Brittany Daniel

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Brittany Daniel

Daniel at L.A. Direct Magazine's 2007 holiday party
BornBrittany Ann Daniel
(1976-03-17) March 17, 1976 (age 36)
Gainesville, Florida, U.S.
Years active1992–present
 
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Brittany Daniel

Daniel at L.A. Direct Magazine's 2007 holiday party
BornBrittany Ann Daniel
(1976-03-17) March 17, 1976 (age 36)
Gainesville, Florida, U.S.
Years active1992–present

Brittany Ann Daniel (born March 17, 1976) is an American television and film actress. She is the twin sister of actress and photographer Cynthia Daniel.[1] She is best known for her portrayal of Kelly Pitts on the CW/BET comedy-drama series The Game, Brandy in the 2001 film Joe Dirt, and for her role as Jessica Wakefield on the 1990s teen show Sweet Valley High.

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Early life and career

Daniel was born in Gainesville, Florida, the daughter of Carolyn and C. B. Daniel.[2]She has a twin sister, Cynthia, and an older brother named Brad.[3] By age 11, both girls began modeling and appeared in Seventeen and YM. They first began acting in the 1990s with an appearance in the sitcom The New Leave It to Beaver. In 1992, when she was sixteen, Daniel won the role of Mila Rosnovsky on the short-lived syndicated teen drama Swan's Crossing. She then moved to New York to film the series. After high school, she landed the role of Jessica Wakefield in the television series Sweet Valley High (sister Cynthia portrayed Jessica's twin sister, Elizabeth) along with a Doublemint gum campaign. During the run of Sweet Valley High, the girls made their film debut in the drama The Basketball Diaries (1995) alongside Leonardo DiCaprio.[4]

After Sweet Valley High was canceled in 1997, Daniel continued acting in films and television series including a stint on Dawson's Creek in 1999 and a role in the TBS television movie On Hostile Ground the following year. In 2001, she appeared as David Spade's love interest, Brandy, in Joe Dirt. In 2002, Brittany played one of the lead characters in the short-lived FOX series That '80s Show. In 2002, she played Eric Forman's cousin Penny on That '70s Show. She also appeared on the show It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia as a transsexual named Carmen. In 2004, she teamed up with the Wayans Brothers for their films White Chicks and Little Man.[5] That same year, she appeared in the VH1 television movie Totally Awesome before landing a lead role in The CW Television Network's half-hour comedy The Game, which she starred in until 2011.[6] In February 2010, she was cast in the Brothers Strause thriller Skyline;[7] the film was released on November 12, 2010.

Personal life

On September 24, 2008, Daniel's father, C. B. Daniel, died in Gainesville, Florida from cancer.[8]

Filmography

YearTitleRoleNotes
1989New Leave It to Beaver, TheThe New Leave It to BeaverZorigna #1Episode: "Man's Greatest Achievements"
1992Swans CrossingMila Rosnovsky54 episodes
1994-1997Sweet Valley HighJessica Wakefield88 episodes
1995Basketball Diaries, TheThe Basketball DiariesBlinkie
1999Sonic ImpactRachel
1999Dawson's CreekEve Whitman4 episodes
2000Fortunate SonTV movie
2000On Hostile GroundCindy EversTV movie
2001Joe DirtBrandy
2002That '70s ShowPennyEpisode: "Eric's Hot Cousin"
2002That '80s ShowSophia13 episodes
2003111 Gramercy ParkBrynn MartinUnsold pilot
2003Just Shoot Me!SarahEpisode: "The Goodbye Girl"
2004Club DreadJenny
2004North ShoreCari LayneEpisode: "Pilot"
2004White ChicksMegan Vandergeld
2005DirtyTatiana
2005-2010It's Always Sunny in PhiladelphiaCarmen5 episodes
2006Community ServiceCarly PhillipsTV movie
2006Rampage: The Hillside Strangler MurdersSamantha StoneVideo
2006Little ManBrittany
2006Totally AwesomeKimberlyTV movie
2006Hamiltons, TheThe HamiltonsDani Cummings
2006-2011Game, TheThe GameKelly Pitts51 episodes
2007Last of the RomanticsSarah Xavier
2007Loveless in Los AngelesKelly
2010SkylineCandice

Awards and nominations

YearAwardResultCategoryFilm or series
1993Young Artist AwardNominatedBest Young Actress in an Off-Primetime SeriesSwans Crossing
1995Young Artist AwardWonBest Performance: Young Actress in a TV Comedy SeriesSweet Valley High (Shared with Cynthia Daniel)
2007New York International Independent Film & Video FestivalWonBest ActressLast of the Romantics
2007MTV Movie AwardsNominatedBest KissLittle Man (Shared with Marlon Wayans)

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