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Summer Bishil is an American actress. She first came to prominence for her roles as Jasira in the 2007 film Towelhead and as Taslima in the 2009 film Crossing Over. She is also known for her role as Margo Hanson on the Syfy fantasy drama series The Magicians.
Bishil's breakthrough performance came as the lead in Alan Ball's film, Towelhead in 2006, an adaptation of the novel of the same name. Slate critic Dana Stevens said that "Her performance is the truest thing in a movie that, for all its good intentions, feels thoroughly phony and mildly embarrassing, like an extended PSA about inappropriate touching." Bob Strauss, who writes for several Los Angeles newspapers, states that Bishil, "is one of the finest natural film actresses to emerge in years."Gary Goldstein in a September 12 Los Angeles Times review of the movie Towelhead, stated that, "newcomer Summer Bishil turns in a gutsy, quietly riveting performance as Jasira."
In 2009, she filmed Wayne Kramer's project, Crossing Over, starring Harrison Ford, Ray Liotta and Ashley Judd, a portrayal that received some favorable notice from Associated Press's Jay Reiner. She was chosen to portray Azula in M. Night Shyamalan's 2010 film The Last Airbender, and was planned to be the focus of the planned but never-produced sequel.
In 2013 Bishil was cast as Samira one of the lead roles on the short-lived ABC drama Lucky 7. In late 2014 Bishil was cast in the role of Margo Hanson in the Syfy drama series The Magicians; currently in its fourth season (in 2019).