Leighton Meester stars as the sweetly devilish Blair Waldorf in the stylish drama Gossip Girl, based on the popular book series about privileged young people in New York City. She was nominated for a Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress - Drama for her portrayal, in addition to being nominated for Choice TV Breakout Star - Female.
During the series' hiatus, Meester shot two films to be released next year: The Roommate and Date Night. In The Roommate, which also stars Cam Gigandet and Minka Kelly, Meester stars as Rebecca, a college student who becomes obsessed with her roommate, played by Kelly. In Date Night, in which a regular date night quickly turns into more then one couple expected, Meester appears alongside Steve Carell and Tina Fey.
Meester also began recording her new album which will be released on Universal Republic this year.
Meester, who made her television debut when she was 13 on Law & Order, got her breakout opportunity in 2004 with a recurring role as singer Justine Chapin on the hit series Entourage - a role she reprised last season, singing a duet with the legendary Tony Bennett. After her guest arc, Meester continued to work steadily with guest-starring roles on series like 8 Simple Rules ... for Dating My Teenage Daughter, Numb3rs and CSI: Miami, and has had recurring roles on popular series such as 24, Veronica Mars, Shark and House M.D. In addition, she had regular roles on Tarzan and Surface.
Not limiting herself to the small screen, Meester made her film debut in the feature Hangman's Curse, based on the best-selling novel by Frank Peretti. She also starred in the independent films Flourish, with future House co-stars Jennifer Morrison and Jesse Spencer; Remember the Daze, opposite Amber Heard and Alexa Vega; and in the drama Inside. Meester's additional feature films roles include the dramedy The Beautiful Ordinary, the horror/comedy Drive Thru and the thriller Dead of Night. She also starred in Killer Movie, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Raised in Marco Island, Florida, Meester was bitten by the acting bug at age 9, when she played a citizen of Emerald City in a local production of The Wizard of Oz. Two years later, she moved with her family to New York City and soon began working as a model with the Wilhemina modeling agency, booking a Ralph Lauren campaign shot by Bruce Weber and working with photographer/director Sofia Coppola.
Meester has always had a lifelong passion for music and, when not on set, pursues her talent for music and creative writing. In addition to her own album, she recorded a song for the soundtrack of the film Drive Thru. She currently resides in New York.