|Born||Shayla Danielle Beesley
March 30, 1988
Culver City, California, U.S.
Beesley was born the oldest of four children to mother Tegan Ollie, an Egyptian belly dancer who died in 2012, and father Graham Beesley. She lives in Hollywood, California. At age 7, she won a Young Authors Award and at 12 received 2nd place in a Veterans of Foreign Wars essay competition.
She grew up in Oak Harbor, Washington, and attended Oak Harbor High School where she took drama classes. She became emancipated at age 16 and moved to Los Angeles, where she trained at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute and Playhouse West.
In 2006, she played the lead female role in Perkins' 14, a horror film revolving around a group of brainwashed, bloodthirsty teenagers. The film was picked up by the Sci-Fi Channel. “Two of the actors cast through the online competition also hold their own and turn in very good work, particularly Shayla Beesley as Daisy Hopper,” Fangoria magazine reported. “The best part is that she elevates the role as written, which, if played by someone less talented, would’ve been a typical rebellious ‘Goth girl.’”
At 19, she starred as Audrey Shaw in her first feature film, Sex and the USA, previously titled Promises, which premiered at the Deauville American Film Festival in France on September 12, 2008.
In March 2014, filming finished in Las Vegas for Death in the Desert, in which Beesley stars with Michael Madsen. The film is directed and produced by Josh Evans. She plays casino mogul Ted Binion's live-in girlfriend (named Kim in the film), alongside co-star Madsen, who plays Binion (renamed Ray for the film), with actress Paz de la Huerta as Kim's friend Margo. The film is inspired by the book Death in the Desert by author Cathy Scott with the screenplay by John Steppling.
In 2008, she starred as Hayden Sayer in HBO's short film Trophy.
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