Amanda Bynes

  • Birth Name: Amanda Laura Bynes
  • Birth Place: Thousand Oaks, California, United States
  • Profession: Actor
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When this multi-talented actress landed her own eponymous variety show at 13, she'd already graced the small screen for three years on Nickelodeon's sketch series All That. Despite her model's looks, Bynes is given more to do than a typical ingénue because of her solid comic instincts and precocious knack for physical humor. In the early 2000s, Bynes graduated to the big time (even though she had yet to finish high school) with a leading role in the movie Big Fat Liar and the prime-time sitcom, What I Like About You. And if she hadn't done so already, at 23 she shed her child-star image (and most of her clothing) by posing in lingerie on the February 2010 cover of Maxim magazine.

Fast Facts

  • Began her career at age 7 when she acted in a commercial for Nestlé's Buncha Crunch candy.
  • As a child, trained at a comedy camp under the tutelage of Arsenio Hall and Richard Pryor.
  • Enjoys fashion design and drawing; presented David Letterman with a portrait she had painted of him.
  • Nominated for a Cable Ace Award in 1997 and has won several Kids' Choice Awards.
  • Launched a clothing line called Dear in 2007 with retailer Steve & Barry's, but the chain's bankruptcy forced the venture to cease the following year.


  • 2007, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2008, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Winner


  • Jillian Bynes — Sister
  • Lynn Bynes — Mother
  • Rick Bynes — Father
  • Thomas Bynes — Brother

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