Penelope Mitchell

Penelope Mitchell (born 24 July 1991[1]) is an Australian actress best known for playing the roles of Letha Godfrey in the American horror television series Hemlock Grove, and Liv Parker in The Vampire Diaries.

Penelope Mitchell
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Mitchell at WonderCon 2013.
Born (1991-07-24) 24 July 1991 (age 30)
Years active2009–present

Early lifeEdit

Born in Melbourne, Victoria to a French-born artist mother and Australian entrepreneur father, Mitchell spent most of her childhood in Australia with her two older brothers.[2] She studied ballet from age 4 to 16.[3]

Mitchell finished in the top 1% of her graduating year, with an International Baccalaureate diploma.[4] She attended Melbourne University, with the intention of becoming a lawyer. Mitchell completed her undergraduate degree in Arts: Media Communication, before moving to Los Angeles to pursue acting.

Penelope is the granddaughter of Lester Mitchell, MBE, and Heather Mitchell, OBE, prominent agriculturalists and political activists. Heather Mitchell was the first female president of the National Farmers Federation, and the co-founder of Landcare Australia, with former Victorian Premier, Joan Kirner.[5]

She is a cousin of actress Radha Mitchell.[6][7]


She began acting a few years before she landed her role on Hemlock Grove, appearing on shows including Toon Time, an Australian kids show, the ABC (Australia) show Next Stop Hollywood, which followed six Australian actors (including Penelope) who move to Hollywood to audition for pilots, and an episode of Australian police drama Rush.

In the United States, Mitchell is known for her roles on the television series The Vampire Diaries[8] and Hemlock Grove.[9] as well as the films Hellboy and Zipper.[10] She was also recently cast as Renée Picard in the television series Star Trek: Picard.


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2011 The Fat Lady Swings Sherry Short film
2011 Nightshift of the Vampire Sofia Short film
2011 The Grace of Others Grace Short film
2011 Meth to Madness Zoe Short film
2012 The Wishful Lula Doe / Princess Lula Short film
2012 6 Plots Jules Freeman also known as Six Graves
2012 Green Eyed Sarah Short film
2013 The Joe Manifesto Sue
2014 The Fear of Darkness Skye Williams
2015 Zipper Laci/Jennifer
2015 The Curse of Downers Grove Tracy
2015 The Waiting Game Erica Short film
2015 Curve Ella Rutledge
2017 Gnaw (Apartment 212) Jennifer
2018 The Midwife’s Deception Jina
Between Worlds Billi
2018 Look Away Lily originally titled Behind the Glass
2019 Hellboy Ganeida the Witch
2020 Becoming Lisa Corrigan
2022 The Hyperions Vista
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2009 Rush Sarah 1 episode
2011 Offspring Chrissy 1 episode
2013 Hemlock Grove Letha Godfrey Series regular; 13 episodes
2014–15 The Vampire Diaries Olivia 'Liv' Parker Recurring role; 20 episodes
2018 The Time Capsule Lauren Hallmark Original Movie
2022 Star Trek: Picard Renée Picard Recurring role; 4 episodes
Music video roles
Year Title Artist Notes
2015 "Lonely Town" Brandon Flowers


  1. ^ Penelope Mitchell [@pfhmitchell] (24 July 2015). "Thanks for all the Bday yesterday friends! As much as I love stealing @paulwesley 's thunder, it's really today. ox" (Tweet). Retrieved 25 October 2015 – via Twitter.
  2. ^ "Slideshow - Penelope Mitchell Shares 10 of Her Favorite Things". Interview magazine.
  3. ^ Lee, Luaine (6 July 2013). "In 'Hemlock Grove,' actress Penelope Mitchell finds peace". The Washington Post. Retrieved 12 August 2013.[dead link]
  4. ^ Lee, Luaine (6 July 2013). "In 'Hemlock Grove,' actress Penelope Mitchell finds peace". The Washington Post. Retrieved 12 August 2013.[dead link]
  5. ^ Campbell, Andrew. "Joan Kirner united farmers and conservationists to care for the land". The Conversation.
  6. ^ "Penelope Mitchell: 'Hemlock Grove' Exclusive Interview!", Just Jared, 27 March 2013.
  7. ^ "Hemlock Grove's Freya Tingley and Penelope Mitchell on Their "Intense" New Netflix Series", PopSugar, 1 May 2013.
  8. ^ Ng, Philiana (30 September 2014). "'Vampire Diaries' Boss Tackles 10 Season 6 Mysteries". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 25 October 2015.
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (4 April 2012). "Series 'Hemlock Grove', Pilots 'Malibu Country' & Louis CK/Feresten Add To Casts". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 25 October 2015.
  10. ^ She also appeared in the UPtv movie "The Time Capsule.""'Hemlock Grove's Penelope Mitchell Cast In Two Films; Joanna Cassidy Joins 'Visions'; Leslie Hope Added To 'Crimson Peak'". Deadline Hollywood. 13 February 2014. Retrieved 25 October 2015.

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