Career[edit | edit source]
The aspiring star began her career during that late 1990s, gaining experience bit by bit through small roles in a number of television shows.
Ayla Kell was first seen on the television movie "Get to the Heart: The Barbara Mandrell Story". It was aired in 1997, enabling the actress to work alongside Maureen McCormick, Greg Kean, Portia Dawson, Evan Rachel Wood, John Doe, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers and Barbara Mandrell herself. Kell followed up this performance with a role in the 1999 drama thriller, "The Omega Code". She played the character Maddie Lane in the film, which was directed by Robert Marcarelli.
After a long break to concentrate on developing her craft, Ayla Kell returned to screens in 2004. She was chosen for a guest role in the acclaimed FOX series Malcolm in the Middle, playing the character Kylie in the episode “Dewey’s Special Class.” Her next part was as a cheerleader in the 2005 Steve Carr comedy Rebound. This enabled her to act with Martin Lawrence, Wendy Raquel Robinson, and Breckin Meyer. Kell then appeared as high-schooler Chelsea in the dark comedy Weeds, on the Showtime network. She then bagged a part in Without a Trace in 2007, and on Just Jordan in 2008. She soon got to play a small role in the comedy-drama What Just Happened, which starred veteran actors like Robert de Niro, Sean Penn, Bruce Willis, Catherine Keener and John Turturro. Also that year, Ayla Kell was seen on CSI: Miami. She finally landed a starring role in the Steve Miner sport drama Make It or Break It, playing the character Payson Keeler in the ABC Family series. Joining her on the show are Cassie Scerbo,Chelsea Hobbs, Josie Loren, Peri Gilpin, Zachary Burr Abel and Candace Cameron Bure.
Kell began seriously studying ballet at a young age and danced with the American Ballet Theatre at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California as Greta in The Nutcracker. She completed 15 years of Royal Academy of Dance ballet training at the Los Angeles Ballet Academy and competed in the finals at the Youth America Grand Prix in New York City. She was a featured dancer at Valentio's International Carousel in Tokyo, Japan. Kell has appeared in many international commercials for Disney, Sony, Mattel, and Pringles. She has said that her history with ballet helps with doing gymnastics on the hit show "Make It or Break It".
Personal life[edit | edit source]
Outside of acting, Kell is an accomplished dancer and certified cake decorator.
Filmography[edit | edit source]
|1997||Get to the Heart: The Barbara Mandrell Story||Young Barbara Mandrell|
|1999||The Omega Code||Maddie Lane|
|2004||Malcolm in the Middle||Kylie||"Dewey's Special Class" (season 5: episode 18)|
|2005||Weeds||Chelsea||"Lude Awakening" (season 1: episode 5)|
|2007||Without a Trace||Young Mia Jones||"One and Only" (season 5: episode 22)|
|2008||Just Jordan||Jade||"Cool Guys Don't Wear Periwinkle" (season 2: episode 12)|
|2008||What Just Happened||Mary #1|
|2008||CSI: Miami||Chelsea Marsh||"And How Does That Make You Kill?" (season 7: episode 3)|
|2009||Make It or Break It||Payson Keeler||Main role; 2009–2012|
|2011||Leverage||Olivia||"The Queen's Gambit Job" (season 4: episode 10)|