Shannon “Shay” Mitchell is a Canadian actress and model from Toronto. She currently stars as Emily Fields on the ABC Family TV series Pretty Little Liars. Her mother is Filipina and her father is Irish and Scottish.
She was discovered by an international modeling agency in Vancouver while still in her pre-teen years (shortly after moving there with her family), and through her teenage years she modeled all around the world, as far away as Bangkok and Hong Kong.
She then got into acting, appearing in individual episodes of Degrassi: The Next Generation, Rookie Blue, and Aaron Stone, and in the music video for Sean Paul’s “Hold My Hand” (which can be seen here on YouTube), before earning her leading role on Pretty Little Liars.
On the show, Shay plays a high school student who is a competitive swimmer and who is unsure of her sexuality (see interviews here and here). The show recently finished its initial 10-episode run and will resume in January 2011.
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