Lindsay of "The O.C."
An aspiring Olympic contestant in track and field, Shannon Lucio turned to acting after a knee injury halted her athletic career. She was popular among TV viewers while playing Lindsay Gardner (2004-2005), the studious and socially-struggling daughter of Renee Wheeler (played by Kathleen York) and Caleb Nichol (played by by Alan Dale), on FOX's teen drama series "The O.C."
Shannon has guest starred in such TV shows as "ER," "NYPD Blue," "The Division," and "CSI: Miami." She also starred in the CBS original movie, the drama/thriller "Spring Break Shark Attack" (2005), opposite Kathy Baker and Bryan Brown.
Shannon was cast in the lead female role of Beth Turner in the new CBS supernatural television drama, "Moonlight," but was replaced by Sophia Myles in June 2007. Now she has snagged another regular role on FOX's upcoming paranormal drama series, "The Oaks." In the show, about three families in different time periods, she will star as Sarah, half of the 1968 couple (Matt Lanter will play her husband) who has also become increasingly full of sorrow since the death of her young daughter. Sienna Guillory, Gina McKee, and Bahar Soomekh will also star in the show which is estimated for broadcast in 2008.
As for her big screen works, Shannon has starred in the films "Starkweather" (2004), "Youthanasia" (2005), "Graduation" (2006), and "Feast of Love" (2007). The the 5' 6" rising star will next be seen in the upcoming films "Say Goodnight," with Rob Benedict, David Monahan and Carly Pope, and "Fireflies in the Garden," alongside Julia Roberts, Ryan Reynolds and Willem Dafoe.
Childhood and Family:
On August 17, 1980, Shannon Lucio was born in San Antonio, Texas. During her upbringing, she focused on her studies, playing basketball and pursuing her Olympic dreams in track and field. Following a knee injury that stopped her from running long distances, Shannon became interested in acting. She later attended the acclaimed University of Southern California School of Theatre.
During her offs, Shannon enjoys running, hiking, playing basketball and going to the gym. She also loves drawing, painting, reading, going to the beach, and watching her favorite basketball team, the San Antonio Spurs.
Shannon currently resides in Santa Monica with her two dogs, a Pomeranian named Brutus and a Sheltie named Lady Bird Johnson.
A former child model, then an aspiring Olympic contestant, Shannon Lucio developed her passion in acting after suffering a knee injury that hindered her athletic career. With the advice of her acting coach, she enrolled and was accepted to sharpen her skills at the acclaimed University of Southern California School of Theatre.
While studying in USC, Shannon starred in numerous productions, including "Fefu and Her Friends" and "The Love of the Nightingale." She also began appearing on television, starting with a guest spot in a December 2003 episode of popular NBC medical drama "ER," playing Johanna Lambright, an Amish girl conflicted by the culture of her neighborhood.
Graduating from USC, Shannon landed her big break on FOX's teen drama series "The O.C.," playing Lindsay Gardner (2004-2005), the studious and socially-struggling daughter of Renee Wheeler (played by Kathleen York) and Caleb Nichol (played by by Alan Dale), a long lost family member to Adam Brody's Seth and a love interest to Benjamin McKenzie's Ryan. She was introduced as a new student at Harbor High in "The New Kids on the Block," the third episode of the show's second season, and made her last appearance in "The Rainy Day Women," the fourteenth episode of the show's second season.
During her "O.C" stint, Shannon was spotted as a guest in an episode of ABC's Emmy-winning cop drama "NYPD Blue," as a selfish and conniving villain named Courtney Bates, and in popular Lifetime crime/drama series "The Division," as a homicidal young girl who murders her stepmother out of love for her grandmother. She also portrayed the girlfriend to a porn-obsessed college student who kills an adult movie star in CBS' forensic drama "CSI: Miami."
Meanwhile, Shannon made her big screen debut in director Bryon Werner's independent film "Starkweather" (2004), with Brent Taylor in the title role. In the film, based on the life of notorious teenage serial killer Charles Starkweather, Shannon portrayed Caril-Ann Fugate, Starkweather's 14-year-old girlfriend who goes on a murder spree with him, killing 11 people in three months.
In the following year, Shannon played the lead role in Greg and Mark Runnels' dramatic film, "Youthanasia" (2005), alongside Joshua Feinman, Justin Zachary, Teaj Sanderson and Ian Carlson. She also starred as Danielle, a sheltered young teenager who falls for a good-natured local guy (played by Riley Smith) while celebrating college Spring Break week, in the CBS original movie, the drama/thriller "Spring Break Shark Attack" (2005), opposite Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winner Kathy Baker and Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award nominee Bryan Brown.
Afterwards, Shannon reunited with Riley Smith for Michael Mayer's teen crime drama film "Graduation" (2006), which also stars Chris Marquette, Chris Lowell, Adam Arkin and Aimee Garcia. In the film, she played Polly Deely, one of four disaffected high school seniors who decide to rob her father's (played by Adam Arkin) bank on their graduation day in order to help out one of her friends' sick relatives. Also in that year, she starred with Dylan McDermott, Jason Wiles and Sarah Clarke in ABC's un-picked TV series, "A House Divided."
Shannon's most recently appeared in "Feast of Love," an ensemble drama directed by Robert Benton and is based on the novel of the same name by Charles Baxter. The film, starring Morgan Freeman, Selma Blair, Greg Kinnear, Toby Hemingway and Radha Mitchell, was first released on September 28, 2007 in USA and 2008 in worldwide cinema. Shannon plays Janey in it.
Currently, Shannon is on set working on her upcoming film project, "Say Goodnight," a comedy by writer/director David VonAllmen in which she will co-star with Rob Benedict, Smith Cho, Christopher Gessner, David Monahan and Carly Pope. She will also support Julia Roberts, Ryan Reynolds and Willem Dafoe in writer/director Dennis Lee's upcoming semi-autobiographical drama film, "Fireflies in the Garden."
On the small screen, Shannon was cast in the lead female role of Beth Turner, a mortal woman who becomes the romantic interest of Alex O'Loughlin's vampire character, in the new CBS supernatural television drama, “Moonlight,” However, she was replaced by Sophia Myles in June 2007.
Shannon has since bounced back as she has snagged another regular role, on FOX's upcoming paranormal drama series, "The Oaks." In the show, about three families in different time periods, she will star as Sarah, half of the 1968 couple (Matt Lanter will play her husband) who has also become increasingly full of sorrow since the death of her young daughter. Other casts include Sienna Guillory, Gina McKee, and Bahar Soomekh. "The Oaks," which will be run by Shawn Ryan, executive producer of the FX series “The Shield,” is estimated for broadcast on FOX in 2008.