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Film and television star Sasha Pieterse is best known for her lead role on ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars,” which is now in its fifth season. In addition to her successful acting career, Pieterse has launched her singing career releasing four singles with co-writer and producer Dan Franklin.
Pieterse got her start in television in 2002 at the age of six, starring in the WB comedy series “Family Affair,” a remake of the late 1960s hit, as Buffy, opposite Gary Cole. She was awarded with a Young Artist's Award for her work on the series. She later reunited with Cole as his daughter in the cable thriller “Wanted.”
Pieterse's first major film role was as the Ice Princess in Robert Rodriguez's “The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl 3D,” with Taylor Lautner and George Lopez. She also starred in “Good Luck Chuck” and in the telefilm “Claire,” opposite Valerie Bertinelli. Pieterse appeared in the hit series “Heroes” in the recurring role of Amanda Strazzulla, a young gypsy girl with fire powers. She guest starred on “House” as a terminal cancer patient who was terrified of dying without ever being kissed. She also guest starred in “Without a Trace” in a terrifying turn as a kidnapping victim.
In 2011, she appeared as ‘Amy Loubalu’ in the Disney Channel Original Movie “Geek Charming” and also as a teenage girl in the movie “X-Men: First Class.” In 2007, she starred in a feature film alongside Sarah Michelle Gellar called “The Air I Breathe”. More recently, Pieterse has appeared in the film “G.B.F.” with one of the lead roles of ‘Fawcett Brooks’ and in an episode of “Hawaii Five-0” as a terrorist pupil named ‘Dawn Hatfield’ and also landed a role in the soon to be released feature film “Inherent Vice,” directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, where she acted alongside Reese Witherspoon, Joaquin Phoenix and Martin Short.
Pieterse was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and emigrated to America for better opportunities. She landed in Las Vegas with her show business parents before the family moved to Los Angeles. She became accustomed to the rigors of a career in entertainment at an early age, as her parents were part of a professional acrobatic dance team that performed all over the world.
When she was just four-and-a-half years old, Pieterse met with a Los Angeles agent who quickly signed her and she has been acting and modeling ever since. She has appeared in scores of television commercials and on billboards, and has booked modeling assignments throughout the country.
Pieterse loves her craft and hopes and plans to have longevity in the crazy and wonderful world of the entertainment industry.