Britt Robertson

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Britt Robertson
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Robertson at the October 2010 Hamptons International Film Festival
Brittany Leanna Robertson

(1990-04-18) April 18, 1990 (age 28)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
Years active2000–present
Home townGreenville, South Carolina, U.S.

Brittany Leanna Robertson (born April 18, 1990) is an American actress. She began acting as a child at the Greenville Little Theater in Greenville, South Carolina, and she made her screen debut as the younger version of the title character in an episode of Sheena in 2000. She made a guest appearance on Power Rangers Time Force the following year and received a Young Artist Award nomination for Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries, or Special – Leading Young Actress for her role in The Ghost Club (2003). Robertson went on to have roles in Growing Pains: Return of the Seavers (2004), 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 The First Time (2012).

Robertson played the lead role of Lux Cassidy in the television drama series Life Unexpected (2010–11), which was cancelled in its second season despite positive reviews. She also had a leading role in the supernatural teen drama television series The Secret Circle (2011–12), but it was also cancelled after its first season. In 2013, she landed a role in the main cast of the science fiction mystery television series Under the Dome, which she played until 2014. She had subsequent roles in the films Delivery Man (2013) and Ask Me Anything (2014), for which she won the Best Actress award at the Nashville Film Festival, and she was awarded the Boston Film Festival Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in White Rabbit (2013).

Robertson received wider recognition in 2015 after landing the roles of Sophia Danko in The Longest Ride and Casey Newton in Tomorrowland. For the former, she was nominated for the Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress – Drama, and for the latter, she was nominated for the Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress – Sci-Fi/Fantasy. In 2016, she starred in the films Mr. Church, alongside Eddie Murphy, and Mother's Day, alongside Jennifer Aniston and Julia Roberts, and in 2017, she starred in the science fiction romance film The Space Between Us and in the comedy-drama film A Dog's Purpose. That same year, she headlined the Netflix comedy television series Girlboss, portraying a fictionalized version of self-made millionaire Sophia Amoruso. She currently stars in the ABC legal drama For the People.

Early life[edit]

Robertson was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, to Beverly (née Hayes) and Ryan Robertson, a restaurant owner.[1] Robertson grew up in Greenville, South Carolina. She is the oldest of seven children; her mother and stepfather have three children (2 girls, 1 boy), and her father and stepmother also have three children (1 girl, 2 boys).[2][3]

When she was 14 years old, Robertson moved from North Carolina to Los Angeles to audition for TV pilots. Her grandmother Shuler Robertson came with her. Robertson said that they would knit together during down-time on set.[3] She has been living on her own since her grandmother returned to North Carolina when Robertson was sixteen. They remain close.[3] She also stayed in Chester, South Carolina with her grandparents, Shuler and Jerry, for a couple of months while filming The Ghost Club.


Robertson first appeared before an audience when performing various roles on stage at the Greenville Little Theater in her home town. At age 12, she began making extended trips to Los Angeles to audition for roles in television series and landed a role 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.[4] She landed the role of playing Steve Carell's teenage daughter, 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.[5]

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.[6][7]

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, British Columbia.[3] 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 played Cassie Blake in The CW's 2011 television series The Secret Circle, but the series was cancelled in 2012 after its first season.[8] 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.[9]

In 2014, Robertson won the Boston Film Festival Award for Best Supporting Actress for White Rabbit. In 2015, she starred with Scott Eastwood in Nicholas Sparks' film, The Longest Ride,[10] and also played the starring role in Brad Bird's film Tomorrowland, with George Clooney and Hugh Laurie.[11]

Robertson is a series regular in the Shondaland drama For the People on ABC.

Personal life[edit]

Robertson has been dating actor Dylan O'Brien since they met on the set of The First Time in 2011.[12][13][14]



Year Title Role Notes
2003 The Ghost Club Carrie
One of Them Young Elizabeth Direct-to-video
2004 The Last Summer Beth
2006 Keeping Up with the Steins Ashley Grunwald
2007 Frank Anna York
Dan in Real Life Cara Burns
2008 From Within Claire
2009 The Alyson Stoner Project DJ B-Rob Direct-to-video
Mother and Child Violet
2010 Cherry Beth
Triple Dog Chapin Wright
2011 Scream 4 Marnie Cooper
Video Girl Video Girl
The Family Tree Kelly Burnett
2012 The First Time Aubrey Miller
2013 White Rabbit Julie
Delivery Man Kristen
2014 Ask Me Anything Katie Kampenfelt / Amy
Cake Becky
2015 The Longest Ride Sophia Danko
Tomorrowland Casey Newton
2016 Mother's Day Kristin
Mr. Church Charlotte Brooks
Jack Goes Home Cleo
2017 A Dog's Purpose Hannah
The Space Between Us Tulsa


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 Television film
Growing Pains: Return of the Seavers Michelle Seaver Television film
2005–2006 Freddie Mandy 2 episodes
2006 Women of a Certain Age Doria Television film
Jesse Stone: Night Passage Michelle Genest Television film
2007 The Winner Vivica Episode: Pilot
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Amy Macalino Episode: "Go to Hell"
2008 The Tenth Circle Trixie Stone Television film
Swingtown Samantha Saxton Recurring role; 13 episodes
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Christina "Tina" Divola Bernardi Episode: "Babes"
2009 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Kathy Devildis Episode: "Family Values"
Three Rivers Brenda Stark Episode: "Good Intentions"
2010 Avalon High Allie Pennington Television film
2010–2011 Life Unexpected Lux Cassidy Main role
2011–2012 The Secret Circle Cassie Blake Main role
2013–2014 Under the Dome Angie McAlister Main role
2016 Casual Fallon Recurring role; 4 episodes
2017 Girlboss Sophia Marlowe Main role
2018–present For the People Sandra Bell Main role
Tangled: The Series Vex 3 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Work Result Ref.
2004 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special – Leading Young Actress The Ghost Club Nominated [15]
2014 Boston Film Festival Best Supporting Actress White Rabbit Won [16]
Nashville Film Festival Best Actress Ask Me Anything Won [17]
2015 CinemaCon Award Star of Tomorrow N/A Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Tomorrowland Nominated [18]
Choice Movie Actress: Drama The Longest Ride Nominated [18]
2016 Teen Choice Awards Choice AnTEENcipated Movie Actress The Space Between Us Nominated [19]


  1. ^ "From Charlotte baby to Hollywood 'It Girl'". Retrieved April 15, 2018.
  2. ^ Radish, Christina (August 29, 2011). "Britt Robertson Interview – The Secret Circle". Collider. Retrieved December 23, 2014.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ De Leon, Kris (June 5, 2008). "'Swingtown' Premieres Tonight". BuddyTV. Archived from the original on December 24, 2014. Retrieved December 23, 2014.
  6. ^ Lowry, Brian (June 26, 2008). "Review: 'The Tenth Circle'". Variety. Retrieved December 23, 2014.
  7. ^ Hinckley, David (June 27, 2008). "'The Tenth Circle' is full of evil". New York Daily News. Retrieved December 23, 2014.
  8. ^ "The Secret Circle: Is the New CW TV Series Worth Watching?". TV Series Finale. September 15, 2011. Retrieved December 23, 2014.
  9. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (January 25, 2013). "'Life Unexpected's' Britt Robertson Joins CBS' 'Under the Dome'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 1, 2013.
  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. ^ Kit, Borys (July 18, 2013). "Britt Robertson Lands Key Role in George Clooney's 'Tomorrowland'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 23, 2014.
  12. ^ The Hollywood Reporter (August 22, 2016). "Actress Britt Robertson is live to answer your questions about her new role in 'Mr. Church' starring Eddie Murphy!". The Hollywood Reporter via Facebook. Retrieved December 18, 2016.
  13. ^ "Dylan O'Brien Talks Tough Recovery after Maze Runner Set Injury: 'It Was the Worst Experience of My Life'". People. September 13, 2017. Retrieved September 17, 2017.
  14. ^ Alexander, Bryan (January 26, 2018). "Dylan O'Brien is proud that 'Maze Runner: Death Cure' used a take from his perilous stunt". USA Today. Retrieved June 15, 2018.
  15. ^ "25th Annual Young Artist Awards". The Young Artist Foundation. Retrieved March 8, 2015.
  16. ^ "30th Annual Boston Film Festival Announces Awards to Films, Directors and Actors". Boston Film Festival. 2014. Retrieved March 8, 2015.
  17. ^ "2014 Archives". Nashville Film Festival. 2014. Retrieved March 8, 2015.
  18. ^ a b "2015 Teen Choice Award Winners – Full List". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. August 16, 2015. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
  19. ^ "Teen Choice Awards: Winners List". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 1, 2016.

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