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Pieterse at the Pretty Little Liars event at PaleyFest in March 2014
Sasha Pieterse
Background information
Born February 17, 1996 (1996-02-17) (age 24)[1]
Birthplace Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa[2]
Cause of death
Alternate names
Occupation(s) Actress, singer-songwriter, model
Years active 2002–present
Partner(s) Hudson Sheaffer
(2015–present; engaged)
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Sasha Pieterse
Background information
Also known as
Former members
Years active
Labels Dan Franklin Music
Associated acts Dan Franklin
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Sasha Pieterse (Script error; born February 17, 1996)[1] is a South African-born[3] American actress and singer-songwriter. She landed her first major role at the age of 13 as Alison DiLaurentis on ABC Family's series Pretty Little Liars, becoming the youngest cast member. Upon the success of the series, Pieterse earned a supporting role as Amy Loubalu in the 2011 Disney Channel film Geek Charming. In 2013, she starred in the teen comedy film G.B.F. which became a commercial and critical success.

Personal life

Pieterse was born in Johannesburg, South Africa on February 17, 1996. Moving to the United States in 2001, she was raised in Las Vegas, before moving to Los Angeles.[3] She became accustomed to a career in entertainment at an early age, as her parents were a professional acrobatic dance team who performed internationally.[3] Pieterse was homeschooled and graduated at 14.[4]

On December 22, 2015, Pieterse became engaged to longterm boyfriend, Hudson Sheaffer.[5]



When Pieterse was younger, she was featured on a national billboard for Supercuts, and modeled in the Macy's Passport Fashion Show, performing throughout California. Script error Pieterse was featured on the cover of BELLO magazine "Young Hollywood", December 2014 issue.[4] Pieterse appeared on the cover of the 2015 issue of TeenProm magazine.


At six years old, Pieterse got her start in television, co-starring in 2002 as Buffy on the Warner Bros comedy series Family Affair. She guest starred in an episode of Stargate SG-1 with Amanda Tapping as a little girl named Grace and in 2005, she appeared on an episode of House titled "Autopsy", portraying Andie, a young girl with terminal cancer. That same year, she made her film debut in The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D as Marissa, the Ice Princess, and also appeared as Millie Rose for two episodes of the short-lived TNT series Wanted, alongside her former Family Affair co-star, Gary Cole.[6]

Pieterse appeared in the 2007 film Good Luck Chuck, playing a young goth girl who places a curse on the titular character.[7] She played the younger version of Sarah Michelle Gellar's character in the 2007 film The Air I Breathe, along with such co-stars as Kevin Bacon, Forest Whitaker, and Emile Hirsch. She also played a leading character in the Hallmark original film Claire, also released in 2007.

In December 2009, Pieterse was cast in the ABC Family series Pretty Little Liars as Alison DiLaurentis, the former "queen bee" of her high school clique.[8] She has had a regular role in the series since its premiere on June 8, 2010. In June 2014, Pretty Little Liars was renewed for a sixth and seventh season.[9]

Other roles Pieterse has had include a 2009 appearance in Without a Trace,[10] and a recurring role as Amanda Strazzulla, an abandoned daughter, in Heroes.[11] In 2011, she appeared as Amy Loubalu in the Disney Channel Original Movie Geek Charming, and also as a teenage girl in the film X-Men: First Class. More recently, Pieterse has appeared in the film G.B.F. and in an episode of Hawaii Five-0 as a terrorist pupil named Dawn Hatfield. Pieterse played Japonica Fenway, a young lady involved with cocaine, in the film Inherent Vice (2014), based on the novel of the same name by Thomas Pynchon.[12]


Pieterse describes her music as "country with southern rock". Pieterse was signed to record label Dan Franklin Music.Script error Her debut single "This Country is Bad Ass" was released on April 12, 2013. Pieterse described the patriotism behind the song: “I just love this country so much and I would never have been able to be where I am if I wasn't in America, so we decided to come up with this [track].”[13] Her second single, "R.P.M", was released on June 13, 2013.[14]

Her third single, "I Can't Fix You", was released on July 12, 2013.[15][16] On December 10, 2013, she released her fourth single "No", an upbeat track about "standing strong in your convictions" and saying no when an unfaithful, lying ex-boyfriend asks for a second chance.[17][18]


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2005 Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D, TheThe Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D Marissa Electricidad/Ice Princess
2007 Air I Breathe, TheThe Air I Breathe Young Sorrow
2007 Good Luck Chuck Young Anisha Carpenter
2011 X-Men: First Class Teenage girl
2013 G.B.F. Fawcett Brooks
2014 Inherent Vice Japonica Fenway 87th Academy Awards Nominated Movie
2015 Burning Bodhi Aria
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2002–03 Family Affair Buffy Davis Main role; 14 episodes
2004 Stargate SG-1 Grace Episode: "Grace"
2005 Wanted Millie Rose 2 episodes
2005 House Andie Episode: "Autopsy"
2007 CSI: Miami Beth Buckley Episode: "Stand Your Ground"
2007 Claire Maggie Bannion Hallmark Channel Original Movie
2009 Without a Trace Daphne Stevens Episode: "Wanted"
2009–10 Heroes Amanda Strazzulla 5 episodes
2010–present Pretty Little Liars Alison DiLaurentis Main role
2011 Medium 14-year-old Marie DuBois Episode: "Me Without You"
2011 Geek Charming Amy Loubalu Disney Channel Original Movie
2014 Hawaii Five-0 Dawn Hatfield Episode: "Pe'epe'e Kanaka"
2016 Sing It! Destiny
Web series roles
Year Title Role Notes
2009 Slow Burn Amanda Strazzulla 6 episodes
Music video roles
Year Title Artist Role
2013 "Rewind" Skye Stevens Love interest of singer
2013 "R.P.M." Herself Lead role

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2003 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Young Actress Age Ten or Younger Family Affair Won
Best Ensemble in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama)
(shared with Caitlin Wachs and Jimmy "Jax" Pinchak)
2011 ShoWest Awards Breakthrough Performer of the Year Pretty Little Liars Nominated
2014 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Female Breakout Star[19] Won
2015 Independent Spirit Awards Robert Altman Award (shared with director, casting director, and cast) Inherent Vice Won
2015 MTV Fandom Awards Ship Of The Year (shared with Shay Mitchell) Pretty Little Liars Nominated
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Scene Stealer Nominated


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