The explosion of television shows and the popularity of the medium has had a resultant effect where many unknown actors and actresses have found success in different shows, going from guest actors to lead roles as several networks continue their frantic search to put the best talents they can find on their shows. One of those talents is Vanessa Ray, an actress, and singer who has featured in major shows like Pretty Little Liars, Suits and As the World Turns.
Vanessa Ray’s career began her career in a musical but she has now made a name for herself as one of television’s famous names starring on Blue Bloods as Officer Eddie Janko. Learn more about her by reading this article.
Vanessa Ray – Biography, Age
Vanessa Ray was born on the 24th of June, 1981 to Valerie Liptak and James Liptak in Livermore, California. Being born and raised in America, she had the full experience American life experience as she was growing up, however, the exact details of what her childhood life was like have not been revealed in its entirety.
While Vanessa certainly takes responsibility for the choices that have led her to become a popular television star, it isn’t without the influence of her parents who worked in the theatre. Her father, James Liptak, was a music composer for various local productions across the theatre scene in California and New York.
Her career took off in 2003 after she had spent some of her teenage years through to the beginning of her adult years appearing in local theatre productions of Footloose and Finding Nemo: The Musical. Ray’s appearance on Her Finding Nemo: The Musical at Disney World in Orlando was the origin of the role of Nemo. Her other stage acting credits include playing Olive Ostrovsky in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Ray’ stage experience took her to the big stage on Broadway where she starred in a production of Hair, playing Crissy. Her talents as a singer were crucial to her early acting credits which were deployed in several musicals.
So, when Vanessa was cast to play Chris in The Sparky Chronicles: The Map in 2003, she came with a bag of experience that had a mix of singing and acting. Although it was a short film, it signaled the arrival of a fresh talented actress. She followed it with appearances in another short film, Is He…
For a couple of years after she starred in Is He…, Vanessa Ray did not star in any other project, until 2008. In 2008, she starred in both film and television, starring in Finding Chance and the show, The Battery’s Down. With a full-length film and a TV show under her belt, Vanessa continued to rake in the acting credits from various shows and films including notables like White Collar, Suits, As the World Turns, Damages, Girls, Frances Ha, Mutual Friends, The Last Day of August, and a few others.
She starred in Pretty Little Liars, one of the most popular shows on TV playing Cece Drake. Her character was on the series for three years, playing the role from 2013 to 2016. While she was starring, however, she got cast to play Eddie Janko on Blue Bloods, a CBS police procedural show. She has continued to star on the show since 2013 and continues to appear on it till date.
Who is Her Husband?
Vanessa has been married twice, the first time to Derek James Baynham. Their marriage lasted 6 years, running from 2003 to 2009 when they got divorced. She took a chance at marriage for a second time when she got married to Landon Beard in 2015, the two has been together since then.
Body Measurements – Weight
When she had to star in Blue Bloods, especially when she became a regular on the show, Vanessa Ray underwent intense physical training which has kept her 5 feet 4 inches tall and 56 kg body in tiptop shape. This athletic and well-defined physical body is accentuated by blonde hair. Other relevant body measurements are 34-26-35 inches, which are measurements for her bust, waist and hip size respectively.