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Amanda Setton (born December 16, 1985) is an American actress. She is best known for her recurring role as Penelope Shafai on The CW's teen drama Gossip Girl (2008–12) and for her role as Kimberly Andrews on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live (2009–11). She made her Off-Broadway debut in the comedy play Love, Loss, and What I Wore in late 2011,[1] and was on the first half of season one of the Fox comedy The Mindy Project.

Amanda Setton
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Amanda Setton in 2009.
Born (1985-12-16) December 16, 1985 (age 33)
Years active2005–present


Personal lifeEdit

Setton was born in New York City, and grew up in Great Neck, where she was president of her high school's theater club.[2] She is Jewish, and is of both Syrian-Jewish and Austrian-Jewish descent.[3][4] Setton majored in drama at Ithaca College, where she graduated in 2007.[2] In her junior year she studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain in an IES program. Setton completed a comprehensive two-year Meisner technique program at The Actor's Workshop of Ithaca under the instruction of Eliza VanCort.[5]


Setton played Penelope Shafai on the teen drama Gossip Girl from 2008 to 2012. She made her debut on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live as Kimberly Andrews on August 14, 2009.[6][7] Setton also had small roles in the 2008 films Sex and the City and What Happens in Vegas. The website Daytime Confidential reported on February 21, 2010 that Setton had taped her last episode as Kim on One Life to Live despite being offered a contract and a pay increase.[8]

Setton returned to Gossip Girl in 2010. It was announced on June 22, 2011 that Setton would be returning to One Life to Live as Kimberly Andrews in August 2011.[9] On July 11, 2012, Setton was cast as a series regular on the Fox comedy series The Mindy Project, playing the role of Shauna Dicanio.[10] However, it was reported on November 20, 2012 that her character would be written out of the show.[11] Setton had a guest role on the pilot episode of the CBS crime drama series Golden Boy, which premiered February 26, 2013,[12] the same day that Setton was cast in the CBS sitcom The Crazy Ones.[13] She portrayed Dr. Mindy Shaw during the fifth season of Hawaii Five-0.[14]


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2005 Surrendering Serendipity: A Rock Opera The God Short film
2008 What Happens in Vegas Hot Woman
2008 Sex and the City Girl Slapping Guy
2008 All the World's a Stage Director's Assistant
2012 Pasolini's Last Words Carlo I / Signora Xxx Documentary film
2014 That Thing with the Cat Erica
2015 Black Dog, Red Dog Aazeen
2017 That Thing with the Cat! Erica
2018 Birth of a Poet Aazeen Short film
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2008–12 Gossip Girl Penelope Shafai Recurring role; 31 episodes
2009–11 One Life to Live Kimberly Andrews Contract: August 14, 2009 – April 2, 2010
Recurring: August 22 – December 29, 2011
2010 Mercy Barb 2 episodes (1 uncredited)
2011 Blue Bloods Sylvia Episode: "To Tell the Truth"
2012–13 The Mindy Project Shauna Dicanio Main cast;12 episodes
2013 Golden Boy Gemma Bar-Lev Episode: "Pilot"
2013–14 The Crazy Ones Lauren Slotsky Main cast; 22 episodes
2014–15 Hawaii Five-0 Dr. Mindy Shaw Recurring role; 6 episodes
2016 Beauty & the Beast Bootsy Durbrige Episode: "Beast Interrupted"


  1. ^ Bacalzo, Dan (October 31, 2011). "Jenny Allen, Eve Plumb, Amanda Setton to Join Love, Loss and What I Wore". Retrieved November 15, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Farley, Meredith (March 14, 2009). "Dishing Dirt with Ithaca's Gossip Girl". Ithaca College. Retrieved April 24, 2013.
  3. ^ Wolk, Brian; Morais, Claude (December 21, 2010). "La Vie en Ruffian: The Gossip Girl Interview at Michael's". Daily Front Row. Archived from the original on 2013-09-21. Retrieved October 14, 2012.
  4. ^ Bloom, Nate (September 25, 2013). "Jewz in the Newz - New TV Season: More Shows and "Late Additions"". The American Israelite. Archived from the original on 2013-09-25. Retrieved 2013-09-25.
  5. ^ "The Actor's Workshop Alumni". The Actor's Workshop of Ithaca. Archived from the original on 2013-02-10. Retrieved April 24, 2013.
  6. ^ "There's A New Stripper In Town!". August 19, 2009. Retrieved January 19, 2010.
  7. ^ "Comings and Goings: Amanda Setton (Kimberly Andrews)". Soap Opera Digest. 34 (33): 17. August 18, 2009.
  8. ^ Giddens, Jamey (February 21, 2010). "BREAKING NEWS: Amanda Setton QUITS One Life to Live!". Daytime Confidential. Archived from the original on 2013-06-16. Retrieved April 24, 2013.
  9. ^ "UPDATE: Amanda Setton Returns to OLTL". Soap Opera Digest. June 22, 2011. Retrieved April 24, 2013.
  10. ^ Hibberd, James (July 11, 2012). "'Mindy Project' adds three actors, including 'Gossip Girl' star". Entertainment Weekly. Time. Retrieved April 24, 2013.
  11. ^ Ausiello, Michael (November 20, 2012). "Mindy Project Exclusive: Amanda Setton to Depart, Anna Camp Bumped to Recurring". TVLine. Retrieved April 24, 2013.
  12. ^ "Golden Boy – Episode Title: (#101) "Pilot"". The Futon Critic. Retrieved April 24, 2013.
  13. ^ Slotsky, Lauren (February 26, 2013). "Pilot Scoops: Mindy Project's Amanda Setton Is Crazy, Patrick Fugit Gets Reckless and More". TVLine. Retrieved April 24, 2013.
  14. ^ Raftery, Liz (July 16, 2014). "Exclusive: Hawaii Five-0 Adds Crazy Ones Alum Amanda Setton". TV Guide. Retrieved April 2, 2016.

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