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ASHLEY BENSON

Ashley Benson

Born Ashley Victoria Benson
December 18, 1989
Anaheim Hills, Anaheim, California, US
Nationality American

Ashley Victoria Benson (born December 18, 1989) is an American actress, known for portraying the role of Hanna Marin in the teen mystery-drama television series Pretty Little Liars (2010-2017). She has also portrayed Abigail Deveraux on the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives, Mia Torcoletti on the supernatural television series Eastwick, and Brit in the 2013 crime thriller film Spring Breakers.

Ashley Benson was born and raised in Anaheim Hills, Anaheim, California, the daughter of Shannon (née Hart) and Jeff Benson. She has an older sister, Shaylene (b. August 25, 1988), who was a cheerleader for the LA Lakers.

In 1993, she appeared in several musicals and was asked to audition to sing solo at four Christmas services at her church. She started dancing competitively in ballet, jazz, hip hop, and lyrical. A year later, she modeled in dance catalogs.

In 1997, she began modeling under The Ford Modeling Agency in print advertisements.

In 1999, she started pursuing an acting career. She began working and appearing in a number of commercials, but quickly made the transition into film and television acting.

In 2004, Benson was one of the Six Chicks in 13 Going on 30 and also signed a three-year contract with the NBC daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives, and on November 12, 2004 began her role as Abigail “Abby” Deveraux, the oldest child of supercouple Jack Deveraux and Jennifer Horton, until May 2, 2007.[4] She starred as Carson in Bring It On: In It to Win It (2007), the fourth installment of the Bring It On franchise, and in order to land the lead role, she had to end her contract with Days of our Lives:

In December 2009, Benson was cast as Hanna Marin in the ABC Family mystery-thriller teen drama series Pretty Little Liars, based on the novel series by Sara Shepard. Marin is the “diva” and “It girl” of the group, having taken Alison’s place as the most popular girl at Rosewood High in Alison’s absence. The series premiered to 2.47 million viewers with Benson’s performance being praised by critics. She also received a number of awards and nominations.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes

2004 13 Going on 30 Six Chick
2005 Neighbors Mindy Short film
2007 Bring It On: In It to Win It Carson Direct to video
2008 Bart Got a Room Alice
2012 Spring Breakers Brit
2012 Time Warrior Stephanie
2015 Ratter Emma Taylor
2015 Pixels Lady Lisa
2016 Elvis & Nixon Margaret
2017 Chronically Metropolitan Jessie

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2002 Nikki Dancer Episode: “Working Girl” (unaired)
2002 The District Melissa Howell Episode: “Explicit Activities”
2002 The West Wing Girl Episode: “Game On”
2004 Strong Medicine April Episode: “Cape Cancer”
2004–2007 Days of Our Lives Abigail Deveraux Role held: November 12, 2004 – May 2, 2007
2005 7th Heaven Margot 2 episodes
2005 Zoey 101 Candice Episode: “Quinn’s Date”
2006 The O.C. Riley Episode: “The Summer Bummer”
2008 Fab Five: The Texas Cheerleader Scandal Brooke Tippit Television film
2008 CSI: Miami Amy Beck Episode: “Bombshell”
2008 Supernatural Tracy Davis Episode: “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester”
2009–2010 Eastwick Mia Torcoletti Main role; 12 episodes
2010–2017 Pretty Little Liars Hanna Marin Main role; 160 episodes
2010 Christmas Cupid Caitlin Quinn Television film
2012 Punk’d Herself Episode: “Heather Morris”
2013 How I Met Your Mother Carly Whittaker Episode: “Ring Up!”
2013–2014 Ravenswood Hanna Marin 2 episodes
2014 Family Guy Dakota (voice) Episode: “Brian’s a Bad Father”
2015 Barely Famous Herself Episode: “Bananas Foster”

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