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Bianca Jasmine Lawson is an American actress who portrays Marin Morrell on Teen Wolf.

Biography

Lawson was born in Los Angeles, California. She is the daughter of Denise (née Gordy) and actor Richard Lawson. Lawson is also the great-niece of Motown founder Berry Gordy.[1] She attended the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and graduated from Marymount High School, a Catholic school in Los Angeles. She then went on to study film and psychology at University of Southern California.[2] Lawson is African-American and of Italian, Native American, Portuguese, and Creole descent.[3] In 2009, Lawson was cast as Shawna in The Secret Life of the American Teenager. That same year, she was cast in the CW television series The Vampire Diaries, as witch Emily Bennett. In December 2009, she was cast as Maya St. Germain in the ABC Family series Pretty Little Liars, based on the book series by Sara Shepard.[4] She appeared in that show from June 2010 through August 2012. Since 2012, she has had a recurring role as Ms. Morell in the MTV television series Teen Wolf, based on the original film from 1985.

Trivia

  • Was originally cast as Cordelia in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997), but had to turn down the role because of contractual obligations to Goode Behavior (1996). She later resurfaced in the role of Kendra.
  • Daughter of actor Richard Lawson and Denise Gordy.
  • Started acting at age nine.
  • She played the daughter of her real life father Richard Lawson in Saved by the Bell: The New Class (1993).
  • As of 2013, she has played a 17-year-old for over 17 years, playing "Megan Jones" on Saved by the Bell: The New Class (1993), years '93 to '94, through to "Maya St. Germain" (a teenager when Lawson left the show in 2012).
  • Through her mother, Denise Gordy, Bianca Lawson is related to two legends of the American music industry. Lawson's half-brother, Marvin Gaye III, is the son of Denise Gordy and Mowtown star Marvin Gaye, and Denise's father, George Gordy, was a brother of Motown Records founder Berry Gordy.
  • Step-sister-in-law of Jay Z and Alan Ferguson.
  • Step-sister of Beyoncé Knowles and Solange Knowles.
  • Step-daughter of Tina Knowles.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Twice the Fear Girlfriend Direct-to-video
1998 Primary Colors Loretta Theatrical film
2000 Big Monster on Campus Darien Stompanato Direct-to-video
2001 Save the Last Dance Nikki Theatrical film
2001 Bones Cynthia Theatrical film
2003 Jeepers Creepers 2 (uncredited) Theatrical film
2004 Breakin' All the Rules Helen Sharp Theatrical film
2004 Dead & Breakfast Kate Independent film
2004 The Pavilion Mary Direct-to-video
2005 Flip the Script Angel Direct-to-video
2006 Broken Mia Independent film
2006 National Lampoon's Pledge This! Monique Direct-to-video
2007 Supergator Carla Masters Direct-to-video
2009 The Killing of Wendy Brooke Independent film

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1993–94 Saved by the Bell: The New Class Megan Jones Regular role; 39 episodes
1994 What'z Up? Herself Co-host
1994 My So-Called Life Third Bathroom Girl Episode: "Pilot"
1995 Me and the Boys Girl Episode: "The Age of Reason"
1995 In the House Rachel Episode: "The Final Cut"
1995 Saved by the Bell: The New Class Megan Jones Archive footage: "Schreech's Dream"
1995–96 Sister, Sister Rhonda Coley Recurring role; 7 episodes
1996–97 Goode Behavior Bianca Goode Regular role; 22 episodes
1997–99 Smart Guy Shirley/Tracy 2 episodes
1997 The Parent 'Hood Jasmine 2 episodes
1997–98 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Kendra Young 3 episodes
1998 Silk Stalkings Renee Episode: "Rage"
1998 The Steve Harvey Show Rosalind 3 episodes
1998 The Temptations Diana Ross TV miniseries
1999–2000 Dawson's Creek Nikki Green 4 episodes
2001 Strong Medicine Esperenza Maldonaldo Episode: "Control Group"
2001 The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn Herself Guest
2001 The Feast of All Saints Anna Bella Monroe TV miniseries
2002 For the People Asia Portman Episode: "Textbook Perfect"
2002 Haunted Brandi Combs Episode: "Blind Witness"
2003 Loose Lips Herself TV series documentary
2004 The Division Marilynn Resiser Episode: "Play Ball"
2004 The Big House Angela Episode: "Almost Touched by an Angel"
2004 Fearless Harmony Kaye Unsold TV pilot
2006 Living in TV Land Herself Episode: "Sherman Hemsley"
2008 The Cleaner Jeannie 2 episodes
2009 Bones Albie Episode: "Fire in the Ice"
2009 The Secret Life of the American Teenager Shawna Recurring role; 6 episodes
2009 Sorority Wars (uncredited) TV movie
2009–14 The Vampire Diaries Emily Bennett Recurring role; 6 episodes
2010–12 Pretty Little Liars Maya St. Germain 22 episodes
2010 Nikita Emily Robinson Episode: "The Guardian"
2011 American Horror Story Abby Episode: "Pilot"
2011 Heavenly Sasha Grant TV movie
2012–14 Teen Wolf Marin Morrell Recurring role; 12 episodes
2012 Beauty & the Beast Lafferty Episode: "Trapped"
2012 All About Christmas Eve Lila TV movie
2012 2 Broke Girls Stacy Episode: "And the Silent Partner"
2013 Good Day L.A. Herself Guest
2014 House of Secrets Julie TV movie
2014 Wolf Watch Herself Guest
2014 Witches of East End Eva/Selina Recurring role; 10 episodes
2014 Pretty Little Liars: We Love You to DeAth Herself TV special
2015 Chicago P.D. Kylie Rosales Episode: "We Don't Work Together Anymore"

Appearances

Season Two

Season Three

References

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