|Born||Bianca Jasmine Lawson
March 20, 1979
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Education||Stella Adler Studio of Acting
Marymount High School
|Alma mater||University of Southern California|
|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.
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. 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. Lawson is African-American and of Italian, Native American, Portuguese, and Creole descent.
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. 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.
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.
|2000||Big Monster on Campus||Darien Stompanato|
|2001||Save the Last Dance||Nikki|
|2004||Dead & Breakfast||Kate|
|2004||Breakin' All the Rules||Helen Sharp|
|2004||Pavilion, TheThe Pavilion||Mary|
|2005||Flip the Script||Angel|
|2006||National Lampoon's Pledge This!||Monique|
|2009||Killing of Wendy, TheThe Killing of Wendy||Brooke|
|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|
- Bianca Lawson Biography (1979-), Film Reference
- Bianca Lawson's bio at ABC Family.com
- Exclusive Bianca Lawson Interview at Facebook
- "ABC Family Announces Additional Casting for its Upcoming Pilots "Melissa & Joey," "Untitled Michael Jacobs Project" and "Pretty Little Liars."". ABC Family Press Release. December 7, 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-30.