Mitchell at the 38th People's Choice Awards in January 2012
|Born||Shannon Ashley Mitchell
April 10, 1987
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Mitchell was born in Mississauga, Ontario to a Filipino mother, Precious Garcia, and an Irish/Scottish father, Mark Mitchell. She has one younger sibling, a brother, Sean Mitchell. Even as a young child,Shay 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 and 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 premiered on June 11, 2013, with the second part, season 4B premiering January 7, 2014. 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.
|2013||Immediately Afterlife||Marissa||Short film|
|2009||Degrassi: The Next Generation||Model||Episode: "Up Where We Belong"|
|2010–present||Pretty Little Liars||Emily Fields||Main cast|
|2010||Aaron Stone||Irina Webber||Episodes:
"Tracker & Field"
"Metal Gear Liquid"
|2010||Rookie Blue||Cute girl||Episode: "Mercury Retrograde"|
|2012||Punk'd||Herself||Episode: "Heather Morris"|
|2011||Young Hollywood Award||Cast to Watch (shared with Troian Bellisario, Lucy Hale and Ashley Benson)||Pretty Little Liars||Won|
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- "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.
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