Shay Mitchell is a Canadian actress and model. She stars in the ABC Family series, Pretty Little Liars as Emily Fields.
Born to a Filipino mother Precious Mitchell, and Irish/Scottish father Mark Mitchell, Shay is a native of Toronto, Ontario. She has one younger sibling, a brother, Sean Mitchell. Even as a young child, Mitchell was interested in the performing arts, declaring to her parents that she would pursue such a career.
At the age of 10, Mitchell's family moved west to Vancouver, British Columbia. Within a year of their arrival, an international modeling agency held an open casting call for teen and pre-teen girls who were vying for representation. Mitchell was one of the girls selected.