the 2007 Movie of the Year Award from the BET Hip Hop awards. Afterwards came Motives: Retribution and Three Can Play that Game. His hard-earned success has garnered a 2006 "Best Screenplay" (Black Movie Awards) nomination for The Gospel. The Hollywood Reporter (December 2002) listed him amongst the New Establishment of Black Power Brokers. Florida A&M University awarded him with the Meritorious Achievement Award, which is the highest honor bestowed on an alumnus. After which he received the inaugural Woody Strode / Paul Robeson Award of Excellence from his fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
His company Rainforest Films, was listed as one of the Top 25 Money Makers in Entertainment (2007) by Black Enterprise Magazine and has gone on to produce feature films including: This Christmas, Obsessed and Takers. Most recently Hardy has continued his network episodic directing with stints on The Vampire Diaries, Bones, 90210, Criminal Minds and NBC's Heroes (the webisodes). With several studio projects in development Hardy has also broken into reality television with his creating Sprite Step Off for MTV2. Additionally, Hardy completed studies at the New York Film Academy, and has begun directing commercial projects for clients, including: CNN, TBS (Turner Broadcasting), American Honda, Coca-Cola, Georgia Lottery and The National Cancer Institute. He serves on the Advisory Board for the International Feature Project (IFP) Film Lab series. He resides in Atlanta, GA with his wife and son.
|Desiree Ann Siahaan
Born in Singapore, and a child of the world, Desiree's lineage combines her father's Indonesian and Chinese heritage with her mother's unique descent of Dutch, Portuguese, Filipino, and Spanish. This combination creates Desiree's truly exotic essence and beauty.
As a child, Desiree was cast in several commercials, theatre productions and voice-over projects. At the age of 16, she was signed by a modeling agency where she went on to book several commercials and print ads for International brands. By the age of 17, Desiree was the "1st Runner-Up" of Singapore's New Paper New Face Contest which propelled her into the spotlight and afforded her the opportunity to travel to exotic locations throughout Asia modeling and acting. Desiree has worked in such locations as Tokyo, Bangkok, Shanghai, Myanmar, Kuala Lumpur, Saigon and Seoul. In 2003, Desiree found herself returning to Singapore where she booked a lead role in Singapore's highly rated crime drama series, Heartlanders.
In 2004, Desiree gained a loyal following with a highly publicized role in MTV Asia's first action drama series, Rouge. This led to a major cover campaign for Maxim Magazine International and she became the first "Cover Girl" of Maxim Singapore. This exposure allowed Desiree to explode in the Southeast Asian market putting her face everywhere in the region.
Building on her success, in 2005, she booked Villa Wellness, where she hosted Singapore's very first Reality TV show.
Desiree's culmination of work and wide exposure brought her the opportunity to audition (and ultimately cast) in the worldwide search for the leading role opposite the late David Carradine in The Hallmark Channel's, Son of the Dragon. Her performance in the film catapulted her to an international name and Hallmark immediately signed her to a second film, Marco Polo, where she starred opposite ABC's Lost and the CW's Vampire Diaries; Ian Sommerhalder.
Desiree can currently ("2016") be seen in her second season as the leading lady of Singapore's Ch.5 drama series, Whispers Of The Dead. Desiree is one of the few Singaporeans who has been invited to become a member of the Screen Actor's Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
|Ashlyn Jade Lopez
Ashlyn Jade Lopez was born on Feb 19th 2005, in Brandon, FL. Before she got her big break on The Vampire Diaries, Ashlyn was performing on stage. She has been performing since she was 4 years old. Her first play was "The Gurufalo", at the Patel Conservatory in Tampa, FL it was there that her talent for acting and singing was nurtured. Ashlyn just had that "it" factor, and seemed to flourish on stage in front of an audience. She has a BIG voice in such a tiny package. Her favorite play is "Wicked" and she has not missed a performance since she first saw the play in 2009 where she got the musical score and by the age of 5 could sing all 26 songs. Ofcourse her favorite place to visit is Disney World and her musical influences are Idina Menzel, Demi Lavoto and Bruno Mars.
|David Von Ancken
Executive Producer / Director / Writer David Von Ancken is a prolific television director and executive producer as well as a feature film director. David executive produced and directed, Tut, an epic six hour action-adventure-thriller for Spike starring Ben Kingsley. Spike's first mini-series features King Tut's ascension to power, the chaotic political intrigue of the youngest Pharaoh's rule of ancient Egypt, and the mystery surrounding his death. He executive produced and directed the first season of Salem, the premiere series for cable network, WGN. The show was picked up for a second season. He executive produced and directed the pilot of AMC's series, Hell on Wheels, then continued as executive producer/director for its first two seasons. David has also directed multiple episodes such popular series as Californication, The Shield, CSI:NY and Cold Case. And he has directed shows as diverse as Intelligence, The Following, House of Lies, Oz, Numb3rs, Heroes, Gossip Girl, Vampire Diaries and Person of Interest. In addition to his work in television, David co-wrote and directed Seraphim Falls, a civil war action-thriller starring Pierce Brosnan and Liam Neeson. David was nominated for Gotham's Breakthrough Director Award for his work on the film. David's acclaimed debut short film, Bullet in the Brain, won Universal/Hypnotic Films' Million Dollar Film Festival as well as numerous other awards at festivals including Rotterdam, The Silver Bear at Chicago and South By Southwest.
Justin Smith is an actor, known for A Good Day to Die Hard (2013), Walk of Shame (2014) and Man Down (2015). He was born and raised in Florida, spending much of his childhood around his dad's firehouse. Justin grew up playing sports while dabbling in regional theatre when time permitted. While in college a friend convinced him to audition for a movie filming nearby for fun. That audition led to Justin's first credited acting role, co-starring alongside Al Lewis (Grandpa Munster), in the indie feature film Night Terror (2002).
With this newly found love for acting, Justin spent much of the next couple years studying in the theatre and working odd jobs to make ends meet. Not long after, he would travel all the way to Cape Town, South Africa to begin work on The Silent Fall (2007). Justin spent four months filming throughout Cape Town, where he would also gain some much appreciated life experience. After returning from South Africa, Justin found himself in New York where he was cast in his first major television role on the CBS soap opera, As The World Turns (1956). This led to other roles on television in Army Wives (2007), Burn Notice (2007) and most recently The Vampire Diaries (2009). Justin spent a number of years working on the east coast before moving to Los Angeles, California, where he now resides.
Tyler Buckingham is an actor, known for his work on The Vampire Diaries (2009), Halt and Catch Fire (2014) and Goodboy (2016). He has been seen as the young soldier in the viral commercial, Food City "Salute," and the YouTube web series, Marvel Knights: A Spider-Man Fan Film, as the older version of Peter Parker/Spider-Man.
Jasmine Burke is an award winning, American Actor/ Filmmaker from Atlanta, Georgia who attended Kennesaw State University on full scholarship. Growing up in musical theatre paid off when on a whim, during college, Jasmine tried out for the hit talent competition MTV's Making the Band 3 and advanced to being a finalist. After the whirlwind experience Jasmine decided to go after her real passion, acting. Soon after she caught the attention of legendary casting director Rueben Cannon who cast her in Tyler Perry's Meet The Browns and then Daddy's Little Girls. Since, Jasmine Burke has been full steam ahead making notable appearances in The Secret Life of Bees, Van Wilder, Vampire Diaries, Army Wives and Ride Along, to name a few. Also starring in Vh1's Drumline: A New Beat and Bounce TV's record breaking Saints and Sinners.
Exercising her many talents, in 2009 Jasmine wrote, executive produced and directed her first film, a comedy, Lucky Lotto. Lucky Lotto went on to become a winner at the 2010 Women in Film and Television International Short Film Showcase. Jasmine also won an achievement for directing Lucky Lotto at the 2010 WIFTA's.
Jasmine's philantrophy extends to global organizations such as The Boys&Girls Club of America, Girls Inc., The Miss Black Teen Atlanta Scholarship Pageant, C.A.S.A (Court Appointed Special Advocate), 500 Songs for Kids.
|Laurie A. Sinclair
Actress & model Laurie spent her youth in Minneapolis/St.Paul performing musical theater. Throughout her career, she's been seen in dozens of national commercial & print spots including Coca Cola, General Mills, & Kodak. She is also a professional AFTRA vocalist, & her voice can be heard on several TV shows throughout ABC/Disney. GH:NS featured her performance on 11 of 13 episodes for SOAPnet's first original series. She also performed the theme song for Blonde Charity Mafia on MTV in AUS, but was more notably heard on TV shows like Vampire Diaries, Law & Order, Dirt, Bionic Woman & Ghost Whisperer.
Kristen Danielle is an actress known for Insurgent, Ravenwatch, Realm, Blueprint Saints and more. She has been featured on TV shows such as The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Powers and Royal Pains. Kristen Danielle has modeled for HSN, Elevate Magazine, Jet Club Magazine, and many others. She just finished Directing/Producing her own feature-length independent film this year and looks forward to releasing the Romantic Drama in Summer of 2016.
Known most recently for her role as Megan Brown in the TV series "Life Twirls On", she is enjoying the world of theater and acting in Los Angeles California. Her ability to play a vast range of roles works to her advantage; along with her certification as Medical Laboratory Scientist, extensive training that stems from a theater background, and a photographic memory. Also known for her roles on web series Love Crimes, and Tracey Hill P.R. After becoming a scientist Miss Adriyan Rae moved from her small town of Seaford, Delaware to Atlanta, Georgia to pursue her career in the arts. She was taken under the wings of Carl Anthony Payne (The Cosby Show, Martin) and Lisina Stoneburner (The Originals, Vampire Diaries) and extensively trained in Improv, Theater, Film/TV, and Comedy. She then relocated to Los Angeles California to further her acting career. She is currently training at The Acting Center in Sherman Oaks
Ahnika Hendrickson is a young adult American actress. Ahnika is known for her work in The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016), The Vampire Diaries (2009 TV series), Sleepless Night (2016), Satisfaction (2014 TV series), and Freak (2014). She was born in Renton, Washington, on March 3rd, 1997, to parents Dawn and Jeff. She has one younger brother, Evan. Ahnika also models and sings. Her first time on stage was in Kindergarten as a "Baby Chick" in the "Little Red Hen" play. She has modeled for Macy's, Zulily, and Joico/ Minardi. She also has done several other photo shoots. Ahnika started her training through Seattle Talent in February 2014, and with them, performed at the International Models and Talent Association in New York City. Her first role in a short film, "Freak", premiered in Seattle for the 48 Hour Horror Film Festival in 2014. While acting and modeling, Ahnika graduated high school with honors, early in January 2015. In the spring of 2015, she played the role of "The Lady in Waiting to the King" in the Green River Theater Company's performance of "All's Well That Ends Well" by William Shakespeare. She is also in the "Watch Me" Official Music Video by Silento, filmed in Atlanta, Georgia. Ahnika plans to work hard and enjoy life, as she follows her dreams.
|Anna Marie Dobbins
Anna Marie Dobbins was born on January 29th, 1991 in Birmingham, Al. She is the daughter of Barry and Linda Dobbins and has an older brother, Michael, and sister- in-law Brooke.
Anna Marie started her career as a dancer at the young age of 3. Her mother, Linda, opened the Linda Dobbins Dance studio when Anna Marie was 4 years old and initiated her training in all genres of dance. At the age of 8, Anna Marie found an interest in competitive cheer leading as well. Growing up she split her time between dance and cheer leading.
When Anna Marie turned 13 she developed an interest in acting and print modeling. She was represented locally by Real People Birmingham Talent Agency. Soon Anna Marie had the opportunity to expand her career by signing with Jpervis Talent Agency, an agency representing talent across the Southeastern U.S. She worked in this market for multiple years and received movie roles in films such as Footloose and Lifted, as well as roles on television shows such as Being Mary Jane and the Vampire Diaries.
Anna Marie attended Birmingham Southern College on a dance scholarship and graduated in 3.5 years with many academic accomplishments and a Bachelors Degree in Dance and Choreography.
After graduation, Anna Marie was encouraged to move to Los Angeles to pursue a professional acting career. In LA, Anna Marie signed contracts with Beal Talent and Associates and Snow Entertainment. She also signed a contract with one of the most prestigious dance agencies, MSA . Anna Marie has since been featured in multiple feature films such as: Dropped, Holding Patterns and in many National Commercials such as :American Career College, Ford Fusion, and more.
Make A Wish Foundation of Alabama is an organization that Anna Marie commits her time and energy to supporting. It is her desire to help children that are struggling with illness not only in Alabama, but around the world, having their wishes fulfilled.