Tiffany Espensen

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Tiffany Espensen
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Espensen in 2014
Born (1999-02-10) February 10, 1999 (age 24)
Alma mater Grand Canyon University
Years active2007–present
Lawson Bates
(m. 2022)

Tiffany Espensen (born February 10, 1999 [1] [2] ) is an American actress. She began her career as a child actress, before becoming known for her teenaged roles, such as Piper in the 2011 Nickelodeon series Bucket & Skinner's Epic Adventures and Belinda in the 2014 Disney XD series Kirby Buckets . Espensen has also appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017).


Early life

Espensen was born on February 10, 1999, [2] in China, and was adopted by American parents, Robin and Dan Espensen. [1] [3] Espensen attended Liberty University majoring in political science and religion. [4] In November 2021, she completed her master's degree in Christian ministries at Grand Canyon University. [5]


Espensen began her career as a child actress making guest appearances on television series such as Hannah Montana , True Jackson, VP and Zeke and Luther . In 2011, she landed a main role on the Nickelodeon series, Bucket & Skinner's Epic Adventures (2011–2013), on which she played Piper, the little sister of Ashley Argota's character. [6] [7] Espensen followed this up in 2014 with a co-starring role on the Disney XD series Kirby Buckets . [8] In 2016 she was added to the cast of the 2017 feature film Spider-Man: Homecoming , [9] playing the role of Cindy, [10] a role she reprised in the 2018 film Avengers: Infinity War . [11]

Personal life

Espensen started dating country singer and Bringing Up Bates star Lawson Bates, in February 2021. In October that year, Bates and Espensen were engaged at the Tenuta Larnianone in Siena, Italy. [12] They married on May 12, 2022, in San Diego. [13] [14]


Film roles
2010 Repo Men Little Alva
2011 Hop Alex O'Hare
2014 Earth to Echo Charlie
2015 R.L. Stine's Monsterville: Cabinet of Souls Nicole
2017 Spider-Man: Homecoming Cindy
2017 Carving a Life Veronica
2018 Avengers: Infinity War Cindy
Television roles
2007 Hannah Montana SamanthaEpisode: "Achy Jakey Heart" (Part 1)
2007–2011 Phineas and Ferb Ginger HiranoRecurring voice role (seasons 1–2)
2008 Criminal Minds SamanthaEpisode: "Masterpiece"
2008 NCIS Amanda LeeEpisode: "Dagger"
2009 True Jackson, VP Young LuluEpisode: "Back to School"
2009 Zeke and Luther Innocent GirlEpisode: "Soul Bucket"
2009 Lie to Me IsabellaEpisode: "Tractor Man"
2010 The Boondocks Ming Long-DouVoice role; episode: "The Red Ball"
2011 House SophieEpisode: "Two Stories"
2011–2013 Bucket & Skinner's Epic Adventures PiperMain role
2013 Good Luck Charlie KellyEpisode: "Teddy's Choice"
2014 Terry the Tomboy Wallaine Rapkin Nickelodeon Original Movie
2014–2017 Kirby Buckets BelindaMain role
2018 Best.Worst.Weekend.Ever. ChloeRecurring role
2019 The Lion Guard Rama / Heng HengVoice role; 4 episodes
2019–2020 Alexa & Katie JessicaEpisodes: "Unconsciously Coupling", "Last Dance"
Video game roles
2018 Epic Seven Biblio, Yuna, Rin, Pearlhorizon [15]

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