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Vanessa Morgan is as talented as she is beautiful. The Canadian actress has made a name for herself by appearing in movies like Finding Carter, My Babysitter’s A Vampire and The Latest Buzz. However, her most notable role till date is her role on the Cw hit show, Riverdale, where she plays Toni Topaz – a member of the Serpent Gang.
While it might not be easy for a young actress to succeed in a country that is not hers, Vanessa Morgan has proven she has the chops to survive in Hollywood. The actress got her start in the entertainment industry in 2000, since then, she has had a steady stream of roles to build up her body of work and establish herself as an actress to keep eye on. Here’s everything to know about the Canadian actress.
Vanessa Morgan’s Biography
Vanessa Morgan Mziray was born on the 23rd of March, 1992 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada to an East African father and a Scottish mother. Proving she was made for the spotlight, the young beauty competed in the Junior Miss America pageant in 1999, taking home the crown.
Vanessa attended Colonel By Secondary School, which is located in the Beacon Hill neighborhood in Ottawa. After graduating from high school in 2010, she went on to attend Queen’s University, studying Philosophy.
After University, the actress chose to focus fully on her acting career which is undoubtedly going really well for her. Over the years, she has built an impressive body of work, gaining popularity and fans along the way.
5 Facts To Know About The Canadian Actress
1. She is a Disney Sweetheart
Like many people who started acting at a young age, Vanessa Morgan has appeared in quite a number of Disney productions. In 2010, she appeared as Marion Hawthorne in Harriet The Spy opposite Jennifer Stone who played the titular character. Later that year, she played Sarah in My Babysitter’s a Vampire. The movie was pretty successful and led to a television show of the same name with Vanessa reprising her role.
In 2012, she was cast as Hannah Mornell in the Disney Channel Original Movie, Geek Charming, opposite Sarah Hyland and Sasha Pieterse. Her next appearance on Disney Channel was in 2012 on A.N.T Farm.
2. Riverdale Made her a Fan Favorite
In 2017, Vanessa Morgan was cast as Toni Topaz on the CW hit show, Riverdale. Though her role on the show is recurring, she has impressed fans enough to be considered a ‘fan favorite’. Her portrayal of the character has also received critical acclaim. For playing Toni Topaz, she won the Teen Choice Award for Breakout TV Star and the award for Choice Scene Stealer in 2018. Though she has been acting for years, this is easily her most notable role.
3. The Young Lady was Bullied Off Twitter
While the internet can be a truly exciting place, it can also be emotionally draining, especially for celebrities. Thanks to the rise of social media, fans of a show or an entertainer can now easily have access to their favorite star. Sometimes, this access is not a good thing, as can be seen in the case of Vanessa Morgan, who was bullied by her ‘fans’ when she was seen taking a break from filming Riverdale.
Many of her fans ordered her to return to work, while also questioning her for taking a break. In reality, her character was not included in a couple of episodes and as a result, Vanessa was not needed on set. She used that time to connect with her boyfriend and her dog, which did not sit well with certain fans. As a result of the online bullying, she chose to leave Twitter and stay off the social media app.
4. Amazing Race Canada
Vanessa Morgan and her sister, Celina, competed in the first season of the reality television competition series, The Amazing Race Canada. The show was a success and the duo performed extremely well on the show. Sadly, they didn’t win the grand prize; instead, they came in third place, beating six other teams.
5. Guilty At 17
In 2014, Vanessa Morgan was cast in the Lifetime Channel movie, Guilty At 17 which also starred Erin Sanders, Chloe Rose, and Rob Stewart. This isn’t the first Canadian production she has appeared in. Vanessa previously guest starred in episodes of Saving Hope and Degrassi in 2013.