A Phoenix, Arizona, native, HALEY LU RICHARDSON (Claire Benoit)
is a young actress whose career already showcases her wide range of talents and
a maturity far beyond her 21 years.
In the few years since her start in Hollywood at 16 years old, she has amassed a
sizeable repertoire of film credits, including her most recent accolade as one
of just a short list of actors who have ever appeared in lead roles in two
full-length features at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Richardson's first
feature film was The Last Survivors, a gritty post-apocalyptic thriller that
tells a tale of a survivor (Richardson) left behind after a devastating drought.
Her second film The Young Kieslowski, also starred Ryan Malgarini. The Last
Survivors was released on August 4, 2015, and The Young Kieslowski was released
on July 24, 2015.
In March 2016, Richardson appeared in the Sundance Film Festival hit The Bronze
as Maggie. Richardson joined executive producers Jay and Mark Duplass and the
hilarious cast of Melissa Rauch, Thomas Middleditch, Sebastian Stan, Cecily
Strong and Gary Cole in a dark comedy set in the world of gymnastics. Rauch
played Hope Greggory, a washed-up former Olympian. She has no career
prospects-or even aspirations-until a local rising athlete (Richardson) seeks
Richardson was most recently seen in The Edge of Seventeen, opposite Hailee
Steinfeld and Woody Harrelson. The film was released on November 18, 2016, but
first premiered as the closing night film at the Toronto International Film
This past year, Richardson also completed production on Columbus, opposite John
Cho and Parker Posey.
Aside from her film credits, she has made a name for herself in the world of
television. She currently stars in Recovery Road on Freeform, a new drama that
is based on the popular young-adult novel by Blake Nelson. She is best known for
her recurring role as Tess throughout the 2013-2014 premiere season of ABC
Family's Ravenswood-a supernatural spin-off of the immensely popular Pretty
Little Liars series.
Richardson has also appeared in a variety of guest roles on other television
programs. In 2013, she was featured as a dancer in Disney Channel's Shake It
Up!, which starred Bella Thorne and Zendaya, and as Destiny in the 2013
television movie Adopted. Other guest appearances include her roles as Mackenzie
in the television series and web miniseries Awkward. (2014), Cassie Cage in
Mortal Kombat X: Generations (2015), Jenna Davis in Law & Order: Special Victims
Unit (2015) and Maya in Your Family or Mine (2015). She also appeared as Julina
alongside Jack Falahee in the Lifetime original movie Escape from Polygamy.
Richardson currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
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