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Amber Dawn West (née Stevens; born October 7, 1986),[1] known as Amber Stevens West, is an American actress. She is best known for her roles as Ashleigh Howard in the ABC Family series Greek (2007–2011),[2] Maxine in the NBC sitcom The Carmichael Show (2015–2017),[3] and Claire Davis in the CBS comedy Happy Together (2018–2019). She has also appeared in films The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), 22 Jump Street (2014) and Jessabelle (2014).

Amber Stevens West
Amber Stevens 2010.jpg
Stevens West in 2010
Born
Amber Dawn Stevens

(1986-10-07) October 7, 1986 (age 33)
OccupationActress
Years active2005–present
Spouse(s)
Andrew J. West (m. 2014)
Children1
Parent(s)Shadoe Stevens
Beverly Cunningham
Websiteamberstevenswest.com

Early lifeEdit

Stevens West was born Amber Dawn Stevens in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of actor and radio announcer Shadoe Stevens and former model Beverly Cunningham. She has a younger sister named Chyna and an older paternal half-brother named Brad.[4] Stevens is of mixed ethnicity, being born to a Caucasian father and African-American mother.[5] Her mother is also part Comanche.[6][7]

Stevens West is a graduate of Beverly Hills High School.[8]

CareerEdit

Early in her career, she appeared in television commercials for Old Navy,[9] Verizon, Logitech and Neutrogena.[10] In 2007, Stevens West began portraying Ashleigh Howard on the ABC Family comedy-drama television series Greek.[11] In a review released soon after the premiere of the show, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette called the show "light-hearted fun" and "authentic" while The New York Times claimed that Greek "captures the spirit of the hedge-fund age like nothing else."[12][13] The series concluded after four seasons on March 7, 2011.[14] She has appeared in films The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006), Fired Up! (2009), The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), The Kitchen (2012) and Jessabelle (2014).

She has appeared in guest roles on How I Met Your Mother, Friends with Benefits, Baby Daddy, 90210, Ben and Kate and New Girl.[15] In 2011, Stevens West played the role of Mimi Marquez in the musical Rent: Downtown L.A.[16] She made a guest appearance as Joy Struthers on CBS' Criminal Minds, in the episode "Fate". In 2014, she appeared as Jonah Hill's character's love interest called Maya in the comedy film 22 Jump Street.[17] The film received positive reviews, with some critics calling it one of the best comedy sequels of all time, and grossed $331 million worldwide.

In 2015, Stevens West co-starred opposite Jerrod Carmichael as Maxine in the NBC comedy sitcom The Carmichael Show.[3] In 2017, following that show's end, Stevens West was cast as a series regular on the FOX supernatural comedy series Ghosted.[18] She portrayed a restaurant and bar designer Claire Davis opposite Damon Wayans Jr. on CBS' comedy television series Happy Together (2018–2019).[19] The series followed a young couple whose lives are suddenly thrown into chaos when a pop star moves into their home.[20]

Personal lifeEdit

Stevens began dating actor Andrew J. West after they met while co-starring in Greek. They married on December 5, 2014, in Los Angeles.[21] The couple welcomed their daughter Ava Laverne on October 7, 2018.[22][23]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2006 The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift Cheerleader
2009 Fired Up! Sara
2012 The Amazing Spider-Man Ariel
2012 The Kitchen Amanda
2014 Jessabelle Jessabelle
2014 22 Jump Street Maya Dickson
2018 public disturbance Holly
2018 Love Jacked Maya
2018 The Way We Weren't Carly completed

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Complete Savages Girl #2 Episode: "Teen Things I Hate About You"
2005 The Bold and the Beautiful Forrester Model 1 episode
2006 The Hills Model Episode: "Boyfriends And Work Don't Mix"
2007 The Beast Aileen TV movie
2007 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Emily Wilson / Tanya Episodes: "Empty Eyes", "Ending Happy"
2007–2011 Greek Ashleigh Howard Main role
2011 Weekends at Bellevue Claire Cohen Television film
2011 Grey's Anatomy Laurel Pinson Episode: "Start Me Up"
2011 Friends with Benefits Caroline Episode: "The Benefit of Mardi Gras"
2011 How I Met Your Mother Janet McIntyre Episode: "Mystery vs. History"
2012 Joey Dakota Maya Beaumont Television film
2012 Baby Daddy Izzy Episode: "The Daddy Whisperer"
2012 90210 Bryce Woodbridge Episodes: "99 Problems", "The Things We Do for Love"
2012 Ben and Kate Anna Lewis Episode: "Reunion"
2014 New Girl Viv Episode: "Goldmine"
2014–2015, 2019 Criminal Minds Joy Struthers Episodes: "Fate", "Anonymous", "Target Rich", "Truth or Dare"
2015 Chasing Life Frankie Episodes: "The Domino Effect", "The Last W"
2015–2017 The Carmichael Show Maxine Main role
2017–2018 Ghosted Annie Main role
2018–2019 Happy Together Claire Davis Main role
2019 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dallas Episode: "Diss"
Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's All in the Family and The Jeffersons Jenny Willis Jefferson ABC television special

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Amber Dawn Stevens was born on October 7, 1986 in Los Angeles County, California". California Birth Index. California Office of Health Information and Research. Retrieved November 5, 2018.
  2. ^ Nat (June 12, 2017). "Five Things You Didn't Know about Amber Stevens West". TVOvermind. Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Rubin, Sam (August 26, 2015). "Amber Stevens West Talks 'The Carmichael Show'". KTLA Morning News. Retrieved March 14, 2016.
  4. ^ "Former 'American Top 40' Host Shadoe Stevens On Celebrating 30 Years Of Sobriety". Huffington Post. October 17, 2014. Retrieved March 14, 2016.
  5. ^ "7 Quick Facts to Know About Actress & Model Amber Stevens West". Your Black World. June 26, 2017. Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  6. ^ "Swirl Girl Icon: Amber Stevens!". Swirl Girl Army. 2014. Retrieved March 14, 2016.
  7. ^ Carlbert, Michelle (August 26, 2015). "Interview: Amber Stevens on how her ethnicity has affected her career". SheKnows. Retrieved March 14, 2016.
  8. ^ Smith, Krista (September 2014). "Amber Stevens Would Like to Work on a Sitcom". Vanity Fair. Retrieved March 14, 2016.
  9. ^ "Amber Stevens Quotes". BrainyQuote. Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  10. ^ "Amber Stevens West". IMDb. Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  11. ^ Thomas, Rachel (August 1, 2012). "An Interview with Amber Stevens (Ashleigh, Greek)". About Entertainment. Retrieved August 16, 2012.
  12. ^ "Freaks and Greeks". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. June 29, 2007. Archived from the original on June 8, 2008.
  13. ^ Bellafante, Ginia (July 16, 2007). "'Greek' – Television Review". The New York Times. Archived from the original on March 23, 2009. Retrieved May 30, 2008.
  14. ^ Masters, Megan; Masters, Megan (March 8, 2011). "Exclusive Greek Post Mortem: The Show Is Over, But There's Still More to See!". TVLine. Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  15. ^ "Amber Stevens West | TV Guide". TVGuide.com. Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  16. ^ Chen, Roselle (April 29, 2011). "Hey Kids, Let's Put on a Secret Show". Los Angeles Downtown News. Retrieved August 16, 2012.
  17. ^ Morales, Wilson (June 16, 2014). "Exclusive: Amber Stevens Talks '22 Jump Street'". Black Film. Retrieved March 14, 2016.
  18. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (July 12, 2017). "'Ghosted' Fox Comedy Adds 'Carmichael Show's Amber Stevens West In Recasting". Deadline. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
  19. ^ CNN, Sandra Gonzalez. "Amber Stevens West was happy to break pregnancy stigmas on 'Happy Together' set". CNN. Retrieved September 14, 2019.
  20. ^ "Amber Stevens West says 'Happy Together' got creative hiding her baby bump". New York Post. September 29, 2018. Retrieved September 14, 2019.
  21. ^ Ehrich Dowd, Kathy (December 6, 2014). "Amber Stevens Marries Andrew J. West". People. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  22. ^ Stern, Sophie (October 18, 2018). "Amber Stevens West and Andrew J. West Welcome Daughter Ava Laverne". People. Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  23. ^ "Amber Stevens West Welcomes Baby Girl". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved September 13, 2019.

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