About Aliyah O'Brien


Born in Victoria, B.C. to hippy parents who believed in a four hug a day minimum and fed her home made fruit leather for lunch, Aliyah O'Brien began setting the stage to become a working artist at the ripe old age of seven. She began by putting on plays for the neighbors in her friends basement and her first foray into the world of paid art centered around her beaded earring and dream catcher booth at the local Moss Street Market. Her entrepreneurial spirit and natural curiosity for anything art and expression-related soon led her to don sparkly leotards for figure skating, sashay in jazz shoes for dance, and barrel into the world of musical theatre. 


However, once Aliyah realized her beloved musical theatre aspirations would likely never materialize (due to the fact that she can't actually carry a tune), the self-proclaimed adrenaline junky set off to see the world armed with an attitude for adventure, and a bungee cord to jump off any bridge that dared cross her path. 

After several years of globe trotting, Aliyah's friend, Dave, challenged her to check out an acting class with him.  She was instantly hooked on a new kind of adrenaline rush and she soon shifted gears to pursue a new adventure. She moved to Vancouver in 2007 to train as an actor, and booked her first audition on Chris Haddock's acclaimed CBC series Intelligence.  


She followed up with roles on CW's Supernatural, Showcase's Ex's and Oh's, Syfy's Eureka, CW's Smallville and USA Network's Psych.  In 2010 Aliyah made her first debut as a series lead on the major network television comedy Men With Brooms on CBC. Aliyah went on to guest star as Afina the Vampire Queen in Syfy's hit show Sanctuary and star in a number of movies including her lead role as a bad ass bad girl in Stephen Seagal and Stone Cold Steve Austin's action flick Maximum Conviction. Fans can catch Aliyah in her recurring roles on both the new and highly anticipated A&E series Bates Motel, starring Vera Farmiga and in the fourth season of the hit summer drama on ABC and Global, Rookie Blue.


Beyond the world of entertainment, Aliyah is passionate about personal development and hopes to one day inspire others to move through the world with heightened love, joy, playfulness and compassion for one another... Maybe that's why she's listed  Killer Lawn Mower and Deadly Air Guitar as two of her special skills on her acting resume.