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Vanessa Morgan
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Morgan at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con
Born (1992-03-23) March 23, 1992 (age 26)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Other namesVanessa Morgan Mziray
Alma materQueen's University
Years active2000–present

Vanessa Morgan Mziray (born March 23, 1992), commonly known as Vanessa Morgan, is a Canadian actress.[1] She is known for her roles as Beatrix "Bird" Castro in the MTV teen drama series Finding Carter, as Amanda Pierce in the Family teen comedy series The Latest Buzz, and as Sarah in the Disney Channel/Teletoon original film My Babysitter's a Vampire and the television series of the same name. She currently plays Toni Topaz on The CW teen drama series Riverdale.


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
    • 2.1 As an actress
    • 2.2 Other work
  • 3 Filmography
  • 4 Awards and nominations
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Early life[edit]

Morgan was born in Ottawa, Ontario. Her father is East African and her mother is Scottish.[2] Morgan won the Junior Miss America 1999 pageant and graduated from Colonel By Secondary School in 2010.[3][4] She studied philosophy at Queen's University.[5][6]


As an actress[edit]

Morgan made appearances in the VH1 original film A Diva's Christmas Carol in 2000 and an appearance in the movie Frankie & Alice in 2010. She became known in 2007 for her role of Amanda Pierce in the Family comedy series The Latest Buzz as well as performing the theme song for the series. She also played Marion Hawthorne in the 2010 Disney Channel original movie Harriet the Spy: Blog Wars.[7]

The next year, she played Sarah in the Teletoon/Disney Channel original film My Babysitter's a Vampire, as well in the television series of the same name.[8] Morgan also appeared in the 2011 Disney Channel original film Geek Charming.[7] She had a recurring role in season 2 of the Disney Channel comedy series A.N.T. Farm.[9]

In 2013, Morgan appeared on Degrassi: The Next Generation for two episodes.[10]

In 2017, she joined the main cast of the fantasy drama series The Shannara Chronicles as Lyria for the second season on Spike.[11] Morgan was then cast in the recurring role of Toni Topaz in The CW teen drama series Riverdale.[6] On May 2, 2018, it was announced that Morgan would be a series regular for the show's third season.[12]

Other work[edit]

Morgan also competed in the first season of The Amazing Race Canada with her sister, Celina Mziray. They finished the race in third place.[13]


Television and film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2000 A Diva's Christmas Carol Young Ebony Television film
2007–2010 The Latest Buzz Amanda Pierce Main role; 64 episodes
2010 Harriet the Spy: Blog Wars Marion Hawthorne Television film
2010 Frankie & Alice 16-Year-Old Frankie Film; credited as Vanessa Morgan Mziray
2010 My Babysitter's a Vampire Sarah Television film
2011–2012 My Babysitter's a Vampire Sarah Main role; 26 episodes
2011 Geek Charming Hannah Mornell Disney Channel Original Movie
2012 A.N.T. Farm Jeanne / Vanessa 4 episodes
2013 Degrassi Vanessa 2 episodes
2013 Saving Hope Ricki Wilkins Episode: "Why Waste Time"
2013 The Amazing Race Canada Herself Season 1 contestant
2014 Guilty at 17 Leigh Television film
2014–2015 Finding Carter Beatrix "Bird" Recurring role
2017 The Shannara Chronicles Lyria Main role (season 2)
2017–present Riverdale Antoinette "Toni" Topaz Recurring role (season 2), Main role (season 3); 26 episodes
2018 Pimp Destiny Film[14]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result Ref.
2018 Teen Choice Awards Choice Breakout TV Star Riverdale Won [15]
Choice Scene Stealer Won