Amber Benson is an American actress, writer, film director, and film producer. She was born January 8, 1977 in Birmingham, Alabama.
Amber Nicole Benson (born January 8, 1977) is an American actress, writer, film director, and film producer. She is best known for her role as Tara Maclay on the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but has also directed, produced and starred in her own films Chance (2002) and Lovers, Liars & Lunatics (2006). She is also co-director with Adam Busch (with whom she worked on Buffy) of Drones. Benson was born January 8, 1977 in Birmingham, Alabama to Edward Benson, a psychiatrist, and Diane Benson. She has a younger sister, Danielle, who is an artist. She had a mixed Christian and Jewish upbringing (her father was Jewish and her mother was Christian). As a child, Benson studied music and dance, and performed in the Birmingham Children's Ballet, as well as in local theater.
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