Danielle Panabaker

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Danielle Panabaker
Danielle Panabaker PaleyFest 2015.jpg
Danielle Panabaker at PaleyFest, in March 2015.
Born Danielle Nicole Panabaker
(1987-09-19) September 19, 1987 (age 29)
Augusta, Georgia, U.S.
Alma mater UCLA
Occupation Actress
Years active 2001–present
Relatives Kay Panabaker (sister)
Website www.daniellepanabaker.com

Danielle Nicole Panabaker[1] (born September 19, 1987[1]) is an American actress. She began acting as a teenager and first came to prominence for her roles in the Disney films Stuck in the Suburbs (2004), Sky High (2005) and Read It and Weep (2006), the latter alongside her younger sister Kay Panabaker, and in the HBO miniseries Empire Falls (2005).

She came to wider attention as a cast member alongside James Woods in the CBS legal drama series Shark (2006–08) and is also noted as a scream queen, having starred in the psychological thriller Mr. Brooks (2007) and the horror films Friday the 13th (2009), The Crazies (2010), John Carpenter's The Ward (2010), and Piranha 3DD (2012).

After recurring roles on the drama series Necessary Roughness (2011–13), the crime series Bones (2012–13) and the crime drama Justified (2014), Panabaker has guest-starred as Caitlin Snow on The CW television series Arrow since April 2014. She is currently reprising the role of Caitlin Snow/Killer Frost as a main character in the spin-off series The Flash, which premiered in October 2014.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Panabaker was born in Augusta, Georgia,[4] to Donna (née Mayock) and Harold Panabaker.[5] Her younger sister Kay was also an actress, and is currently working as a zoologist. As her father's sales job took them across the country, the family spent time in South Carolina, Pennsylvania, and for a short time around Panabaker's kindergarten year, in Orange, Texas.[6] She took a theater class at a summer camp, discovered her love of acting, and started acting in community theaters at the age of 12, later auditioning for commercials.

After moving to Naperville, Illinois in 2000,[6] Panabaker went to Crone Middle School and then Neuqua Valley High School,[6] participating in the speech team. She graduated from high school when she was only 14 years old.[6][7][8] In 2003, feeling it was the only way to land acting roles regularly, Panabaker, her sister, and their mother relocated to Los Angeles, California, so she could pursue an acting career.[6] She attended Glendale Community College, studying acting. In 2005, she earned her associate degree and appeared on the national Dean's List. In the fall of 2006, she began her senior year at the University of California, Los Angeles, from which she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in June 2007, again appearing on the Dean's List.[8]


Panabaker followed her initial appearances in commercials with roles in television, including a part in the series, The Guardian (for which she won a Young Artist Award), as well as other television series including Malcolm in the Middle, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Medium, Summerland, and the Disney Channel Original Movie Stuck in the Suburbs. She also appeared in the Lifetime Television productions Sex and the Single Mom and Mom at Sixteen, as well as the well-reviewed miniseries Empire Falls.[6] She considers Empire Falls to be her big break, as it gave her the confidence to pursue her career.[6] In addition, Panabaker appeared in stage productions with roles in musical theater, including West Side Story, Pippin, Once Upon A Time, and Beauty Lou and the Country Beast. In 2004, she starred in the ABC film "Searching for David's Heart", alongside co-former Disney star Ricky Ullman. In 2005, Panabaker co-starred in two widely released theatrical films, Sky High and Yours, Mine and Ours. Her next role was in the film Home of the Giants (2008), opposite Ryan Merriman and Haley Joel Osment. She also had a supporting role in the film Mr. Brooks opposite Kevin Costner. In the Disney Channel original movie Read It and Weep, she plays "Is", an alternate version of Jamie, who was played by her real-life sister Kay.

Panabaker was added to the cast of the CBS television drama pilot Shark, as Julie Stark, the main character's daughter. She had a regular role in the series, which ran for two years. Although she sometimes only appeared in a scene or two an episode, and was absent from three episodes in the series run, she was billed second to the star, James Woods.[9]

In 2009, Panabaker played Jenna, a main character of Friday the 13th (2009) along with Jared Padalecki.[10] Panabaker next starred in the films The Crazies and The Ward.[11]

In 2011, Panabaker starred as Katie Lapp, the lead character in the Hallmark Movie The Shunning, based on the novel of the same name by Beverly Lewis. She was due to reprise her role in the 2013 sequel The Confession,[12] but a scheduling conflict forced her to drop out. The role was recast, going to Katie Leclerc.[13]

In 2013, she starred in another Hallmark Channel Original Movie entitled Nearlyweds. On May 5, 2013, Panabaker joined actors including Philip Baker Hall, Bill Pullman, and Maggie Siff in performing at Cedering Fox's WordTheatre, where they read aloud contemporary short fiction.[14]

In 2014, Panabaker starred in director Bradley D. King's award-winning science-fiction film Time Lapse,[15] for which she won the award for Best Actor/Actress at the 2014 London Independent Film Festival.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Panabaker volunteers for multiple organizations including The Art of Elysium, Unicef, and Young Storytellers Foundation.[17] In July 2016, Panabaker announced that she is engaged to her longtime boyfriend Hayes Robbins.[18][19]


Panabaker at the 2007 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End première


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Sky High Layla Williams
2005 Rule Number One Grace Jones Short film
2005 Yours, Mine & Ours Phoebe North
2007 Mr. Brooks Jane Brooks
2007 Home of the Giants Bridgette "Bridge" Bachman
2009 Friday the 13th Jenna
2010 The Crazies Becca
2010 The Ward Sarah
2010 Weakness Danielle Direct-to-DVD
2012 Girls Against Boys Shae
2012 Piranha 3DD Maddy
2014 Time Lapse Callie Direct-to-DVD
2015 This Isn't Funny Stacey


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Family Affair Parker LeeAnn Aldays Episode: "Ballroom Blitz"
2003 No Place Like Home N/A Television movie
2003 The Bernie Mac Show Chelsea Episode: "Raging Election"
2003 Malcolm in the Middle Kathy McCulskey Episode: "Reese's Party"
2003 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Girl Episode: "Play with Fire"
2003 The Guardian Samantha Gray Episode: "The Father-Daughter Dance"
2003 The Division Melissa Ringston Episode: "As I Was Going to St. Ives..."
2003 Sex and the Single Mom Sara Gradwell Lifetime movie
2004 Stuck in the Suburbs Brittany Aarons Disney Channel Original Movie
2004 Searching for David's Heart Darcy Deeton Television film
2005 Mom at Sixteen Jacey Jeffries Lifetime movie
2005 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Carrie Lynn Eldridge Episode: "Intoxicated"
2005 Empire Falls Christina "Tick" Roby Main role
2005 Summerland Faith 2 episodes
2006 Read It and Weep Isabella Disney Channel Original Movie
2006–2008 Shark Julie Stark Main role
2008 Eli Stone Genny Clarke Episode: "Owner of a Lonely Heart"
2009 Grey's Anatomy Kelsey Simmons Episode: "Holidaze"
2010 Medium Summer Lowry Episode: "Psych"
2010 Family Guy Hillary (voice) Episode: "Brian Griffin's House of Payne"
2010 Law & Order: LA Chelsea Sennett Episode: "Hollywood"
2010 Chase Carina Matthews Episode: "Crazy Love"
2011 The Shunning Katie Lapp Hallmark Channel movie
2012 Intercept Kat Television movie
2011 Memphis Beat Sister Katherine Episode: "Flesh and Blood"
2011–2013 Necessary Roughness Juliette Pittman Recurring role
2012 Grimm Ariel Eberhart Episode: "Plumed Serpent"
2012–2013 Bones FBI Special Agent Olivia Sparling Episodes: "The Gunk in the Garage", "The Shot in the Dark"
2012, 2014 Franklin & Bash Bonnie Appel Episodes: "Voir Dire", "Spirits in the Material World"
2013 Mad Men Daisy McCluskey Episode: "For Immediate Release"
2013 The Glades Holly Harper Episode: "Happy Trails"
2013 Nearlyweds Erin Hallmark Channel movie
2014 Recipe for Love Lauren Hennessey Hallmark Channel movie
2014 Justified Penny Cole Recurring role
2014–2015 Arrow Dr. Caitlin Snow 3 episodes
2014–present The Flash Dr. Caitlin Snow/Killer Frost Main role
2015 Fight of the Living Dead Doctor Episode: "Pilot"
2016 Legends of Tomorrow Dr. Caitlin Snow Episode: "Invasion!"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Work Result Refs
2004 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series – Guest Starring Young Actress The Guardian Won
2005 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special – Leading Young Actress Searching for David's Heart Won
2006 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Ensemble Cast Yours, Mine and Ours Won
2014 London Independent Film Festival Best Actor/Actress Time Lapse Won [20]
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress – Fantasy/Sci-Fi The Flash Nominated


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  12. ^ C.J. Darlington. "Michael Landon Jr. Interview". Title Trakk. Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
  13. ^ "For all of you who are disappointed that...". Beverly Lewis' The Shunning Movie. February 14, 2012. Retrieved 2014-02-26 – via Facebook. 
  14. ^ "Cedering Fox knows the power of speaking the written word". Los Angeles Times. May 4, 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-06. 
  15. ^ Scott Hallam (October 28, 2014). "Berkshire County Takes Top Honors at Shriekfest 2014". Dread Central. Retrieved 2014-11-11. 
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  18. ^ Mizoguchi, Karen; Jordan, Julie. "Danielle Panabaker Is Engaged! Actress and Boyfriend Hayes Robbins Set to Marry". People. 
  19. ^ "People Magazine on Twitter". Retrieved January 20, 2017. 
  20. ^ Cuoco, Cristina. "London Independent Film Festival 2014". Moviez. 

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