Jenna Boyd

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Jenna Boyd
Jenna Michelle Boyd

(1993-03-04) March 4, 1993 (age 28)
Alma materPepperdine University
Years active2001–present
RelativesCayden Boyd (brother)

Jenna Michelle Boyd (born March 4, 1993) is an American actress. She began her career as a child actress, with roles in the 2003 films The Hunted, Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, and The Missing, and the 2005 film The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. On television, she appeared on all four seasons of the Netflix comedy-drama Atypical (2017–2021).

Early life, education and family[edit]

Jenna Boyd was born in Bedford, Texas. She was discovered at age two in a modeling search.[1][2] She and her parents and younger brother Cayden (also an actor)[1] relocated to Los Angeles to pursue her acting career. In September 2019, she moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma as part of the Tulsa Remote program.[3]

She is a graduate of Pepperdine University, where she earned a business degree.[4]


Boyd began her career at age three,[1] appearing in episodes of the children's TV show Barney & Friends.[2] She simultaneously acted and figure skated.[2] In Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star she plays the daughter of a family hired by the titular character (David Spade) to help him recapture his childhood. Boyd's big break came when she was cast in The Missing, alongside Cate Blanchett and Evan Rachel Wood. Boyd's performance was praised in critical reviews of this film, although the film itself was not particularly well received.

In 2005 Boyd played the leukemia-suffering Bailey Graffman in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.[1] Other roles include the Lifetime miniseries The Gathering in which she played the daughter of a doctor (Peter Gallagher) searching for his wife and in the Ghost Whisperer episode "Children of Ghosts", playing a troubled teenager living in a foster home. In 2017, she played the recurring role of Paige Hardaway, the girlfriend of the autistic main character, Sam Gardner, in the Netflix series Atypical.[5]

Boyd is also a skincare consultant for Rodan and Fields, having been inspired by acne problems during her teenage years.[4]


Year Title Role Notes
2003 The Hunted Loretta Kravitz
2003 Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star Sally Finley
2003 The Missing Dot Gilkeson
2005 In an Instant The Girl
2005 The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Bailey
2012 Complicity Rachel
2012 Last Ounce of Courage Maddie Rogers
2014 Runaway Abby
Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Geena Davis Show Kid Episode: "Car Wash"
2001 Titus 5-Year-Old Shannon Episode: "Shannon's Song"
2001 Just Shoot Me! Hannah Gallo Episode: "Christmas? Christmas!"
2002 Special Unit 2 (voice) Episode: "The Piper"
2002 Six Feet Under 7-Year-Old Girl Episode: "The Secret"
2002 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Sasha Rittle Episode: "Cross Jurisdictions"
2002 Mary Christmas Felice Wallace TV movie
2003 Carnivàle Maddy Crane Episode: "Milfay"
2007 Ghost Whisperer Julie Parker Episode: "Children of Ghosts"
2007 The Gathering Elizabeth 'Zee' Foster TV miniseries
2008 Criminal Minds Jessica Evanson Episode: "Minimal Loss"
2017-2021 Atypical Paige Hardaway Recurring role

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Role Result
2003 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Movie, Mini-Series or Special - Supporting Young Actress Felice Wallace in Mary Christmas Nominated
2004 Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actress Sally Finney in Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star Nominated
Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actress Dot Gilkeson in The Missing Won
Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Performance by a Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role - Female Nominated
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards Youth in Film Nominated
Saturn Award Best Performance by a Younger Actor Nominated
2005 Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Breakout Performance - Female Bailey Graffman in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Nominated
2006 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actress Nominated
2008 Best Performance in a TV Series - Guest Starring Young Actress Julie Parker in Ghost Whisperer Nominated


  1. ^ a b c d "Jenna Boyd: Sob Sister". Washington Post. June 1, 2005. Retrieved August 8, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Spencer, Samuel (September 14, 2018). "Atypical season 2 cast: Who is Jenna Boyd? Who plays Paige?". Retrieved August 8, 2019.
  3. ^ staff, Tyler Butler, KTUL (2019-09-03). "Actress moves to Tulsa as part of Tulsa Remote program". KTUL. Retrieved 2019-09-06.
  4. ^ a b Parker, Maggie (October 18, 2017). "Bailey from 'The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants' is all grown up — and a stunning skin care guru". Retrieved August 8, 2019.
  5. ^ "Jenna Boyd movies and TV shows, ATypical, figure skater and age". Sidomex Entertainment. 2021-10-21. Retrieved 2021-10-21.

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