Danielle Panabaker

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Danielle Panabaker

Panabaker at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival
BornDanielle Nicole Panabaker
(1987-09-19) September 19, 1987 (age 25)
Augusta, Georgia, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2002–present
RelativesKay Panabaker (sister)
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Danielle Panabaker

Panabaker at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival
BornDanielle Nicole Panabaker
(1987-09-19) September 19, 1987 (age 25)
Augusta, Georgia, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2002–present
RelativesKay Panabaker (sister)

Danielle Nicole Panabaker (born September 19, 1987) is an American actress. She is best known to younger audiences for her roles in the Disney Channel films Stuck in the Suburbs (2004) and Read It and Weep (2006), along with her younger sister Kay Panabaker. She came to prominence as a cast member alongside James Woods in the CBS legal drama series Shark (2006–2008) and is also noted as a Scream Queen, having starred in the horror films Friday the 13th (2009), The Crazies and John Carpenter's The Ward (both 2010) and Piranha 3DD (2012). Her other film roles include Sky High (2005) and Mr. Brooks (2007).


Early life

Panabaker was born in Augusta, Georgia,[1] to Donna (née Mayock) and Harold Panabaker.[2] Her younger sister, Kay Panabaker, is also an actress. Danielle moved for a short time to Orange, TX, around her kindergarten year. Panabaker took a theater class at a summer camp and discovered her enjoyment in acting, so she started acting in community theaters at the age of 12, later auditioning for commercials. After moving to Naperville, Illinois, Panabaker went to Crone Middle School and later Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville and participated in the speech team. She graduated from high school as valedictorian when she was only 14 years old.[3] Later, feeling it was the only way to land acting roles regularly, Panabaker relocated to Los Angeles, California in order to pursue an acting career. In 2005, she earned her associate's degree and appeared on the National Dean's List. In the fall of 2006, she began her senior year at the University of California, Los Angeles, from which she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in June 2007.


Panabaker followed her initial appearances in commercials with roles in television, including a part in the series, The Guardian (for which she won a Young Artist Award), as well as other television series including Malcolm in the Middle, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Medium, Summerland, and the Disney Channel Original Movie Stuck in the Suburbs. She has also appeared in the Lifetime Television productions Sex and the Single Mom and Mom at Sixteen, as well as the well-reviewed miniseries Empire Falls. In addition, Panabaker also appeared in stage productions with roles in musical theater, including West Side Story, Pippin, Once Upon A Time, and Beauty Lou and the Country Beast. In 2005, Panabaker co-starred in two widely released theatrical films, Sky High and Yours, Mine and Ours. Her next role was in the film Home of the Giants (2008), opposite Ryan Merriman and Haley Joel Osment. She also had a supporting role in the film Mr. Brooks opposite Kevin Costner. In the Disney Channel original movie Read It and Weep, she plays "Is", an alternate version of Jamie, who is played by her sister Kay. Panabaker was added to the cast of the CBS television drama pilot Shark, as "Julie Stark", the main character's daughter. She had a regular role in the series, which ran for two years. Although she sometimes only appeared in a scene or two an episode, and was absent from three episodes in the series run, she was second billed only to James Woods.[4] Panabaker recently played Jenna, a main character of the much anticipated Friday the 13th reboot along with Jared Padalecki.[5] Danielle attended Glendale Community College to study acting. Panabaker next starred in the films The Crazies and The Ward.[6] She is scheduled to star in the upcoming romantic comedy "Renaissance Girl" with Jennifer Tilly.

Awards and recognition


Panabaker in 2007
Year Title Role Notes
2003 No Place Like HomeTV movie
2003 Sex & the Single MomSara Gradwell TV movie
2004 Stuck in the SuburbsBrittany Aarons TV movie
2004 Searching for David's HeartDarcy Deeton TV movie
2005 Mom at SixteenJacey Jeffries TV movie
2005 Empire FallsTick Roby TV movie
2005 Sky HighLayla
2005 Rule Number OneGrace Jones Short film
2005 Yours, Mine and OursPhoebe North
2006 Read It and WeepIs TV movie
2007 Mr. BrooksJane Brooks
2007 Home of the GiantsBridgette 'Bridge' Bachman
2009 Friday the 13thJenna
2010 The CraziesBecca
2010 The WardSarah
2010 WeaknessDanielle
2011 The ShunningKatie Lapp TV movie
2012 InterceptKat TV movie
2012 Girls Against BoysShae
2012 Piranha 3DDMaddy
2013 The NearlywedsErin TV movie, in production
2013 Deconstruction RedTBA In production
Year Title Role Notes
2002 Family AffairParker LeeAnn Aldays Episode: "Ballroom Blitz"
2003 Bernie Mac Show, TheThe Bernie Mac ShowChelsea Episode: "Raging Election"
2003 Malcolm in the MiddleKathy McCulskey Episode: "Reese's Party"
2003 CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationGirl Episode: "Play with Fire"
2003 Guardian, TheThe GuardianSamantha Gray Episode: "The Father-Daughter Dance"
2003 Division, TheThe DivisionMelissa Ringston Episode: "As I Was Going to St. Ives..."
2005 Law & Order: Special Victims UnitCarrie Lynn Eldridge Episode: "Intoxicated"
2005 SummerlandFaith Episode: "Safe House"
Episode: "Careful What You Wish For"
2006–2008 SharkJulie Stark 38 episodes
2008 Eli StoneGenny Clarke Episode: "Owner of a Lonely Heart"
2009 Grey's AnatomyKelsey Simmons Episode: "Holidaze"
2010 MediumSummer Lowry Episode: "Psych"
2010 Family GuyHillary (voice) Episode: "Brian Griffin's House of Payne"
2010 Law & Order: LAChelsea Sennett Episode: "Hollywood"
2010 ChaseCarina Matthews Episode: "Crazy Love"
2011 Memphis BeatSister Katherine Episode: "Flesh and Blood"
2011 Necessary RoughnessJuliette Episode: "Whose Team Are You On?"
2012 GrimmAriel Eberhart Episode: "Plumed Serpent"
2012 Franklin & BashBonnie Appel Episode: "Voir Dire"


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