Hilarie Burton

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Hilarie Burton
Hilarie Burton Gitmo (crop).jpg
Born Hilarie Ross Burton
(1982-07-01) July 1, 1982 (age 32)
Sterling, Virginia, US
Occupation Actress, producer
Years active 1999–present
Spouse(s) Ian Prange
Partner(s) Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Children 1

Hilarie Ross Burton (born July 1, 1982) is an American actress and producer. A former host of MTV's Total Request Live, she portrayed Peyton Sawyer on the WB/CW drama One Tree Hill for six seasons (2003–09). Burton gained wider recognition with leading roles in the films Our Very Own, Solstice and The List. She starred as Sara Ellis on the USA crime drama White Collar, (2010-13); and, in 2013, she had a recurring role as Dr. Lauren Boswell on the ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy.

Early life[edit]

Burton was born on July 1, 1982 in Sterling, Virginia. Her father is a former Green Beret.[2] She is the eldest of four children with three brothers. She graduated from Park View High School in 2000, where she was student council treasurer her second year,[3] vice-president her junior year,[4] and captain of the cheerleading squad, student council president, and homecoming queen her senior year.[5] Burton attended New York University and Fordham University.


Burton's first big break came when working as a VJ for the Total Request Live on MTV. She was supposed to be a guest commentator for one segment, but producers decided to offer her a permanent job. Burton went on to present at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards and MTV's Iced Out New Year's Eve. Burton went on to portray herself on The WB drama Dawson's Creek in 2002, which was marked as her television debut.

In April 2003, Burton was cast in The WB drama One Tree Hill. Burton portrayed the role of Peyton Sawyer, a fiercely independent visual and musical artist and cheerleader. The series premiered on September 23, 2003 and went on to be the network's top rated program of the year. The role was considered Burton's breakout role and is her best-known to date. For her role in the series, Burton was featured on the cover of Maxim, American Cheerleader Magazine and People. Her performance received critical praise and she earned three Teen Choice Award nominations.[5] In May 2009, The CW announced Burton would not be returning for the show's seventh season based on her own decision not to return, contrary to rumors she left due to salary issues.[6]

In June 2005, Burton made her feature film debut opposite Allison Janney and Cheryl Hines in the drama Our Very Own that centered on five small-town teenagers who dream of a better life and was released to positive reviews from critics. Burton and her co-stars received the "Outstanding Ensemble Acting" award at the prestigious Sarasota Film Festival.[7] In September 2007, Burton appeared in the Lifetime drama Normal Adolescent Behavior which followed a group of friends whom are in a six-way polyfidelitous relationship. Burton played Ryan. That same year Burton co-starred in the supernatural horror film Solstice opposite Amanda Seyfried and Elisabeth Harnois.

In June 2008, Burton appeared in the thriller The List as Jo Johnston and was filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina while Burton was on production break for One Tree Hill. The film had a limited release and went on to make $132,863 in the US alone. That same year, Burton appeared in the Fox Searchlight Pictures drama The Secret Life of Bees as Deborah Owens, the deceased mother of Dakota Fanning's character.

In January 2009, Burton was cast in the drama Bloodworth opposite Hilary Duff and Val Kilmer. The film is an adaptation of the novel Provinces of Night by William Gay. Filming also took place in Wilmington, North Carolina in April and May that same year. The film premiered at the 2010 Santa Barbara International Film Festival in February 2010. The film had a limited release on May 20, 2011 to positive reviews from critics and over $12,971 worldwide.

In July 2010, Variety announced Burton would have a recurring arc in the USA Network crime drama series White Collar as Sara Ellis, an insurance investigator in the second season. In February 2011, Burton was upgraded to a series regular for the third season which premiered on June 7, 2011. Burton was switched back to the recurring cast in the fourth season.[8]

On January 23, 2012, Burton guest-starred on the ABC police comedy-drama Castle, in season 4: episode 13 titled "An Embarrassment of Bitches" as Kay Cappuccio, a reality television star who is accused of the murder of a famous dog trainer.[9] In May 2013, Burton had a recurring role in the ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy for the final three episodes of the ninth season, as Dr. Lauren Boswell.

In August 2013, Burton had a recurring role on the short-lived CBS drama Hostages as Samantha, the mistress of Brian Sanders.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Burton holding an M4 Carbine during a USO visit.

Burton resided in Wilmington, North Carolina, where One Tree Hill was filmed.[1][5] In 2004, Burton married One Tree Hill assistant director Ian Prange, son of executive producer Greg Prange, and they divorced in 2009.[1] She has a cat named after writer Edgar Allan Poe, and is close friends with her One Tree Hill co-stars Bethany Joy Lenz, Sophia Bush, Danneel Harris, James Lafferty, Chad Michael Murray and Elisabeth Harnois.

In May 2007, Burton ranked No. 77 in the Maxim Hot 100 List of 2007.[11] She also appeared on the cover of the November 2006 edition of Maxim with One Tree Hill co-stars Sophia Bush and Danneel Harris. In previous years, Burton ranked No. 2 on Femme Fatales: The 50 Sexiest Women of 2005 and #12 on Much Music's 20 Hottest Women of 2003.

In 2007, Burton created her own production company called Southern Gothic Production (SoGoPro) along with Nick Gray, Kelly Tenney, James Burton and Meg Mortimer.[12][13][14][15][16] Burton is also on the North Carolina Film Council.[17]

Burton has been in a relationship with actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan since 2009. In March 2010, she gave birth to their son Augustus "Gus".[18][19]




Year Title Role Notes
2005 Our Very Own Bobbie Chester Sarasota Film Festival: Outstanding Ensemble Acting
2007 Normal Adolescent Behavior Ryan
Solstice Alicia
2008 The List Jo Johnston
The Secret Life of Bees Deborah Owens
2009 The True-Love Tale of Boyfriend & Girlfriend Boyfriend A Southern Gothic Production
2010 Bloodworth Hazel
2012 Naughty or Nice Krissy Kringle Hallmark Original Movie
2013 Christmas on the Bayou Katherine 'Kat' Lifetime Original Movie
2015 Surprised by love Josie Mayfield The Hallmark Channel
Year Title Role Notes
2000–04 Total Request Live Herself Co-host
2002 Birds of Prey Quiet Classmate Episode 1.03: "Prey for the Hunter"
2002 Dawson's Creek Hilarie (Female VJ) Episode 5.19: "100 Light Years from Home"
2003–09 One Tree Hill Peyton Sawyer Main role, 130 episodes
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Breakout TV Star Female (2004)
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress: Drama/Action/Adventure (2004)
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress: Drama (2005)
2003 MTV's Iced Out New Year's Eve Herself Host
2003 MTV Does Miami Herself Co-host
2003 MTV Diary Herself with One Tree Hill cast
2003 The Real World: Las Vegas Herself Reunion Host
2003 Pepsi Smash Herself Host
2005 Unscripted Herself
2008 Little Britain USA Lesbian Student 1 Episode 1.06
2010–13 White Collar Sara Ellis Main role, 20 episodes
Recurring cast (Season 2)
Main cast (Season 3)
Recurring cast (Season 4)
2012 Castle Kay Cappuccio Episode 4.13: "An Embarrassment of Bitches"
2013 Grey's Anatomy Dr. Lauren Boswell Recurring role, 3 episodes
Hostages Samantha Recurring role, 4 episodes
2014–15 Forever Iona Payne / Molly Dowes 2 episodes
Music Video
Year Title Role Notes
2005 "The Mixed Tape" Peyton Sawyer Jack's Mannequin video


Year Nominated work Award Category Result
2004 One Tree Hill Teen Choice Awards Choice Breakout TV Star – Female Nominated
Choice TV Actress: Drama/Action/Adventure Nominated
2005 Choice TV Actress: Drama Nominated
2006 Our Very Own Sarasota Film Festival Outstanding Ensemble Acting Won


  1. ^ a b c "Hilarie Burton: Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved April 29, 2009. 
  2. ^ DeHority, Sam. "Are You Man Enough for Hilarie Burton?". Men's Fitness. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  3. ^ Heritage: Park View High School Yearbook (1998)
  4. ^ Heritage: Park View High School Yearbook (1999)
  5. ^ a b c Hilarie Burton- TV.com Retrieved January 19, 2007.
  6. ^ "Breaking: Two Stars Exit One Tree Hill". TVGuide.com. Retrieved May 12, 2009. 
  7. ^ Hilarie Burton cast bio on The WB[dead link]
  8. ^ "White Collar Promotes Hilarie Burton to Series Regular". TVGuide.com. Retrieved February 9, 2011. 
  9. ^ Matt Webb Mitovich (November 23, 2011). "Castle scoop: Hilarie Burton excited to tackle a 'radically different' kind of role". TVLine.com. Retrieved February 6, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Hostages/IMDB". IMDB. Retrieved 14 March 2014. 
  11. ^ Hilarie Burton of 2007 Hot 100 Maxim Retrieved February 1, 2007.
  12. ^ http://southerngothicprod.com/aboutus.htm
  13. ^ "Southern Gothic Productions - Home Page". Sogopro.com. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Blogger". Southerngothicproductions.blogspot.com. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  15. ^ Hotz, Amy. "'One Tree Hill' star, producer team up on new production company". StarNewsOnline.com. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Hilarie Burton Embraces Tree Hill's Plan to "Skip" College - Today's News: Our Take". TVGuide.com. May 2, 2007. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  17. ^ [1][dead link]
  18. ^ "Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Hilarie Burton Welcome Baby". Us Weekly. May 6, 2010. Retrieved May 6, 2010. 
  19. ^ Marc Malkin (November 15, 2011). "Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Hilarie Burton Talk Baby Son Gus, Parenthood: "It's Been Spectacular"". E!Online. Retrieved May 5, 2012. 

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