Analeigh Tipton is an American actress and model. She gained prominence after appearing in the reality television series ‘America’s Next Top Model,’ and placing third. She eventually went on to make her acting debut in 2011 with the TV series ‘Hung.’ Before playing the role of Sandee in ‘Hung,’ she had appeared in ‘The Big Bang Theory’ as herself. In 2011, she also appeared in three feature films, namely ‘The Green Hornet,’ ‘Crazy, Stupid, Love,’ and ‘Damsels in Distress.’ Since she started her career with big budget productions, it did not take her long to get noticed. ‘The New York Times’ called her a ‘face to watch.’ She became even more popular after appearing in box office hits, such as ‘Warm Bodies’ (2013) and ‘Lucy’ (2014). Thereafter, she became a household name after playing an important role in the romantic TV series ‘Manhattan Love Story.’ As far as her modeling assignments are concerned, she has walked the ramp for some of the world’s top designers at ‘Los Angeles Fashion Week’ and ‘Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.’
Childhood & Early Life
Analeigh Tipton was born in Minnesota on November 9, 1988. She started ice skating at a very young age and became a regional champion in no time. Her parents saw the passion in her and allowed her to focus more on her ice skating skills. Since she got good grades, her parents didn't have to worry too much about her education.
At the age of eight, Tipton moved to Sacramento, California, with her family. She attended a school in Placerville, California, and started spending more time in honing her ice skating skills.
She started participating in the local competitions and managed to win quite a few of them. After becoming a regional champion on a couple of occasions, she decided to quit competitive skating at the age of 16. However, she continued to show off her amazing skills by skating in the local charity events.
By the time she was in high school, she had developed a penchant for filmmaking. She wanted to become a director and hence moved to Los Angeles in order to fulfil her dreams, but fate had other plans for her as she was signed by a modeling agency.
At the age of 19, she came across a few model recruiters, who asked her to participate in ‘America’s Next Top Model’ as they thought she had a good chance of winning the competition. Initially, she was not confident about performing well in the contest, but as she started spending more time on the sets of the popular reality show, she gained enough confidence and managed to get the second runner-up position on the show.
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Before participating in ‘America’s Next Top Model,’ she worked as a model with ‘I Model & Talent’ and had walked the ramp at the ‘Los Angeles Fashion Week’ for well-known designers.
Once her highly successful run with ‘America’s Next Top Model’ was over, she went ahead and signed a contract with the modeling agency, ‘Ford Models.’ Around the same time, she was also signed by ‘Abrams Artists Agency,’ one of the well-known talent agencies in Los Angeles.
Tipton had the time of her life for the next couple of years as she graced the covers of many top magazines, such as ‘Marie Claire,’ ‘Seventeen Magazine,’ ‘Maxim,’ and ‘Vogue.’ She also appeared in the advertising campaigns of major clothing brands like ‘Forever 21’ and ‘Guess.’
Though she was on the verge of becoming one of the top models of America, deep down she knew that she wanted to do something more profound. Hence, she enrolled herself at ‘New York Film Academy’ in order to hone her skills as a writer and actor.
Meanwhile, she kept modeling and had a breakthrough in 2010 when she walked the ramp at the ‘Los Angeles Fashion Week’ for the renowned designer David Alexander. In the same year, she modeled the pre-fall collection of ‘Geren Ford.’ After walking the ramp on a couple of other occasions, she waved goodbye to modeling and started focusing solely on her acting career.
After appearing as herself in one of the episodes of the popular sitcom ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ she made her acting debut with the series ‘Hung’ in 2011. She played an important role in the comedy-drama series and appeared in eight episodes.
She then auditioned for various other roles with little success. She was offered minor roles, but she kept rejecting them. According to her, the fact that she was on ‘America’s Next Top Model’ became her biggest roadblock as many filmmakers simply refused to take her seriously. She finally gave in and took up a minor role in the 2011 action comedy film ‘The Green Hornet.’
She then auditioned for a role in an upcoming comedy film ‘Crazy, Stupid, Love.’ Luckily, she managed to bag the role of a teenage babysitter, who falls in love with a much older man. Her performance in the film received critical acclaim. Also, the film, which was directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, received positive reviews from most of the critics and went on to become a major box office success.
Encouraged by the appreciation she received for her role in the film, she returned to New York to hone her skills as an actress. She then received an opportunity to play the role of Lily in the comedy film ‘Damsels in Distress.’
In 2013, she played the role of female lead’s best friend in the romantic zombie comedy film ‘Warm Bodies.’ The film was a huge success and Tipton got noticed by several other directors.
In 2014, she became part of two successful projects - a science fiction action film titled ‘Lucy’ and the TV series ‘Manhattan Love Story.’ ‘Lucy,’ starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman in important roles, became one of the most successful films of the year. ‘Manhattan Love Story’ too, received high ratings and was termed a success.
Later that year, she took up the first leading role of her career when she played Megan Pagano in the film ‘Two Night Stand.’ The film, which also starred Miles Teller, was directed by Max Nichols.
Analeigh chose her roles with caution as she wanted to take only those roles that challenged her. One such role came her way in 2016. Her role in the science fiction horror film ‘Viral’ was not only challenging, but was also extremely intriguing. In 2017, she appeared in a couple of films, namely ‘All Nighter’ and ‘Golden Exits.’
Analeigh Tipton was in a relationship with film producer Aaron McManus. They dated for a few years and then announced their engagement in 2013. But Analeigh broke the engagement in 2014 as she wanted to focus more on her career. She then started dating her ‘Manhattan Love Story’ co-actor, Jake McDorman.