Scarlett Hannah Byrne is an English actress who has garnered fame for portraying Pansy Parkinson in the Harry Potter film series and Lexi in the TV series ‘Falling Skies’. She is also known for playing Nora Hildegard in the TV series ‘The Vampire Diaries’. A London native, Byrne made her acting debut in the 2005 short film ‘CryBaby’. Three years later, she guest-starred in her first TV project, the British medical soap opera ‘Doctors’. She first appeared in the Harry Potter film franchise in the sixth instalment of the series, ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’, which was released in 2009. Her character, Pansy Parkinson, was Harry Potter’s classmate at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and belonged to the Slytherin House. Byrne subsequently reprised her role in the final two instalments of the series, ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1’ and ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2’, released in 2010 and 2011, respectively. In the fourth and fifth seasons of the TNT series ‘Falling Skies’, she worked with the likes of Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, and Drew Roy. Byrne was cast as the female lead in the 2017 action thriller ‘Skybound’.
When Scarlett Byrne was 14 years old, she began her career as an actress by appearing in writer/director Asier Newman’s (Ash Newman) short film ‘CryBaby’. Three years later, in 2008, she portrayed Chloe Daniels in the season ten episode, ‘Kiss My Asp’, of the BBC One soap opera ‘Doctors’.
She then bagged a role in the film ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.’ Written by J. K. Rowling, the Harry Potter fantasy novel series has become a cultural phenomenon since the release of the first book, ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone’, in 1997, followed by several sequels. Soon, Hollywood came calling and a series of movies based on the novels were made. Initially, Byrne had auditioned for the role of Luna Lovegood, a role that eventually went to Irish actress Evanna Lynch, who made her first appearance in the fifth film of the franchise, ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’ (2007). However, that did not discourage Byrne, and she then successfully auditioned for Pansy Parkinson and played the character in the subsequent three films. A member of the Slytherin House, Pansy was a close friend of Draco Malfoy while they both attended Hogwarts and shared much of his views on Harry Potter and his friends. Rowling has stated that she “loathes” Pansy, as she is the embodiment of “every girl who had teased her at school”. Prior to Byrne, three other actresses had portrayed the character.
In 2014, she played Sarah in the short film ‘Lashes’. A year later, she appeared as Jennifer Taylor in the TV movie ‘Sorority Murder’. Byrne joined the cast of TNT’s post-apocalyptic science fiction television series ‘Falling Skies’ in the fourth season, portraying the role of Alexis "Lexi" Glass-Mason. The daughter of Tom Mason and Anne Glass, Lexi is a human-alien hybrid. Byrne was a member of the main cast in the fourth season and made guest appearances in two episodes of the fifth and final season. Between 2015 and 2016, she played the recurring character Nora Hildegard in the season seven of The CW’s supernatural teen drama series ‘The Vampire Diaries’. Before Byrne, Natalie Romaine portrayed the character in the sixth season.
In 2016, she had a guest role in MTV’s marijuana-themed comedy show ‘Mary + Jane’. A year later, she shared screen space with Gavin Stenhouse and Rick Cosnett in writer/director Alex Tavakoli’s action thriller ‘Spellbound’.
Byrne is set to star in the upcoming short film ‘Stick and Poke’. In February 2017, she was featured nude on the ‘Playboy’ magazine.
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Family & Personal Life
Scarlett Byrne was born on October 6, 1990, in Hammersmith, London, England. Little else is known about her family and upbringing.
In 2014, the news of Byrne’s relationship with ‘Playboy’ heir Cooper Hefner became public. Cooper is the son of late Hugh Hefner, the founder of the ‘Playboy’ magazine, and Hefner’s second wife, model and actress Kimberley Conrad. Raised in a mansion adjacent to the Playboy Mansion, Cooper studied at Ojai Valley School before obtaining a bachelor's degree from Chapman University. At present, he serves as the chief of global partnerships for Playboy Enterprises.
In 2015, he travelled to England with his grandmother to ask Byrne’s father for her hand in marriage. After he got his permission, he went down on one knee in front of Byrne with a ring with a massive yellow diamond. She happily said yes, and the members of both families subsequently celebrated the joyous occasion. The couple then announced the news on their respective social media accounts. Cooper’s father, who was alive at the time, offered his congratulations and sent his love through Twitter.