Lauren Felice Collins (born August 29, 1986) is a Canadian actress that is perhaps best known for portraying Paige Michalchuk on Degrassi: The Next Generation.
Life and career
Collins was born in Thornhill, Ontario, the daughter of Sari (née Bresver) and Stan Collins. Her father was born in London, England. Collins was raised Jewish. She has one brother, a copy editor, and her first cousin once removed is Spencer Rice, one of the stars of Kenny vs Spenny. She is a graduate of Thornlea Secondary School.
Collins first began acting in 1998, with roles in various television series including Once a Thief, Noddy, and I Was a Sixth Grade Alien. From 2000 to 2001, she had a recurring role on In a Heartbeat before landing the role of Paige Michalchuk on Degrassi: The Next Generation in 2001. She also portrayed Derek's ex-girlfriend Kendra on Life with Derek. She has also appeared in numerous theatrical productions, playing the title roles in Alice in Wonderland and the production of Annie, and starring in the made-for-television film Virtual Mom. She has been a member of CharActors Theatre Troupe, a children's community theater company, for over five years.
In 2006, Collins made her feature film debut in Take the Lead, appearing alongside Antonio Banderas. The following year she appeared in Charlie Bartlett. In 2008, she co-starred in the direct-to-DVD feature Picture This, opposite Ashley Tisdale.
After YouTube celebrity Shane Dawson expressed his interest in watching the Degrassi series', Collins starred in a parody video released March 6, 2010.
She will work once again with Disney Channel and Tisdale on the newest installment of High School Musical's Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure, playing the role of Tiffany.
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