|Birth Name: Amanda Michelle Seyfried
Birth Place: Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA
Date of Birth: December 3, 1985
Height: 5′ 2½” (1,59 m)
Mother: Ann (née Sander)
Father: Jack Seyfried
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Amanda was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, on December 3, 1985. Her mother, Ann (née Sander), is an occupational therapist, and her father, Jack Seyfried, is a pharmacist. She is of mostly German descent, with smaller amounts of English, Scots-Irish, and Welsh ancestry. Seyfried graduated from Allentown’s William Allen High School in 2003.
During Seyfried’s time modeling, she appeared in the printed ads for clothing companies including Limited Too with Leighton Meester, and was featured on three covers of the Sweet Valley High novel series. She stopped modeling when she was 17, and worked as a waitress in a retirement community. Amanda took voice lessons, studied opera, and trained with a Broadway coach while still a teen.
In 2003, Amanda auditioned to play the role of Regina George in Mean Girls; the role eventually went to Rachel McAdams. While she was initially considered to play the lead role of Cady Heron, played by Lindsay Lohan, the producers of the film decided that Amanda should play Karen Smith, Regina’s dim-witted “Plastic” friend and sidekick. The film was a box office success, earning over US$129 million in its theatrical run. Amanda’s performance in the film earned her, along with Lohan, Lacey Chabert, and McAdams, an MTV Movie Award in the category of “Best On-Screen Team”. She deferred her university education to complete the film. More television work followed, including Veronica Mars, raising her profile across America,
Amanda’s profile gained prominence due to her role in the highly acclaimed HBO drama television series Big Love. The series centers on a fictional fundamentalist Mormon family, in which she plays Sarah Henrickson, Bill and Barb’s first daughter, who struggles with her family’s polygamous faith. Big Love premiered in the United States on March 12, 2006. In December 2009, HBO confirmed that Amanda would return for the show’s fourth season, but that it would be her last, as she wished to concentrate on her film career and upcoming projects.
In 2008, Amanda co-starred alongside Meryl Streep in Mamma Mia!, a romantic comedy film adaptation of the 1999 musical of the same name. Mamma Mia! was Amanda’s first leading role. The film was the fifth highest-grossing film of 2008, and as of January 2013 was the 73rd highest-grossing film of all time. Her musical performance in Mamma Mia! was released on the film’s soundtrack, for which she recorded five songs. As part of promotion for both the film and its soundtrack, Amanda recorded a music video of the song “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)”.
Dear John, Chloe, Letters to Juliet and In Time also helped establish her international fame.
In 2012, she played Cosette in the film adaptation of the musical Les Misérables. The film, and her performance, received acclaim from critics, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture and earned a total of US$440 million worldwide.
In 2013, Amanda played Linda Lovelace in the biopic Lovelace. Her performance earned her critical acclaim from film critics. Later that year, she began modeling for Givenchy.
In 2018, she starred as Anon, a futuristic visual hacker, in the Netflix original film Anon, with Clive Owen; and reprised her role as Sophie Sheridan in the Mamma Mia! sequel, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, which was released in July.
In 2019, she starred as Eve in The Art of Racing in the Rain, a comedy-drama based on The New York Times best-selling book of the same name.
Updated March 24, 2020