Jillian Murray

Jillian Murray is an American actress. She is known for her roles as Portlyn on Sonny with a Chance, Olivia on MTV's Awkward, Gwen Adams in American High School, Lex Mitchell in Forget Me Not, Brandi Cox in Wild Things: Foursome, and as the body model for Dr. Liara T'Soni for the Mass Effect video game series. She played Dr. Heather Pinkney in the first two seasons of the CBS medical drama Code Black.

Jillian Murray
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Jillian Murray attending the Benchwarmer Valentines Party at Area, Hollywood, California, on December 12, 2008
OccupationActress and model
Years active2003–present
(m. 2017)

Early lifeEdit

Murray was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Wyomissing in Berks County, Pennsylvania.[2] In 1998, she and her parents moved to Tucson, Arizona; Murray later relocated to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film.[3]


Murray made her film debut in the 2003 independent film Deep Toad as Natashia. She was later cast in Fifty Pills as Jayne, followed by Legacy, also known as Pretty Little Devils. Her first leading role was in The Fun Park, a 2007 indie horror flick, playing a mentally unstable girl.

In 2009, Murray portrayed Gwen Adams in the romantic comedy American High School. She later played Heather in the spoof comedy An American Carol, Abby Graves in the cult horror The Graves,[4] and Lex Mitchell in Forget Me Not.

Murray starred in a recurring role on the Disney Channel original series Sonny with a Chance, playing Portlyn. She was offered a series regular role after the 4th episode but declined due to many film offers on the table. She landed the lead female role in the comedy Cougar Hunting playing Penelope (Lara Flynn Boyle's daughter), as well as the female lead in her first studio film in Wild Things: Foursome playing Brandi Cox. After wrapping that film in 2010 she was offered the lead female in her second studio film Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown playing Eve. This film is where she met her longtime boyfriend Dean Geyer.[citation needed]

Murray's face and body were used as the model for the character of Liara T'Soni in the Mass Effect franchise of video games.[5] She recently appeared in the premier episode of the 2011 revival of the reality series Fear Factor[6] (where she came in second place and lost the first place title because her partner fell).

In 2012, Murray starred alongside Danny Trejo and Ron Perlman in the action film Bad Ass, and was cast in the horror film Cabin Fever: Patient Zero.[7] She also produced her first film, Visible Scars, and starred in the film alongside Tom Sizemore. She landed a role on MTV's hit show Awkward playing Olivia. In 2013 she landed numerous indie flicks including Mantervention, Windsor Drive,[8] and My Favorite Five. At the end of 2013, she played the female lead in a golf drama titled The Squeeze alongside Jeremy Sumpter, Christopher McDonald and Michael Nouri.[3][9] In 2014 Murray was cast as Danni, one of the leads in the film Dark Ascension (originally titled Welcome to Purgatory).[10]

In 2015, Murray was cast in the recurring role of Dr. Heather Pinkney on CBS's Code Black;[11] in summer 2016 she was promoted to series regular for the show's second season.[12]

Personal lifeEdit

In 2010, Murray began dating Australian singer and actor Dean Geyer. The couple announced their engagement on December 18, 2016.[13] They were married on September 14, 2017.[14]



Year Title Role Notes
2003 Deep Toad Natashia Uncredited[citation needed]
2005 Fifty Pills Jayne
2005 One Night With You Brianna
2006 The Fun Park Megan Davis Direct-to-video film
2008 Legacy Megan Woods Direct-to-video film; also known as Pretty Little Devils
2008 An American Carol Heather
2009 American High School Gwen Adams Direct-to-video film
2009 Knuckle Draggers Amy also known as Alpha Males Experiment
2009 Forget Me Not Lex Mitchell
2009 The Graves Abby Graves
2010 Wild Things: Foursome Brandi Cox Direct-to-video film
2011 Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown Eve
2011 Cougar Hunting Penelope
2012 Bad Ass Lindsay
2012 Visible Scars Stacy
2014 Cabin Fever: Patient Zero Penny
2014 Mantervention Madisyn
2015 My Favorite Five Shelly
2015 The Squeeze Natalie
2015 Windsor Drive Jordana


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Drake & Josh Drake's Girl / Cute Girl Episodes: "The Great Doheny", "I Love Sushi"
2007 Cheerleader Camp Georgie Television movie
2009 Sonny with a Chance Portlyn 4 episodes
2010 Rules of Engagement Young Woman Episode: "Little Bummer Boy"
2010 The Jace Hall Show Herself Episodes: "It's All About the 'V'", "Ice-T, Coco and StarCraft 2"
2011 Awkward. Olivia [Jenna Plus] Episode: "Jenna Lives"
2011 Fear Factor Herself Contestant; episode: "Broken Hearts & Blood Baths"
2015 Down Dog Ms. Berndhardt Unsold television pilot (Amazon Prime)
2015 Murder in the First Suzy Q 3 episodes
2015–2017 Code Black Dr. Heather Pinkney Recurring role (season 1); main role (season 2)
2018 A Dangerous Date Alexis Television movie
2019 Prescription for Love Claire Abbott Television movie
2020 Killer Daddy Issues Carrie Television movie; also known as Overlook

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Mass Effect Dr. Liara T'Soni Body model
2010 Mass Effect 2 Dr. Liara T'Soni Body model
2012 Mass Effect 3 Dr. Liara T'Soni Body model


  1. ^ "Twitter / JillianMurray: Trying to make plans for the". Twitter. Retrieved December 15, 2012.
  2. ^ Hopkins, Lauren (August 17, 2008). "Jillian Murray maps a career path". Reading Eagle. Retrieved May 3, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Longsdorf, Amy (June 24, 2015). "Reading native Jillian Murray co-stars in golf caper movie". The Morning Call. Allentown, Pennsylvania. Retrieved May 3, 2016.
  4. ^ MrDisgusting (April 2, 2009). "Second Teaser One Sheet For 'The Graves'". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved January 13, 2016.
  5. ^ "Jilliam Murray Interview". masseffectlegion.com. Retrieved January 13, 2016.
  6. ^ Fear Factor. Season 7. Episode 1. December 12, 2011. NBC.
  7. ^ Kit, Borys (September 12, 2012). "Lydia Hearst Joins Horror Prequel 'Cabin Fever: Patient Zero' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 13, 2016.
  8. ^ Scheck, Frank (August 28, 2015). "'Windsor Drive': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 13, 2016.
  9. ^ Scheck, Frank (April 15, 2015). "'The Squeeze': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 13, 2016.
  10. ^ MrDisgusting (June 16, 2014). "Jillian Murray Lands Lead In 'Welcome to Purgatory'". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved January 13, 2016.
  11. ^ Denise, Petski (October 15, 2015). "Jillian Murray Joins 'Code Black'; 'American Crime Story' & 'You Me Her' Add To Cast". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 13, 2016.
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 3, 2016). "'Code Black': Bonnie Somerville & Raza Jaffrey Exit As Part Of Creative Changes, Jillian Murray & Boris Kodjoe Promoted". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 15, 2016.
  13. ^ Bakillia, Blake (December 18, 2016). "Glee's Dean Geyer Is Engaged to Code Black Actress Jillian Murray — See Her Ring". People. Retrieved February 28, 2017.
  14. ^ Chiu, Melody (September 14, 2017). "Glee's Dean Geyer and Code Black Star Jillian Murray Are Married — All the Details!". People. Retrieved September 14, 2017.

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