PROFILE
Name:
Amanda Crew
Birth Date:
Langley, British Columbia, Canada
Birth Place:
June 5, 1986
BIOGRAPHY
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Whistler

Background:

Canadian actress Amanda Crew is known for her roles on the television series “15/Love” (2005-2006) and “Whistler” (2006-2008, won a Leo Award). She recently plays Monica in the sitcom “Silicon Valley” (HBO, 2014-?). On the wide screen, Crew is noted for her roles in the films “Final Destination 3” (2006), “Sex Drive” (2008), “The Haunting in Connecticut” (2009), “Charlie St. Cloud” (2010), “Repeaters” (2010, received a Leo nomination), “Crazy Kind of Love” (2013), “Ferocious” (2013, received a Leo nomination), “Jobs” (2013) and “The Identical” (2014).       

Along with her friend, actress Amber Borycki, Crew runs the blog Granny Girls, which features the girls's shared love of baking, cooking, and crafting.       

Langley's Daughter

Childhood and Family:

Amanda Crew was born on June 5, 1986, in Langley, British Columbia, Canada, to a legal secretary and a telecom worker. She enrolled at Brookswood Secondary School in Langley and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She began acting in the fourth grade of elementary school.   

Silicon Valley

Career:

Amanda Crew got her career star during her fourth grade of elementary school when she performed in the musical “Dragon Tales.” She went on to appear in a Coca Cola commercial and in stage productions such as “Cordstons Courts,” “Stalling” and “Langley, the Musical.”

Crew's huge break arrived when she was cast as Tanis McTaggart on the Canadian teen drama series “15/Love,” a role she played from 2005 to 2006. She also made a guest appearance in an episode of “Smallville” and appeared as Polly Brewer in two episodes of “Life As We Know It” (both 2005). Crew made her big screen debut as Julie Christensen in the horror movie “Final Destination 3” (2006), which was directed and co-written by James Wong. Released on February 10, 2006, the film was a box office success despite gaining a mixed reception from critics. Her co-stars in the film included Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ryan Merriman, and Alexz Johnson. It was followed by roles on “She's the Man” (2006) and “John Tucker Must Die” (2006).     

From 2006 to 2008, Crew  was cast as Carrie Miller on the CTV drama series “Whistler,” starring opposite Jesse Moss, Holly Dignard, Adam J. Harrington and Ingrid Kavelaars. For her fine acting, she won a 2007 Leo in the category of Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series.

Crew got her first lead role in a film when she was cast as  Felicia Alpine in the comedy “Sex Drive” (2008), which is an adaptation of the novel “All the Way” by Andy Behrens. Directed by Sean Anders, the film received mixed reviews from critics and was a box office flop. The same year, she appeared as Marie in “That One Night” and as Joanna in the made for TV film “Monster Ark.” Next up for Crew, she appeared on the films “The Haunting in Connecticut” (2009, with Virginia Madsen and Kyle Gallner), “The Break-Up Artist” (2009) and “Charlie St. Cloud” (2010, with Zac Efron, Kim Basinger and Ray Liotta). She was nominated for a Leo for Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Feature Length Drama for her portrayal of a young drug addict named Sonia Logan on “Repeaters,” a 2010 Canadian thriller film directed by Carl Bessai and written by Arne Olsen. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 13, 2010, and gained  negative reviews from critics.     

Crew reunited with “Repeaters” co-star Dustin Milligan in the 2011 family drama film “Sisters & Brothers.” Playing Nikki, an actress, she was handed the Leo Award for Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Feature Length Drama for her performance. The year also saw her appear in the crime/thriller film “Charlie Zone” and the drama film “Long Time Gone” opposite Zach Gilford and Virginia Madsen as well as in an episode of “Suits” called “Identity Crisis.” Crew continued to appear in a string of films like “Awesometown” (2012, TV), “Knife Fight” (2012), the Steve Jobs biographical drama“Jobs” (2013), starring Aston Kutcher, “Miss Dial” (2013), the Canadian thriller “Ferocious” (2013), where she earned a Leo nomination for Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Feature Length Drama for her performance as Leigh Parrish, and “Crazy Kind of Love” (2013).

In 2014, Crew was cast as Monica, the assistant of Peter Gregory (played by Christopher Evan Welch) on the HBO sitcom “Silicon Valley,” starring opposite Thomas Middleditch, T. J. Miller, Josh Brener, Martin Starr, Kumail Nanjiani, Christopher Evan Welch and Zach Woods. The show premiered on April 6, 2014, and was renewed for a second season. The same year, she appeared in the TV series “ Math Bites” and “Motives” as well as in the films “The Identical” (with Brian Geraghty, Ashley Judd, and Joe Pantoliano) and “Bad City” (opposite Reece Thompson).

Crew will appear opposite  Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman and Harrison Ford on the upcoming American epic romantic-drama “The Age of Adaline,” which is set to be released on January 23, 2015. She also will play Peggy on “Race,” a forthcoming French-German-British-Canadian produced biographical sports-drama film directed by Stephen Hopkins and written by Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse. The film stars Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis and Jeremy Irons.  

Awards:

Leo: Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Feature Length Drama, “Sisters & Brothers,” 2012
Leo: Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series, “Whistler,” 2007 Show Less
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