Hale was born in Memphis, Tennessee. She first appeared on the reality show American Juniors in 2003. She was part of the vocal quintet formed with the top 5 finishers.
This was followed by guest roles on shows such as Drake & Josh, Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide, The O.C., and How I Met Your Mother. She appeared in two episodes of the Disney show Wizards of Waverly Place.
Hale appeared in “NBC’s” short-lived re-imagining of the Bionic Woman as Becca Sommers, younger sister to title character Jaime Sommers (played by Michelle Ryan). In The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, she portrayed Effie, the younger sister of Lena Kaligaris.
Hale then co-starred in the CW TV show Privileged as Rose Baker, with Ashley Newbrough and Joanna Garcia. She also starred in the Lifetime TV movie Sorority Wars.
In December 2009, Hale was cast as Aria Montgomery in the TV series Pretty Little Liars, based on the book series by Sara Shepard. Hale won a 2010 Teen Choice Award (“Choice Summer TV Star: Female”) for her portrayal of Aria on the show.
In January 2010, Hale guest-starred on the CSI: Miami episode “Show Stopper”. In August 2010, Hale was cast in a small cameo in Scream 4.
In February 2011, Lucy started tweeting pictures of her on set of a movie called Another Cinderella Story. On March 3, 2011, Popstar Magazine announced that they were on set of A Cinderella Story: Once Upon A Song, starring Lucy Hale.