Britt Robertson

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Britt Robertson
Britt Robertson at the Hamptons International Film Festival in 2010
Robertson at the Hamptons International Film Festival in 2010
Born Brittany Leanna Robertson
(1990-04-18) April 18, 1990 (age 24)
Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2000–present
Known for Life Unexpected
The Secret Circle
Under the Dome

Brittany Leanna "Britt" Robertson (born April 18, 1990) is an American actress. She was nominated for a Young Artist Award for her film debut in The Ghost Club (2003). Her subsequent films include Keeping Up with the Steins (2006), Dan in Real Life (2007), The Tenth Circle (2008), Mother and Child (2009), Avalon High (2010), Scream 4 (2011) and Delivery Man (2013). Her television series work includes Swingtown (2008), Life Unexpected (2010–11), The Secret Circle (2011–12) and Under the Dome (2013–14).

Early life[edit]

Robertson was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, the daughter of Beverly (née Hayes) and Ryan Robertson. Robertson grew up in Greenville, South Carolina. She is the oldest of seven children, with three brothers and three sisters, and was homeschooled by her mother.[1][2]

When she was 14 years old, Robertson moved from North Carolina to Los Angeles to audition for TV pilots. Her grandmother, who she calls "Mama Shue," came with her. Robertson said that during down-time on set, the two would knit all the time, and that they are really close.[2] Her grandmother went home after about a year so Robertson lived on her own in Los Angeles since the age of 16.[2]

She stayed in Chester, South Carolina with her grandparents, Shuler and Jerry Robertson, for a couple of months while filming The Ghost Club.[3]


Robertson first appeared before an audience when performing various roles on stage at the Greenville Little Theater in her home town. At age twelve, Robertson began making extended trips to Los Angeles to audition for roles in television series and landed a spot in a television pilot for a series which was never picked up by a network. Her first big break came when she was selected to play Michelle Seaver in the Growing Pains: Return of the Seavers.[3] Her most notable role to date is that of Cara Burns in the 2007 film Dan in Real Life. Robertson appeared in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation in the episode "Go to Hell", and had a role as a recurring character in the CBS television series Swingtown.[4]

In 2008, she played the main character in a Lifetime original film, Trixie Stone, based on Jodi Picoult's novel, The Tenth Circle, followed by other television roles.[5][6]

In 2009, she played a small role as DJ in The Alyson Stoner Project. She also made a guest appearance on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in the episode "Babes" as Tina Bernardi, a Catholic teen who gets pregnant in a pact.

In 2010, she starred in The CW's series Life Unexpected as Lux Cassidy, a teenager who, while in the process of being emancipated, gets back in her birth parents' lives. The show, while set in Portland, Oregon was actually filmed in Vancouver.[2]

In late autumn 2010, she starred as Allie Pennington in the Disney Channel original film Avalon High, which is based on Meg Cabot's book of the same name.

Robertson starred as Cassie Blake in The CW's 2011 television series The Secret Circle until the show was cancelled in 2012 after its first season.[7] That same year, she starred in the film The First Time.

In 2013, Robertson was cast as Angie in CBS's summer series Under the Dome.[8] Also in 2013, Robertson was cast in the Brad Bird film Tomorrowland, opposite George Clooney and Hugh Laurie, which is set to be released in 2015.[9]

In 2014 Robertson won the award for Best Supporting Actress at the Boston Film Festival for the film White Rabbit. In 2015, Robertson will appear in the Nicholas Sparks penned film, The Longest Ride, opposite Scott Eastwood.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Robertson has been in a relationship with actor Dylan O'Brien since 2011 when they met while filming The First Time.[11]



Year Title Role Notes
2003 Ghost Club, TheThe Ghost Club Carrie
2003 One of Them Young Elizabeth Direct-to-video film
2004 Last Summer, TheThe Last Summer Beth
2006 Keeping Up with the Steins Ashley Grunwald
2007 Frank Anna York
2007 Dan in Real Life Cara
2008 From Within Claire
2009 Alyson Stoner Project, TheThe Alyson Stoner Project DJ B-Rob
2009 Mother and Child Violet
2010 Cherry Beth
2010 Triple Dog Chapin Wright
2011 Scream 4 Marnie Cooper
2011 Family Tree, TheThe Family Tree Kelly Burnett
2012 First Time, TheThe First Time Aubrey Miller
2013 White Rabbit Julie
2013 Delivery Man Kristen
2014 Ask Me Anything Katie Kampenfelt
2014 Cake Becky
2015 Tomorrowland Casey Newton In post-production
2015 The Longest Ride Sophia Danko In post-production
TBA Cook Charlotte In post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Sheena Little Sheena Episode: "Buried Secrets"
2001 Power Rangers Time Force Tammy Episode: "Uniquely Trip"
2004 Tangled Up in Blue Tula Movie
2004 Growing Pains: Return of the Seavers Michelle Seaver Movie
2005–06 Freddie Mandy Episodes: "Halloween" & "Freddie and the Hot Mom"
2006 Women of a Certain Age Doria Movie
2006 Jesse Stone: Night Passage Michelle Genest Movie
2007 Winner, TheThe Winner Vivica Pilot episode
2007 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Amy Macalino Episode: "Go to Hell"
2008 Tenth Circle, TheThe Tenth Circle Trixie Stone Movie
2008 Swingtown Samantha Saxton Recurring role, 13 episodes
2008 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Christina 'Tina' Divola Bernardi Episode: "Babes"
2009 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Kathy Devildis Episode: "Family Values"
2009 Three Rivers Brenda Stark Episode: "Good Intentions"
2010–11 Life Unexpected Lux Cassidy Lead role (26 episodes)
2010 Avalon High Allie Pennington Movie
2011–12 Secret Circle, TheThe Secret Circle Cassie Blake Lead role (22 episodes)
2013–14 Under the Dome Angie McAlister Seasons 1 & 2 (series regular; 14 episodes, guest; 1 episode)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2004 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special – Leading Young Actress The Ghost Club Nominated [12]
2014 Boston Film Festival Best Supporting Actress White Rabbit Won [13]
Nashville Film Festival Award Best Actress Ask Me Anything Won [14]


  1. ^ Radish, Christina (August 29, 2011). "Britt Robertson Interview – The Secret Circle". Collider. Retrieved December 23, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d Zuckerman, Suzanne; Steinberg, Dan (February 1, 2010). "5 Things to Know About Life Unexpected's Britt Robertson". People. Retrieved December 23, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Callum-Penso, Lillia (October 19, 2007). "Brittany Robertson is a 'real life' Hollywood actress". The Greenville News. Archived from the original on August 10, 2007. Retrieved December 23, 2014. 
  4. ^ De Leon, Kris (June 5, 2008). "'Swingtown' Premieres Tonight". BuddyTV. Retrieved December 23, 2014. 
  5. ^ Lowry, Brian (June 26, 2008). "Review: ‘The Tenth Circle’". Variety. Retrieved December 23, 2014. 
  6. ^ Hinckley, David (June 27, 2008). "'The Tenth Circle' is full of evil". New York Daily News. Retrieved December 23, 2014. 
  7. ^ "The Secret Circle: Is the New CW TV Series Worth Watching?". TV Series Finale. September 15, 2011. Retrieved December 23, 2014. 
  8. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (January 25, 2013). "'Life Unexpected's' Britt Robertson Joins CBS' 'Under the Dome'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 1, 2013. 
  9. ^ Kit, Borys (July 18, 2013). "Britt Robertson Lands Key Role in George Clooney's 'Tomorrowland'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 23, 2014. 
  10. ^ Washington, Arlene (December 23, 2014). "'The Longest Ride' Trailer: Nicholas Spark's Newest Couple Finds Love". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 23, 2014. 
  11. ^ Cubria, Kaitlin (September 19, 2013). "Dylan O'Brien, Brittany Robertson Dating, Tomorrowland Set". Retrieved January 12, 2014. 
  12. ^ "25th Annual Young Artist Awards". The Young Artist Foundation. Retrieved March 8, 2015. 
  13. ^ "30th Annual Boston Film Festival Announces Awards to Films, Directors and Actors". Boston Film Festival. 2014. Retrieved March 8, 2015. 
  14. ^ "2014 Archives". Nashville Film Festival. 2014. Retrieved March 8, 2015. 

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