Lindsey Shaw : Claire Tolchuck
Date Of Birth: May 10th, 1989 Hometown: Lincoln, Nebraska
Lindsey Shaw plays Claire, the beautiful and popular teenage daughter in a Wisconsin family whose lives are turned upside down by the arrival of a Pakistani Muslim exchange student, in The CW's new comedy "Aliens In America."
Shaw cut a show biz path from her hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska, through Omaha, Kansas City, Dallas, New York and Los Angeles. The daughter of a bookkeeper-accountant and a personal trainer, Shaw began her career with leading roles in a string of grade-school plays. When she was only in the fourth grade, a Lincoln talent agency's radio announcement of a mass audition grabbed her attention. She won representation there and embarked with her mom on regular commutes to Omaha and Kansas City for commercials and print ad modeling. Dallas beckoned a couple of years down the road with an Agents' Expo, where 11-year-old Lindsey signed with a New York agency and set off for a summer in the Big Apple.
In New York, Shaw voiced a radio spot for the U.S. Open and posed for print ads before she and her dedicated mother headed for Los Angeles, where Shaw studied at The Jeremiah Comey Film Acting Studios and with manager/private comedy coach Pat Cutler. Shaw continued to do commercials before landing her first big break in the role of Moze on the hit Nickelodeon series "Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide."
Shaw excels at a variety of sports, including volleyball, softball, swimming, tennis, karate, roller skating and badminton, when she isn't busy rooting for the University of Nebraska's team, The Cornhuskers. A straight-A, honor student, she also enjoys solitary pursuits such as reading contemporary novels – John Grisham is a favorite author – writing and surfing the Internet. She currently lives in Los Angeles.