Vanessa Ray

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Vanessa Ray
Vanessa Ray at PaleyFest 2014.jpg
Ray at the New York PaleyFest 2014 for the TV show "Blue Bloods"
Born Vanessa Ray Liptak
(1981-06-24) June 24, 1981 (age 35)
Livermore, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 2003–present
Spouse(s) Derek James Baynham (m. 2003–09)
Landon Beard (m. 2015)

Vanessa Ray (née Liptak; born June 24, 1981)[1] is an American actress and singer. She is best known for her role on Pretty Little Liars as CeCe Drake (Charlotte DiLaurentis), Jenny on the legal drama series Suits, Teri Ciccone on As the World Turns, and Officer Edit "Eddie" Janko on Blue Bloods.

Acting career[edit]

Ray earned her Actor's Equity card while performing the role of Rusty and singing "Let's Hear It For the Boy" in the musical Footloose. She originated the role of Nemo in Robert and Kristin Lopez's Finding Nemo: The Musical at Orlando's Disney World. Ray played the character Olive Ostrovsky in the national tour of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. She joined the Broadway cast of Hair in its final year as Crissy, and sang the song "Frank Mills". She made her on-screen debut as Chris in the youth-oriented video short feature, The Sparky Chronicles: The Map (2003).

Since 2012, Ray has appeared as CeCe Drake, a "beyond-charismatic twenty-something blonde stylist at a boutique that has one heel in the present, one in the past",[2] in the television series Pretty Little Liars. Ray was announced to start filming again for PLL, Ray spoke about returning saying "It's so fun to do, and what a crazy character I get to play. She's sort of a sociopath. I think she's so weird because she's, like, 22 but hangs out with high-schoolers. It's like, 'Hey, girl! Get a life!'”[3]

In 2013, Ray joined the Season 4 cast of the CBS police procedural drama Blue Bloods as Officer Edit "Eddie" Janko.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Ray now lives and works between Los Angeles and New York City. She married actor Derek James Baynham on January 8, 2003.[5][6] In 2007, the first season of the HGTV series Marriage Under Construction covered their purchase, renovation, and eventual sale of a house in Toronto.[7][8] Some time later, the couple divorced. In March 2015, Vanessa announced on Instagram and Twitter that she was engaged to her boyfriend of six years, Landon Beard.[9] On June 14, 2015, they got married at the Condor's Nest Ranch in eastern San Diego County, California.[10]


Year Title Role Notes


2003 Sparky Chronicles: The Map, TheThe Sparky Chronicles: The Map Chris Video short
2004 Is He... Steph Short film
2008 Finding Chance Katrina N/A
2010 Nice Guy Johnny Best friend
2011 Trust Me Girlfriend Video short
2012 Not Waving But Drowning Adele N/A
2012 Last Day of August, TheThe Last Day of August Phoebe
2013 Mutual Friends Lucy
2014 Devil's Due Suzie
2014 Are You Joking? Haley Lusky
2015 All in Time Rachel
2015 Rumperbutts, TheThe Rumperbutts Ashlee


2008–09 Battery's Down, TheThe Battery's Down Vanessa Episodes: "Ro Ro Ro Your Boat", "The Bronx Is Up", "The Party's Over"
2009 Bored to Death Claudia Episode: "The Case of the Missing Screenplay"
2009–10 the World Turns, AsAs the World Turns Teri Ciccone Series regular
2010 Damages Tessa Marchetti Recurring role, 7 episodes
2011 White Collar Maggie 'Rocker' Sheldon Episode: "What Happens in Burma"
2011 Nurse Jackie Mrs. Donovan Episode: "Have You Met Ms. Jones"
2011-12 Suits Jenny Griffith Recurring role, 8 episodes
2012 Girls Heather Travis Episode: "The Return"
2012 Right Not to Know, TheThe Right Not to Know Earthy Chick Television miniseries
2012–2017 Pretty Little Liars Charlotte "CeCe" Drake Recurring role, 16 episodes
2013 Mentalist, TheThe Mentalist Cayce Robbins Episode: "Red Lacquer Nail Polish"
2013– Blue Bloods Officer Eddie Janko Recurring role (season 4); regular role (seasons 5–present)
2014 My Day Vanessa Ray Television film
2016 Best Selling Murder Hannah Television film


2012 Pretty Dirty Secrets Charlotte "CeCe" Drake 2 Episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Ceremony Category Work Result Ref
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Villain CeCe Drake/"A" Won [11]


  1. ^ "Vanessa Ray". Retrieved September 8, 2015. 
  2. ^ Friedman, Molly. "Spoiler! Pretty Little Liars Season 3 Spoiler: More Details on CeCe, Connections to "the Past"". Wetpaint. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Burt, Kayti. "Pretty Little Liars Season 4B Spoilers: CeCe Drake WILL Return!". Wet Paint. Retrieved May 29, 2014. 
  4. ^ 'Blue Bloods' Season 4 premiere: 'Unwritten Rules' tested after a cop's murder Bobbin, Jay at, September 27, 2013.
  5. ^ "Marriage Under Construction 1". HuffPost TV. Retrieved February 27, 2015. 
  6. ^ Nevada Marriage Index 1966–2005, Nevada State Health Division, Office of Vital Records, Carson City, Nevada.
  7. ^ "Survivor: the Toronto house hunt". Toronto Star. November 3, 2007. 
  8. ^ "Marriage Under Construction - Episodes - HGTV Canada". Retrieved February 27, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Exclusive: 'Blue Bloods' star Vanessa Ray is engaged!". Hello magazine. March 13, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Vanessa Ray marries musician Landon Beard at fun wedding with singing and tacos". Mail Online. 
  11. ^ Coggan, Devan (June 9, 2015). "Teen Choice Award nominations pit Zayn Malik against One Direction". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved June 11, 2015. 

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