Amanda Laura Bynes is an American former actress. After appearing in commercials and in plays, Bynes rose to prominence as a child star in the late 1990s and early 2000s on the Nickelodeon series All That and The Amanda Show. From 2002 to 2006, she starred in the sitcom What I Like About You on The WB. She has also starred in several films, including What a Girl Wants, She's the Man, Hairspray, Sydney White, and Easy A. In 2012, Bynes announced that she was retiring from acting.