Summer-Bishil
Summer Bishil | Biography

Quick Information

  • Full Name Summer Yasmine Bishil
  • Occupation Actress
  • Nationality American
  • Birthplace Pasadena, California, USA
  • Birth Date Jul 17, 1988
  • Age 33 Years, 3 Months
Cast of the Syfy Television Series 'The Magicians' (2015-2020)

Summer Bishil | Biography

Famous For Series Like 'iZombie,' '90210,' and 'Lucky 7'

'The Magicians' (2015-2020), a Syfy fiction drama, starred Summer Bishil as Margo Hanson, a bright student at Brakebills Academy. The series was adapted from Lev Grossman’s bestselling book series of the same name. However, the on-screen version was not a replica of the novel series. Instead, the writers had taken the more refined narrative lines from the book series and attempted to harmonize the cast of characters into the ones that would fit effectively on screen. For instance, Margo was an on-screen character of Janet, who is the novel character of Margo. 


Summer Bishil is an American actress famous for her role as Margo Hanson in the series, The Magicians (2015-2020).

Who Is Summer Bishil?

Summer Bishil, full name Summer Yasmine Bishil, is an American actress. She gained prominence for her appearance in the 2007 film Towelhead, portraying the character Jasira. Some of her other acting credits include 90210 (2011), Lucky 7 (2013-2014), The Magicians (2015-2020), iZombie (2015), The Last Airbender (2010), and many more.

Early Age and Parents

Bishil was born in Pasadena, California, on 17 July 1988. She belongs to a mixed ethnic background: a blend of Indian, Caucasian, and Hispanic ancestry, as her mother is half-Mexican and her father is Indian. The family lived in Pasadena until Bishil was three years old. After that, they relocated to Saudi Arabia and subsequently to Bahrain. In Bahrain, Bishil attended the US Department of Defense School. She remained there until 11 September 2001. After the 9/11 incident, her family shifted to the US in 2002 when Bishil was 14.

Relocating to the US, they initially lodged in a Mormon neighborhood in San Diego. There, Bishil temporarily attended an ordinary public school. 

Bishil had a traumatic schooling experience in San Diego. Her classmates did not accept her because of the irrational fear that surrounded the country in the aftermath of 9/11. On the first school day, she was dubbed a “wh**e,” and her father was blamed for funding terrorism. These all aggravated her mental health, and she experienced panic attacks the whole year. Her family eventually moved to Arcadia, where her mother home-schooled her. Bishil also took studies at Citrus College in Glendora, California, to augment her home-schooling.

Bishil wanted to be an actress since she was five years old. She attended her first acting lesson when she was fourteen. She signed with an agency and management nine months later and began pursuing her profession full-time.

Career

Bishil possesses many acting credits under her belt. She made her on-screen debut in 2004, where she played Aneesa in the television movie Return to Halloweentown. The following year, she portrayed Stacey in an episode of the TV series Days of Our Lives. She acted the reprised role of Stacey in another series, Just for Kicks, in 2006 and went on to play Tabitha in the TV series Drake & Josh the same year. She also guest-starred as Rachel in the hit TV series Hannah Montana in 2006. She has guest-starred in a few more series, namely, Three Rivers in 2009, The Whole Truth in 2010, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in 2014, and iZombie in 2015.

Additionally, Bishil played Jasira Maroun in the movie Towelhead in 2007, Taslima Jahangir in Crossing Over in 2009, Azula in The Last Airbender in 2010, Iman in Mooz-Lum in 2010, Priscilla Santos in Lip Service in 2013, Serena in Destruction: Las Vegas in 2013, and EX / Billboard Girl in Under the Silver Lake in 2018. Furthermore, Bishil is famous for her role as Leila in the TV series 90210 (2011), Samira Lashari on Lucky 7 (2013-2014), and Margo Hanson / Margolem on The Magicians (2015-2020).

‘Towelhead'

Towelhead (2007) is a film adapted from a novel by the same name. Towelhead, directed by Alicia Erian, follows Jasira Maroun (played by Summer Bishil), a teenage Arab-American girl during the Gulf War who battles with her sexual fixation, a prejudiced Army reserve, and her strict father. The film was premiered as a Special Presentation at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2007.

‘Crossing Over’

The film Crossing Over, released in 2009, is a cross story about immigrants from several countries attempting to gain legal status in Los Angeles. The frontier, paperwork forgery, the asylum, and permanent residency procedure, work-site policing, citizenship, the counter-terrorism office, and cultural clashes are all addressed in the film.

One subplot of the movie follows the tragic fate of Taslima Jahangir, a Bangladeshi adolescent (played by Summer Bishil) who dared to deliver a sympathetic perspective on the 9/11 hijackers to a school class.

‘The Magicians’

The Magicians (2015-2020), a Syfy fiction drama, starred Bishil as Margo Hanson, a bright student at Brakebills Academy. The series was adapted from Lev Grossman’s bestselling book series of the same name. However, the on-screen version was not a replica of the novel series. Instead, the writers had taken the more refined narrative lines from the book series and attempted to harmonize the cast of characters into the ones that would fit effectively on screen. For instance, Margo was an on-screen character of Janet, who is the novel character of Margo. 

The Magicians chronicled a group of kids who get recruited to a secretive school. The children learn that the magic they believed as youngsters is accurate but far more deadly than they ever envisioned in school.

Her Role

In Season 1 of the show, Margo was a secondary character who enjoyed partying. However, Margo and her regular on-screen buddy Eliot (Hale Appleman) teamed to show that their snarky party freak pair could be more. As the season proceeded, the pair stood out, and their relationship became the show’s dynamic center.

Season 2 saw Margo and Eliot take over the leadership of Fillory, owing to the framework laid in Season 1. Bestowed by Eliot, Margo gets honored with the title of the High Queen in season 2. However, because of the arbitrary accolade that got through, her friend Bishil was not satisfied with her character's potential. The following sequences saw Margo grow ambitious. Her devotion to governing Fillory landed her the charming moniker “Fillory Clinton” from the writers in Season 2. 

Nonetheless, Margo got her due after three seasons of being overlooked as she won a write-in campaign for High King of Fillory after that. Margo progressed from a party animal to a monarch of a magical realm throughout the five seasons' series.

Awards and Nominations 

In 2009, Bishil was nominated for an ‘Independent Spirit Award’ for ‘Best Female Lead’ in Nothing Is Private (2007).

Husband

Bishil is married to David Murphy. Besides this, not much is disclosed about his private life.

Did You Know?

  • Bishil's favorite genre film is Passengers of the last 25 years.
  • Her favorite genre series is Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Her favorite genre book is ‘Harry Potter.’ 
  • Her favorite genre theme music is ‘Star Trek’ and ‘The Walking Dead’ is her favorite comic book or graphic novel.

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