GOSSIP GIRL Blake Lively

Blake Lively: Serena van der Woodsen

Date Of Birth: August 25th, 1987  Hometown:  California

Blake Lively stars as Serena van der Woodsen in The CW's new drama "Gossip Girl," from Josh Schwartz ("The O.C."), based on the tremendously popular book series about privileged teenagers who attend an elite private school in New York City.

Lively has quickly become one of the most sought-after young actresses in Hollywood. Last summer, Lively starred in Universal's summer comedy "Accepted," alongside Justin Long and directed by Steve Pink. She made her big-screen debut in Warner Bros.' "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants," for which she earned a "Breakthrough Performance" nomination at the "2005 Teen Choice Awards."

Lively recently completed production on the independent feature "Elvis & Annabelle," starring opposite Max Minghella and Mary Steenburgen, as well as the sequel to "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants."

She was also honored at the December 2006 Hollywood Life Breakthrough Awards. She graduated from high school last spring and resides in Los Angeles.