Panabaker at the premiere of Jonah Hex, Los Angeles, June 17, 2010
|Born||Stephanie Kay Panabaker
May 2, 1990
Orange Grove, Texas, United States
|Relatives||Danielle Panabaker (sister)|
Stephanie Kay Panabaker (born May 2, 1990), better known as Kay Panabaker, is an American film and television actress. She is the younger sister of fellow actress Danielle Panabaker.
Early years 
Panabaker was born in Orange Grove, Texas, to Donna (née Mayock) and Harold Panabaker. Following in sister Danielle Panabaker'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.
In between projects, Kay focuses on her academics. She graduated from high school as valedictorian when she was 13 years old and received her Associate's Degree at age 15. Kay received two academic scholarships from Glendale Community College, where she attended, studying acting, and where she was on the Dean's list, graduating with honors. She was accepted to the UCLA history program as a junior when she was 15 and completed her BA in History from UCLA before she turned 18.
Kay was inspired by an elementary school teacher who made learning exciting, and she wants to do the same for others, hoping to teach 4th or 5th grade once she finishes her teaching degree.
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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; "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 2004-2005 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 ever 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!. Her last movie was the Lifetime Television movie Custody which aired in September 2007. Her other recent 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 teenage Kitty Walker on Brothers and Sisters.
|2001||Monsters, Inc.||Additional voices|
|2007||Moondance Alexander||Moondance Alexander|
|2007||Nancy Drew||George Fayne|
|2007||A Modern Twain Story: The Prince and the Pauper||Elizabeth|
|2010||The Lake Effect||Celia|
|2012||Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3||Rosa (voice)|
|2002||Port Charles||Sara||1 episode|
|2002||ER||Melissa Rue||Episode: "The Letter"|
|2002||7th Heaven||Alice Brand||Episode: "Regarding Eric"|
|2002||Angel||The Girl||Episode: "Forgiving"|
|2003||Episode: "Habeas Corpses"|
|2003||The Division||Susie Jenkins||Episode: "Cold Comfort"|
|2003||The Brothers García||Carrie Bauer||Episode: "Moving On Up"|
|2004–2005||Summerland||Nikki Westerly||Main Cast|
|2004–2005||Phil of the Future||Debbie Berwick||Recurring; 13 episodes|
|2005||Mom at Sixteen||Young Macy (uncredited)||TV movie|
|2005||Medium||Elisha||Episode: "Penny for Your Thoughts"|
|2005||Life Is Ruff||Emily Watson||TV movie|
|2006||American Dragon: Jake Long||Cheerleader Lacey (voice)||Episode: "Bring It On"|
|2006||Read It and Weep||Jamie Bartlett||TV movie|
|2006–2011||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Lindsey Willows||6 episodes|
|2007||The 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||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||A Marriage||Maddy Gabriel||TV 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||Episode: "Time After Time: Part 1"
Episode: "Time After Time: Part 2"
|2010||Secrets in the Walls||Lizzie||TV movie|
|2010–2011||No Ordinary Family||Daphne Nicole Powell||Main Cast|
|2011||Cyberbully||Samantha Caldone||TV movie|
|2011||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Vicki Harris||Episode: "Spiraling Down"|
Collaborations and other songs 
|2006||Jordan Pruitt||"Outside Looking In"||in the album No Ordinary Girl and Read It and Weep (single to promote the movie)|
Awards and honors 
Panabaker holds a Seat on the National Board of the Coalition for Quality Children's Media.
|2003||Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a TV Drama Series - Guest Starring Young Actress||Nominated||Melissa Rue in ER
For episode "The Letter"
|2004||Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a Commercial||Nominated||Youth Anti-Smoking PSA|
|2005||Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a Television Series - Recurring Young Actress||Nominated||Debbie Berwick in Phil of the Future|
|Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Leading Young Actress||Won||Nikki Westerly in Summerland|
|2007||Temecula Valley International Film Festival||Rising Star Award||Won|
|Dixie Film Festival||Outstanding Actor/Actress in a Motion Picture||Won||Moondance Alexander in Moondance Alexander|
|2008||Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actress||Nominated||Moondance Alexander in Moondance Alexander|
|Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Ensemble Cast||Nominated||George in Nancy Drew
Shared with rest of cast
- "Kay Panabaker". Biography. TV Guide. Retrieved 2 February 2013. "Has worked with various children's organizations, including Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Young Storyteller's Foundation and Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation."
- "Kay Panabaker". Hollywood.com. Retrieved 2009-04-11.
- "Kay Panabaker". Full Biography. The New York Times. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
- "Kay Panabaker". Credits. TV Guide. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
- "Kay Panabaker". Filmography. The New York Times. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
- Rice, Lynette (May 12, 2010). "Breaking: ABC picks up 'No Ordinary Family' starring Michael Chikilis". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 12, 2010.
- Updated: 'V' Cancelled; 'Brothers & Sisters,' 'Mr. Sunshine,' 'Detroit 187,' 'Off The Map,' 'No Ordinary Family' Cancelled Too
- [National Board of the Coalition for Quality Children's Media "CQCM Board and Staff"] Check
|url=scheme (help). National Board. KidsFirst.org. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
- Kay Panabaker - Awards
- Official website
- Kay Panabaker at AllRovi
- Kay Panabaker at the Internet Movie Database
- Interview at thetvaddict.com
- Interview at Portrait magazine