Mitchell at the 38th People's Choice Awards 2012
|Born||Shannon Ashley Mitchell
April 10, 1987
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Shannon Ashley Mitchell (born April 10, 1987) is a Canadian actress and model of Filipino and Irish descent. She is best known for the role of Emily Fields in the ABC Family series Pretty Little Liars.
Born to a Filipino mother Precious Garcia, and Irish/Scottish father Mark Mitchell, Shay is a native of Mississauga, Ontario. She has one younger sibling, a brother, Sean Mitchell. Even as a young child, Mitchell 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 five, and she and several of her classmates toured the city to compete with a variety of other dance schools. She is a first cousin of Lea Salonga, singer & Tony Award-winning theater actress well known for originating the lead role of Kim in the musical Miss Saigon. At the age of 10, Mitchell's family moved to Vancouver, British Columbia. Within a year of their arrival, an international modeling agency held 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, but she later returned to Toronto to study acting. After signing with her first theatrical agency, Mitchell appeared in the Canadian teen drama series Degrassi: The Next Generation and booked several national commercials; including Pantene. Mitchell guest starred in the Global series Rookie Blue and appeared in the music video for "Hold My Hand" by Jamaican rapper Sean Paul. Mitchell also notably modeled for the American clothing company American Eagle Outfitters. In 2010 Mitchell appeared in a four-episode arc on the Disney XD series Aaron Stone as cheerleader Irina Webber.
In December 2009 Mitchell was cast in the ABC Family planned adaptation of the book series Pretty Little Liars. Initially Mitchell auditioned for the role of Spencer Hastings. In January 2010 the series was picked up by ABC Family. The series centers on four friends up against an anonymous foe who threatens to reveal all their secrets whilst unraveling the mystery of the murder of their best friend. Mitchell portrays the role of Emily Fields, the "jock girl" of the group. Despite mixed reviews, the series found success premiering to over 2.47 million viewers.
On October 4, 2012, ABC Family announced that they renewed Pretty Little Liars for a fourth season. Filming began on March 14, 2013. It will premiere on June 11, 2013. Producer Marlene King and co-star Lucy Hale announced that there will be a fifth season of Pretty Little Liars. This was confirmed by ABC Family on March 26, 2013.
|2009||Degrassi: The Next Generation||Model||"Up Where We Belong" (season 8: episode 17)|
|2010–present||Pretty Little Liars||Emily Fields||Lead role|
|2010||Aaron Stone||Irina Webber||"Pack-Man" (season 2: episode 9)
"Tracker & Field" (season 2: episode 10)
"Metal Gear Liquid" (season 2: episode 11)
"Sparks" (season 2: episode 12)
|2010||Rookie Blue||Cute Girl||"Mercury Retrograde" (season 1: episode 2)|
|2012||Punk'd||Herself||"Heather Morris" (season 9: episode 9)|
|2012||Glee||Girl in Yellow Jacket||Uncredited
"Britney 2.0" (season 4: episode 2)
- Benson, Ashley (June 14, 2013). "Happy birthday to my gum drop @shaymitch". Twitter. Retrieved April 10, 2013.
- Hogan, Heather (26 July 2010). "An interview with Shay Mitchell". AfterEllen. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
- Bricker, Tierney (2011-01-06). "Pretty hi Little Liars star Shay Mitchell is Pantene's new spokesperson". zap2it.com. Retrieved 2011-03-12.
- Bibel, Sara (October 4, 2012). "'Pretty Little Liars' Renewed for Season Four by ABC Family". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 16, 2013.
- King, Marlene (March 1, 2013). "Twitter / imarleneking: @GrandeLovers2 we start shooting ...". Twitter. Retrieved April 16, 2013.
- "Thanks for all the great wishes for season 5 of #PrettyLittleLiars and season 1 of #Ravenswood. Can twitter handle us?". Twitter. Retrieved March 26, 2013.
- "Twitter / TVGuideMagazine: This just in from @ABCFamily: ...". Twitter. March 26, 2013. Retrieved April 16, 2013.
- "Twitter / ABCFpll: #Ravenswood premieres this ...". Twitter. March 26, 2013. Retrieved April 16, 2013.
|2011||Young Hollywood Awards||Cast To Watch (with Troian Bellisario, Lucy Hale and Ashley Benson)||Pretty Little Liars||Won|
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