Amanda Bynes
Bynes at the March 2005 premiere of Robots.
Born Amanda Laura Bynes
3 April 1986 (1986-Template:Pad2digit-Template:Pad2digit) (age 32)
Thousand Oaks, California, USA
Occupation Actress, singer, voice actor
Years active 1993 > June'2010
July'2010 > Presents
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Amanda Laura Bynes (born 3 April 1986) is an American actress, former show host on Nickelodeon, singer and voice actor. After appearing in several successful television series on Nickelodeon in the mid-to late 1990s and early 2000s, Bynes transitioned to a film career, starring in several films aimed at teenage audiences, including She's the Man (2006) and Hairspray (2007).

Amanda Bynes has been described by The Boston Globe as having an "Everygirl" appeal. In 2006, she was named one of Teen People's "25 Hottest Stars Under 25", and in 2007, was on the Forbes list as the 5th highest paid celebrity under 21, earning $2.5 million.


Early life

Bynes was born in Thousand Oaks, California, the daughter of Lynn , a dental assistant and office manager, and Rick Bynes, a dentist who also practiced stand-up comedy. Bynes has two older siblings, Tommy (born 1974), a chiropractor, and Jillian (born 1983), who has a Bachelor of Arts in History from UCLA and has also acted. Her maternal grandparents are from Toronto, Ontario. Bynes's father is Roman Catholic Church and her mother is Jewish; she has described herself as Jewish, and also stated "I haven't decided yet [on a religion]. I don't know yet exactly what I believe".


In 1993, Bynes was trained as an actress by Arsenio Hall and Richard Pryor at a comedy camp, and began professionally acting at the age of seven, appearing in a television advertisement for Nestlé Buncha Crunch candies During her childhood, she also appeared on stage in versions of Annie (musical), The Secret Garden (musical), The Music Man and The Sound of Music. Amanda Bynes Talks "Hairspray" After taking acting classes, Bynes became a regular cast member of Nickelodeon's Figure It Out and All That (both in 1996). Bynes remained a regular cast member on All That until its presumed cancellation in 2000, though she appeared in the sketches since shooting and preparing as the star of her own sketch show The Amanda Show, also on Nickelodeon. The Amanda Show features a combination of comical skits and sketches, including Amanda Bynes playing Judge Trudy, a judge based on Judge Judy that always rules in kids' favor, and Penelope Taynt, an Amanda-obsessed fan.

Bynes made her film debut in 2002's modest box office success, Big Fat Liar, where she played opposite Frankie Muniz. Her first solo leading role was in 2003's What a Girl Wants (film)|What a Girl Wants, with co-star Oliver James (entertainer). Subsequently, Bynes starred in The WB Television Network's sitcom What I Like About You (TV series) and had voice parts in 2003's Charlotte's Web 2: Wilbur's Great Adventure and 2005's Computer-generated imagery (CGI) animated comedy, Robots (film). She also co-starred in an episode of The Nightmare Room as Danielle Warner, and in Arliss as Crystal Dupree. Bynes appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair (magazine) July 2003 edition with nine of Hollywood's most popular female young stars, including Lindsay Lohan, Hilary Duff, Alexis Bledel, Raven-Symoné, Evan Rachel Wood, the Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen, and Mandy Moore. Although she is often compared with them, Bynes has said that "It's like being the hot girl at the high school party. I was never that girl. I grew up with terrible acne and feeling insecure. I was tall and skinny. I didn't feel pretty at all, and guys didn't even like me. That's why I got into comedy. Bynes has also said that her relatability to teenage audiences may stem from the fact that she is "more similar to them than some... socialite or whatever".

In 2006, Bynes starred in She's the Man, a comedy based on William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night; in the film, Bynes disguises herself as her brother in order to join the boys' soccer team due to the fall of the girls' team. Producers had originally wanted to cast singer Jesse McCartney as Bynes' brother, noting a physical resemblance between McCartney and Bynes disguised as a boy, but McCartney was unavailable. Around the time of the film's release, Bynes commented that she would like to start appearing in more mature roles, and believes that she is still developing her acting skills and maturing as an actress, saying that she is "getting better" with each role. Bynes appeared in another romantic comedy, Lovewrecked, which was shot before She's the Man but released after it, showing in cinemas outside of the United States in 2005 and 2006 and debuting in the U.S. on the ABC Family network on January 21, 2007. She also portrays Penny Pingleton in Hairspray (2007 film), a film adaptation of the musical theatre (Broadway musical) of the Hairspray (musical). The movie, which was her first musical role, began filming in Toronto in September 2006 and was released on July 20, 2007. Bynes has stated that she enjoyed appearing in a "fun, quirky part in a big ensemble movie". Bynes next starred in another comedy, Sydney White, released on September 21, 2007. The film is based on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, with Bynes playing a freshman in the college Greek system, co-starring alongside Sara Paxton and Matt Long.

In 2008, Bynes appeared in the Lifetime Television movie Living Proof (film) as the student assistant of Harry Connick Jr. character, who creates the Herceptin drug for breast cancer. She is also rumored to appear in her first independent feature Bumped by Blue Crush scribe Lizzy Weiss.

Personal life

Bynes graduated from Thousand Oaks High School's independent study program (though she attended La Reina High School in Thousand Oaks for some time) and has expressed a desire to attend New York University in the near future. She briefly moved into an apartment in Hollywood, California, but has since returned to her family home. Bynes is interested in drawing and fashion design, having commented that she is "the girl whose biggest nightmare would be to lose my makeup bag while traveling."

In 2007, she spoke out against becoming another wild Hollywood star. "I think I’ll go out as much as I’ve ever gone out... which is not a lot. I like to dance and stuff, but drinking isn’t good for you in every way. It’s not good for your skin; it makes you feel horrible. So, drinking-wise, no". She reinforced these ideas throughout the summer of 2007, on the talk show circuit, and in many press interviews. She told Access Hollywood, "I like being with my family and friends, and I don't need to be out at the clubs." In an interview in December 2007, Bynes detailed how her parents taught her about alcohol.

She has since stated that she is "reevaluating" how to spend her social time. In the January 2009 issue of Cosmopolitan, Bynes stated: "I used to be known as the girl who was anti the club scene. But I'm finding a balance. I can have a drink and dance if I want. You have to go out to meet people and guys. I'm in that phase where I just want to have fun."

On January 16, 2009 she announced the split from her boyfriend of three months, Doug Reinhardt, who appeared on MTVs The Hills, although Reinhardt claimed that he was the one who broke up with her.

In June 2010, Bynes stated 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, Bynes had a seeming change of heart and "unretired."


In 2007, Bynes signed a five-year deal with Steve & Barry's to create her own fashion line, Dear, consisting of apparel and accessories. The line launched in stores August 16, 2007. The clothing line was cut short when Steve & Barry's filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2008 and went out of business completely in January 2009.

Bynes appeared in lingerie on the cover of the February 2010 issue of Maxim magazine


Show First Appearence Last Appearence Kind of Appearence
All That 1996 2000 Cast Member
Figure It Out 1997 1999 Panelist
Arli$$ 1999 1999 Guest Appearence
The Amanda Show 1999 2002 Host
The Drew Carrey Show 2001 2001 Guest Appearence
The Nightmare Room 2001 2001 Guest Appearence
Rugrats 2001 2001 Recurring Role
What I Like About You 2002 2006 Cast Member
Family Guy 2008 2008 Guest Appearence
Living Proof 2008 2008 Guest Apearence


Film In Year Note
Big Fat Liar 2002 Movie
What a Girl Wants 2002 Movie
Charlotte's Web 2: Wilbur's Great Adventure 2003 Movie
Robots 2005 Animation Movie
Lovewrecked 2005 Movie
She's the Man 2006 Movie
Hairspray 2007 Movie
Sydney White 2007 Movie
Canned 2009 Tv Movie
Easy A 2010 Comedy Movie


Bynes won Blimp awards at the Nickelodeon Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards five years in a row, from 2000 to 2004 for Favorite Television Actress in 2001 for All That, Favorite Television Actress in 2002 for The Amanda Show as well as the following year. In 2003 she also received the award for Favorite Movie Actress for Big Fat Liar and won another award in 2004 for Favorite Movie Actress for What a Girl Wants. Bynes also was a part of the Hairspray ensemble win at the 2008 Critics' Choice Awards.

Year Result Award Other notes
2000 Won Kid's Choice Awards Blimp Award for Favorite Television Actress
for: All That (1994) and The Amanda Show (1999)
Nominated Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series - Leading Young Actress
for: The Amanda Show (1999)
Nominated YoungStar Award Best Young Actress/Performance in a Comedy TV Series
for: The Amanda Show (1999)
2001 Won Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Blimp Award for Favorite Television Actress
for: The Amanda Show (1999)
Nominated Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series - Leading Young Actress
for: The Amanda Show (1999)
2002 Won Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Blimp Award for Favorite Television Actress
for: The Amanda Show (1999)
Nominated Teen Choice Award Film - Choice Chemistry
for: Big Fat Liar (2002)
2003 Won Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Blimp Award for Favorite Movie Actress
for: Big Fat Liar (2002)
Also for Favorite Television Actress
for: The Amanda Show (1999)
Nominated Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actress
for: Big Fat Liar (2002)
Nominated Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actress - Comedy
for: What I Like About You (2002)
2004 Won Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Blimp Award for Favorite Movie Actress
for: What a Girl Wants (2003)
Nominated Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actress - Comedy
for: What I Like About You (2002)
Nominated Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Series - Leading Young Actress
for: What I Like About You (2002)
2005 Nominated Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actress: Comedy
for: What I Like About You (2002)
2006 Nominated Teen Choice Award Movies - Choice Liplock
for: She's the Man (2006)
2007 Won Hollywood Film Festival Ensemble of the Year
for: Hairspray (2007)
Won Critics' Choice Award Best Acting Ensemble
for: Hairspray (2007)
2008 Nominated Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
for: Hairspray (2007)

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