Portuguese descendant actress Lyndsy Fonseca got her first big break when she originated the role of Colleen Carlton in the popular CBS soap opera "The Young and the Restless." She has since appeared in the TV series "Boston Public," "Waterfront," "Big Love," and "How I Met Your Mother."
The 5' 5" blue-eyed, naturally brown-haired rising star now plays Dylan Mayfair, Dana Delany and Nathan Fillion's prodigy cellist daughter, on the fourth season of the ABC drama/comedy series "Desperate Housewives."
Childhood and Family:
“I am very outgoing. I love people and picking up conversations with anyone.“Lyndsy Fonseca.
Born in Oakland, California, on January 7, 1987, Lyndsy Marie Fonseca grew up in Alameda and Moraga, California. Her parents are Lima Bergmann, a licensed psychologist, and Jim Fonseca. Following her parents' divorce, Lyndsy's mother remarried, to Reid, a lawyer who also helps out managing Lyndsy's career. Lyndsy has one half sister, Hannah (younger), an aspiring actress who has appeared on such shows as "Will and Grace," and "The Bernie Mac Show."
Portuguese descendant Lyndsy attended the Barbizon School of Modeling in San Francisco. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her family and is very close friends with “Young and the Restless” co-star, Christel Khalil.
In her spare time, Lyndsy enjoys rollerblading, soccer, skiing and dancing, specifically tap dancing. She was a member of the performance company West Coast Performers and Dance Connection. Lyndsy, who once said she would like to work in the music industry if she wasn't an actress, likes to listen songs by Sara MacLaughlin, Dave Matthews and Fiona Apple. Her favorite movies are “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and “When Harry Met Sally” and her favorite actors are Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, and Leonardo DiCaprio. She enjoys reading “The Key” by Whitley Streiber and likes watching the TV show “Big Love.” She loves Sushi and hates Squash.
The Young and the Restless
While attending the Barbizon School of Modeling in San Francisco, Lyndsy Fonseca began acting in theater, headlining the community theater productions of “Friends at the Moraga Playhouse” and “The Wizard of Oz.” Meanwhile, she appeared in the TV commercials for Radio Shack, Cap'n Crunch Cereal, Kinder Milch Minis, and Bayer's One a day commercial. She also appeared in the print ad for EFI back to school.
During this time, Lyndsy auditioned for the International Modeling & Talent Association and was placed the second runner up at the IMTA's "Young Miss Dancer of the Year" as well as the "Miss Barbizon Young Miss Talent of the Year."
Lyndsy's bright achievement caught the attention of a manager and agent. She immediately made a move to Los Angeles and landed her first professional acting job in the popular CBS soap opera "The Young and the Restless," originating the role of Colleen Carlton, a part-time waitress and an Art history major at Genoa City University who is dating her professor Adrian Korbel (played by Eyal Podell). She stayed in the show from 2001 until 2004 and reappeared briefly during 2004-2005. She was eventually replaced by Adrianne Leon and later Tammin Sursok.
Meanwhile, she had a recurring role in the Fox teen drama series "Boston Public," playing Jenn Cardell (2003), and was spotted as a guest in an episode of Fox critically-acclaimed sitcom starring Frankie Muniz, "Malcolm in the Middle," and ABC's long-running, Emmy-winning cop drama "NYPD Blue." She also appeared in 2005 TV movies "I Do, They Don't," "Cyber Seduction: His Secret Life," and "Ordinary Miracles."
After "The Young and the Restless," Lyndsy scored a recurring role in the CBS sitcom ""The Young and the Restless," playing the daughter (2005-2007), and another recurring role in the HBO drama "Big Love," as Donna. She also co-starred as Annabelle Marks in the CBS short-lived drama series "Waterfront" (2006), alongside Joe Pantoliano and Billy Baldwin.
During that time, Lyndsy could be seen in an episode of Disney Channel's "Phil of the Future," CBS crime/legal drama "Close to Home," CBS' hit, Emmy-winning cop/crime drama "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," Fox medical drama "House M.D.," and NBC sci-fi drama "Heroes." She also co-starred in the made-for-television movie starring Rebecca Gayheart, "Scarlett" (2006), and made her big screen debut alongside Christopher Masterson in director Nicholas Peterson's drama/thriller film, "Intellectual Property" (2006). She followed it up with her second film, "The Beautiful Ordinary" (2007), a drama/comedy by writer/director Jess Manafort in which she co-starred with Khleo Thomas, Melonie Diaz, Amber Heard, Alexa Vega and Chris Marquette.
Lyndsy now plays Dylan Mayfair, Dana Delany and Nathan Fillion's prodigy cellist daughter, on the fourth season of the ABC drama/comedy series "Desperate Housewives," which earned her a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.