Panabaker in 2007
|Born||Stephanie Kay Panabaker
May 2, 1990
Orange, Texas, U.S.
|Relatives||Danielle Panabaker (sister)|
Stephanie Kay Panabaker (born May 2, 1990), is a former American actress. Her credited screen name is Kay Panabaker and she is known for her roles as Debbie Berwick on Phil of the Future and Nikki Westerly on Summerland. Of note, her older sister is actress Danielle Panabaker. After completing her university education at age 23, she decided to pursue a career in zoology.
Panabaker was born in Orange, Texas, to Donna (née Mayock) and Harold Panabaker. Following in Danielle's footsteps, she started acting at various community theatres in Chicago, Illinois; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Atlanta, Georgia. In Naperville, Illinois, Kay attended Crone Middle School for sixth grade, and moved to Los Angeles, California, at the start of seventh grade.
Between projects, Kay focuses on her academics. She graduated from high school as valedictorian when she was 13 years old. Kay received two academic scholarships from Glendale Community College, where she studied acting and was on the Dean's list. She graduated with an associate's degree with honors when she was 15. She was accepted by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), History Program as a junior and completed her Bachelor of Arts in history before she turned 18.
Panabaker has guest-starred in several television dramas and soap operas. She portrayed Alice Brand in 7th Heaven, Melissa Rue in ER, Sara in Port Charles, Carrie Bauer in The Brothers García, Ellisha in Medium, and Lindsey Willows in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, to name a few. In film, she appeared in Dead Heat as Sam LaRoche; and did some voice work in the Disney/Pixar film, Monsters, Inc.. Panabaker's breakout role came when she starred in The WB's Summerland as Nikki Westerly, in the 2004–05 season. She also appeared as George in the 2007 Nancy Drew: The Mystery in Hollywood Hills alongside Emma Roberts and Amy Bruckner.
Panabaker had a recurring role in Phil of the Future as straight-laced Debbie Berwick, a friend of, and foil to, Pim Diffy (played by Amy Bruckner). She starred in Life Is Ruff as Emily Watson alongside Kyle Massey and Mitchel Musso. In July 2006, she starred in the Disney Channel Original Movie Read It and Weep (based on the book How My Private Personal Journal Became a Bestseller), in which her sister Danielle Panabaker also stars. In 2006, Panabaker was in the first Disney Channel Games, on the Red Team with Zac Efron, Anneliese van der Pol, Moises Arias, Dylan Sprouse, and Shin Koyamada as part of the Disney Channel's So Hot Summer!. Movies include Moondance Alexander and The Prince and the Pauper with Dylan and Cole Sprouse. Panabaker starred in the remake of Fame as Jenny, an actress; the film was released in theaters on September 25, 2009. She also played the teenaged Kitty Walker on Brothers and Sisters.
In 2011, in what would be her final acting role to date, Kay played Samantha Caldone in the ABC Family movie Cyberbully.  In August 2014, Kay left acting to pursue a full-time career as a zoologist.
|2001||Monsters, Inc.||Additional voices|
|2002||Dead Heat||Samantha "Sam"|
|2007||Moondance Alexander||Moondance Alexander|
|2007||Nancy Drew||George Fayne|
|2007||Modern Twain Story: The Prince and the Pauper, AA Modern Twain Story: The Prince and the Pauper||Elizabeth|
|2010||Lake Effect, TheThe Lake Effect||Celia|
|2012||Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva la Fiesta!||Rosa||Voice role|
|2002||Port Charles||Sara||1 episode|
|2002||ER||Melissa Rue||Episode: "The Letter"|
|2002||7th Heaven||Alice Brand||Episode: "Regarding Eric"|
|2002–03||Angel||The Girl||Episodes: "Forgiving", "Habeas Corpses"|
|2003||Division, TheThe Division||Susie Jenkins||Episode: "Cold Comfort"|
|2003||Brothers García, TheThe Brothers García||Carrie Bauer||Episode: "Moving On Up"|
|2004–05||Summerland||Nicole "Nikki" Westerly||Main role (26 episodes)|
|2004–05||Phil of the Future||Deborah "Debbie" Berwick||13 episodes|
|2005||Mom at Sixteen||Young Macy (uncredited)||Movie|
|2005||Medium||Elisha||Episode: "Penny for Your Thoughts"|
|2005||Life Is Ruff||Emily Watson||Disney Channel original movie|
|2006||Read It and Weep||Jamie Bartlett||Disney Channel original movie|
|2006||American Dragon: Jake Long||Cheerleader Lacey (voice)||Episode: "Bring It On"|
|2006–11||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Lindsey Willows||6 episodes|
|2007||Winner, TheThe Winner||Vivica||Episode: "Single Dates"|
|2007||Two and a Half Men||Sophie||Episode: "Tucked, Taped and Gorgeous"|
|2007||The Suite Life of Zack & Cody||Amber||Episode: "First Day of High School"|
|2007||Weeds||Amelia||Episode: "He Taught Me How to Drive By"|
|2007||Boston Legal||Abby Holt||Episode: "The Chicken and the Leg"|
|2007||Ghost Whisperer||Marlo Sinclair||Episode: "Bad Blood"|
|2008||Grey's Anatomy||Emma Anderson||Episode: "All by Myself"|
|2009||Marriage, AA Marriage||Maddy Gabriel||Movie|
|2009||Lie to Me||Emily Lightman (scenes deleted)||Episode: Pilot|
|2009||Mental||Aysnley Skoff||Episode: "Manic at the Disco"|
|2010||Brothers & Sisters||Young Kitty Walker||Two-part episode: "Time After Time"|
|2010||Secrets in the Walls||Lizzie||Movie|
|2010–11||No Ordinary Family||Daphne Nicole Powell||Main role (20 episodes)|
|2011||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Vicki Harris||Episode: "Spiraling Down"|
|2006||Jordan Pruitt||"Outside Looking In"||From No Ordinary Girl and Read It and Weep (single to promote the movie)|
Awards and honors
Panabaker holds a Seat on the National Board of the Coalition for Quality Children's Media.
|2003||Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a TV Drama Series – Guest Starring Young Actress||ER (episode: "The Letter")||Nominated|||
|2004||Best Performance in a Commercial||Youth Anti-Smoking PSA||Nominated|||
|2005||Best Performance in a Television Series – Recurring Young Actress||Phil of the Future||Nominated|||
|Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Leading Young Actress||Summerland||Won|||
|2007||Temecula Valley International Film Festival||Rising Star Award||Won|||
|2008||Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actress||Moondance Alexander||Nominated|||
|Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Ensemble Cast||Nancy Drew (shared with rest of cast)||Nominated|||
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Has worked with various children's organizations, including Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Young Storytellers Foundation, and Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation.
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