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Amanda Setton (born December 16, 1985) is an American actress. She is best known for her recurring role as Penelope Shafai on The CW's teen drama Gossip Girl (2008–12) and for her role as Kimberly Andrews on the ABCsoap opera One Life to Live (2009–11). She made her Off-Broadway debut in the comedy play Love, Loss, and What I Wore in late 2011, and was on the first half of season one of the Fox comedy The Mindy Project.


Setton was born in New York City, and grew up in Great Neck, where she was president of her high school's theater club. She is Jewish (of both Syrian Jewish and Ashkenazi Jewish descent). Setton majored in drama at Ithaca College, where she graduated in 2007. In her junior year she studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain in an IESprogram. Setton completed a comprehensive two-year Meisner technique program at The Actor's Workshop of Ithaca under the instruction of Eliza VanCort.


Setton played Penelope Shafai on the teen drama Gossip Girl from 2008 to 2012. She made her debut on the ABCsoap opera One Life to Live as Kimberly Andrews on August 14, 2009. Setton also had small roles in the 2008 films Sex and the City and What Happens in Vegas. The website Daytime Confidential reported on February 21, 2010 that Setton had taped her last episode as Kim on One Life to Live despite being offered a contract and a pay increase.

Setton returned to Gossip Girl in 2010. It was announced on June 22, 2011 that Setton would be returning to One Life to Live as Kimberly Andrews in August 2011. On July 11, 2012, Setton was cast as a series regular on the Fox comedy series The Mindy Project, playing the role of Shauna Dicanio. However, it was reported on November 20, 2012 that her character would be written out of the show. Setton had a guest role on the pilot episode of the CBS crime drama series Golden Boy, which premiered February 26, 2013, the same day that Setton was cast in the CBS sitcom The Crazy Ones. She played recurring character Dr. Mindy Shaw during the fifth season of Hawaii Five-0.



Movie Role Year Notes
Surrendering Serendipity: A Rock Opera The God 2005 Short film
What Happens in Vegas Hot woman 2008
Sex and the City Girl slapping guy 2008
All the World's a Stage Director's assistant 2008
Pasolini's Last Words Carlo I/Signora xxx 2012 Documentary
That Thing with the Cat Erica 2013
Black Dog, Red Dog Aazeen 2016 Post-production


Show Role Year(s) Notes
Gossip Girl Penelope Shafai 2008-2012 Recurring; 31 episodes
One Life to Live Kimberly Andrews 2009-2011 Contract: August 14, 2009 - April 2, 2010

Recurring: August 22 - December 29, 2011

Mercy Barb 2010 2 episodes (1 uncredited)
Blue Bloods Sylvia 2011 Episode: "To Tell the Truth"
The Mindy Project Shauna Dicanio 2012-13 Main cast (season one); 12 episodes
Golden Boy Gemma Bar-Lev 2013 Episode: "Pilot"
The Crazy Ones Lauren Slotsky 2013-14 Main cast; 22 episodes
Hawaii Five-0 Assistant Medical Examiner Dr. Mindy Shaw 2014-15 Recurring cast (season five): 6 episodes
Beauty & the Beast Bootsy Durbrige 2016 Episode: "Beast Interrupted"