Danielle Panabaker

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Danielle Panabaker
Panabaker at H&V Fan Fest in 2016
Danielle Nicole Panabaker

(1987-09-19) September 19, 1987 (age 36)
Alma materUniversity of California, Los Angeles
Years active2002–present
Hayes Robbins
(m. 2017)
RelativesKay Panabaker (sister)

Danielle Nicole Panabaker (born September 19, 1987)[1] is an American actress. She began acting as a teenager and came to prominence for her roles in the Disney films Stuck in the Suburbs (2004), Sky High (2005) and Read It and Weep (2006), and in the HBO miniseries Empire Falls (2005). She won three Young Artist Awards: for guest-starring in an episode of the legal drama television series The Guardian (2004), for her lead role in the TV film Searching for David's Heart (2005) and for her ensemble performance in the family comedy film Yours, Mine & Ours (2005).

Panabaker came to wider attention as a cast member in the CBS legal drama series Shark (2006–2008) 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 starring in recurring roles on Necessary Roughness (2011–2013), Bones (2012–2013) and Justified (2014), Panabaker guest-starred as Caitlin Snow on The CW television series Arrow in April 2014. The actress was then included as Snow in the main cast of the spin-off series The Flash, which premiered that October. Starting with the series' second season, Panabaker began playing the character's alter ego Killer Frost in different capacities, in conjunction with her role as Snow, leading to subsequent guest appearances on Arrow, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow. For her role on The Flash as Frost, Panabaker has been nominated for five Teen Choice Awards and won the 2021 Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television.

Early life[edit]

Panabaker was born in Augusta, Georgia,[2] to Donna (née Mayock) and Harold Panabaker.[3] Her younger sister, Kay Panabaker, 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.[4] 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,[4] Panabaker went to Crone Middle School and then Neuqua Valley High School,[4] participating in the speech team. She graduated from high school when she was 14 years old.[4][5][6] Panabaker also took ballet and pointe classes up until she was fifteen. 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.[4] She attended Glendale Community College, studying acting. In 2005, she earned her associate degree and appeared on the national Dean's List. In 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.[6]


Panabaker at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival

Panabaker followed her initial appearances in commercials with roles in television, including a part in 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, and 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.[4] She considers Empire Falls to be her big break, as it gave her the confidence to pursue her career.[4] 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". In 2005, Panabaker co-starred in two widely released theatrical films, Sky High and Yours, Mine & Ours. Her next role was in the film Home of the Giants (2008). She also had a supporting role in the film Mr. Brooks. 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.

From 2006 to 2008, Panabaker starred in the CBS television drama Shark, playing Julie Stark, the daughter of the lead character.[7][8] In 2009, Panabaker played Jenna, a main character in the Friday the 13th remake.[9] Panabaker next starred in the films The Crazies and The Ward.[10]

In 2011, Panabaker starred as Katie Lapp, the lead character in the Hallmark Channel movie The Shunning, based on the novel by Beverly Lewis. She was to reprise her role in the 2013 sequel The Confession,[11] but a scheduling conflict forced her to drop out, and the role was recast.[12] In 2013, she starred in another Hallmark Channel movie, 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.[13] In 2014, Panabaker starred in Bradley D. King's award-winning science-fiction film Time Lapse,[14] for which she won the award for Best Actor/Actress at the 2014 London Independent Film Festival.[15]

In April 2014, Panabaker guest-starred as Caitlin Snow in a second-season episode of the CW series Arrow;[16] she was later included, playing Snow, in the main cast of the spin-off series The Flash.[17][18] Panabaker made her directorial debut with the eighteenth episode of the series' fifth season, entitled "Godspeed".[19]

Charity work[edit]

Panabaker volunteers for multiple organizations including the Art of Elysium, Unicef, and Young Storytellers Foundation.[20] In May and June 2019, Panabaker, DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee, writer Tom King, and fellow CW series actresses Nafessa Williams and Candice Patton toured five U.S. military bases in Kuwait with the United Service Organizations (USO), where they visited the approximately 12,000 U.S. military personnel stationed in that country as part of DC's 80th anniversary of Batman celebration.[21]

Personal life[edit]

In July 2016, Panabaker announced that she was engaged to her longtime boyfriend Hayes Robbins,[22] and they married on June 24, 2017,[23] They have two children, one born in 2020 and another born in 2022.[24][25][26][27][28]


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


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Sky High Layla Williams
Yours, Mine & Ours Phoebe North
2007 Mr. Brooks Jane Brooks
Home of the Giants Bridgette "Bridge" Bachman
2009 Friday the 13th Jenna Wards
2010 The Crazies Becca Darling
The Ward Sarah Fray
Weakness Danielle Direct-to-video film
2012 Girls Against Boys Shae
Piranha 3DD Maddy West
2013 Nearlyweds Erin
Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th Herself Documentary film
2014 Lennon or McCartney Herself Short documentary film; interview clip[29]
Time Lapse Callie Snow Direct-to-video film
2015 This Isn't Funny Stacey


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Family Affair Parker LeeAnn Aldays Episode: "Ballroom Blitz"
2003 The Bernie Mac Show Chelsea Episode: "Raging Election"
Malcolm in the Middle Kathy McCulskey Episode: "Reese's Party"
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Girl Episode: "Play with Fire"
Sex and the Single Mom Sara Gradwell Television film
The Guardian Samantha Gray Episode: "The Father-Daughter Dance"
2004 The Division Melissa Ringston Episode: "As I Was Going to St. Ives..."
Stuck in the Suburbs Brittany Aarons Television film
Searching for David's Heart Darcy Deeton Television film
2005 Mom at Sixteen Jacey Jeffries Television film
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Carrie Lynn Eldridge Episode: "Intoxicated"
Empire Falls Christina "Tick" Roby Television miniseries
Summerland Faith Episodes: "Safe House", "Careful What You Wish For"
2006 Read It and Weep Isabella Television film
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"
Family Guy Hillary (voice) Episode: "Brian Griffin's House of Payne"
Law & Order: LA Chelsea Sennett Episode: "Hollywood"
Chase Carina Matthews Episode: "Crazy Love"
2011 The Shunning Katie Lapp Television film
Memphis Beat Sister Katherine Episode: "Flesh and Blood"
2011–2013 Necessary Roughness Juliette Pittman Recurring role (seasons 1–2)
2012 Intercept Kat Television film
Grimm Ariel Eberhart Episode: "Plumed Serpent"
2012; 2014 Franklin & Bash Bonnie Appel Episodes: "Voir Dire", "Spirits in the Material World"
2012–2013 Bones Olivia Sparling Episodes: "The Gunk in the Garage", "The Shot in the Dark"
2013 Nearlyweds Erin Television film
Mad Men Daisy McCluskey Episode: "For Immediate Release"
The Glades Holly Harper Episode: "Happy Trails"
2014 Justified Penny Cole Recurring role (season 5)
Recipe for Love Lauren Hennessey Television film
2014–2015; 2017–2018 Arrow Caitlin Snow / Killer Frost Recurring role (seasons 2–4, 6–7); 5 episodes
2014–2023 The Flash Caitlin Snow / Killer Frost / Frost / Khione Main role; also director (5 episodes, season 5–9)
2016–2017; 2020 Legends of Tomorrow Caitlin Snow / Killer Frost Episodes: "Invasion!", "Crisis on Earth-X, Part 4" & "Crisis on Infinite Earths, Part 5"
2017–2018 Supergirl Caitlin Snow / Killer Frost Episodes: "Elseworlds, Part 3" & "Crisis on Earth-X, Part 1"
2018 Christmas Joy Joy Holbrook Television film

Music videos[edit]


Year Title Role Notes
2015 Fight of the Living Dead Doctor Episode 4
2017 Freedom Fighters: The Ray Caitlin Snow Episode 5

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2004 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series – Guest Starring Young Actress The Guardian Won [31]
2005 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special – Leading Young Actress Searching for David's Heart Won [32]
2006 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Ensemble Cast Yours, Mine & Ours Won [33]
2014 London Independent Film Festival Best Actor/Actress Time Lapse Won [34]
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress – Fantasy/Sci-Fi The Flash Nominated [35]
2016 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress – Fantasy/Sci-Fi The Flash Nominated [36]
2017 Teen Choice Awards Choice Action TV Actress The Flash Nominated [37]
2018 Teen Choice Awards Choice Action TV Actress The Flash Nominated [38]
2019 Teen Choice Awards Choice Action TV Actress The Flash Nominated [39]
2021 Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actress on Television The Flash Won [40]
2022 Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Network or Cable Television Series The Flash Nominated [41]


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