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Amber Tamblyn

Amber Tamblyn just signed to star as the female lead in ABC's new dramedy series The Unusuals, written by Noah Hawley (Bones) that will feature her as a smart detective who is also the black sheep of a wealthy family. She recently wrapped production on a remake of the 1956 noir classic Beyond a Reasonable Doubt, scripted and directed by Peter Hyams, in which she stars opposite Michael Douglas.

She recently starred in the title role, opposite Tilda Swinton, in Stephanie Daley, for which she received tremendous critical acclaim and a 2007 Independent Spirit Best Supporting Female Actress nomination. The film, written and directed by Hilary Brougher, premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews and went on to the 2007 Milan International Film Festival and the 2006 Locarno International Film Festival, where Tamblyn received a Golden Bronze Leopard Best Actress Award. Tamblyn also received raves for her role in the telepic The Russell Girl.

Tamblyn will next star in the comedy Spring Breakdown, with Parker Posey, Amy Poehler and Rachel Dratch; and the independent thriller Blackout, directed by Rigoberto CastaƱeda.

She started her professional career at the age of 11 on General Hospital, for which she received the Hollywood Reporter Young Star Award for Best Actress in a Daytime Series two years in a row. She is best known for two seasons as the title character in Joan of Arcadia, the highly lauded CBS family drama that earned her a 2003 Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress in a Drama Series and a 2004 Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Her additional film credits include Gore Verbinski's The Ring, Takashi Shimizu's The Grudge 2 and Wim Wenders' 10 Minutes Older.

Also an acclaimed writer, Tamblyn published her first poem at age 12 in the San Francisco Chronicle, an Editor's Choice for their Young Female Poets To Watch issue. At 14 and 17, she self-published two collections of poetry, art and photography, entitled Plenty of Ships and Of the Dawn. In 2006, she signed with Simon & Schuster to release her debut full-length book of poetry, Free Stallion, which won the 2006 Borders Book Choice Award for Breakout Writing. Her work has also been published in New York Quarterly Magazine, New York Magazine, L.A. Weekly, Writers and Poets, Cosmopolitan, Teen Vogue, Jane, Interview Magazine and, currently, Nylon Magazine.

She hosts a private writers' forum at rebelasylum.com, for more than 200,000 teens and young adults looking to publish or workshop their writing with other writers and Tamblyn herself. She is also co-founder of The Best Contemporary American Poets Series, a bi-annual event showcasing some of the country's best performance artists. She will be publishing her second anthology of poetry and non-fiction stories in fall 2008.

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Amber Tamblyn Facts

Birth NameAmber Rose Tamblyn
BirthdayMay 14, 1983 (40)
BirthplaceSanta Monica, California, USA
Height5' 7" (1m70)  How tall is Amber Tamblyn compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2
127 Hours
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
The Grudge 2
Joan of Arcadia
Grudge, the
Two and a Half Men: Season 12
4 Film Favorites: Girls' Night Collection
Two and a Half Men: The Complete Eleventh Season
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