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            Julia Yorks

            Biografie

            Julia Yorks was born on November 1, 1988 in New Hope, Pennsylvania, and raised there. At an early age, she fell in love with performing, and began appearing in local productions with "The Make Believe Players" directed by Marilyn Gerold. Bitten by the bug, Julia began auditioning for (and landing) roles on TV commercials, most notably an ad promoting Los Angeles weather man Dallas Rain. Television roles soon followed. Julia co-starred on the NBC soap As the World Turns and appeared in numerous spots on Late Night with Conan O'Brien.

            In the midst of all this, Julia was hard at work on a project that incorporated another one of her loves; writing. At the age of nine, Julia had the idea to create a guide book for children visiting her hometown, a historic, yet artsy village on the Delaware River. She researched the history of New Hope, interviewed local business owners, wrote the commentary, snapped photos, and drew pictures for the book. And so, with the full support of New Hope behind it, The Kid's Guide to New Hope was created.

            Continuing the positive trend, Julia was cast in the Off-Broadway musical Queen of Hearts, where she played the role of Young Princess Diana. Then, Julia landed the role of the Hostage Girl in M. Night Shyamalan's 2000 thriller, Unbreakable. Julia was tentative about the audition, because she was the complete opposite of the physicality described for the role, but the famed director decided to change his conception of the part for her. Julia shot on location in Fairmount Park and on a sound stage at the Philadelphia Convention Center for four days, working closely with Director M. Night Shyamalan, and the movies' star, Bruce Willis. The experience left her wanting more, but she didn't have to wait long. Julia soon landed the lead in Wayne Miller's award winning short film, Hello Girls. Next came a role in the pilot episode of the CBS television show, Hack, starring David Morse. Julia was thrilled to work alongside with both Morse and director Thomas Carter. Julia was also excited to be able to showcase her singing chops, as in the scene, she serenades Morse in his taxi cab.

            With her credits mounting, Julia made the unusual and difficult decision to essentially put her career on hold for four years while she attended The Lawrenceville School, in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Ironically enough, Julia ended up landing a major role during her time at Lawrenceville; Angela in Lee Daniel's directorial debut, Shadowboxer. This same year, Julia was approached by execs from the popular Chicken Soup for the Soul series. They had heard about The Kid's Guide to New Hope, and asked Julia to write a chapter for their latest edition for preteens. Julia's chapter, entitled "Welcome to New Hope, PA." can be found in Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul 2.

            Shortly after graduating high school in May of 2007, Julia was selected again by M. Night Shyamalan for his latest film, The Happening, proving that her brief hiatus from the biz didn't affect her career. Conversely, her time at school only made her more eager to get back into the business. Julia recently relocated to Los Angeles in order to further pursue her dream.

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