Bianca Lawson

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Bianca Lawson
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Born Bianca Jasmine Lawson
(1979-03-20) March 20, 1979 (age 35)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Education Stella Adler Studio of Acting
Marymount High School
Alma mater University of Southern California
Occupation Actress
Years active 1988–present
Parents Richard Lawson
Denise Gordy
Relatives Berry Gordy (great-uncle)

Bianca Jasmine Lawson (born March 20, 1979) is an American film and television actress. She is perhaps best known for regular roles in the television series Saved by the Bell: The New Class, Goode Behavior and Pretty Little Liars. She has also had recurring roles in the series Sister, Sister, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Steve Harvey Show, Dawson's Creek, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, The Vampire Diaries, and Teen Wolf.

Early life

Lawson was born in Los Angeles, California. She is the daughter of Denise (née Gordy) and actor Richard Lawson. Lawson is also the great-niece of Motown founder Berry Gordy.[1] She attended the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and graduated from Marymount High School, a Catholic school in Los Angeles. She then went on to study film and psychology at University of Southern California.[2] Lawson is African-American and of Italian, Native American, Portuguese, and Creole descent.[3]

Career

Lawson began acting at the age of nine, having appeared in commercials for Barbie and Revlon. In 1993, she was cast in the television series Saved by the Bell: The New Class as series regular Megan Jones. She appeared in multiple episodes of The WB sitcoms Sister, Sister as Rhonda Coley and The Steve Harvey Show as Rosalind. In 1996, she co-starred in the UPN sitcom Goode Behavior as family sub-title character Bianca Goode, which lasted for just one season. In 1997, she appeared in Buffy the Vampire Slayer as vampire slayer Kendra Young. In 1999, she appeared in The WB's Dawson's Creek as rival character Nikki Green.

In 2009, Lawson was cast as Shawna in The Secret Life of the American Teenager. That same year, she was cast in the CW television series The Vampire Diaries, as witch Emily Bennett. In December 2009, she was cast as Maya St. Germain in the ABC Family series Pretty Little Liars, based on the book series by Sara Shepard.[4] She appeared in that show from June 2010 through August 2012. Since 2012, she has had a recurring role as Ms. Morell in the MTV television series Teen Wolf, based on the original film from 1985.

Lawson has made appearances in two different television miniseries. In 1998, she appeared in The Temptations as Diana Ross (whom Lawson is related to through Ross's daughter Rhonda Ross Kendrick); and in 2001, she was cast as Anna Bella Monroe in Anne Rice's The Feast of All Saints.

Some of Lawson's film credits to date include Primary Colors (1998), Save the Last Dance (2001), Bones (2001) and Breakin' All the Rules (2004).

Aside from film and television, Lawson provided her voice in 2011 to the video game Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Currently, Lawson is involved with a soon-to-be released movie for the Lifetime cable channel titled House of Secrets. The television film is scheduled for a January 2014 airdate.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Primary Colors Loretta
2000 Big Monster on Campus Darien Stompanato
2001 Save the Last Dance Nikki
2001 Bones Cynthia
2004 Dead & Breakfast Kate
2004 Breakin' All the Rules Helen Sharp
2004 Pavilion, TheThe Pavilion Mary
2005 Flip the Script Angel
2006 Broken Mia
2006 National Lampoon's Pledge This! Monique
2007 Supergator Carla Masters Video
2009 Killing of Wendy, TheThe Killing of Wendy Brooke

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1993-1994 Saved by the Bell: The New Class Megan Jones Main role (39 episodes)
1995 In the House Rachel Episode: "The Final Cut"
1995-1996 Sister, Sister Rhonda Coley Recurring role (7 episodes)
1996-1997 Goode Behavior Bianca Goode Main role (22 episodes)
1997 Smart Guy Jill Episode: "Baby, It's You and You and You"
1997 Parent 'Hood, TheThe Parent 'Hood Jasmine Episodes: "Zaria Peterson's Day Off", "Bad Rap"
1997-1998 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Kendra Young Episodes: "What's My Line?: Parts 1 & 2" and "Becoming: Part 1"
1998 Silk Stalkings Renee Episode: "Rage"
1998 Steve Harvey Show, TheThe Steve Harvey Show Rosalind Episodes: "Breakfast with Tiffany", "White Men Can Funk", "That's a Bunch of Bull, Ced"
1998 Temptations, TheThe Temptations Diana Ross TV miniseries
1999 Smart Guy Tracy Episode: "It Takes Two"
1999-2000 Dawson's Creek Nikki Green Recurring role (4 episodes)
2001 Strong Medicine Esperanza Maldonaldo Episode: "Control Group"
2001 Feast of All Saints Anna Bella Monroe TV film
2002 For the People Asia Portman Episode: "Textbook Perfect"
2002 Haunted Brandi Combs Episode: "Blind Witness"
2004 Division, TheThe Division Marilynn Resiser Episode: "Play Ball"
2004 Big House, TheThe Big House Angel Episode: "Almost Touched by an Angel"
2004 Fearless Harmony Kaye TV pilot
2008 Cleaner, TheThe Cleaner Jeannie Episodes: "Meet the Joneses", "The Eleventh Hour"
2009 Bones Albie Episode: "Fire in the Ice"
2009 Secret Life of the American Teenager, TheThe Secret Life of the American Teenager Shawna Recurring role (9 episodes)
2009-2011, 2014 Vampire Diaries, TheThe Vampire Diaries Emily Bennett Recurring role (6 episodes)
2010 Nikita Emily Robinson Episode: "The Guardian"
2010-2012 Pretty Little Liars Maya St. Germain Series Regular (19 episodes)
2011 American Horror Story Abby Episode: "Pilot"
2012 Beauty & the Beast Lafferty Episode: "Trapped"
2012 All About Christmas Eve Lila TV film
2012 2 Broke Girls Stacy Episode: "And the Silent Partner"
2012-2014 Teen Wolf Marin Morell Recurring role (12 episodes)
2014 House of Secrets Julie TV film

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