Ashley Benson, 27, is an American actress and model (duh, just look at her) best known for her role as Hanna Marin on the Freeform TV series Pretty Little Liars.
Benson was born in Anaheim, California and started dancing competitively in ballet, jazz, hip hop and lyrical at age four. Clearly, the performance bug bit her early. She started modeling in dance catalogs at age five and signed with The Ford Modeling Agency at age eight. But Benson really started her career in 1999.
Benson booked a handful of commercials in those early years, but quickly made the transition into TV and film where the real prestige (read: money) is found. In 2004, she signed a three-year contract with NBC for the daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives. She also appeared in movies such as 13 Going on 3o (2004) and Bring It On: In It To Win It (2007).
But Benson’s big break came in December 2009 when she landed the Pretty Little Liars. PLL is now in its seventh season and has become quite the popular series among teenagers and young adults. This has helped Benson land other opportunities as well, such as Spring Breakers (2012) and How I Met Your Mother (2013).
While you wait for Pretty Little Liars, be sure to check out our gallery of gorgeous photos of the up-and-coming starlet above.