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Elizabeth Egan "Liz" Gillies[1] (born July 26, 1993)[2] is an American actress, singer and dancer. She is best known for playing the role of Jade West on Victorious. She made her Broadway debut at age 15 in the musical 13, playing the character of Lucy.[3] She also voices the character Daphne on the animated series Winx Club.[4]

CareerEdit

ActingEdit

Elizabeth Gillies started her acting career at age twelve when she went to a local open casting call and began appearing in commercials for companies such as Virgin Mobile.[5] Her first television role was as a recurring character in The Black Donnellys. She appeared in three episodes. She later starred in The Clique as Shelby Wexler and had a supporting role in Harold. In the summer of 2008, she was cast as Lucy in a Goodspeed production of Jason Robert Brown's new musical about growing up, 13, with her future Victorious co-star, Ariana Grande. Later that year, 13 moved to Broadway, which made it the first Broadway production to have a cast and band entirely made up of teenagers.[6] She received two big numbers, "Opportunity" and "It Can't Be True", along with smaller parts in other songs, including the title song, "Hey Kendra", and "Getting Ready". 13 ran through January 4, 2009.[7]

Gillies starred in the successful Nickelodeon sitcom Victorious as Jade West, the frenemy to Tori Vega. The show premiered on March 27, 2010, and ended on February 2, 2013. A doll of her character was released in 2012. Gillies also currently voices Daphne on the animated series Winx Club, and recorded Winx Club's official song, "We Are Believix." She has guest starred in White Collar and Big Time Rush, and was a contestant on the Nickelodeon game shows BrainSurge and Figure It Out. In October 2013,[8] it was announced that Gillies will reprise her role as Jade West in an upcoming one-hour episode special of the spin-off series of Victorious, Sam and Cat,[9] scheduled to air in January 2014.

Gillies will appear in the horror film Animal, which was filmed in Manchester, Connecticut and is currently in post-production. Produced by Drew Barrymore, the film co-stars Keke Palmer and is scheduled for a limited release in 2014.[10] As of December 2013,[11] Gillies is in the process of working on another film entitled "Killing Daddy".[12]

MusicEdit

Gillies has appeared in several songs on the soundtracks Victorious (soundtrack) and Victorious 2.0, including Give It Up (Victorious song) (A duet with Ariana Grande), and Take a Hint (A duet with Victoria Justice). She also wrote and recorded the song You Don't Know Me for an episode of Victorious,[13] and it was later featured in Victorious 3.0.[14][15]

Gillies has a YouTube account called LizGilliesOfficial, where she uploads covers of popular songs including: "Wild Horses" by The Rolling Stones, "You and I" by Lady Gaga, "For No One" by The Beatles, "Jealous Guy" by John Lennon, "Father and Son" by Cat Stevens and "One and Only" by Adele.[16] She has also covered songs with Max Schneider (Somewhere Only We Know) and Ariana Grande (The Christmas Song).

In July 2012, it was reported that Gillies was working on an album with alternative rock music.[17][18]

On December 10, 2013, Gillies recorded a duet with Ariana Grande called Santa Baby for Grande's Christmas EP Christmas Kisses.[19]

FilmographyEdit

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2008 Harold Evelyn Taylor Supporting role
2008 The Clique Shelby Wexler Minor role
2011 The Death and Return of Superman Eradicator Folks YouTube short film
2014 Animal Mandy Post-production
2014 Killing Daddy Callie Filming
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2007 The Black Donnellys Young Jenny Recurring role, 3 episodes
2007 Locker 514 Trinnie
2010-2013 Victorious Jade West Main Role
2011 iCarly Jade West Episode: "iParty with Victorious"
2011–present Winx Club Princess/Nymph Daphne[20] Voice only
2011 Big Time Rush Heather Fox Episode: "Big Time Secret"
2011 BrainSurge Herself 1 episode, contestant
2012 White Collar Chloe Woods Episode: "Upper West Side Story"
2012 Figure It Out Herself 7 episodes, panelist
2013 The Exes Tracy Cooper Episode: "Prelude To A Kiss"
2014 Sam & Cat Jade West Special Episode
2014 Jessie Dani Presscott Episode: "Dani"
Broadway
Year Title Role Notes
2008-200913Lucy Original Broadway cast
2013Jawbreaker The MusicalCourtney
Music videos
Year Main artist Song Notes
2010 Victoria Justice "Freak the Freak Out" Cameo
2011 Victoria Justice "Beggin' on Your Knees" Cameo
2011 Victoria Justice "All I Want Is Everything" Cameo
2011 Mickey Deleasa "Time in the Day" Cameo
2012 Big Time Rush "Time of Our Life" Cameo
2012 Victoria Justice "Make It in America" Cameo
2012 Herself "We Are Believix" Lead singer
2012 Herself "You Don't Know Me" Lead singer
2013 Ariana Grande "Right There (Ariana Grande song)" Cameo

DiscographyEdit

Main article: Elizabeth Gillies Discography
Year Song Album Notes
2011 "Give It Up" (with Ariana Grande) Victorious Lead vocalist
"I Want You Back" (with the Victorious cast) Backing vocals/additional vocals
"All I Want Is Everything" (with the Victorious cast) Backing vocals
"Leave It All To Shine" (with the Victorious cast and iCarly cast) Backing vocals/additional vocals
2012 "Don't You (Forget About Me)" (with the Victorious cast) Victorious 2.0 Backing vocals
"Take a Hint" (with Victoria Justice) Lead vocalist
"Shut Up 'N Dance" (with the Victorious cast) Backing vocals/additional vocals
"Five Fingaz to the Face" (with the Victorious cast) Additional vocals
"We Are Believix"[21] Winx Club Deluxe Version (single) Lead vocalist
"You Don't Know Me"[14] Victorious 3.0 Lead vocalist
2013 "Santa Baby" (with Ariana Grande) Christmas Kisses Featured artist

ReferencesEdit

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