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Shay Mitchell

Shay Mitchell

Shay Mitchell stars as Emily Fields in ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars, an athletic girl who is struggling with her sexuality and the loss of her best friend.

Mitchell, born Shannon to a Filipino mother and Irish/Scottish father, is a native of Toronto, Canada. Even as a young child, she was interested in the performing arts, declaring to her parents that she would pursue such a career. Mitchell began dance lessons at the age of 5, and she and several of her classmates toured the city to compete with a variety of other dance schools.

At the age of 10, Mitchell's family moved west to Vancouver, British Columbia. Within a year of their arrival, an international modeling agency had an open casting call for teen and pre-teen girls who were vying for representation. Mitchell was one of the girls selected.

By her late teens, Mitchell had successfully modeled for a variety of companies in cities as varied as Bangkok, Hong Kong and Barcelona. Wanting to focus on her true passion, Mitchell returned to Toronto and began to study acting with great focus and determination. Her hard work paid off and, after signing with her first theatrical agency, she appeared in the hit series DeGrassi: The Next Generation and booked several national commercials. She also landed a recurring role in the Disney series Aaron Stone, is featured in the music video for international recording artist Sean Paul's hit song Hold My Hand and will appear in the upcoming ABC series Rookie Blue.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2010.

Shay Mitchell Facts

Birth Name Shannon Ashley Mitchell
BirthdayApril 10, 1987 (36)
BirthplaceToronto, Ontario, Canada
Social Media shaymitch

Selected Filmography

Pretty Little Liars: Season 6
That PLL Boy is Mine
Pretty Little Liars: Season 5
Pretty Little Liars: Season 4
Pretty Little Liars: Season 3
Pretty Little Liars: Season 1
Death Wish III
Pretty Little Liars: The Complete Seventh & Final Season
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