Those who are familiar with either Suits, Pretty Little Liars, As the World Turns, and Blue Bloods will certainly know the name, Vanessa Ray. The actress has starred in several major productions but is mostly known for Blue Bloods where she has played Officer Eddie Janko for several years.
Vanessa Ray is part of a generation of actors and actresses who are currently benefiting from the growth of television which has increased the number of available opportunities for aspiring and growing actors. This growth has been a blessing for both Vanessa and fans of television who now enjoy the opportunity to watch the excellent actress on screen.
The actress has worked across theatre and film and such, there is so much to learn about her.
Vanessa Ray: Biography & Age
Perhaps the first thing to learn about Vanessa Ray is that she was born Vanessa Liptak on the 24th of June, 1981 in Alameda County, California. Not much is known of her days growing up in California as nothing about her education is public record and neither is the possible existence of siblings. For now, the Blue Bloods actress is the only child of her parents we know of.
The beautiful actress began her career in entertainment through the medium that spurred her interest – Theatre. She starred in the musical Footloose, playing the character Rusty. It was for this very role that Vanessa Ray earned her Actor’s Equity card and made her debut as a professional actress. This was in 2003, and it was the beginning of a career that has spanned over a decade with multiple credits across theatre, film, and television.
Footloose was the first of a few musicals Vanessa Ray appeared in before she transitioned to onscreen roles. She starred in others like Finding Nemo: The Musical, a Broadway production of Hair and a couple others.
Her life as an onscreen actress began in 2003, the very year she was established as a professional actress. She appeared in a short film, The Sparky Chronicles: The Map where she played the character, Chris. It was followed up by an appearance in another short film, Is He… in 2004 before she made her first feature-length appearance in 2008 for the film, Finding Chance. Since then, she has starred in films like All in Time, The Last Day of August, Trust Me, and a few others thus far.
In 2008, Vanessa Ray made her debut in television, where she has made the most splash as an actress, starring as Vanessa in three episodes of The Batter’s Down. Since that time, she has starred in Primetime television and Daytime television. She starred in the soap opera, As the World Turns between 2009 and 2010 in a regular role. She has appeared as a guest actress in several shows like White Collar, Girls, Nurse Jackie and a couple of others. Her recurring roles in notable shows include appearances in Suits, Damages and Pretty Little Liars where she most notably plays the character, CeCe Drake.
Since 2013, Vanessa Ray has been starring on Blue Bloods as Officer Eddie Janko, starting out as a recurring character on the show before being upgraded to a regular character in the show’s fifth season till date.
The impressive array of credits to her name as an actress has been enough to earn Vanessa Ray a decent net worth of $1 million. She has recurring appearances in shows like Suits and Pretty Little Liars to thank for the decent net worth and most notably, her lasting appearance on Blue Bloods since 2013.
As we mentioned earlier, not much is known about her background and that extends to her parents. All we know, thus far, is she was born to James Liptak and Valerie Liptak and she is most likely the only child of her parents.
Vanessa Ray would have gone on to be just another face in a world with billions of people but for her decision to become an actress. Through the influence of parents who were involved in the world of acting, particularly the theatre, she caught the acting bug and chose to pursue a career in it. Her father, James Liptak, was a music composer who worked for several productions in California and New York.
As for her personal relationships, Vanessa Ray has been married twice. Her first marriage was to Derek James Baynham from 2003 to 2009. She remained unmarried until 2015 when she married her long-term boyfriend, Landon Beard. Vanessa and Landon are still very much together and remain in love.
Vanessa Ray had to go through a significant amount of physical training for her role on Blue Bloods, but she has been able to maintain a body weight of 56kg. Her height is 5 feet 4 inches and other body measurements, such as her chest, waist, and hips are at 34, 26 and 25 inches respectively.