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Shay Mitchell
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Mitchell in 2019
Shannon Ashley Garcia Mitchell

(1987-04-10) April 10, 1987 (age 33)[1]
  • Actress
  • model
  • entrepreneur
  • author
Years active2007–present
Partner(s)Matte Babel (2017–present)
WebsiteOfficial website Edit this at Wikidata

Shannon Ashley Garcia Mitchell[2] (born April 10, 1987) is a Canadian actress, model, entrepreneur and author. She first became known for starring as Emily Fields in the drama series Pretty Little Liars (2010–2017), for which she earned several Teen Choice Award nominations.[3][4] She has since starred as Irina Webber in the science fiction series Aaron Stone (2010), Peach Salinger in the psychological thriller series You (2018), and currently stars as Stella Cole on the Hulu series Dollface (2019–).

Mitchell made her film debut starring as Nicole in the musical drama film Dreamland (2016), after starring in a series of short films. She has since starred as Tina in the comedy film Mother's Day (2016), and Megan Reed in the thriller film The Possession of Hannah Grace (2018).

Early life[edit]

Mitchell was born in Mississauga, Ontario,[5] the daughter of Precious Garcia and Mark Mitchell. Her father is of Scottish and Irish descent and her mother, who is Filipina, is from the province of Pampanga,[6] and left the Philippines at age 19.[7] She has one younger brother named Sean.[8] She is a first cousin-once-removed of Lea Salonga, a singer and theater actress.[9] She attended Rockridge Secondary School and then later transferred to West Vancouver Secondary School where she graduated.[10]

By her late teens, Mitchell had successfully modeled for a variety of companies in cities as varied as Bangkok, Hong Kong and Barcelona, eventually returning to Toronto to study acting.[citation needed]


Mitchell began acting in 2009, making a guest appearance on the Canadian teen drama series Degrassi: The Next Generation.[11] She next guest starred in the police drama series Rookie Blue, and also appeared in the music video for "Hold My Hand" by Jamaican rapper Sean Paul.[12][13] In the same year, Mitchell was cast as Emily Fields in the Freeform series Pretty Little Liars, an adaption of the book series of the same name. Initially, she auditioned for the role of Spencer Hastings.[14] Mitchell was praised for her performance, earning her several nominations from the Teen Choice Awards. In 2010, Mitchell appeared in a four-episode arc on the Disney XD series Aaron Stone as Irina Webber.

In 2011, she signed a contract with Procter & Gamble to be the spokesperson for the Pantene Nature Fusion shampoo line.[15] In the same year, Mitchell created a YouTube channel, where she is best known for her lifestyle-type videos.[16][17] In 2015, Mitchell co-authored the young adult novel Bliss with Michaela Blaney.[17] In 2016, after starring in a few minor works years prior, Mitchell made her film debut with the musical drama film Dreamland, starring as Nicole, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.[18] In the same year, she starred as Tina in the comedy film Mother's Day, which was a commercial success, however it was panned by critics.[19][20]

In 2017, Mitchell was cast in the former Lifetime television thriller series You, in the role of Peach Salinger, which was released in September 2018, and attained critical acclaim.[21][22][23] In the same year, she started the production company "Amore & Vita Inc.", and has signed a contract with Warner Bros. Television.[24] She was also cast in the ABC television pilot The Heiresses, adapted from the book with the same name.[25] The show was in production until 2018, when it was announced that the show was cancelled.[26] In 2018, Mitchell launched her travel brand, "BÉIS".[27] In the same year, she headlined the horror film The Possession of Hannah Grace, which was received negatively by critics, but was a commercial success.[28]

In 2019, Mitchell was cast as Stella Cole in the Hulu comedy series Dollface, which premiered in November 2019.[29] In 2020, the series was renewed for a second season.[30]


Mitchell supported Somaly Mam Foundation, a non-profit organization that fought sex trafficking until it ended operations in 2014.[31] She has also worked with The Trevor Project alongside the Pretty Little Liars cast and the NOH8 Campaign.[32] She works with the WE Charity, which helps communities develop educational resources,[17] and she partnered with Represent Clothing to promote tees where half the proceeds went to GLAAD.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Mitchell began a relationship with Matte Babel in 2017.[33] On 1 January 2019, Mitchell revealed that she had suffered a miscarriage in 2018. On 28 June 2019, Mitchell revealed that she was expecting their first child, a girl.[34][35][36] On 20 October 2019, she announced the birth of her daughter, Atlas Noa.[37][38]



Year Title Role Notes
2010 Verona Model Short film
2012 Just Yell Fire: Campus Life Herself Short documentary
2014 Immediately Afterlife Marissa Short film
2016 Dreamland Nicole
2016 Mother's Day Tina
2016 A Trip to Unicorn Island Herself
2018 The Possession of Hannah Grace Megan Reed


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Degrassi: The Next Generation Model Episode: "Up Where We Belong"
2010–2017 Pretty Little Liars Emily Fields Main role
2010 Aaron Stone Irina Webber 4 episodes
2010 Rookie Blue Cute Girl Episode: "Mercury Retrograde"
2012 Punk'd Herself Episode: "Heather Morris"
2012 Glee Girl in Yellow Jacket Episode: "Britney 2.0"
2015 Project Runway Herself Guest judge; episode: "Fashion Week: Who's In and Who's Out"
2017 Shay Mitchell: Chapters Herself Fullscreen Original Series
2018 RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars Herself Guest judge; episode: "Pop Art Ball"
2018 You Peach Salinger Main role (season 1)
2019 Almost Ready Herself YouTube Originals Series[39]
2019–present Dollface Stella Cole Main role[40]

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist Ref(s)
2009 "Hold My Hand" Sean Paul [12]
2016 "Under You" Nick Jonas [41]
2017 "Help Me Help You" Logan Paul (featuring Why Don't We) [42]
2018 "In My Feelings" Drake [43]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Mitchell in 2012, at the 38th People's Choice Awards
Year Work Award Category Result Ref(s)
2011 Pretty Little Liars Young Hollywood Awards Cast to Watch (shared with Troian Bellisario, Lucy Hale and Ashley Benson) Won [44]
Youth Rock Award Rockin' TV Actress Nominated [45]
2014 Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer TV Star – Female Nominated [46]
2015 MTV Fandom Awards Ship Of The Year (shared with Sasha Pieterse) Nominated [47]
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Drama Nominated [48]
2016 Choice Summer TV Star – Female Nominated [49]
People's Choice Awards Favorite Cable TV Actress Nominated [50]
2017 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Drama Nominated [51]
Choice TV Ship (shared with Sasha Pieterse) Nominated [52]
2018 Herself Choice Web Star: Fashion/Beauty Nominated [53]


  • Bliss (October 6, 2015) (co-written with Michaela Blaney)


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