Anastasia Baranova

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Anastasia Baranova
Born (1989-04-23) April 23, 1989 (age 25)
Moscow, Russia
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2002–present

Anastasia Baranova (Russian: Aнастасия Баранова; born April 23, 1989[1]) is a Russian-American actress, best known for her starring role as Jennifer "Scout" Lauer on the television series Scout's Safari.


Baranova was born in Moscow, Russia, in what was then part of the Soviet Union. As a child, she began modeling in Moscow. In 1998, Baranova and her mother, Ata, moved from Russia to Minnesota in the United States, where she continued to model. In 2000, mother and daughter moved to California, where Baranova began her acting career. To learn the English language, she used the JumpStart CD-ROM series and took speech and singing classes.[1][2] She is fluent in both Russian and English, and studied at Chapman University.

As of 2010, she lives in Los Angeles, California.


Baranova began her acting career in 2002 with a small speaking role on the Disney Channel series Lizzie McGuire. She then won the lead role for the Discovery Kids/NBC television series Scout's Safari, playing the character Jennifer Lauer. Filming began in July 2002, and primarily took place at locations around South Africa.[1][2] The series ran from October 2002 to February 2004, lasting two seasons and 26 episodes.

Baranova has had one- or two-episode appearances on several television series, including Joan of Arcadia, Veronica Mars, Drake & Josh, 7th Heaven, and Malcolm in the Middle. She also appeared in the 2007 film Rise: Blood Hunter. In 2010, she made an appearance on the HDNet series Svetlana.

She is a graduate of the Los Angeles-based school The Acting Corps.[3]


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Lizzie McGuire Cara Gunther Episode: "Over the Hill"
2002–2004 Scout's Safari Jennifer "Scout" Lauer Series lead
2004 Joan of Arcadia Exchange Student Episode: "No Bad Guy"
2004–2005 Veronica Mars Lizzie Manning Episodes: "Like a Virgin", "Green-Eyed Monster"
2005 Drake & Josh Yooka Episode: "We're Married"
2005 7th Heaven Lizzie Wheeler Episode: "Ring Around the Rosie"
2005 Malcolm in the Middle Sonja Episode: "Blackout"
2007 Rise: Blood Hunter Teen girl Film
2010 Svetlana Nastya Episode: "Wish Fulfillment"
2011 Apocalypse, CA Giant interviewee 2 Film
2011 Rise of Nightmares Sacha / Tasha Video game
2012 90210 Reece Turner Episode: "902-100"
2014 Z Nation Addy Carver TV
2014 Mostly Ghostly: Have You Met My Ghoulfriend? Young Emma Film


  1. ^ a b c Smith, Margaret (2002). "Meet Anastasia Baranova". Archived from the original on December 20, 2002. Retrieved April 15, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Smith, Margaret (2002). "A Teen Actress' Career". Archived from the original on December 20, 2002. Retrieved April 15, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Testimonials". 2006. Archived from the original on April 10, 2010. Retrieved April 15, 2010. 

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