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Bethany Joy Lenz

Bethany Joy Lenz

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Bethany Joy Lenz is an award-winning director and actress, a singer, composer, producer and fine artist. She is a sharp and instinctual actress who has been lauded by some of the toughest critics and a chameleon who’s avoided being pinned into any one genre for over 20+ years. She’s worked alongside Paul Sorvino, Mary Tyler Moore, Ben Foster, James Franco, Carole King, Barkhad Abdi, Joyce Carole Oats, Gail Mancuso, Jason Moore, Matt Shakman, Garry Marshall and more, and starred in pilots for Simon Kinberg, Jerry Bruckheimer, and Shonda Rhimes.

Her nine-year run on The CW drama “One Tree Hill” made her a pop-culture icon and established a worldwide, loyal fanbase. Most recently, Lenz was a series regular as Chicago city attorney Keri Allen on USA “Suits” spinoff “Pearson,” opposite Gina Torres and “One Night in Miami’s” Eli Goree. In 2020, she completed production as the lead in Michael Koryta’s So Cold the River on which she is also an executive producer and co-starred in racially charged police-drama Blindfire. Lenz has had starring and supporting roles on such series as “Dexter,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Colony” and “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” as well as being the lead in five TV pilots including landing the title role in E! Network’s first scripted drama, “Songbyrd,” based on the life of Oscar nominee Diane Warren.

Lenz has starred in many Hallmark Channel original movies including “Five Star Christmas,” “Bottled with Love,” “Just My Type” and more. This year she can be heard in the cast of iHeartRadio scripted drama “Aftershock” and in unscripted iHeart podcast, Drama Queens.

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