Penelope Mitchell

Penelope Mitchell

Life Story

Penelope Mitchell is an Australian actress best known for playing the role of Letha Godfrey on the American horror television series Hemlock Grove and Liv Parker on The Vampire Diaries.

Born in Melbourne, Victoria to a French-born artist mother and Australian entrepreneur father, Mitchell spent most of her childhood in Australia with her two older brothers. She studied ballet from age 4 to 16.

Mitchell finished in the top 1% of her graduating year, with an International Baccalaureate diploma. She attended Melbourne University, with the intention of becoming a lawyer. During her time there she continued to perform and wrote prolifically for various publications. Mitchell completed her undergraduate degree in Arts: Media Communication, before moving to Los Angeles to pursue acting.

She is a cousin of actress Radha Mitchell.

She began acting a few years before she landed her role on Hemlock Grove, appearing on shows including Toon Time, an Australian kids show, the ABC (Australia) show Next Stop Hollywood, which followed six Australian actors (including Penelope) who move to Hollywood to audition for pilots, and an episode of Australian police drama Rush.

In the United States, Mitchell is known for her roles on the television series The Vampire Diaries and Hemlock Grove. She was also recently cast in the films The Fear of Darkness and Zipper.


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Cousin of Radha Mitchell.
She is fluent in French.
Had originally planned on becoming a lawyer.
Was in the top one-percent of her graduating class.
Has an undergraduate degree in Arts: Media Communication from Melbourne University.
Has two brothers.
Dated a werewolf in Hemlock Grove as well as in The Vampire Diaries.
Studied ballet from the ages of four to sixteen.
Was formerly a host on the children's series Toon Time in Australia with Dickie Knee (John Blackman) of the Australian comedy show ''Hey Hey It's Saturday''.
Appeared in the video for Brandon Flowers' song ''Lonely Town''.
Most famous for her role as Letha Godfrey on the Netflix Original series Hemlock Grove, Mitchell is also known for her recurring role as Liv Parker on The CW's The Vampire Diaries.
After earning a media and communications degree from Melbourne University, she relocated to Los Angeles and began her acting career. She first appeared on television in a 2009 episode of the crime drama Rush.
She and her two older siblings were born and raised in Australia by an Australian businessman father and a French visual artist mother.
She and Famke Janssen were both series regulars on Hemlock Grove.
She was cast in the role of Tracy in the film The Curse of Downers Grove.

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