Who is Vanessa Ray?
Vanessa Ray Liptak was born in Livermore, California USA, on 24 June 1981 – her zodiac sign is Cancer, and she holds American nationality. She’s an actress with close to 30 credits to her name, while she’s perhaps known best for her portrayal of the supporting character Eddie Reagan in the hit mystery crime series “Blue Bloods”, created by Robin Green and Mitchell Burgess, and which stars Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan and Will Estes. It follows a family of police officers in New York City, the series has been airing since 2010 (Vanessa joined the cast in 2013) and has won four of the 21 awards for which it’s been nominated, including a 2013 Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Miniseries or Movie.
Although there are today rumors circulating the internet claiming that Vanessa is leaving “Blue Bloods”, no evidence has been provided to support these claims; she’s most likely to continue shooting for the series.
Early life and education
Vanessa was raised in California by her father James and mother Valerie Liptak; not a lot is known about her parents as she respects their privacy, but it’s said that her father was a truck driver, and her mother a nurse. Vanessa hasn’t mentioned having any siblings, and is thus believed to be an only child.
She grew up being interested in various activities, and was 10 when she appeared in her first play, performed at her elementary school. Vanessa was physically highly active during her teenage years, as she played volleyball for her high school’s team, while she was also into dancing, singing and creative writing.
She matriculated in 1999, and although she hasn’t spoken of her further education, it’s believed that she attended college, from which she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 2003.
Roles in movies
Vanessa made her debut film appearance in the 2003 short family adventure comedy “The Sparky Chronicles: The Map”, and the following year saw her star as Steph in the short comedy “Is He…”.
Her following role came in 2008, when cast to play Katrina in the drama “Finding Chance”, while she only gained recognition in 2010, with her portrayal of Best Friend in the romantic comedy “Nice Guy Johnny”, written and directed by Edward Burns, who also starred in it, alongside Max Baker and Kerry Bishe. It follows Johnny Rizzo who, wanting to please his fiancée, found a job on radio, but has now fallen in love with another woman; the film won one of the two awards for which it was nominated.
A couple of Vanessa’s following roles were in the drama “Not Waving But Drowning”, the romantic comedy drama “Frances Ha”, and the drama “The Last Day of August”, all released in 2012.
She played Suzie in the 2014 mystery horror “Devil’s Due”, directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, and which starred Allison Miller, Zach Gilford and Sam Anderson. It follows a newlywed couple who’ve just returned from their honeymoon, and have learned that they are expecting a child; the movie was nominated for three awards.
Three of Vanessa’s most recent movie roles have been in 2015in the musical comedy drama “All in Time” and the musical fantasy comedy “The Rumperbutts”, and the 2016 mystery thriller drama “Serialized”.
Roles in TV series
Vanessa made her debut TV series appearance in 2006, when cast to play Teri Ciccone in the romantic drama “As the World Turns”, appearing in 52 episodes in the following four years; she also appeared in the 2008 musical “The Battery’s Down”, and the 2009 episode “The Case of the Missing Screenplay” of the crime comedy drama “Bored to Death”.
She gained recognition in 2010, when cast to play Tessa Marchetti in the hit mystery crime drama “Damages”, created by Daniel Zelman and Todd A. Kessler, and which starred Glenn Close, Rose Byrne and Tate Donovan. It follows a successful litigator who’s taken a law school graduate under her wing, the series aired from 2007 to 2012, and won 20 awards including four Primetime Emmys, while it was nominated for 79 other awards.
The following years saw Vanessa appear in an episode or two of various series, such as the crime comedy drama “White Collar”, the comedy drama “Nurse Jackie” and the comedy “Girls”.
Vanessa’s most recent TV series role, besides in “Blue Bloods”, was her portrayal of CeCe Drake and Charlotte DiLaurentis in 19 episodes of the romantic mystery drama “Pretty Little Liars” between 2012 and 2017. It was created by I. Marlene King, starred Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson and Lucy Hale, and follows four friends who’ve teamed up against an anonymous enemy, who’s set on revealing their darkest secrets on the internet; the series aired from 2010 to 2017, and won 45 of the 91 awards for which it was nominated.
Vanessa sang the song “Angels We Have Heard On High” in the 2014 comedy movie “Are You Joking?”, and sang “Sisters” in the 2015 episode “Game Over, Charles” of the series “Pretty Little Liars”.
She’s made a guest appearance in many talk-shows, most recently in “Stage 5”, “Jeffery Live” and “Entertainment Tonight”.
Awards and nominations
Vanessa won a 2015 Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Villain, for “Pretty Little Liars”.
Love life and husband
Vanessa’s more or less secretive when it comes to sharing the details of her love life with the public, but it’s still widely known that she’s married twice. She exchanged vows with her first husband Derek James Baynham on 8 January 2003, in a private ceremony attended by many of their friends and family members; Derek’s an American actor, film producer and director, who’s appeared in close to 30 movies and TV series, and has produced and directed over 30. They were featured in the first season of the reality show “Marriage Under Construction” in 2007, which showed them buying and renovating their house in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, however, their divorce was finalized in 2009.
Vanessa revealed in March 2015 that she and her boyfriend of six years Landon Beard had become engaged, and they exchanged vows on 14 June 2015, at San Diego County’s Condor’s Nest Ranch.
She hasn’t mentioned any other men whom she’s perhaps been with, so as of August 2022, Vanessa’s married to her second husband Landon Beard, and doesn’t have children.
— Es (@VRaySource) August 24, 2018
Hobbies and interesting facts
Vanessa’s an Instagram star, as she’s today followed by close to 600,000 people on the network, while she’s uploaded nearly 1,000 pictures, the majority of which feature her during her everyday life.
She’s physically highly active, mostly because it’s important for her career to stay in shape; Vanessa has five to six training sessions at the gym every week, and she also takes good care of her mental health, as she does yoga and meditates on a daily basis.
She’s passionate about travelling, and has been all around the world for both work and pleasure; she prefers staying at natural locations.
Vanessa has her own favorite actor and actress, Brad Pitt and Scarlett Johansson, while some of her favorite movies include “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”, “Lost in Translation” and “Meet Joe Black”.
Age, height and net worth
Vanessa’s age is 41. She has long brown hair and blue eyes, her height is 5ft 4ins (1.63m), and she weighs around 120lbs (55kgs).
As of August 2022, her net worth is estimated at over $3 million.