Sasha Pieterse - biography
Sasha Pieterse (born February 17, 1996) is an American film and television actress. She is known for her role as Amanda Strazzulla on Heroes, and as Alison DiLaurentis on ABC Family's TV series Pretty Little Liars, which first premiered in June 2010.
Life and career
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa and raised in Las Vegas before moving to Los Angeles, Sasha Embeth Pieterse grew up around show business. Her parents were both professional dance partners who performed all over the world, and Pieterse loved being on stage with them. She soon met with an agent who quickly signed her to acting, and she's been busy acting and modeling ever since. At 6 years old, Sasha Pieterse got her start in television, co-starring as "Buffy" on The WB comedy series Family Affair. In 2004, she appeared in Stargate SG-1 and House. In 2005, she appeared in her first film The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl cast as Marissa the "Ice Princess" and also in a short-lived series called Wanted with her former Family Affair co-star, Gary Cole. In 2009 Pieterse was cast as Alison DiLaurentis in the TV series Pretty Little Liars based on the book series by Sara Shepard. Being only 14 at the time, she is the youngest actress on the show, all her co-stars being in their early to mid 20s.