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Jillian Murray attending the Benchwarmer Valentines Party at Area, Hollywood, California, on December 12, 2008
|Born||Jillian Leigh Murray
Reading, Pennsylvania, USA
|Occupation||Actress and model|
Jillian Leigh Murray is an American actress. She is known for her roles as Portlyn on Sonny With a Chance, Olivia on MTV's Awkward, Gwen Adams in American High School, Lex Mitchell in Forget Me Not, Brandi Cox in Wild Things: Foursome, and as the body model for Dr. Liara T'Soni for the Mass Effect video game series. She currently plays Dr. Heather Pinkney on the CBS medical drama Code Black.
Life and career
Murray was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Wyomissing in Berks County, Pennsylvania. In 1998, she and her parents moved to Tucson, Arizona; Murray later relocated to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film.
Murray made her film debut in the 2003 independent film Deep Toad as Natashia. She was later cast in Fifty Pills as Jayne, followed by Legacy, also known as Pretty Little Devils. Her first leading role was in The Fun Park, a 2007 indie horror flick, playing a mentally unstable girl.
In 2009, Murray portrayed Gwen Adams in the romantic comedy American High School. She later played Heather in the spoof comedy An American Carol, Abby Graves in the cult horror The Graves, and Lex Mitchell in Forget Me Not.
Murray starred in a recurring role on the Disney Channel original series Sonny With a Chance, playing Portlyn. She was offered a series regular role after the 4th episode but declined due to many film offers on the table. She landed the lead female role in the comedy Cougar Hunting playing Penelope (Lara Flynn Boyle's daughter), as well as the female lead in her first studio film in Wild Things: Foursome playing Brandi Cox. After wrapping that film in 2010 she was offered the lead female in her second studio film Never Back Down 2 playing Eve. This film is where she met her longtime boyfriend Dean Geyer.
Murray's face and body were used as the model for the character of Liara T'soni in the Mass Effect franchise of video games. She recently appeared in the premier episode of the 2011 revival of the reality series Fear Factor (where she came in second place and lost the first place title because her partner fell).
In 2012, Murray starred alongside Danny Trejo and Ron Perlman in the action film Bad Ass, and was cast in the horror film Cabin Fever: Patient Zero. She also produced her first film, Visible Scars, and starred in the film alongside Tom Sizemore. She landed a role on MTV's hit show Awkward playing Olivia. In 2013 she landed numerous indie flicks including Mantervention, Windsor Drive, and My Favorite Five. At the end of 2013, she played the female lead in a golf drama titled The Squeeze alongside Jeremy Sumpter, Christopher McDonald and Michael Nouri. In 2014 Murray was cast as Danni, one of the leads in the film Dark Ascension (originally titled Welcome to Purgatory).
|2003||Deep Toad||Natashia||Uncredited|
|2005||One Night With You||Brianna|
|2006||The Fun Park||Megan Davis||Straight-to-video|
|2008||Pretty Little Devils||Megan Woods||Straight-to-video; also known as Legacy|
|2008||An American Carol||Heather|
|2009||American High School||Gwen Adams||Straight-to-video|
|2009||Knuckle Draggers||Amy||also known as Alpha Males Experiment|
|2009||Forget Me Not||Lex Mitchell|
|2009||The Graves||Abby Graves|
|2010||Wild Things: Foursome||Brandi Cox||Straight-to-video|
|2011||Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown||Eve|
|2014||Cabin Fever: Patient Zero||Penny|
|2015||My Favorite Five||Shelly|
|2015||Dark Ascension||Danni||Post production; originally titled Welcome to Purgatory|
|2006||Drake & Josh||Drake's Girl / Cute Girl||Episodes: "The Great Doheny", "I Love Sushi"|
|2007||Cheerleader Camp||Georgie||Television movie|
|2009||Sonny with a Chance||Portlyn||4 episodes|
|2010||Rules of Engagement||Young Woman||Episode: "Little Bummer Boy"|
|2010||The Jace Hall Show||Herself||Episodes: "It's All About the 'V'", "Ice-T, Coco and StarCraft 2"|
|2011||Awkward.||Olivia [Jenna Plus]||Episode: "Jenna Lives"|
|2011||Fear Factor||Herself (contestant)||Episode: "Broken Hearts & Blood Baths"|
|2015||Down Dog||Ms. Berndhardt||Unsold pilot (Amazon Prime)|
|2015||Murder in the First||Suzy Q||3 episodes|
|2015–present||Code Black||Dr. Heather Pinkney||Recurring role (season 1); main role (season 2)|
|2007||Mass Effect||Dr. Liara T'Soni||Body model|
|2010||Mass Effect 2||Dr. Liara T'Soni||Body model|
|2012||Mass Effect 3||Dr. Liara T'Soni||Body model|
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- Longsdorf, Amy (June 24, 2015). "Reading native Jillian Murray co-stars in golf caper movie". The Morning Call (Allentown, Pennsylvania). Retrieved 2016-05-03.
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- "Jilliam Murray Interview". masseffectlegion.com. Retrieved 2016-01-13.
- Fear Factor. Season 7. Episode 1. December 12, 2011. NBC.
- Kit, Borys (September 12, 2012). "Lydia Hearst Joins Horror Prequel 'Cabin Fever: Patient Zero' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2016-01-13.
- Scheck, Frank (August 28, 2015). "'Windsor Drive': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2016-01-13.
- Scheck, Frank (April 15, 2015). "'The Squeeze': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2016-01-13.
- MrDisgusting (June 16, 2014). "Jillian Murray Lands Lead In ‘Welcome to Purgatory’". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 2016-01-13.
- Denise, Petski (October 15, 2015). "Jillian Murray Joins ‘Code Black’; ‘American Crime Story’ & ‘You Me Her’ Add To Cast". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2016-01-13.
- Andreeva, Nellie (June 3, 2016). "‘Code Black’: Bonnie Somerville & Raza Jaffrey Exit As Part Of Creative Changes, Jillian Murray & Boris Kodjoe Promoted". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2016-06-15.