Elizabeth Gillies

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Elizabeth Gillies
Elizabeth Gillies by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Born Elizabeth Egan Gillies
(1993-07-26) July 26, 1993 (age 22)
Haworth, New Jersey, U.S.
Other names Liz Gillies
  • Actress
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active 2005–present

Elizabeth Egan "Liz" Gillies[1] (born July 26, 1993)[2] is an American actress and singer-songwriter, known for playing the role of Jade West on Victorious. She made her Broadway debut at age 15 in the musical 13, playing the character of Lucy.[3] She also voices the character Daphne on the animated series Winx Club.[4]



Elizabeth Gillies was born in Haworth, New Jersey and is partially of Italian descent.[5] She started her acting career at age twelve when she went to a local open casting call and began appearing in commercials for companies such as Virgin Mobile.[4] Her first television role was as a recurring character in The Black Donnellys. She appeared in three episodes. She later starred in The Clique as Shelby Wexler and had a supporting role in Harold. In the summer of 2008, she was cast as Lucy in a Godspeed production of Jason Robert Brown's new musical about growing up, 13, with her future Victorious co-star, Ariana Grande. Later that year, 13 moved to Broadway, which made it the first Broadway production to have a cast and band entirely made up of teenagers.[6] 13 ran through January 4, 2009.[7]

Gillies starred in the Nickelodeon sitcom Victorious as Jade West. The show premiered on March 27, 2010, and ended on February 2, 2013. A doll of her character was released in 2012. Gillies also voiced Daphne on the animated series Winx Club, and recorded Winx Club's official song, "We Are Believix." She has guest starred in White Collar and Big Time Rush, and was a contestant on the Nickelodeon game shows BrainSurge and Figure It Out. In January 2014, Gillies reprised her role as Jade West[8] in the one-hour episode special of the spin-off series of Victorious and iCarly, Sam and Cat,[9] titled "The Killer Tuna Jump." Gillies was in 3 episodes of the Black Donnellys as Young Jenny also as fans say she was in "THE DEATH AND THE RETURN OF SUPERMAN". in 2008 Liz appeared in "battery s down" as well as Jawbreaker The Musical in 2014. She had small roles in "WHITE COLLAR" and "THE EXES".

Gillies appeared in the horror film Animal, which was filmed in Manchester, Connecticut and can currently be seen on iTunes. Produced by Drew Barrymore, the film co-stars her Winx Club co-star, Keke Palmer, and was released on June 17, 2014.[10] As of December 2013,[11] Gillies was in the process of working on another film entitled "Killing Daddy".[12] It aired on Lifetime on July 5, 2014.

In 2015, Gillies was cast in the comedy series Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll as Gigi, an aspiring singer and daughter of a former rock star. The show premiered July 16, 2015.[13]


Gillies has appeared in several songs on the soundtracks Victorious (soundtrack) and Victorious 2.0, including Give It Up (duet with Ariana Grande), and Take a Hint (duet with Victoria Justice). She also wrote and recorded the song You Don't Know Me for an episode of Victorious,[14] and it was later featured in Victorious 3.0.[15][16]

Gillies has a YouTube account called LizGilliesOfficial, where she uploads covers of popular songs including: "Wild Horses" by The Rolling Stones, "You and I" by Lady Gaga, "For No One" by The Beatles, "Jealous Guy" by John Lennon, "Father and Son" by Cat Stevens and "One and Only" by Adele.[17] She has also covered songs with Max Schneider ("Somewhere Only We Know") and Ariana Grande ("The Christmas Song").

In July 2012, it was reported that Gillies was working on an alternative rock album.[18][19]

On December 10, 2013, Gillies recorded a duet with Ariana Grande called "Santa Baby" for Grande's Christmas EP Christmas Kisses.[20]



Year Title Role Notes
2007 Winx Club: The Secret of the Lost Kingdom Daphne (voice) English dub
2008 Harold Evelyn Taylor
2008 Clique, TheThe Clique Shelby Wexler Direct-to-video
2011 Death and Return of Superman, TheThe Death and Return of Superman Eradicator folks Short film
2014 Animal Mandy
2015 Vacation Heather


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Black Donnellys, TheThe Black Donnellys Young Jenny 3 episodes
2009 Battery's Down, TheThe Battery's Down Bat Mitzvah guest Episode: "Bad Bad News"
2010–13 Victorious Jade West Main role; 58 episodes
2011 iCarly Jade West Episode: "iParty with Victorious"
2011 Big Time Rush Heather Fox Episode: "Big Time Secret"
2011–15 Winx Club Daphne (voice) 24 episodes
2012 White Collar Chloe Woods Episode: "Upper West Side Story"
2013 Exes, TheThe Exes Tracy Cooper Episode: "Prelude to a Kiss"
2014 Sam & Cat Jade West Episode: "#TheKillerTunaJump: #Freddie #Jade #Robbie"
2014 Killing Daddy Callie Ross Television film
2015–present Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll Gigi Main role
2015 Penguins of Madagascar, TheThe Penguins of Madagascar Singer (voice) Episode: "The Penguin Who Loved Me"

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist
2010 "Freak the Freak Out" Victoria Justice
2011 "Beggin' on Your Knees" Victoria Justice
2011 "All I Want Is Everything" Victoria Justice
2011 "Take a Hint" Victoria Justice and herself
2011 "Time in the Day" Mickey Deleasa
2012 "Time of Our Life" Big Time Rush
2012 "Make It in America" Victoria Justice
2012 "We Are Believix" Herself
2012 "You Don't Know Me" Herself
2013 "Right There" Ariana Grande
2015 "Die Trying" Herself


Year Title Role Notes
2008–09 13 Lucy Original Broadway cast
2013 Jawbreaker: The Musical Courtney Workshop reading



As featured artist[edit]

Year Song Album
2013 "You Don't Know Me" Victorious 3.0: Even More Music from the Hit TV Show


Year Song Album Notes
2011 "Give It Up" (with Ariana Grande) Victorious (soundtrack)[21] Co-lead vocalist
"I Want You Back" (with the Victorious cast) Backing vocals/additional vocals
"All I Want Is Everything" (with the Victorious cast) Backing vocals
"Leave It All To Shine" (with the Victorious cast and iCarly cast) Backing vocals/additional vocals
"It's Not Christmas Without You" (with the Victorious cast) N/A Backing vocals/additional vocals
2012 "We Are Believix"[22] Winx Club: Deluxe Version Lead vocalist
"Don't You (Forget About Me)" (with the Victorious cast) Victorious 2.0: More Music from the Hit TV Show[23] Backing vocals
"Take a Hint" (with Victoria Justice) Lead vocalist
"Shut Up 'N Dance" (with the Victorious cast) Backing vocals/additional vocals
"Five Fingaz to the Face" (with the Victorious cast) Additional vocals
"Take a Hint" (with Victoria Justice) Co-lead vocals
2013 "Santa Baby" (with Ariana Grande) Christmas Kisses[24] Co-lead vocalist


  1. ^ Brantley, Ben (October 6, 2008). "Stranger in Strange Land: The Acne Years". The New York Times. Retrieved September 15, 2011. 
  2. ^ Gillies, Elizabeth (July 25, 2011). "Twitter: Elizabeth Gillies (verified account)". Retrieved August 29, 2011. Enjoying the last few hours of my childhood! Tomorrow I am a legal adult! 
  3. ^ "13 Cast". 
  4. ^ a b Rohan, Virginia (July 20, 2011). "TV Mean Girl: Haworth's Elizabeth Gillies talks iParty with Victorious". bergen.com. Retrieved June 26, 2015. Elizabeth Gillies is not a diva. She just plays one on TV. The Haworth teen is nothing but charming as she chats on the phone about Jade, the gifted character with attitude she plays on Nickelodeon's Victorious. 
  5. ^ Crushable "Interview: Broadway Star and ‘Victorious’ Mean Girl Elizabeth Gillies Couldn’t Handle Bieber Fans.". Retrieved August 20, 2015. "But my Italian grandmother and great-grandmother weren’t having any of it; they have their traditional Italian meal, and I had to watch this gorgeous food be consumed by my family. Lasagna, meatballs, and I’m just sitting there..."
  6. ^ "13, A New Musical Announces Its Teenage Cast and Band". Broadway World. August 14, 2008. Retrieved December 6, 2013. 
  7. ^ "13 The Musical". Retrieved October 13, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Liz Gillies is Coming to 'Sam & Cat!'". Fanlala.com. Retrieved December 6, 2013. 
  9. ^ "''Sam and Cat'' special one hour episode preview". YouTube.com. October 24, 2013. Retrieved December 9, 2014. 
  10. ^ Ng, Philiana (July 25, 2013). "Drew Barrymore's 'Animal' Sets Ensemble Cast (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 7, 2013. 
  11. ^ Gillies, Elizabeth. "Liz Gillies Tweet". Twitter (Verified Account). Retrieved December 6, 2013. 
  12. ^ Gillies, Elizabeth. "Liz Gillies Tweet". Twitter (Verified Account). Retrieved December 6, 2013. 
  13. ^ http://deadline.com/2014/06/fx-denis-leary-series-pickup-sexdrugsrockroll-797339/
  14. ^ Mulvaney, Nicole. "J-14 Exclusive: Liz Gillies Talks the End of 'Victorious' and New Music". J-14.com. Retrieved December 6, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Victorious 3.0 Track List". 
  16. ^ Gillies, Liz. "Liz Gillies Tweet". Twitter (Verified Account). Retrieved October 16, 2012. 
  17. ^ "LizGillies Official YouTube". 
  18. ^ "Twitter / LizGillies: @LizGOnline". Retrieved July 27, 2012. 
  19. ^ Orenstein, Hannah (July 27, 2012). "Liz Gillies Interview". Huffington Post. 
  20. ^ Boardman, Madeline (December 10, 2013). "Ariana Grande Does 'Santa Baby' With Liz Gillies". The Huffington Post. Retrieved December 18, 2013. 
  21. ^ "iTunes - Music - Victorious (Music from the Hit TV Show) [feat. Victoria Justice] by Victorious Cast". Itunes.apple.com. August 2, 2011. Retrieved December 9, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Winx Club: We Are Believix (Single)". Itunes.apple.com. Retrieved February 1, 2014. 
  23. ^ "iTunes - Music - Victorious 2. 0 (More Music from the Hit TV Show) by Victoria Justice & Victorious Cast". Itunes.apple.com. June 5, 2012. Retrieved December 9, 2014. 
  24. ^ "iTunes - Music - Christmas Kisses - EP by Ariana Grande". Itunes.apple.com. December 17, 2013. Retrieved December 9, 2014. 

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