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Overview (4)

Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Birth NameShannon Marie Kahololani Sossamon
Nickname Shan
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Shannyn Sossamon is an American actress and director. She is of Irish, French, Dutch, Hawaiian-Filipino, German and English ancestry. Growing up in Reno, Nevada, Sossamon spent most of her youth at a local dance studio. After graduating high school, at age 17, she decided to move to Los Angeles, California, to pursue a life in the creative arts. Sossamon began acting in films at age 21 after being approached by casting director Francine Maisler, who was casting the starring role in Brian Helgeland's A KNIGHTS TALE opposite Heath Ledger. Recently, Sossamon starred opposite Matt Dillon and Carla Gugino in the event series WAYWARD PINES, from M. Night Shyamalan, opposite Nicole Beharie and Tom Mison in Fox's SLEEPY HOLLOW, and as the lead of Blumhouse feature SINISTER 2, opposite James Ransone. Other feature credits include THE END OF LOVE starring Michael Cera and Mark Webber; OUR FAMILY WEDDING starring Oscar winner Forest Whitaker, WRISTCUTTERS: A LOVE STORY starring opposite Patrick Fugit; THE RULES OF ATTRACTION starring opposite James Van Der Beek; 40 DAYS AND 40 NIGHTS starring opposite Josh Hartnett, and Monte Hellman's ROAD TO NOWHERE. Sossamon spends her free time creating short videos for her project, THE MAUDE ROOM: A VARIETY SHOW, a short-form video project made especially for phone viewing.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jeff Raymond

Family (3)

Children Clayton, Audio Science
Sossamon, Mortimer
Parents Sossamon, Sherry
Lindberg, Todd
Relatives Lindberg, Jenny Lee (sibling)

Trivia (13)

Born in Hawaii but grew up in Nevada.
Was with her friend, who deejayed for Gwyneth Paltrow and Jake Paltrow's joint birthday party in Hollywood, when discovered by Brian Helgeland, director of A Knight's Tale (2001). Was in three commercials before being in the movies.
She gave birth to her first child, a son named Audio Clayton, on May 29, 2003.
2002: Ranked #55 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women In The World".
2002: Was featured as #33 in Maxim Magazine's "Hot 100 of 2002" supplement.
Beat out Kate Hudson for the role of Lady Jocelyn in A Knight's Tale (2001).
Is of French, Dutch, English, Irish, Hawaiian, Filipino and German descent. Her maternal grandmother is of Hawaiian and Filipino descent, and her maternal grandfather is of English and German ancestry.
1995: As an adolescent, she added the "y" in her first name.
Served on the Feature Jury at the 2010 Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles.
Gave birth to her second son, Mortimer Kaufman, in December 2011.
She played drums for the first album of the band Warpaint and directed the video "Undertow".
Sister of Jenny Lee Lindberg who plays bass guitar in the band Warpaint.
2001: Appeared in the music video for "God Gave Me Everything" by Mick Jagger feat. Lenny Kravitz.

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