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Encyclopedia > Tara Leniston

TARA LOUISE LENISTON (Born on May 1, 1983, in Crawley, England) is an Irish actress.

Tara Leniston in Paris
Tara Leniston in Paris

Tara Leniston grew up in Co. Clare, Ireland. She has lived in several different countries including England, Korea, Sweden and Hong Kong. She traveled abroad with her father, Greg, who was a senior manager with Baltimore Technologies, a major Irish software company headed up by Fran Rooney.

In 1995, Leniston started her acting career while living in Seoul, appearing in Whats up Doogie, a Korean kids TV program. A year later, the family moved to London, where Leniston attended The Arts Educational School and she studied Drama for two years.

After her studies were completed, Leniston moved to Hong Kong with her family and worked as a TV presenter for MTV’s Channel V. She met Jackie Chan in Hong Kong. She went on to be the first western female to be trained and signed by the Jackie Chan group, set up by Jackie Chan for people he thinks have exceptional talent. Her affiliation with the group led to a part in Jackie Chan’s film 'The Medallion'.

In 2003, Leniston moved to New Zealand to star in her first motion picture, Meet Me in Miami, along side Latin heartthrobs Carlos Ponce ('Just my luck') and Eduardo Verastegui ('Chasing Papi'). The premier of 'Meet me in Miami' in Houston in the 2006 summer was part of the ‘Giving hope tour’ in aid of victims of Hurricane Katrina.[1]

She has also been involved in a number of short films, commercials and modeling campaigns for brands like Ralph Lauren, North Face and Loreal hair care.

Leniston is currently filming ‘Fred Clause’, alongside Vince Vaughan, Kevin Spacey and Rachel Weisz. Director Greg Garthe ('Wedding Crashers', 'Shanghai Knights') will be also working with Leniston in his movie ‘Last call’ next spring.

Leniston will be the female lead and co-producer in Irish film ‘Danny boy’.

Meet Me in Miami[2] Meet Me in Miami is a 2006 New Zealand film directed by Eric Hannah and Iren Koster. ...

Irish actress Tara Leniston, female lead of 'Meet Me in Miami'
Irish actress Tara Leniston, female lead of 'Meet Me in Miami'



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