Jillian Murray Biography

Jillian Murray is an American actress, best known for her role as ‘Gwen Adams’ in the coming of age romantic drama film ‘American High School.’ Check out this biography to know about her childhood, family life, and achievements.

Quick Facts

Birthday: June 4, 1984

Nationality: American

Famous: Actresses American Women

Age: 35 Years, 35 Year Old Females

Sun Sign: Gemini

Born Country: United States

Born in: Reading, Pennsylvania, U.S

Famous as: Actress


siblings: Meghan Murray

U.S. State: Pennsylvania

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Jillian Murray is an American actress, best known for her role as ‘Gwen Adams’ in the coming of age romantic drama film ‘American High School.’ She was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, but raised in Wyomissing and later moved to Tucson, Arizona. She was interested in pursuing performance arts from early childhood. She took dancing lessons in her pre-teen years but got bored soon. At the age of 13, she began doing theatre and continued in the coming years. Following her high school graduation, she headed to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting. She made her debut with a small uncredited role in the 2003 independent film ‘Deep Toad.’ She got her big breakthrough in 2008, when she appeared in a supporting role in the film ‘An American Carol.’ Alongside films, she continued to appear on television (mostly guest appearances) in series’ such as ‘Awkward’ and ‘Murder in the First.’ Apart from ‘American High School,’ she is also known for films such as ‘Forget Me Not’ and ‘Wild Things: Foursome.’

Childhood & Early Life
  • Jillian Murray was born on June 4, 1984, in Reading, Pennsylvania, to an Irish father and a Scottish mother. She grew up with a sister, Meghan Murray.
  • Soon after her birth, the family moved to Wyomissing, a suburb of Pennsylvania. By the time she was 3 years old, she had begun exhibiting her inclination towards performance arts. She loved dancing and enrolled into dance classes around the same time.
  • Side by side, she enrolled at ‘Sacred Heart,’ a private elementary school, and continued her academics. She trained in jazz and tap dancing, but as she grew older, she somehow lost interest in dancing.
  • At the age of 10, she felt that dancing was not something she wanted to do all her life. She eventually turned to gymnastics and trained for the next three years. At the age of 13, she tried acting for the first time and made up her mind to pursue it as a profession.
  • She joined a local theatre and appeared playing important roles in plays such as ‘Romeo & Juliet,’ ‘Annie Get Your Gun,’ and ‘Les Miserables.’ She also attended the Wyomissing Area Junior/Senior High School, where she was a classmate of famous singer Taylor Swift. She lived just a mile away from her during her teenage years.
  • Following her high school education at the age of 18, Jillian decided that she wanted to become an actor. She did not pursue college and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting, and began auditioning for roles in films and television.
  • In 2003, she made her film debut, playing a small uncredited role as ‘Natashia’ in the independent drama film titled ‘Deep Toad.’ She had to wait for two years to bag her next acting project, a supporting role in the drama film ‘Fifty Pills.’ This independent film premiered at the ‘Tribeca Film Festival’ and received critical appreciation.
  • In 2005, she appeared in a small role as Brianna in yet another independent film ‘One Night With You.’ The comedy film did not receive a wide theatrical release.
  • In 2006, she appeared in the lead role as ‘Megan Davis’ in the film ‘The Fun Park.’ The film was released straight to video. Jillian followed with a supporting role in yet another straight-to-video film ‘Pretty Little Devils.’
  • In 2008, she appeared in the most remarkable role of her film career, when she played a supporting role as ‘Heather’ in the satirical comedy film ‘An American Carol,’ but the film received poor reviews and did not do well at the box office.
  • In 2006, she appeared in a guest role in two episodes of the sitcom ‘Drake & Josh.’ She followed it with a small role in the television film ‘Cheerleader Camp,’ wherein she played a cheerleader named ‘Georgie.’
  • She had a major breakthrough in 2009, when she appeared playing the lead role as ‘Gwen Adams’ in the coming of age romantic comedy film titled ‘American High School.’ The straight-to-video film was very well received by the audience and Jillian received widespread appreciation for her role.
  • IN 2009, she got another breakthrough when she appeared in a supporting role as ‘Lex Mitchell’ in the supernatural horror film ‘Forget Me Not.’ The film received polarizing reviews, but could not secure a wide release, resulting in low box office numbers. In the same year, she played one of the lead roles in the horror film titled ‘The Graves.’ The film failed to create any buzz, critically or commercially.
  • On television, Jillian played guest roles in shows such as ‘The Jace Hall Show’ and ‘Fear Factor.’
  • In 2010, she appeared in the lead role in the erotic thriller film ‘Wild Things: Foursome.’ She played Brandi Cox in the film, which was released direct-to-DVD.
  • She followed this with a lead role in films such as ‘Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown’ and ‘Cougar Hunting.’
  • In 2014, she appeared in major roles in films such as ‘Cabin Fever: Patient Zero’ and ‘Mantervention.’
  • In 2015, she appeared as ‘Suzy Q’ in the detective anthology drama series ‘Murder in the First.’ She also appeared playing a recurring role in the series ‘Code Black,’ for its first season.
  • She appeared in major roles in films such as ‘The Squeeze’ and ‘Windsor Drive.’ She also played a major role in the television film ‘A Dangerous Date.’
Family & Personal Life
  • Jillian Murray dated Australian singer/actor Dean Geyer. The couple dated for a few years and announced their engagement in 2016, and got married in 2017.
  • Jillian is well versed in the American Sign Language.
  • She plays chess for fun, but was once a champion in the game.

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