Beverley Ann Mitchell (born January 22, 1981) is an American actress and country music singer. She is best known for her role as Lucy Camden-Kinkirk on the television series 7th Heaven and Laura Hunter in the film Saw II.
Beverley began her acting career at the age of 4, after being discovered by a talent agent while throwing a temper tantrum at a shopping mall. She appeared in many commercials, most notably in an Oscar Meyer's hot dog commercial. She befriended fellow child actress Judith Barsi during this time, and both often competed for the same parts.
Her first television role was on the sitcom Big Brother Jake in 1990. Afterward, she appeared in many TV movies and made guest appearances on shows like Melrose Place and Baywatch.
Mitchell's first major film role was in The Crow: City of Angels, playing teenaged drug-addict Grace. During the filming of The Crow, in 1996, she auditioned for the role of Mary Camden in a new family drama, 7th Heaven. Producers initially turned her down as they did not think she was suitable to play Mary. However, when she read for the part of sister Lucy, she was instantly cast.
7th Heaven was a huge success, lasting for 11 seasons, beating both the The Waltons and Little House on the Prairie for the record as the longest-running family drama in television history, while also becoming the highest-rated show on The WB Network. Mitchell and co-star Stephen Collins were the only cast members to have appeared in all 243 episodes.
In 2005 during a hiatus from filming 7th Heaven, Mitchell played in the horror sequel Saw II. She was skeptical about taking on the role at first as she has admitted she is not a fan of horror movies.
Her life-long dream of becoming a country music singer came true when, in 2006, she recorded her debut album, Beverley Mitchell with record producer D. Scott Miller in Nashville, TN. She co-wrote 8 of the songs featured on the album, including the hit single "Angel", which was written in memory of her late friend Angela.
In the summer of 2007, Beverley starred in the TV movie I Know What I Saw, which aired on the Lifetime Television network. Beverley also has plans of recording a second album, and hopes to record her own version of the song "When You Say Nothing At All" on the album.
In 2010 it was announced that Mitchell would join the cast of The Secret Life of the American Teenager as a school counselor, beginning in January 2011.
Her parents are, Sharon Mitchell (née Weisz), an office manager, and David Mitchell, an auto racing promoter. Her parents have since divorced and remarried and she has a half-brother Joey from her father's second marriage. She shares one thing in common with her former 7th Heaven co-star Catherine Hicks: both are former cheerleaders in high school.
On April 11, 1997, Beverley's friend Angela was killed in a car accident when the vehicle she was in lost control - alcohol was not a factor in the accident. This affected Beverley deeply. She wrote about the experience of losing her friend in the book Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul. The 7th Heaven episode "Nothing Endures But Change" was also based on her experience. Beverley's hit song "Angel" which is featured on her debut album was also written for Angela.
After graduating from Chaminade College Preparatory School in 1999, she enrolled at Loyola Marymount University where she majored in film.
On New Year's Eve 2005, during a trip to Colorado, Beverley became engaged to her long-time boyfriend, accountant Michael Cameron. They had originally planned to get married in 2007, but decided to put the wedding on hold due to the release of Beverley's debut album. The wedding took place on October 1, 2008 in Ravello, Italy on the Amalfi Coast. Former 7th Heaven castmates Jessica Biel and Mackenzie Rosman attended, with both as bridesmaids.
Beverley is very close to her former 7th Heaven castmates, calling them her "second family," and is best friends with onscreen sister Jessica Biel. She is also good friends with singer Lance Bass and singer/actress, Haylie Duff.
|1990||Big Brother Jake||Cassie|
|1991||Baby of the Bride||Jersey|
|1992||Sinatra||Little Nancy at 7-9|
|1993||Mother of the Bride||Jersey|
|1995||White Dwarf||XuXu, Older Twin|
|1996||The Crow: City of Angels||Grace|
|1996–2007||7th Heaven||Lucy Camden-Kinkirk|
|2003||Mean People Suck||Kate's Sister|
|Right on Track||Erica Enders|
|Saw II||Laura Hunter|
|2011||The Secret Life of the American Teenager||School counselor|
TV guest appearances
- Quantum Leap playing "Becky Pruitt" in episode: "Killin' Time - June 18, 1958" (episode # 5.5) 20 October 1992
- Melrose Place playing "Katie Conners" in episode: "No Strings Attached" (episode # 3.6) 17 October 1994
- Baywatch playing "Melissa" in episode: "Hot Stuff" (episode # 6.3) 9 October 1995
- The Faculty playing "Leslie" (episode # 1.5) 10 April 1996
- The Teen Files playing "Herself" in episode: "The Truth about Drugs" 7 April 2000
- Hey Arnold! playing "Summer" (voice) in episode: "Summer Love" (episode # 5.9) 25 May 2000
- The List playing "Herself" 8 June 2000
- The Jamie Kennedy Experiment playing "Herself" (episode # 2.19) 3 April 2003
- Trading Spaces playing "Herself" in episode: "Los Angeles: Seventh Street" (episode # 3.47) 13 April 2003
|US Country||US Heat|
|2007||"Heaven on Earth Down Here"|
|2008||"Let's Dream Like We're Gonna Live Forever"|
- "Heaven on Earth Down Here" (2007)
Awards and nominations
- Young Artist Awards
- 1997: Best Performance in a Drama Series - Young Actress (7th Heaven) - WON
- 1998: Best Performance in a TV Drama Series - Leading Young Actress (7th Heaven) - WON
- 1999: Best Performance in a TV Series - Young Ensemble (7th Heaven) - Nominated (with Barry Watson, David Gallagher, Jessica Biel and Mackenzie Rosman)
- 2000: Best Performance in a TV Drama Series - Leading Young Actress - (7th Heaven) - WON
- Teen Choice Awards
- 2005: Choice TV Actress: Drama (7th Heaven) - Nominated
- YoungStar Awards
- 1998: Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Drama TV Series (7th Heaven) - Nominated
- 2000: Best Young Ensemble Cast - Television (7th Heaven) - Nominated (with David Gallagher, Jessica Biel and Mackenzie Rosman)