Actress, 34, Has Been Playing Teens Since 1993
Bianca Lawson is still good at looking 17
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 24, 2013 10:30 AM CDT
Bianca Lawson is shown in a YouTube clip from "Pretty Little Liars.'   (YouTube)

(Newser) – Everyone knows much-older actors are often hired to portray high school students—but one actress has basically made an entire career out of doing just that, since 1993. Bianca Lawson is now 34. Gawker runs down her impressive history in teen TV roles:

  • Saved by the Bell: The New Class: She played a student, Megan Jones, from 1993 to 1994.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: She played another teen slayer, Kendra, in 1997.

  • Dawson's Creek: She appeared as Nikki Green in 1999.
  • Vampire Diaries: She played the ghost of 19th-century witch Emily Bennett in 2009 (though Gawker notes the jury is still out as to whether the character was a teen when she was burned at the stake).
  • Pretty Little Liars: Lawson definitely did play a teen, Maya St. Germain, in this show, which she left in 2012.
She's currently playing a non-teen (a French teacher/guidance counselor) in the aptly-named Teen Wolf. Gawker has more pictures.

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False Dichotomy
Aug 18, 2013 7:51 PM CDT
Ha, I knew it would be her... Sure, she's fine, but her appearances on Buffy were completely ruined by that horrible, hideous, and obvious fake accent. Otherwise, she rocked.
Jul 25, 2013 5:16 PM CDT
What can you say? "Black don't crack!"
Jul 25, 2013 10:36 AM CDT
Bianca Lawson is truly ageless. I remember her on Buffy the vampire slayer, I didn't know she was the same girl from Save by the bell. She a fantastic actress, who never seem to age. However I guess it because of her age that she never had a love interest on any of the shows she worked on. I mean since they were teen shows,and she wasn't a teen?