Amanda Bynes biography
Born on April 3, 1986 in Thousand Oaks, California, Amanda Bynes is an actress who starred in the children's sketch comedy series All That and then The Amanda Show. She went on to the big screen in films like What a Girl Wants, Hairspray and Easy A, as well as appearing on the TV show What I Like About You. She ran into trouble with the law in 2012, facing charges of driving under the influence.
Early TV Career
Born on April 3, 1986 in Thousand Oaks, California, Amanda Bynes got her acting start at 7 years old in a Nestlé’s candy commercial, going on to star in the Nickelodeon show All That. Conveying a high degree of comedic skill and timing at a young age, Bynes then became the star of her own skit-based series The Amanda Show, which ran for three seasons and garnered the actress three Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards.
At the age of 15, Bynes jumped onto the big screen in 2002, starring in the film Big Fat Liar with fellow teen actor Frankie Muniz. That fall, she became co-star of the WB Network series What I Like About You, in which she played a fun-loving younger sibling to actress Jennie Garth, formerly of Beverly Hills 90210. The following year she had the lead role in the movie What a Girl Wants, in which she depicted a New York City teen who travels to London to find her wealthy father, played by Colin Firth.
With both Big Fat Liar and What a Girl Wants earning significant money at the box office, and What I Like About You running for multiple seasons, Bynes continued to garner notice for her prodigious slapstick chops. The stage was being set for more significant roles.
Growing Body of Film Work
Bynes then did voiceover work for 2005's Robots, and in 2006 starred in She's the Man—where her character disguises herself as her own brother, with Channing Tatum co-starring—and the tropical romantic comedy Lovewrecked. Then, in 2007, she landed a major supporting role in the musical film adaptation of Hairspray playing Penny Lou Pingleton, a girl who has a budding romance with an African-American boy in 1960s Baltimore. The movie was a hit, earning more than $100 million at the box office and receiving multiple award nominations. Later that year Bynes had the lead role in the college film Sydney White and also released her own clothing line.
In 2010, at age 23, Bynes embraced a sexier adult image as she posed for the cover of Maxim magazine. She also went against previous type with her role as a gossiping student in Easy A, a comedic retooling of The Scarlet Letter that also featured Emma Stone, Penn Badgley, Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson.
Challenges With the Law
The young star would soon face difficult times. Her acting output stopped as she alluded via her Twitter feed to the need for a break, having been in the business since she was a child. Later, in the spring of 2012, she allegedly hit the rear corner of a police officer's vehicle.
She was arrested and received a driving under the influence charge. Her father publicly came to her defense, stating that the DUI allegations were false.
According to police reports, Bynes has since been involved in two additional hit-and-run car incidents. She was later spotted driving after her license had been suspended, and he car was impounded.