Jamie Lynn Spears

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Jamie Lynn Spears
Jamie Lynn Spears.jpg
Spears at the premiere of Nancy Drew, June 2007.
Born (1991-04-04) April 4, 1991 (age 23)[1]
McComb, Mississippi, U.S.
Occupation
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active 2002–08, 2013–present
Home town Kentwood, Louisiana, U.S.
Television Zoey 101
Spouse(s) Jamie Watson (m. 2014)
Partner(s) Casey Aldridge (2005–2010)
Children 1
Parents
  • Lynne Spears
  • James Spears
Relatives
Musical career
Genres Country
Instruments Vocals
Website jamielynnspears.com

Jamie Lynn Marie Spears (born April 4, 1991) is an American actress, singer, and the younger sister of recording artist Britney Spears. In 2005, she came to prominence after being cast in the Nickelodeon television series Zoey 101, where she portrayed the titular character Zoey Brooks. In 2007, sixteen-year-old Spears generated controversy after announcing her pregnancy. She gave birth to daughter Maddie Aldridge the following year, effectively sending her career into hiatus. In 2013, Spears relaunched her career as a country music recording artist, and released her debut single "How Could I Want More".

Life and career[edit]

Early life[edit]

Spears was born in McComb, Mississippi to James and Lynne Spears. She has two siblings, Britney and Bryan. She attended Parklane Academy, where she was a cheerleader and a member of the basketball team. She finished her education via online correspondence[2] and received her GED in February 2008 through Tangipahoa Parish School System Adult Education Center.[3]

Career[edit]

In February 2002, Spears made her acting debut in the Paramount Pictures drama film Crossroads which starred her sister, who portrayed the central character Lucy Wagner. Spears made a cameo, playing the younger version of Britney's character.[4]

Following Crossroads, Nickelodeon cast Spears as a regular performer in the eighth season of the sketch comedy series All That. The season followed a two-year hiatus of the series. Spears portrayed various roles through the two seasons she appeared in as well as herself. Spear's performance received positive reviews from critics with many complimenting her comedic timing and being a highlight of the show. Spears did not return for the series ninth season to pursue other roles on the network.

2004–08: Breakthrough with Zoey 101[edit]

In August 2004, Spears signed a development deal with Nickelodeon in which she would star as the protagonist in her own scripted television series that would air on the network. The series went on to be titled Zoey 101. Spears portrayed the role of Zoey Brooks and centered on Zoey and her friends who attend a fictional boarding school, Pacific Coast Academy (PCA). Spears recorded the series theme song, titled "Follow Me", which was written by her sister Britney. Filmed at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, the series premiered on January 9, 2005, the network's highest rated series premiere in over eight years. Spears won a Young Artist Award and a Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards for her performance.[5] Nickelodeon announced the fourth season would be the series' last season. The series finale, "PCA Confidential", aired on May 2, 2008.

In December 2007, Variety announced Spears had signed on to guest appear in the ABC Comedy Sitcom series Miss Guided, in which she played the role of the promiscuous high school student Mandy Fener in the episode "Hot Sub" which aired on March 20, 2008. That same year Spears voiced the role of Goldilocks in the Direct-to-DVD animation film Unstable Fables: Goldilocks & 3 Bears Show. The film is the third and final installment of the Unstable Fables trilogy.

2008–13: hiatus[edit]

Nickelodeon issued a statement shortly after the announcement of her being pregnant at the age of 16 stating that the network respected Spears's decision to take responsibility and noting that its primary concern was for her well-being.[6]

The announcement of Spears's pregnancy generated controversy, as the media was accused of using the story to "glamorize" teenage pregnancy.[7][8] Some teens were disappointed with the contrast between Spears's on screen personality as a "good girl" and her real life pregnancy.[9]

Following Spears' move to Nashville, she began working on a country music album with a number of local music producers. On November 7, 2011, Spears held a small concert at the Rutledge in Nashville in which she performed a set of original songs.[10]

2013–present: Music career[edit]

On November 25, 2013, Spears released her first single "How Could I Want More" from her upcoming debut album.[11][12] Spears is featured on her older sister's eighth studio album Britney Jean on the song "Chillin' With You".[13]

Personal life[edit]

Teenage pregnancy and controversy[edit]

On December 20, 2007, in an interview with OK! magazine, Spears announced that she was pregnant by her then-boyfriend, Casey Aldridge.[14] She was 16 years old at the time. Aldridge, whom she had been dating for two years, was 18.[15] Spears gave birth to a daughter, Maddie Briann Aldridge on June 19, 2008 at Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center in McComb.[16][17][18]

Spears confirmed her engagement to Aldridge in March 2008 after it was reported she was seen wearing an engagement ring.[19] In May 2008, the couple moved back to Liberty, Mississippi, and purchased a house, with Spears stating they would raise their child there.[20] Spears and Aldridge called off their engagement in March 2009,[21][22] and Spears ended the relationship and moved out in February 2010.[23] Spears and Aldridge reconciled in August 2010,[24] but ended their relationship a second time in November 2010.[25][26] In April 2010, Spears moved from Liberty, Mississippi to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue her long desired music career.[27]

Controversy surfaced because Spears was two years below the California age of consent, raising questions about her and Aldridge's age difference, and whether Aldridge could or would be charged with statutory rape (although Spears was neither from California nor living there).[28][29] It was later confirmed that Aldridge was just under two years older than Spears, which meant that he could be charged only with a misdemeanor under California law, since the crime is only charged as a felony if the two people having sex are at least three years apart in age.[30][31] On June 4, 2008, while in Amite County, Mississippi, the Spears family filed a complaint against Edwin Merrino, a paparazzo who, they believed, was following and stalking the couple. Merrino denied the allegation. He was released later in the day after posting a $1,096 bond.[32]

In September 2008, following the announcement that Bristol Palin was pregnant, it was reported that Spears had sent her a gift.[33][34] Comparisons between the two cases were made.[35][36][37]

Marriage[edit]

She subsequently began a relationship with Jamie Watson, a businessman who owns communications service Advanced Media Partners. After two years of off and on dating, they announced their engagement in March 2013.[38][39] On March 14, 2014, she married Watson in New Orleans. [40]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2002 Crossroads Young Lucy Wagner Supporting role
2008 The Goldilocks and the 3 Bears Goldilocks Voice
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2002–2004 All That Various Main role; season 7 to season 9
2005–2008 Zoey 101 Zoey Brooks Lead role
2005 A Weekend with Jamie Lynn Spears[41] Herself Nickelodeon documentary
2005 Britney and Kevin: Chaotic Herself Episode: "Veil of Secrecy"
2008 Miss Guided Mandy Ferner Episode: "Hot Sub"

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
[42]
US
Country

[43]
US
Country
Airplay

[43]
CAN
[43]
UK
Indie

[44]
TUR
[45]
"How Could I Want More"[46] 2013 [A] 29 58 68 27 1 N/A
"—" denotes releases that didn't chart or weren't released in that territory

Other appearances[edit]

Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"(Hey Now) Girls Just Want to Have Fun" 2002 Triple Image Celebrate
"Follow Me" 2005 N/A Zoey 101: Music Mix
"We Are Family" 2008 The Goldilocks and the 3 Bears cast The Goldilocks and the 3 Bears
"Chillin' With You" 2013 Britney Spears Britney Jean

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Director
"How Could I Want More" 2013 Matthew Underwood[47]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2004 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Female TV Star All That Nominated
2005 Young Artist Awards Outstanding Young Performers In A TV Series (shared with cast) Nominated[48]
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Breakout Performance - Female Zoey 101 Nominated[49]
Young Hollywood Awards One to Watch - Female Herself Won[50]
2006 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Actress Zoey 101 Won[51]
Young Artist Awards Best Young Ensemble Performance In A TV Series (Comedy or Drama) (shared with cast) Won[52]
2007 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Actress Nominated[53][54]
Kids' Choice Awards Germany Favorite Actress Won[55]
2007 UK Kids' Choice Awards Best TV Actress Nominated[56]
Young Artist Awards Best Performance In A TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Leading Young Actress Nominated[57]
Best Young Ensemble Performance In A TV Series (Comedy or Drama) (shared with cast) Won[57]
2008 2008 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Actress Nominated[58][59]
Young Artist Awards Best Performance In A TV Series - Leading Young Actress Nominated[60]
Best Young Ensemble Performance In A TV Series (shared with cast) Nominated[60]

Notes[edit]

Notes

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