Vanessa Lengies | Biography

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Several Canadian television personalities have been able to make it big in the United States. One of such talents from Canada is the gorgeous actress Vanessa Lengies. From the beloved NBC drama American Dreams to the quintessential musical comedy Glee, this Canadian born actress has left her mark in the hearts of American audience. Born on July 21, 1985, Lengies may be best recognized for her role in the American television drama American Dreams which ran on NBC for three years. Her fans however relate the actress more with her onscreen persona of Sugar Motta who appeared in the final two seasons of the hit Fox musical comedy drama, Glee. The twenty nine years old actress recently starred on the short lived American sitcom, Mixology.

Vanessa Brittany Lengies has found her home away from home in the United States but is originally from Montreal, Quebec in Canada where she was born to German and Egyptian parents. She was raised in the town on Hudson in Quebec where she attended Hudson High School, graduating in 2002. In her very early beginnings in the acting industry, she landed roles in Canadian series such as Are You Afraid of the Dark?  She also voiced Emily for the Canadian American children’s animated series, Arthur, on PBS. In 2000, Lengies starred in the Showtime movie, Ratz, for which she received her first Young Artist Award nomination. Other details of her personal life remain unknown to the public.

Two years later, in 2002, she appeared as a cast member on the popular American drama, American Dreams on NBC in which she portrayed Roxanne Bojarski. The series, set in the 60s in Philadelphia, premiered for three seasons until it was cancelled in March 2005. She was nominated for two Young Artist Awards and one Teen Choice Award for her role. That year she landed a role alongside actresses Heather Locklear and Hilary Duff in the comedy movie, The Perfect Man and also appeared in Waiting. She returned for the sequel movie, Still Waiting, released in 2009. She shared the screen with Missy Peregrym and Jeff Bridges for the 2006 movie Stick It. She turned down a part in The Grudge 2 to star in the teen comedy drama movie My Suicide, now known as Archie’s Final Project. She made further guest appearances in television series such as Ghost Whisperer, Medim and Moonlight. She also made an appearance in Monarch Cove on Lifetime. Besides American Dreams, Lengies is also known for her recurring appearance in the medical drama series, Hawthorne, which ran on TNT for three seasons. Lengies was promoted to a series regular for the last two seasons of the drama. She joined the cast of Glee for its third season in 2011 as Sugar Motta. Her performance on the musical comedy series has received mixed review and was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award along with her cast mates. She played Loco Uno in the Fine Brothers web mockumentary sitcom, MyMusic, in 2012. The series is available on YouTube. Most recently, she joined the cast of the series Mixology on ABC but the series was unable to get renewed for a second season and was cancelled in May 2014. The series also starred Adam Campbell, Adan Canto, Craig Frank, Andrew Santino and Frankie Shaw among others. In 2015, the actress is scheduled to appear in the romantic drama, We Are Your Friends, which will be starring Zac Efron.

The budding Canadian actress has also appeared as a guest star in other television series like Accidentally on Purpose, CSI: Miami, Rules of Engagement and Castle. Since the end of Glee, Lengies has devoted her time to several other exciting projects and has maintained an active presence on social media. As of April 2015, she is being followed on Twitter by 210,000 followers.