Kay Panabaker

Kay Panabaker

Birth name: Stephanie Kay Panabaker
Born: May 2, 1990
Age: 33
Birthplace: Orange, Texas, U.S.
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Stephanie Kay Panabaker (born May 2, 1990), is a former American actress. Her credited screen name is Kay Panabaker and she is known for her roles as Debbie Berwick on Phil of the Future and Nikki Westerly on Summerland. Of note, her older sister is actress Danielle Panabaker. After completing her university education at age 23, she decided to pursue a career in zoology.


Early years

Panabaker was born in Orange, Texas, to Donna (née Mayock) and Harold Panabaker. Following in Danielle'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.

Between projects, Kay focuses on her academics. She graduated from high school as valedictorian when she was 13 years old. Kay received two academic scholarships from Glendale Community College, where she studied acting and was on the Dean's list. She graduated with an associate degree with honors when she was 15. She was accepted by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), History Program as a junior and completed her bachelor of arts in history before she turned 18.


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, and Lindsey Willows in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, to name a few. 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 2004-05 season. She also appeared as George in the 2007 Nancy Drew: The Mystery in Hollywood Hills alongside Emma Roberts and Amy Bruckner.

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 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!. 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 teenaged Kitty Walker on Brothers and Sisters.

Panabaker starred in the ABC sci-fi drama series No Ordinary Family (2010-11); the series ran 20 episodes.

In 2011, in what would be her final acting role to date, Kay played Samantha Caldone in the ABC Family movie Cyberbully. In August 2014, Kay left acting to pursue a full-time career as a zoologist.



Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2001 Monsters, Inc. Additional voices
2002 Dead Heat Samantha "Sam"
2007 Moondance Alexander Moondance Alexander
2007 Nancy Drew George Fayne
2007 Modern Twain Story: The Prince and the Pauper, AA Modern Twain Story: The Prince and the Pauper Elizabeth
2009 Fame Jenny Garrison
2010 Lake Effect, TheThe Lake Effect Celia
2011 Cyberbully Samantha Caldone
2012 Little Birds Allison
2012 Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva la Fiesta! Rosa Voice role


Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2002 Port Charles Sara 1 episode
2002 ER Melissa Rue Episode: "The Letter"
2002 7th Heaven Alice Brand Episode: "Regarding Eric"
2002-03 Angel The Girl Episodes: "Forgiving", "Habeas Corpses"
2003 Division, TheThe Division Susie Jenkins Episode: "Cold Comfort"
2003 Brothers García, TheThe Brothers García Carrie Bauer Episode: "Moving On Up"
2004-05 Summerland Nicole "Nikki" Westerly Main role (26 episodes)
2004-05 Phil of the Future Deborah "Debbie" Berwick 13 episodes
2005 Mom at Sixteen Young Macy (uncredited) Movie
2005 Medium Elisha Episode: "Penny for Your Thoughts"
2005 Life Is Ruff Emily Watson Disney Channel original movie
2006 Read It and Weep Jamie Bartlett Disney Channel original movie
2006 American Dragon: Jake Long Cheerleader Lacey (voice) Episode: "Bring It On"
2006-11 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Lindsey Willows 6 episodes
2007 Winner, TheThe Winner Vivica Episode: "Single Dates"
2007 Two and a Half Men Sophie Episode: "Tucked, Taped and Gorgeous"
2007 The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Amber Episode: "First Day of High School"
2007 Custody Amanda Gordon Movie
2007 Weeds Amelia Episode: "He Taught Me How to Drive By"
2007 Boston Legal Abby Holt Episode: "The Chicken and the Leg"
2007 Ghost Whisperer Marlo Sinclair Episode: "Bad Blood"
2008 Grey's Anatomy Emma Anderson Episode: "All by Myself"
2009 Happy Campers Dylan Movie
2009 Marriage, AA Marriage Maddy Gabriel Movie
2009 Lie to Me Emily Lightman (scenes deleted) Episode: Pilot
2009 Mental Aysnley Skoff Episode: "Manic at the Disco"
2010 Brothers & Sisters Young Kitty Walker Two-part episode: "Time After Time"
2010 Secrets in the Walls Lizzie Movie
2010-11 No Ordinary Family Daphne Nicole Powell Main role (20 episodes)
2011 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Vicki Harris Episode: "Spiraling Down"

Music video

Year Artist Song Notes
2006 Jordan Pruitt "Outside Looking In" From No Ordinary Girl and Read It and Weep

Awards and honors

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

Awards and nominations
Year Association Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2003 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Drama Series - Guest Starring Young Actress ER Nominated
2004 Best Performance in a Commercial Youth Anti-Smoking PSA Nominated
2005 Best Performance in a Television Series - Recurring Young Actress Phil of the Future Nominated
Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Leading Young Actress Summerland Won
2007 Temecula Valley International Film Festival Rising Star Award Won
2008 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actress Moondance Alexander Nominated
Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Ensemble Cast Nancy Drew Nominated

[ Source: Wikipedia ]

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