Schull at the 2015 Television Critics Association’s Press Tour
|Born||(1978-08-26) August 26, 1978
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
|Years active||1999–2006 (ballet)
Amanda Schull (born August 26, 1978) is an American actress and former professional ballet dancer. She is best known for her lead role in the 2000 film Center Stage and for her recurring roles on One Tree Hill, Pretty Little Liars, and Suits. She also starred in the Syfy television series 12 Monkeys, the fourth and final season of which premiered in June 2018.
Schull was offered a scholarship to Indiana University for ballet. While at Indiana University, she joined Delta Delta Delta. During her sophomore year (as a ballet and journalism major), she attended the San Francisco Ballet School Summer Intensive. SFBS subsequently offered Schull a scholarship to continue her studies for an additional year.
When Schull’s year-long scholarship ended in 1999, San Francisco Ballet‘s artistic director offered her an apprenticeship which she accepted. After filming Center Stage, she subsequently joined SFB as a full-time member of its corps de ballet.
Schull was cast in the starring role of Jody Sawyer in the 2000 movie Center Stage while still an apprentice with the San Francisco Ballet. Later that same year, she was cast as Davina Mayhan, the title character’s older sister on the hit YTV sitcom My Family and Me. She portrayed the character from the show’s third season to the last.
In April 2006, Schull retired from San Francisco Ballet. In May 2008 she went to Australia to film the movie adaptation of Li Cunxin‘s Mao’s Last Dancer. In Mao’s Last Dancer, released in North America in 2010, Schull has a major role as Elizabeth “Liz” Mackey, the girlfriend (and later, first wife) of Li Cunxin.
In 2009, Schull had a guest star role on the Fox TV show, Lie to Me (season 1, episode 4). The same year, she was seen in the Lifetime Movie Sorority Wars starring Lucy Hale and Courtney Thorne-Smith. She also guest starred on The CW‘s One Tree Hill as Sara, the spirit and memory of the deceased wife of Clay (played by Robert Buckley), and also as Clay’s wannabe lover who bears a striking resemblance to Sara—Katie Ryan. She guest starred in an episode of Ghost Whisperer (Greek Tragedy) in 2009, and episode 14 of Bones, in 2010. Schull recurringly appeared as Meredith, who is Aria’s (Lucy Hale’s character) dad’s former lover, in the ABC Family series Pretty Little Liars. She also appeared in an episode of Hawaii Five-0. In March 2012, she appeared in a McDonald’s commercial for the Shamrock Shake and in April she guest starred in an episode of Psych. Also in 2012 she appeared in an episode of “Grimm” as Lucinda, a character who resembles Cinderella, but with a twist. Since 2013, she has appeared in the recurring role of Katrina Bennett in USA’s Suits. In March 2018, she was promoted to series regular for the eighth season of Suits.
Schull’s mother is Susan Schull, the President of Ballet Hawaii.
|2000||Center Stage||Jody Sawyer|
|2007||Women on Top||Becca King|
|2009||Mao’s Last Dancer||Elizabeth Mackey|
|2011||J. Edgar||Anita Colby|
|2016||I Am Wrath||Abbie|
|2017||Devil’s Gate||FBI Special Agent Daria Francis|
|2000–2007||My Family and Me||Davina Mayhan Van Buren||Main role (seasons 3–9) (YTV series)|
|2008||The Cleaner||Aileen||Episode: “Five Little Words”|
|2008||Cold Case||Allison ‘Ally’ Thurston||Episode: “Wings”|
|2009||Ghost Whisperer||Emily Harris||Episode: “Greek Tragedy”|
|2009||Lie to Me||Phoebe Headling||Episode: “Love Always”|
|2009||Sorority Wars||Gwen||Television film (Lifetime)|
|2009–2010||One Tree Hill||Sara Evans / Katie Ryan||Recurring role; 13 episodes|
|2010||Bones||Neviah Larkin||Episode: “The Devil in the Details”|
|2010–2013||Pretty Little Liars||Meredith Sorenson||Recurring role (seasons 1–3), 7 episodes|
|2011||Hawaii Five-0||Nicole Duncan||Episode: “He Kane Hewa’ Ole”|
|2011||Castle||Joy Jones||Episode: “Pretty Dead”|
|2011||Two and a Half Men||Alicia||Episode: “Thank You for the Intercourse”|
|2012||Psych||Thea Summers / Dalia Towne||Episode: “Santabarbaratown”|
|2012||Grimm||Lucinda Jarvis||Episode: “Happily Ever Aftermath”|
|2012||The Mentalist||Marcy Victor||Episode: “Red Rover, Red Rover”|
|2012||Vegas||Carol Reyes||Episode: “Money Plays”|
|2012||Imaginary Friend||Brittany||Television film (Lifetime)|
|2013||Hunt for the Labrynth Killer||Shelby Cook||Television film (Lifetime)|
|2013||The Arrangement||Melody||Television film (USA)|
|2013–present||Suits||Katrina Bennett||Recurring role (seasons 2–7); main role (season 8)|
|2013||Nikita||Naomi Ceaver||Episode: “Black Badge”|
|2014||Suburgatory||Linda||Episode: “The Ballad of Piggy Duckworth”|
|2015–2018||12 Monkeys||Dr. Cassandra Railly||Main role|
|2016||Murder in the First||Melissa Danson||Recurring role (season 3), 6 episodes|
|2018||Love, Once and Always||Lucy||Television film (Hallmark)|