Amanda Michelle Seyfried (pronounced /ˈsaɪfrɪd/ sy-frid; born December 3, 1985) is an American actress, singer-songwriter and former child model. She began her career as a child model when she was 11 and at 15 she began her career as an actress, starting off with uncredited roles and moving on to recurring roles on As the World Turns and All My Children.
In 2004, Seyfried made her film debut in Mean Girls playing Karen Smith, the ditziest of the so-called "Plastics". Her subsequent roles as a supporting character were in independent films like Nine Lives (2005) and Alpha Dog (2006). She also had a recurring role in the UPN TV show Veronica Mars (2004-2006). Between 2006 and 2010, she landed a lead role on HBO's popular television series Big Love. After that, Seyfried appeared in her breakthrough and first leading role as Sophie Sheridan in the 2008 musical feature film Mamma Mia!. Other recent appearances include successful leading roles in Jennifer's Body (2009), Chloe (2010), Dear John (2010), Letters to Juliet (2010), and Red Riding Hood
Seyfried was born in Allentown, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania on December 3, 1985. Her mother, Ann (née Sander), is an occupational therapist, and her father, Jack, is a pharmacist. Seyfried has an older sister, Jennifer Seyfried, who is a musician in the Philadelphia organ-driven rock band Love City.She has German ancestry. Seyfried graduated in 2003 from Allentown's William Allen High School.
Seyfried was ranked six times in six consecutive years on the list of "The Annual Independent Critics List of the 100 Most Beautiful Famous Faces From Around the World". First was in 2005 where she ranked #32, 2006 ranked #23, 2007 ranked #46, 2008 ranked #65, 2009 ranked #5, and 2010 ranked #9. Seyfried was also ranked thrice in the Moviefone's "25 Under 25: Hollywood's Hottest Young Stars". In 2008, she was placed #5, #23 in 2009 and #18 in 2010. And in 2010, she ranked number 3 on the Saturday Night Magazine's Top 20 Rising Stars Under 30. and at the #17 spot in the British Glamour magazine "30 Hottest and Sexiest Stars Under 30". In 2009, People Magazine ranked Seyfried #4 in the Most Beautiful 2009 – Beautiful at Every Age. Glamour magazine's April 2010 issue dubbed Seyfried as The Most Down-To-Earth and ranked #3 in the "50 Most Glamorous Women of 2010".Seyfried once again made the list of People Magazine's Most Beautiful 2010 with no make-up on. and also appeared twice in the cover and article of Vanity Fair. First was the VF's Young Hollywood's New Wave in the year 2008 and the recent controversial Vanity Fair cover and article VF's A New Decade, A New Hollywood. Moreover, LoveFilm ranked Seyfried at #5 spot on their 2010 edition of Top Ten Actresses Under 30
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Amanda Seyfried - filming a scene for In Time in LA