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Amanda Laura Bynes

(1986-04-03) April 3, 1986 (age 36)
Alma mater Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
Occupation Actress
Partner(s) Paul Michael (2019–present)

Amanda Laura Bynes (born April 3, 1986) is an American actress known for her work in television and film throughout the 1990s and 2000s. Bynes began her career as a child actress, working on the Nickelodeon sketch comedy series All That (1996–2000), and had a breakthrough starring in its spin-off series The Amanda Show (1999–2002) and receiving several accolades.

During her mid-teens, Bynes played Holly Tyler in The WB sitcom What I Like About You (2002–2006), and made her film debut in the comedy Big Fat Liar (2002). She went on to star in a number of successful films, including the comedy What a Girl Wants (2003) and the animated film Robots (2005); she has received praise for her roles in the sports comedy She's the Man (2006), the musical Hairspray (2007), and the comedy-drama Easy A (2010).

..... She announced an indefinite hiatus from acting in 2010 as she struggled with various personal problems. In 2018, Bynes expressed interest in returning to television acting. She was in a conservatorship from August 2013 to March 2022.

Early life

Bynes was born in Thousand Oaks, California, on April 3, 1986, the youngest of three children born to Lynn (née Organ), a dental assistant and office manager, and Rick Bynes, a dentist. Her father is Catholic and is of Irish, Lithuanian, and Polish descent. Her mother is Jewish, and was born to a Canadian couple whose families were from Poland, Russia, and Romania.


1993–2005: Child acting and breakthrough

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Bynes at the premiere of Robots in 2005

Bynes began professionally acting at age seven, appearing in a television advertisement for Buncha Crunch candies. During her childhood, she also appeared on stage in versions of Annie, The Secret Garden, The Music Man, and The Sound of Music. Later she attended a comedy camp at the Los Angeles Laugh Factory and was spotted by a Nickelodeon producer before being cast by the network on the sketch comedy series All That, where she played various roles from 1996 to 2000. The show brought Bynes much recognition, and she won a Kids' Choice Award in 2000. Bynes was also a regular member of the series Figure It Out from 1997 to 1999. At the age of 13, Bynes starred in the All That spin-off comedy The Amanda Show from 1999 to 2002. She had her breakthrough on the shows earning praise and acclaim. She won four Kids' Choice Awards and received two Young Artist Award nominations.

In 2002, Bynes made her feature film debut in Big Fat Liar starring as Kaylee, best friend of co-star Frankie Muniz's character. Although the film had a mixed reception, it was a commercial success; she won a Kids' Choice Award for her performance. Also in 2002, she landed a starring role in the WB sitcom What I Like About You from 2002 to 2006 co-starring with Jennie Garth. The series garnered positive reviews and Bynes received a number of nominations from the Teen Choice Awards and the Young Artist Awards. In 2003, Bynes appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair's July 2003 edition. She had a voice role in the direct-to-video film Charlotte's Web 2: Wilbur's Great Adventure, which was panned by critics. She also had a voice role as Piper Pinwheeler in the 2005 animated film Robots, which was a commercial success. Also in 2005, she starred the romantic comedy Love Wrecked.

2006–2010: Mainstream film successes and hiatus

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Bynes in the 13th Critics' Choice Awards, where she and the cast of Hairspray (2008) won the Critics' Choice Award for Best Acting Ensemble.

Bynes was named one of Teen People's "25 Hottest Stars Under 25" in 2006. In 2006, Bynes starred in the sport comedy film She's the Man, based on William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. She portrays Viola Hastings, a girl who pretends to be a boy to play with the boys' soccer team after her team gets cut at her school. Critic Roger Ebert wrote "Of Amanda Bynes let us say that she is sunny and plucky and somehow finds a way to play her impossible role without clearing her throat more than six or eight times. More importantly, we like her." Magazine Bustle wrote in 2018: "She's The Man was hot and hilarious and anxiety-inducing. It was perfect, and Bynes was a revelation in it."

In 2007, Bynes starred as Penny Pingleton, a sheltered young girl, in the musical comedy film Hairspray. The film was a critical and commercial success premiering in over 3,000 theaters, the largest debut for any musical film. It went on to become Bynes's most successful film at the time, and she and the rest of the cast were acclaimed for their performances. She won the Critics' Choice Award for Best Acting Ensemble and received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination in 2008, among others. She was also featured on the Hairspray soundtrack, which went on to get a Grammy nomination. It was announced Bynes would reprise her role in Hairspray 2, however the project was canceled.

In August 2007, Bynes teamed up with Steve & Barry's to create her own fashion line called Dear, consisting of apparel and accessories. The line was cut short when Steve & Barry's filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2008. Bynes' next role was in another comedy, Sydney White, released in 2007. The film was a flop although Bynes's performance was praised. Review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes wrote "Amanda Bynes is charming, but Sydney White is a poorly adapted take on Snow White, relying on tired ethnic stereotypes laughs."

In 2008, Bynes appeared in the Lifetime Television movie Living Proof as the student assistant of Harry Connick, Jr.'s character. The film and the cast were praised. In 2009, she was set to star in the comedy Post Grad, but dropped out with no reason revealed and was replaced by Alexis Bledel amid rumors that she was having difficulties. In 2010, she co-starred alongside the then-relatively unknown Emma Stone in the comedy Easy A. She starred as Marianne Bryant playing a popular and judgmental high-school student. The film was a critical and commercial success, with Stone and Bynes receiving critical praise for their performances. In the same year, Bynes started shooting the comedy film Hall Pass but dropped out of the film and was replaced by Alexandra Daddario. In July 2010, Bynes announced an indefinite hiatus from acting but later stated in 2018 that she intended to return to television acting.

Personal life

In 2007, Bynes described herself as Jewish and said: "As far as religion, I was raised both. I learned about both [Judaism and Catholicism]. My parents said it was up to me to decide [which faith to adhere to] when I grew up. I'm sort of a spiritual person anyway. I haven't decided yet [on a religion]. I don't know yet exactly what I believe." In 2008, Bynes briefly dated Seth MacFarlane after voicing a character in an episode of MacFarlane's show Family Guy.

Since childhood Bynes has been interested in illustration and fashion design. In December 2013, Bynes enrolled at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Irvine for 2014. In 2018, she received her associate's of art degree in merchandise product development and announced her intentions to start a bachelor's degree program. In 2019, Bynes graduated from FIDM.



Year Title Role Notes
2002 Big Fat Liar Kaylee
2003 Charlotte's Web 2: Wilbur's Great Adventure Nellie (voice)
2003 What a Girl Wants Daphne Reynolds
2005 Robots Piper Pinwheeler (voice)
2005 Love Wrecked Jenny Taylor
2006 She's the Man Viola Hastings
2007 Hairspray Penny Pingleton
2007 Sydney White Sydney White
2010 Easy A Marianne Bryant


Year Title Role Notes
1996–2000 All That Various roles Lead role (seasons 3–6)
1997–1999 Figure It Out Panelist Seasons 1–4
1998 Blue's Clues Herself Episode: "Blue's Birthday"
1999 Arli$$ Crystal Dupree Episode: "Our Past, Our Present, Our Future"
1999–2002 The Amanda Show Host / Various roles Lead role
2000 Crashbox Pink Robot Episode: "Amanda Bynes"
2000 Double Dare 2000 Herself 2 episodes; contestant
2001 The Drew Carey Show Sketch player Episode: "Drew Carey's Back-to-School Rock 'n' Roll Comedy Hour"
2001 The Nightmare Room Danielle Warner Episode: "Don't Forget Me"
2001–2002 Rugrats Taffy (voice) Recurring role (season 9)
2002–2006 What I Like About You Holly Tyler Lead role
2008 Family Guy Anna (voice) Episode: "Long John Peter"
2008 Living Proof Jamie Television film

Soundtrack appearances

Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Without Love" 2007 Zac Efron and Elijah Kelley Hairspray
"You Can't Stop the Beat" Nikki Blonsky, Zac Efron, Elijah Kelley, John Travolta, Queen Latifah
Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, James Marsden, Taylor Parks and Brittany Snow

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2000 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Television Actress All That Won
The Amanda Show Won
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series: Leading Young Actress Nominated
YoungStar Awards Best Young Actress/Performance in a Comedy TV Series Nominated
2001 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Television Actress Won
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series: Leading Young Actress Nominated
2002 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Television Actress Won
Teen Choice Awards Film: Choice Chemistry Big Fat Liar Nominated
2003 Choice TV Actress: Comedy What I Like About You Nominated
Choice Female Hottie Herself Nominated
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film: Leading Young Actress Big Fat Liar Nominated
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Movie Actress Won
Favorite Television Actress The Amanda Show Won
2004 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama): Leading Young Actress What I Like About You Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Comedy Nominated
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Movie Actress What a Girl Wants Won
2005 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Comedy What I Like About You Nominated
2006 Movies: Choice Liplock She's the Man Nominated
2007 Hollywood Film Festival Ensemble of the Year Hairspray Won
2008 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Acting Ensemble Won
Critics' Choice Awards Best Acting Ensemble Won
Palm Springs International Film Festival Ensemble Cast Award Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
2011 MTV Movie Awards Best Line From a Movie Easy A Nominated
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