Danielle Panabaker
Danielle Panabaker
Born Danielle Nicole Panabaker
September 19, 1987 (1987-09-19) (age 29

Augusta, Georgia, U.S.

Occupation Actress
Years active 1999 — present
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Danielle Nicole Panabaker (born September 19, 1987) is an American actress. She is well-known for her roles in Shark, Mr. Brooks, and Sky High, and recently in Friday the 13th.

She is known to younger audiences for her roles in the Disney Channel original movies Stuck in the Suburbs and Read It and Weep. In the latter she starred with her younger sister Kay Panabaker.

Early life

Panabaker was born in Augusta, Georgia,[1] to Donna and Harold Panabaker. Her younger sister Kay Panabaker is also an actress. 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. 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, 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 will be in the film Home of the Giants, 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.[2] Danielle has recently been cast as Jenna, a main character of the much anticipated Friday the 13th reboot along with Jared Padalecki.[3] Danielle attended Glendale Community College (California) to study acting. Danielle will next star in the Jennifer Tilly Film Renaissance Girl. As well as the 2010 films The Crazies and The Ward.




Feature films, television films, and mini-series.

Year Title Role Notes
2003 No Place Like Home mini-series
Sex and the Single Mom Sara Gradwell made-for-television
2004 Stuck in the Suburbs Brittany Aarons leading role/ made-for-television
Searching for David's Heart Darcy Deeton leading role/ made-for-television
2005 Mom at Sixteen Jacey Jeffries leading role/ made-for-television
Empire Falls Tick Roby supporting/ mini-series
Sky High Layla Williams main
Rule Number One Grace Jones
Yours, Mine and Ours Phoebe North supporting
2006 Read It and Weep "Is" supporting/ made-for-television
2007 Mr. Brooks Jane Brooks
2008 Home of the Giants Bridgette
2009 Friday the 13th Jenna main
Renaissance Girl Kimber in production
Weakness (2009)[4] Danielle pre-production
2010 The Crazies[5] Becca post-production
The Ward Pre-production


Year Series Role Notes
2002 Family Affair Parker LeeAnn Aldays Guest; Episode "Ballroom Blitz"
2003 The Bernie Mac Show Chelsea Guest; Episode "Raging Election"
Malcolm in the Middle Kathy McCulskey Guest; Episode "Reese's Party"
The Guardian Samantha Gray Guest; Episode "The Father-Daughter Dance"
2004 The Division Melissa Ringston Guest; Episode, "As I Was Going to St. Ives... "
2005 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Carrie Lynn Eldridge Guest; Episode "Intoxicated"
Summerland Faith Recurring
2006-2008 Shark Julie Stark Series regular
2008 Eli Stone Genny Clarke Guest; Episode "Owner of a Lonely Heart"


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