Vanessa Marano

Famous for her role of Bay Kennish in the show ‘Switched at Birth, Vanessa Marano, is a popular American actress. She has acted in several movies and TV shows and got nominated in the Teen Choice Awards. When Vanessa Marano was seven years old, she began performing in theatres. She has hundreds of fans in the profession, and her attractiveness has drawn the attention of millions of followers worldwide. One of the most promising young actors in the American cinema and television business is Vanessa Marano.

Vanessa Marano’s Overview

  • Birth Name: Vanessa Nicole Marano
  • Age: 29
  • Date of Birth: October 31, 1992
  • Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, US
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Actress
  • Net Worth: $15 Million
  • Father: Damiano Marano
  • Mother: Ellen Marano
  • Siblings: Laura Marano
  • Spouse: NA
  • Children: NA

Personality Overview

  • Height: 5 ft 5 in
  • Weight: 57 kg
  • Hair Color: Dark Brown
  • Eye Color: Dark Brown

Her Favorites

  • Favorite Actor: Brad Pitt, Henry Cavill
  • Actress: Scarlett Johansson, Emma Watson
  • Singer: Rihanna
  • TV Show: Game of Thrones
  • Color: Pink

Early Life, Education and Family (Parents and Siblings)

  • Born on October 31, 1992, Vanessa Marano is the first child of Daniano and Ellen Marano. Her father was of Italian descent while her mother was of English descent and owned Agoura Children’s Theater. She has a younger sister Laura Marano who is also an actress. 
  • Vanessa began working as a professional actor as a young age. She started acting at the age of seven and acted in several plays of her mother’s theater, Agoura Children’s Theatre (A.C.T.) in Agoura Hills, California.
  • Her mother never wished for any of her daughters to enter the entertainment industry.With a number of national ads, Vanessa launched her professional career.

Dating History

  • Vanessa have had relationships with Ross Lynch and Jason Mraz in the past. 
  • It is rumored that she is dating Sean Berdy, however, nothing can be confirmed since neither of them have made a statement about their relationship. 

Read also: Esteban Loaiza, Third Husband of Jenni Rivera


  • Marano started her acting career professionally at the age of seven. In an interview, she revealed that her mother did not want her children to make a career in the entertainment industry.  
  • She signed with Stage Door Theater, a stage play production company, and was offered a voice over role in the animated movie ‘Finding Nemo’. 
  • She got a breakthrough with the TV show ‘Without a Trace’, she shared the screen space with her sister in this show. 
  • Soon, she was featured for a role in series ‘The Comeback’. 
  • She gained popularity from her character ‘April Nardini’ in the sitcom ‘Gilmore Girls’. 
  • She had recurring characters in the shows ‘Dexter’, ‘Trust Me’, ‘Without a Trace’ and ‘The Young and the Restless’. 
  • She also had cameos in ‘Parenthood’, ‘Love Bites’, ‘Medium’, ‘Past Life’, ‘Malcolm in the Middle’, ‘Grounded for Life’, etc.  
  • Vanessa Marano was featured in the docudrama ‘The Brooke Ellison Story’ which was directed by Christopher Reeve. 

Vanessa Marano Movies and TV Shows

TV Shows

  • Vanessa made her television acting debut in the crime drama Without a Trace. In 12 of the episodes, she appeared in a recurring role as Hanna Malone.
  • Vanessa joined the cast of the American television program Grounded for life for the fourth season, which ran from 2003 to 2004. She performed the role of Lexie.
  • The Brooke Ellison Story is a 2004 television movie based on Brooke Mackenzie Ellison, an American politician. She is the first quadriplegic Harvard University graduate. Vanessa, who portrayed the young Brooke Ellison, described the experience as overwhelming.


  • The Clique is an American rom-com that Vanessa has acted in. It is based on the well-known young adult novel series of the same name by Lisi Harrison.
  • She played a character named Layne Abeley who becomes friends with one of the female stars, Claire. On November 11, 2008, the movie was released, and reviews were divided.



Year Title
2003 Easy
2008 The Clique
2009 Dear Lemon Lima
2013 The Secret Lives of Dorks
2014 Senior Project
2018 Daphne & Velma
2019 Saving Zoe
2020 This is the Year
2020 How to Deter a Robber
2022 The Royal Treatment

TV Shows

Year Title
2002-2009 Without a Trace
2004 Grounded for Life
2004 The Brooke Ellison Story
2005 Six Feet Under
2005 The Comeback
2005 Malcolm in the Middle
2005-2007 Gilmore Girls
2006 Boys Life
2007 Hell on Earth
2008 Man of Your Dreams
2008 Miss Guided
2008 The Closer
2008 Ghost Whisperer
2008-2010 The Young and the Restless
2009 Trust Me
2009-2011 Dexter
2010 Past Life
2010 Medium
2010 Scoundrels
2010 Parenthood
2010 Marry Me
2011 Private Practice
2011 Love Bites
2011 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2011-2017 Switched at Birth
2012 Grey’s Anatomy
2012 Boys are Stupid, Girls are Mean
2013 Restless Virgins
2013 Perception
2014 NCIS: New Orleans
2016 Outcast
2016 Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
2017 Silicon Valley
2018 Station 19
2018-2019 Dead Girls Detective Agency
2021 9-1-1

Awards and Nominations

Year Award Category Result
2011 Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer TV Star- Female Nominated
2013 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Drama Nominated

Vanessa Marano’s  Net Worth

As of 2022, Vanessa has an estimated net worth of approximately $15 Million. 

Social Media

She is an active user of social media. Her social media handles are:

Instagram: @vanessamarano

Twitter: @VanessaMarano

Facebook: Vanessa Marano

Reference Link

Vanessa Marano- FAQs

How old is Vanessa Marano?

She is 29. 

How tall is Vanessa Marano?

She is 5 ft and 5 in tall.

Are Venessa and Laura Marano twins?

No, Vanessa Marano is the older sister of Laura.

How old was Vanessa Marano when she played April?

She was 13 at the time. 

Is Vanessa Marano on GREY’s anatomy?

She played the character of Holly Wheeler in season eight of Grey’s Anatomy.

Are laura Marano and Vanessa Marano sisters?

Laura Marano’s older sister, Vanessa, is also an actress. Vanessa and her sister Laura Marano have both appeared as guests in the Dexter television series (2006).

Does Vanessa Marano have a sister?

California’s Los Angeles is where Marano was born. Her mother Ellen is the director of the Agoura Children’s Theatre. Laura Marano, her younger sister, is also an actress.

Are Vanessa and Laura Marano twins?

No, Vanessa and Laura are not twins. Instead of that, Laura Marano is Vanessa’s youngest sister. The two had been seen many times together.

Are Vanessa Marano and Katie Leclerc friends?

If you’ve been following Switched at Birth and its cast from the beginning, you already know how close friends actors Vanessa Marano and Katie Leclerc are. So close that Vanessa would choose Katie over everyone else in the case of a zombie apocalypse: “I know Katie would survive.