Bianca Jasmine Lawson (born March 20, 1979) is an American actress, best known for her roles in Pretty Little Liars, Goode Behavior and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. 

Early life

Lawson was born in Los Angeles, California to parents Denise and actor, Richard Lawson. She is also the great niece of Motown founder, Berry Gordy. She attended the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and graduated from Marymount High School. She went on to study film and psychology at University of Southern California. 


Lawson began acting at the age of nine, appearing in commercials for Barbie and Revlon. In 1993, she was cast in Saved By The Bell: The New Class as series regular, Megan Jones. She also appeared in multiple episodes of Sister, Sister as Rhonda Coley and in The Steve Harvey Show as Rosalind. In 1996, she was cast in sitcom Goode Behavior as Bianca Goode which lasted just the one season. 

In 1997, Lawson was cast as slayer Kendra Young in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, appearing in two episodes at the end of season two. In 1999, she appeared in WB's Dawson's Creek as Nikki Green. 

In 2009, she was cast as Shawna in The Secret Life of the American Teenager. The same year saw her cast as witch Emily Bennett in CW's The Vampire Diaries. She portrayed Maya St. Germain in Pretty Little Liars.

Since 2012, Lawson has been a recurring character in MTV's series, Teen Wolf portraying Ms. Morell. 

Her film roles to date include Primary Colors, Save The Last Dance, Bones and Breakin' All The Rules. 

She has also leant her voice to 2011 video game, Star Wars: The Old Republic.


  • Was originally cast as Cordelia Chase in Buffy but had to turn the role down due to contractual obligations to Goode Behavior. She ultimately played Kendra Young


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