• Born in 1981 in Los Angeles, California with Chinese and American descent
• Attended Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and Juilliard School
• Started acting career in 1994, with major success for her role in “Queen Sugar”
• Estimated net worth of $1 million
• Active on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Who is Dawn-Lyen Gardner?

Born under the sign of Virgo on the 30th of August 1981, in Los Angeles, California USA, of Chinese and African-American descent, Dawn-Lyen Gardner is an Afro-Asian theater and TV actress. She is perhaps best known to the world for her significant presence on the TV screen and across other media outlets, in great part owing to her frequent exposure on television throughout her career. She has had a multitude of successes over the course of her acting career since 1994.

Early life and education: Who are her parents?

Dawn-Lyen was raised apparently an only child right where she was born, by her African-American father and Chinese mother, both of unknown names and professions.

Gardner showed an unwavering interest in performing arts during her early years, and while her first acting experiences can’t be specified, it’s known that she was often involved in school plays as a student. As for her education, Dawn-Lyen attended Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, where she had the opportunity to further hone the knowledge her career would require, matriculating in 1999. Gardner afterwards relocated to New York City to enrol into the prestigious performing arts conservatory Juilliard School, from where she graduated in 2003.

Career: An early bird

Dawn-Lyen was 13 years old when she first appeared on screen – as Ronnie Wilkes in the pilot and another three episodes of the action adventure crime TV series entitled “Viper”. She also featured as Sandy Rochon in a single episode of the popular “ER”.

Gardner then took a ten year-long break from the entertainment business, so as to finish her education and perfect her acting skills, and made her film debut portraying Andi in “Invisible Scream” a year after graduation, having also been featured in “Married to the Kellys” and “Crossing Jordan” at the time. In 2005 she participated in only one title – as Tess in “Summerland”. 2006 went by the same way, showing her as Coed in the film entitled “Art School Confidential”. In 2007 she was seen in the prestigious TV series “Bones”, and as Melissa in an episode of “Cane”. After a pause in 2008, Dawn-Lyen played Elizabeth in two episodes of “Heroes” – “Chapter Nine ‘Brother’s Keeper’” and “Chapter Thirteen ‘Let It Bleed’” in 2009 and 2010, respectively. 2011 saw her featured as Simone Jenkins in an episode of “Castle”, while in 2012 she gave her voice to Collette Heller in the “Prototype 2” video game, and played several characters in four episodes of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”.

Her latest five years in the business

The young actress took another break from the screen between 2012 and 2015, focusing her creativity mostly on theater back then, though the plays she was seen in are mostly unfamiliar to the media. After re-appearing on television as Samantha Williams in an episode of “The Mysteries of Laura” in 2015, Dawn-Lyen’s true potential came to life when she was assigned the character of Charley Bordelon West / Charley Bordelon – one of the three lead roles in Oprah Winfrey Network produced drama TV series entitled “Queen Sugar”. The show started airing in 2016 and continued to 2022, with Dawn-Lyen appearing in 78 episodes.

This role is by far Dawn-Lyen’s greatest success, though she had a few more while starring in the show. In 2016 she was seen as Colleen in “I Love You… But I Lied”, Erica Campbell in “Unforgettable”, and Megan McClaren in “Luke Cage”. 2017 featured her in two more titles – Alice in “The Dunning Man”, and the voice of Jamila the Pirate along some others in the “Conan Exiles” video game. With the role of Katie in “God Friended Me” in 2018, Dawn-Lyen has 21 acting credits in total.

Love life: Does she have a fiancé?

Concerning Dawn-Lyen’s romantic involvements, it doesn’t appear as though the acting star has been willing to disclose much information about this part of her life.

Dawn-Lyen Gardner

In spite of the fans being extra suspicious of her love life, and oftentimes insinuating that Gardner is definitely dating someone she may well be engaged to, there is just one relationship known to the public, and then only because she had the misfortune to miscarry, but didn’t disclose the name of her fiance.  For the moment, according to the available information, or the lack thereof, Dawn-Lyen is believed to be single and heterosexual. She resides supposedly alone at an undisclosed location in the US, presumably New York City.

Dawn-Lyen’s five cents on “Queen Sugar”

The Oprah Winfrey network show starring Dawn-Lyen seems to be extremely successful, especially looking at the insatiable interest of mostly African-American viewers.

In an interview for blackgirlnerds.com, Gardner took the opportunity to say what she thought of some of the well-known characters from the show, meanwhile of course avoiding spoilers. Some of the most notable things she said include ‘Romero is an outsider. He wasn’t there when all of the drama happened over the seasons. He is not in the family.’ and ‘What Nova is doing is a profound betrayal. It’s not just telling the family secrets. It’s exposing what Charley’s gone through from the beginning.’

The multitalented teenager

Dawn-Lyen’s childhood interests didn’t only involve acting, but also singing, playing instruments and dancing. She frequently engaged in all of these activities, all the while at no time having plans on braving the screen one day. What inspired Gardner to strive towards this goal was the advice of a family friend – a man of unknown identity who was a commercials casting director at the time.

Dawn-Lyen starred in a few commercials in her teens thanks to this suggestion, and later on dedicated herself full-time to studying acting.

Her awards and nominations

Since Gardner has only recently become quite popular, she hasn’t thus far had many chances to be nominated for a prize. Still, thanks to her admirable performance in “Queen Sugar”, she was honored with three nominations for the same prize – the Black Reel Award in the Outstanding Actress, Drama Series category, in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Dawn-Lyen is yet to win an award for her on-screen achievements, but she already has one for theater. At a thus-far unspecified date, she received the Liz Smith Prize for her invaluable acting contributions on stage, likely thanks to one of her many world premiere performances in either New York City or Los Angeles.

What is Dawn-Lyen Gardner’s net worth?

Have you considered just how rich Dawn-Lyen could be, in the latter half of 2019? Some of the most authoritative sources available have estimated the amount to be over $1 million. She’s earned this net worth thanks to her acting expertise, and an enviable rise in the entertainment industry, most famously for portraying Charley Bordelon West / Charley Bordelon in “Queen Sugar”. Seeing as the said show continues airing, and Gardner’s career is beginning to flourish, the specified amount will likely continue to soar.

Body measurements

So, what do you think could be the young actress’ physical specifications? Dawn-Lyen is 5ft 3ins (159cm) tall, weighs around 112lbs (51kgs), with vital statistics of 33-25-34, bra size 38B,with her body shape most often described as fit.

Gardner has dark brown eyes and pitch-black hair, as well as a moderately dim complexion.

Social media presence

How often do you believe the Afro-Asian TV star shares her thoughts on social media? Being an aspiring actress at almost the beginning of her career, Dawn-Lyen is expected by both her colleagues and fans to nurture a close relationship with the audiences on the internet, through near-constant divulging of various personal and professional intricacies in her life. This should serves to greatly increase her profits in the years to come, garnering an ever greater consumer network for the titles she becomes involved in. Dawn-Lyen seems to have great understanding of this business tactic, being ubiquitous on all three of the most popular social media networks. Her Twitter and Instagram accounts are well supported, and her Facebook page has close to 10,000 fans,

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