Shay Mitchell
Birth Date:
April 10, 1987
Birth Place:
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
5' 7" (1.71 m)
Famous for:
Pretty Little Liars
Actress, Model
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Canadian model and actress Shay Mitchell is best known for her role as Emily Fields in the ABC Family series “Pretty Little Liars” (2010-present), from which she jointly nabbed a Young Hollywood Award in 2011. Mitchell is the national spokesperson for the Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion collection.   

As for her personal life, Mitchell suffered from eating disorder when she was in Hong Kong. She is an ambassador for the Somaly Mam Foundation, a nonprofit organization that focuses on combating the global sex trade. She has also supported The Trevor Project alongside the “Pretty Little Liars” cast and the NOH8 Campaign. Mitchell is best friends with “Pretty Little Liars” co-star, Ashley Benson. She mentions “Entourage,” “Californication” and “Oprah” as her favorite television shows.     

Shay Buttah

Childhood and Family:

Shay Mitchell was born Shannon Ashley Mitchell on April 10, 1987, in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, to a Filipino mother, Precious Garcia, and an Irish/Scottish father, Mark Mitchell. She has a younger brother named Sean. Shay knew that she wanted to pursue a career in the performing arts at an early age. When she was five, she started taking dance lessons, and along with some of her classmates, she participated in dance competitions throughout Mississauga. At age 10, she moved with her family to Vancouver, British Columbia. She is known with the nicknames Shay Buttah and Shay Mitch.     

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“I did it from an early age. I started when I was like 15 and it allowed me to travel around the world. I got to go to some really cool jobs and live in different places. After I finished high school I went to Hong Kong and Thailand and spent some time there. Just to get that whole experience of being out of the bubble that I was in from high school in Vancouver, to be able to travel around and be on your own was an amazing experience. It really allowed me to see a lot of the world that I might not have seen that soon.” Shay Mitchell (on modeling)

Shay Mitchell began her career as a model in Vancouver, British Columbia when she was a teenager. Her job brought her to various cities such as Bangkok, Barcelona and Hong Kong. However, she later returned to Toronto to pursue her true passion, acting.

After signing with her first  theatrical agency, Mitchell appeared in an episode of the Canadian teen drama series “Degrassi: The Next Generation” called “Up Where We Belong” (2009), where she had a role as model. She also landed several national commercials, including Pantene, and modeled for   the American clothing company American Eagle Outfitters. She appeared in the music video for the song “Hold My Hand” (2009) by  reggae artist Sean Paul.  

In 2010, Mitchell guest starred in the Global series “Rookie Blue” and had a recurring role as a cheerleader named Irina Webber in the Disney XD series “Aaron Stone.”

However, Mitchell did not experience a big break in acting until she landed the role of Emily Fields, the jock girl”of the group, on the television teen drama series “Pretty Little Liars,” loosely adapted from the popular series of novels written by Sara Shepard. The show premiered on June 8, 2010 on ABC Family, and it has been a rating success. In 2011, she won the Young Hollywood Award for Cast To Watch, sharing with co-stars Lucy Hale, Ashley Benson and Troian Bellisario.  

Meanwhile, Mitchell had an uncredited part in “Britney 2.0,” a 2010 episode of “Glee.” In 2013, she appeared in two episodes of “Hey Tucker!” and starred opposite Troian Bellisario in the short film “Immediately Afterlife,” written and directed by Hazart.

Also in 2013, It was again stated that “Pretty Little Liars” had been renewed for a fifth season scheduled for 2014 air date.


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