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Leighton Meester Biography

Leighton Meester


Name: Leighton Meester
Profession: Actress
Birth Date: April 9, 1986
Height: 5' 5"

Raised in Marco Island, Fla., Leighton Meester became interested in acting when she appeared in a local production of "The Wizard of Oz." When she was 11, she moved with her family to New York City and soon after began working as a model for Wilhemina, booking a Ralph Lauren campaign shot by Bruce Webber and working with then photographer Sophia Coppola.

After making her television debut when she was 13 on "Law & Order," Meester got her breakout part in 2004 with a recurring role as the Britney Spears-like singer Justine Chapin on the hit series "Entourage." She continued to work steadily with guest-star roles on series like "8 Simple Rules," "Numbers" and "CSI Miami," and had recurring roles on popular series such as "24," "Veronica Mars," "Shark" and "House." In addition, she had regular roles on "Tarzan" and "Surface."

Meester made her film debut in the 2003 feature "Hangman's Curse," based on the best-selling novel by Frank Peretti. In 2006, she starred in the independent film "Flourish," with future "House" co-stars Jennifer Morrison and Jesse Spencer, and in the drama "Inside."

In 2007, Meester shot to stardom in the role of Blair Waldorf on the hit CW drama “Gossip Girl.”

When not on the set, Meester passionately pursues her talent for music and creative writing.