Ashley Rickards Biography
Birthday: May 4, 1992 (Taurus)
Born In: Sarasota, Florida, United States
Ashley Nicole Rickards is an American actress who has garnered fame for portraying Jenna Hamilton in the MTV comedy-drama series ‘Awkward’ and Samantha "Sam" Walker in The CW's teen drama series ‘One Tree Hill’. She is also known for playing a severely autistic girl named Mandy in the 2011 independent drama film ‘Fly Away’. A Florida native, Rickards was raised in a horse farm that lets special needs children interact with the animals. When she was 13 years old, she acted for the first time in an opera production at her school. A member of Mensa, she obtained her high-school diploma at the age of 15. She made her screen debut in the short film ‘Web Journal Now’ in 2006. After portraying a series of guest roles in TV shows, she was cast as Samantha “Sam” Walker in ‘One Tree Hill’. From 2011 to 2016 she portrayed the series protagonist and narrator Jenna Hamilton in ‘Awkward’, a performance that garnered her a Teen Choice Award nomination and a Critics’ Choice Television Award nomination in 2012. For ‘Fly Away’, Rickards won the Best Performance accolade at the Arizona International Film Festival in 2011.