Kay Panabaker

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Kay Panabaker

Panabaker at the 79th Annual Academy Awards Children Uniting Nations/Billboard afterparty, February 25, 2007
BornStephanie Kay Panabaker
(1990-05-02) May 2, 1990 (age 22)
Orange Grove, Texas, United States
Years active2001–present
RelativesDanielle Panabaker (sister)
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Kay Panabaker

Panabaker at the 79th Annual Academy Awards Children Uniting Nations/Billboard afterparty, February 25, 2007
BornStephanie Kay Panabaker
(1990-05-02) May 2, 1990 (age 22)
Orange Grove, Texas, United States
Years active2001–present
RelativesDanielle Panabaker (sister)

Stephanie Kay Panabaker (born May 2, 1990), better known as Kay Panabaker, is an American film and television actress. She is the younger sister of fellow actress Danielle Panabaker.


Early years

Panabaker was born in Orange Grove, Texas, to Donna (née Mayock) and Harold Panabaker.[1] Following in sister Danielle Panabaker's footsteps, she started acting at various community theatres in Chicago, Illinois; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Atlanta, Georgia. In Naperville, Illinois, Kay attended Crone Middle School for sixth grade, and moved to Los Angeles, California, at the start of seventh grade.

In between projects, Kay focuses on her academics. She graduated from high school as valedictorian when she was 13 years old and received her Associate's Degree at age 15.[1] Kay received two academic scholarships from Glendale Community College, [2] where she attended, studying acting, and where she was on the Dean's list, graduating with honors. She was accepted to the UCLA online program as a junior history major when she was 15 and completed her online BA in History from UCLA before she turned 18.[1] [3]

Kay was inspired by an elementary school teacher who made learning exciting, and she wants to do the same for others, hoping to teach 4th or 5th grade once she finishes her teaching degree.


Panabaker has guest-starred in several television dramas and soap operas. She portrayed "Alice Brand" in 7th Heaven; "Melissa Rue" in ER; "Sara" in Port Charles; "Carrie Bauer" in The Brothers García; "Ellisha" in Medium; "Lindsey Willows" in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation; to name a few. [4] In film, she appeared in Dead Heat as "Sam LaRoche"; and did some voice work in the Disney/Pixar film, Monsters, Inc.. Panabaker's breakout role came when she starred in The WB's Summerland as "Nikki Westerly", in the 2004-2005 season. She also appeared as "George" in the 2007 Nancy Drew: The Mystery in Hollywood Hills alongside Emma Roberts and Amy Bruckner. [5]

Panabaker had a recurring role in Phil of the Future as straight-laced Debbie Berwick, a friend of, and foil to, Pim Diffy (played by Amy Bruckner). She starred in Life Is Ruff as "Emily Watson" alongside Kyle Massey and Mitchel Musso. In July 2006 she starred in the Disney Channel Original Movie Read It and Weep (based on the book How My Private Personal Journal Became a Bestseller), in which her sister Danielle Panabaker also stars. In 2006 Panabaker was in the first ever Disney Channel Games, on the Red Team, with Zac Efron, Anneliese van der Pol, Moises Arias, Dylan Sprouse, and Shin Koyamada as part of the Disney Channel's So Hot Summer!. [4] Her last movie was the Lifetime Television movie Custody which aired in September 2007. Her other recent movies include Moondance Alexander and The Prince and the Pauper with Dylan and Cole Sprouse. Panabaker starred in the remake of Fame as Jenny, an actress; the film was released in theaters on September 25, 2009. She also played the teenage Kitty Walker on Brothers and Sisters.[5]

Panabaker recently starred in the ABC sci-fi drama series No Ordinary Family.[6] It was cancelled after one season.[7]

Most recently, Panabaker played Samantha Caldone in the ABC Family movie Cyberbully.[5]


2001Monsters, Inc.(voice)
2002Dead HeatSam
2007Moondance AlexanderMoondance Alexander
2007Nancy DrewGeorge Fayne
2007Modern Twain Story: The Prince and the Pauper, AA Modern Twain Story: The Prince and the PauperElizabeth
2009FameJenny Garrison
2010Lake Effect, TheThe Lake EffectCelia
2011Little BirdsAlison
2012Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3Rosa (voice)


2010Secrets in the WallsLizzie

2002Port CharlesSara1 episode
2002ERMelissa RueEpisode: "The Letter"
20027th HeavenAlice BrandEpisode: "Regarding Eric"
2002AngelThe GirlEpisode: "Forgiving"
2003Episode: "Habeas Corpses"
2003Division, TheThe DivisionSusie JenkinsEpisode: "Cold Comfort"
2003Brothers García, TheThe Brothers GarcíaCarrie BauerEpisode: "Moving On Up"
2004–2005SummerlandNikki WesterlyMain Cast
2004–2005Phil of the FutureDebbie BerwickRecurring; 13 episodes
2005Mom at SixteenYoung Macy (uncredited)TV movie
2005MediumElishaEpisode: "Penny for Your Thoughts"
2005Life Is RuffEmily WatsonTV movie
2006American Dragon: Jake LongCheerleader Lacey (voice)Episode: "Bring It On"
2006Read It and WeepJamie BartlettTV movie
2006–2011CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationLindsey Willows6 episodes
2007Winner, TheThe WinnerVivicaEpisode: "Single Dates"
2007Two and a Half MenSophieEpisode: "Tucked, Taped and Gorgeous"
2007The Suite Life of Zack & CodyAmberEpisode: "First Day of High School"
2007CustodyAmandaTV movie
2007WeedsAmeliaEpisode: "He Taught Me How to Drive By"
2007Boston LegalAbby HoltEpisode: "The Chicken and the Leg"
2007Ghost WhispererMarlo SinclairEpisode: "Bad Blood"
2008Grey's AnatomyEmma AndersonEpisode: "All by Myself"
2009Marriage, AA MarriageMaddy GabrielTV movie
2009Lie to MeEmily Lightman (scenes deleted)Episode: "Pilot"
2009MentalAysnley SkoffEpisode: "Manic at the Disco"
2010Brothers & SistersYoung Kitty WalkerEpisode: "Time After Time: Part 1"
Episode: "Time After Time: Part 2"
2010Secrets in the WallsLizzieTV movie
2010–2011No Ordinary FamilyDaphne Nicole PowellMain Cast
2011CyberbullySamantha CaldoneTV movie
2011Law & Order: Special Victims UnitVicki HarrisEpisode: "Spiraling Down"

Collaborations and other songs

2006Jordan Pruitt"Outside Looking In"in the album No Ordinary Girl and Read It and Weep (single to promote the movie)

Awards and honors

Panabaker holds a Seat on the National Board of the Coalition for Quality Children's Media.[8]

Awards [9]
2003Young Artist AwardBest Performance in a TV Drama Series - Guest Starring Young ActressNominatedMelissa Rue in ER
For episode "The Letter"
2004Young Artist AwardBest Performance in a CommercialNominatedYouth Anti-Smoking PSA
2005Young Artist AwardBest Performance in a Television Series - Recurring Young ActressNominatedDebbie Berwick in Phil of the Future
Young Artist AwardBest Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Leading Young ActressWonNikki Westerly in Summerland
2007Temecula Valley International Film FestivalRising Star AwardWon
Dixie Film FestivalOutstanding Actor/Actress in a Motion PictureWonMoondance Alexander in Moondance Alexander
2008Young Artist AwardBest Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young ActressNominatedMoondance Alexander in Moondance Alexander
Young Artist AwardBest Performance in a Feature Film - Young Ensemble CastNominatedGeorge in Nancy Drew
Shared with rest of cast


  1. ^ a b c "Kay Panabaker". Biography. TV Guide. http://www.tvguide.com/celebrities/kay-panabaker/bio/190309. Retrieved 2 February 2013. "Has worked with various children's organizations, including Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Young Storyteller's Foundation and Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation."
  2. ^ "Kay Panabaker". Hollywood.com. http://www.hollywood.com/celebrity/Kay_Panabaker/1464624#fullBio. Retrieved 2009-04-11.
  3. ^ "Kay Panabaker". Full Biography. The New York Times. http://movies.nytimes.com/person/329916/Kay-Panabaker/biography. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Kay Panabaker". Credits. TV Guide. http://www.tvguide.com/celebrities/kay-panabaker/credits/190309. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
  5. ^ a b c "Kay Panabaker". Filmography. The New York Times. http://movies.nytimes.com/person/329916/Kay-Panabaker/filmography. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
  6. ^ Rice, Lynette (May 12, 2010). "Breaking: ABC picks up 'No Ordinary Family' starring Michael Chikilis". Entertainment Weekly. http://hollywoodinsider.ew.com/2010/05/12/breaking-abc-picks-up-no-ordinary-family-starring-michael-chiklis/. Retrieved May 12, 2010.
  7. ^ Updated: 'V' Cancelled; 'Brothers & Sisters,' 'Mr. Sunshine,' 'Detroit 187,' 'Off The Map,' 'No Ordinary Family' Cancelled Too
  8. ^ [National Board of the Coalition for Quality Children's Media "CQCM Board and Staff"]. National Board. KidsFirst.org. National Board of the Coalition for Quality Children's Media. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
  9. ^ Kay Panabaker - Awards

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