Ashley Victoria Benson is an up-and-coming American actress best known for her role on the ABC Family hit “Pretty Little Liars.” She was born in Anaheim, California on December 18th, 1989 to parents Jeff and Shannon.
Things didn’t start out all too hunky dory for Ashley, as she was born two months premature and nearly had to undergo heart surgery to survive. However, her bum heart healed itself the day of the surgery. It was all uphill from there.
Ashley was a dancer by age 2 and a singer and model by age 5 (modeling for dance catalogues). At 8-years-old, she was pursued by the Ford Modeling Agency, who still represent her today. But her true calling was acting, which she began doing at the tender age of 10.
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Ashley got her start in commercials. She had starred in 35 of them before transitioning to the big screen. She landed several small roles on TV shows such as “The District” and “The West Wing.” This was all before what could be considered her first big break.
In 2004, Ashley signed a 3-year contract to play the role of “Abby” on the hit soap opera “Days of Our Lives.” Around the same time, she was given her first feature film role in the Jennifer Garner film “13 Going on 30.” Through her soap opera years, Ashley scored several guest roles on shows like “7th Heaven and “The O.C.” before earning her first starring role in the film “Bring It On: In It to Win It.”
After her contract on “Days of Our Lives” was up, Ashley continued to land guest starring roles in television and even music videos before becoming a cast member on the ABC series “Eastwick,” where she played Mia. After “Eastwick’s” cancellation, Ashley jumped right into the next series, playing Hanna on ABC Family’s now very popular series “Pretty Little Liars.”
Ashley most recently played Brit in the James Franco dark comedy “Spring Breakers,” about four young girls who do the dirty work for a drug dealer in order to fund their spring break. It was released in theaters on March 22nd, 2013.