Amanda Bynes
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April 3, 1986


Thousand Oaks, California, United States


Actress, comedian, singer, fashion designer




Amanda Laura Bynes

Amanda Laura Bynes is an American actress, comedian, singer and fashion-designer based in Los Angeles, California, USA. Amanda plays the main characters, Viola Hastings and Fake Sebastian, in the 2006 movie, She's the Man.


Amanda was born and raised in Thousand Oaks, California as the youngest of three children to Lynn and Rick Bynes. Bynes has two older siblings, Tommy and Jillian. Amanda started acting at the age of 7, doing small parts in advertisements. Amanda had a very religious upbringing, with her Jewish mother and Catholic dad. Amanda made her film debut in the 2002 movie, Big Fat Liar. In June 2010, Amanda said that she planned to retire from acting, announcing on her Twitter page, "I don’t love acting anymore, so I’ve stopped doing it." A month later, Amanda had an apparent change of heart and "unretired". At the 2011 MTV Movie Awards, Amanda told People Magazine that she's taking "time off" from acting.



2002 Kaylee
2003 Charlotte's Web 2: Wilbur's Big Adventure Nellie (voice)
2003 What a Girl Wants Daphne Reynolds
2005 Robots Piper Pinwheeler
2005 Lovewrecked Jenny Taylor
2006 She's the Man Viola Hastings/Fake Sebastian
2007 Hairspray Penny Pingleton
2007 Sydney White Sydney White
2008 Living Proof Jamie
2010 Easy A Marianne Bryant
Year Show Role
1996–2000 All That Various
1997–99 Figure it Out Panelist
1998 Blue's Clues Herself
1999 Arli$$ Crystal Dupree
1999–2002 The Amanda Show Host/Various characters/Penelope Taynt
2000 Crashbox Pink Robot
2001 The Drew Carey Show Sketch player
2001 The Nightmare Room Danielle Warner
2001–02 Rugrats Taffy (voice)
2002–06 What I Like About You Holly Tyler
2008 Family Guy Anna
2009 Canned Sarabeth


  • 2007: Hairspray: Soundtrack to the Motion Picture
Singles or Songs
  • 2007: "Without Love" (Hairspray)
  • 2007: "You Can't Stop the Beat" (Hairspray)


In her childhood she performed on stage, Annie, The Secret Garden, The Music Man and The Sound of Music.


In 2007, Amada signed a five-year deal with Steve and Barry's create her own fashion line, Dear, consisting of apparel and accessories. The clothing line launched in stores August 16, 2007.


  • Although the casting crew knew right away that Amanda was perfect for the role of Penny in the film version of Hairspray, there were some initial issues with her singing voice. At first, she seemed to be holding back and lacking the confidence to belt out her musical numbers, and it took a while to help her grow more comfortable with that. Fortunately, over time, Amanda improved, and those involved in the production were pleased with her performance.
  • The light blue dress that Amanda wore at the end of Hairspray ended up being so small, she essentially had to be sewn into it, according to film director Adam Shankman. Ironically, the exact same thing had to be done with actress Olivia Newton-John's final outfit in fellow film/musical classic Grease.
  • In 2007, Amanda said that she was known as "Auntie Chickie" to her niece Jay Lynn and nephew Matthew.
  • In What A Girl Wants, the photo album that Amanda's character gives to her father is filled with real pictures of Amanda as a little girl (although not all the pictures are actually her).
  • Amanda lives in the same neighborhood as Christy Carlson Romano, Raven, and Ricky Ullman.
  • Amanda has 6 pets. She has 2 dogs: Tootsie Roll (Golden Lab) and Betty Boop (Australian Shepard), 3 cats: Subbie, D.C, and Tiger, and a fish named Bella.