Vanessa Ray

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Vanessa Ray (née Liptak; born June 24, 1981)[1] is an American actress and singer. She is 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)

Between 2013 and 2016, Ray 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, and 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] a role she has continued through the show's eighth season.

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] The couple divorced in 2009. 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 married at the Condor's Nest Ranch in eastern San Diego County, California.[10]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2003 The Sparky Chronicles: The Map Chris Video short
2004 Is He... Steph Short
2008 Finding Chance Katrina
2010 Nice Guy Johnny Best Friend
2011 Trust Me Girlfriend Video short
2012 Not Waving But Drowning (2012 film) Adele
2012 Frances Ha Random Girl #2
2012 The Last Day of August Phoebe
2013 Mutual Friends (film) Lucy
2013 Wisdom Teeth
2014 Devil's Due (film) Suzie
2014 Are You Joking? Haley Lusky
2015 All in Time (film) Rachel
2015 The Rumperbutts Ashlee
2016 Serialized Hannah

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008–09 The Battery's Down Vanessa "Ro Ro Ro Your Boat," "The Bronx Is Up," "The Party's Over"
2009 Bored to Death Claudia "The Case of the Missing Screenplay"
2009–10 As the World Turns Teri Ciccone Regular role
2010 Damages (TV series) Tessa Marchetti Recurring role
2011 White Collar (TV series) Maggie 'Rocker' Sheldon "What Happens in Burma"
2011 Nurse Jackie Mrs. Donovan "Have You Met Ms. Jones?"
2011–12 Suits (U.S. TV series) Jenny Griffith Recurring role
2012 Girls (TV series) Heather Travis "The Return"
2012 Pretty Dirty Secrets CeCe Drake "A Reunion" and "Call Security"
2012 The Right Not to Know Earthy Chick TV miniseries
2013 The Mentalist Cayce Robbins "Red Lacquer Nail Polish"
2012–17 Pretty Little Liars CeCe Drake / Charlotte DiLaurentis Recurring role
2013–present Blue Bloods Officer Eddie Janko Recurring (season 4), regular (season 5–present)
2014 My Day Vanessa Ray TV series
2016 Best-Selling Murder Hannah TV film

Awards and nominations[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vanessa Ray". HollywoodLife.com. 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 zap2it.com, 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". hgtv.ca. 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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