Newton was born in New Haven, Connecticut. Her maternal grandfather was composer and arranger Bruce Chase. She began performing musicals and plays at local theaters, and studied at the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated with a B.A. in European History.\n', '
After graduation, Newton then moved to New York City and landed several roles in television commercials for such companies as the Olive Garden. Newton also appeared in a PSA video about the dangers of drinking for Human Relations Media, called "Keg Party."\n', '
Newton portrayed the character Amanda Tanen in the ABC comedy-drama series Ugly Betty from 2006 to 2010. With co-star Michael Urie, Newton co-hosted the official Ugly Betty podcast. She also starred in ABC.com\'s web series Mode After Hours opposite Urie. Ugly Betty was canceled in 2010 after four seasons.\n', '