Sterling Knight

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Sterling Knight
Born Sterling Sandmann Knight
(1989-03-05) March 5, 1989 (age 25)
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, United States
Residence Houston, Texas, United States
Nationality American
Occupation Actor, singer-songwriter, musician
Years active 2005–present
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Musical career
Genres Pop rock, Pop
Instruments Vocals
Labels Walt Disney
Associated acts Demi Lovato, Brandon Mychal Smith, Danielle Campbell, Matt Shively

Sterling Sandmann Knight (born March 5, 1989) is an American actor, singer-songwriter and musician. He is best known for his roles in the 2009 film 17 Again as Alex, in Sonny with a Chance and So Random! as Chad Dylan Cooper, and in the Disney Channel Original Movie Starstruck as Christopher Wilde. He performed the title song from the movie StarStruck as Christopher Wilde (all the other songs were performed by Drew Ryan Scott as a vocal double).

Personal life[edit]

Sterling Knight was born on March 5, 1989, in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.[1] He has a sister, Samantha Scarlett, and a brother, Spencer Shuga.[2]


Knight began his career on stage in local productions. He made his acting debut in minor roles in Calm, Career Day, and Hi-Jinks.

Knight's first role with Disney was in an episode of Hannah Montana, playing Lily's boyfriend Lucas, in 2007. Later in the year, Knight also appeared in two episodes of The Closer.

In 2008, Knight appeared in Out of Jimmy's Head and Grey's Anatomy.

In 2009, Knight played the role of Chad Dylan Cooper in Sonny with a Chance. Knight made his film debut in 17 Again playing Alex, Matthew Perry/Zac Efron's son.

In 2010, Knight played teen heart-throb Christopher Wilde in the Disney Channel Original Movie Starstruck. According to comments made by Knight on Twitter, because he joined the cast so late, he only sang one song the soundtrack, the opening song. His character's remaining songs were sung by Drew Ryan Scott.[3] Knight's next project was the movie Elle: A Modern Cinderella Tale with Ashlee Hewitt. He plays Ty Parker, a singer/songwriter who's looking for a change in his music and then finds a girl recording in a studio and when she leaves him he goes on a journey to find her. Although the movie was about the girl, Elle, he played a crucial part. The movie was released in April 2010.[4]

In 2011, Knight returned to play his Sonny with a Chance character in the spinoff sketch comedy series So Random!. In Sonny with a Chance, he played Chad Dylan Cooper, a self-proclaimed Hollywood legend. He was an egotistical and self-centered cast member of Mackenzie Falls but he has now joined the cast of So Random!. The show was cancelled after only one season.

As of 2013 he is appearing as a guest star on Melissa & Joey as Lennox's boyfriend Zander. Knight will also be returning for the 4th season in 2014.

In 2014 he starred in "The Hotwives of Orlando" a Hulu exclusive show as Billy.



Year Title Role Notes
2005 Calm Skater Boy
2009 Balls Out: Gary the Tennis Coach Opponent Tennis Player Uncredited
2009 17 Again Alex O'Donnell Main Role
2010 Starstruck[5] Christopher Wilde Lead Role; Disney Channel Original Movie
2010 Privileged Soph 1
2010 Elle: A Modern Cinderella Tale Ty Parker Lead Role
2011 The Muppets Himself Cameo appearance [deleted scene]
2012 Transit Shane
2014 Landmine Goes Click Chris
2014 It Snows All The Time Art


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Hi-Jinks Brendan Episode: "Winner"
2007 Hannah Montana Lucas Episode: "My Best Friend's Boyfriend"
2007 The Closer Grady Reed Episode: "Next of Kin: Part 1"
Episode: "Next of Kin: Part 2"
2008 Out of Jimmy's Head Brad Episode: "Bad Fad"
2008 Grey's Anatomy Kip Episode: "Freedom"
2009–2011 Sonny with a Chance Chad Dylan Cooper Main cast; Disney Channel Original Series
2011–2012 So Random! Chad Dylan Cooper Main cast; Disney Channel Original Series
2011 Disney's Friends for Change Games Himself Green Team
2013 Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja Buttermaker (Voice) Episode: "Wave Slayers"; Animated TV Series
2013– Melissa & Joey Zander
2014– The Hotwives of Orlando Billy



Year Song Album
2010 Starstruck Starstruck
Something About The Sunshine
Got To Believe
"Hero (Acoustic)"
What You Mean To Me
"Hanging" Sonny with a Chance
"How We Do This"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2010 Teen Choice Awards Actor Comedy Sonny with a Chance Nominated
Hollywood Teen TV Awards Teen Pick Actor: Comedy Won
2011 People's Choice Awards Favorite Family TV Movie Starstruck Nominated


  1. ^ "Sterling Knight Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved July 1, 2013. 
  2. ^ Rubin, Sam (entertainment reporter, interviewer); Sterling Knight; Michaela Pereira (February 12, 2010). KTLA Morning News. Los Angeles: KTLA. Event occurs at 1:30. [Pereira:] What is your sister's name? [Knight:] Samantha Scarlett. [Pereira:] And your brother? [Knight:] Spencer Shuga… My mom is a Georgia Girl. [Rubin:] Do you have a rap middle name too? [Knight:] I, umm, it's pretty bad. Sandmann. I'm not kidding… I will show you my ID… 
  3. ^ Interview: Drew Ryan Scott – Episode no. 11 07/02 by Charicemania | Music Podcasts
  4. ^ "Elle: A Modern Cinderella Tale". IMDb. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  5. ^ Bonner, Julie (September 24, 2009). "Production Has Begun on DCOM "Starstruck"". Retrieved June 5, 2010. 

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