Peyton List (actress, born 1998)

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Peyton Roi List

(1998-04-06) April 6, 1998 (age 24)
Florida, U.S.
  • Actress
  • model
Years active2002–present

Peyton Roi List[1] (born April 6, 1998[2]) is an American actress and model. List began her career as a child model, modeling for tween magazines and companies. She made her acting debut with the film 27 Dresses (2008), and soon became recognized for playing Holly Hills in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid film series (2011–2012).

List rose to international attention for portraying Emma on the Disney Channel series Jessie (2011–2015), a role which she reprised in the spinoff series Bunk'd (2015–2018, 2021). She has since portrayed Laina Michaels in the YouTube Premium films The Thinning (2016) and The Thinning: New World Order (2018), Olivia Richmond on the Hulu web series Light as a Feather (2018), and Tory Nichols in the Netflix (previously YouTube Premium) series Cobra Kai (2019–present).

List's other works in film include starring in Remember Me (2010), The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010), Bereavement (2010), Something Borrowed (2011), The Seventh Dwarf (2014), The Outcasts (2017), Valley Girl (2020) and Paper Spiders (2020). List has also appeared in the television films Secrets in the Walls (2010) and The Swap (2016).

Early life[edit]

List was born April 6, 1998.[1] She has two brothers, her twin Spencer,[3] and a younger brother,[4] Phoenix, both of whom are actors.[3]

She attended The Carroll School (P.S. 58) for elementary school, and the New Voices School for Academic and Creative Arts (M.S. 443) for middle school, both in New York City.[5] She attended Oak Park High School in Oak Park, California, where she graduated in 2016.[6]


2002–2008: Early roles and debut[edit]

List at the 27 Dresses premiere in 2008

List first began her career as a child model, and in 2009 appeared on the cover of the American Girl's 2009 Back to School issue. In 2011, she modeled for Justice magazine. She had also appeared in over four hundred advertisements in various formats for various companies.[7][8] She began acting with television and film appearances. She made an uncredited appearance on the soap opera As the World Turns in 2002.[9] In 2004, she appeared on the television show All My Children as Bess, and in the same year made a cameo appearance in the feature film Spider-Man 2, which went uncredited.[10] In 2008, she appeared in the feature film 27 Dresses, starring as the young version of the character Jane Nichols. The film was a commercial success,[11] and served as her acting debut.

2010–2015: Breakthrough with Disney and films[edit]

List began to appear in more feature films, and in 2010 was cast alongside Robert Pattinson in the film Remember Me as Samantha, a girl who bullies Pattinson's character's younger sister. The film was a box-office success.[12] In the same year, List had begun her work with Disney, and appeared as the younger version of Becky in the fantasy film The Sorcerer's Apprentice, which turned to be a financial failure.[13] She also was cast in the Lifetime television film Secrets in the Walls,[14] and played Wendy Miller in the crime horror film Bereavement, which was a box-office success.[15] In 2011, List starred as Holly Hills, the crush of Greg Heffley, in the comedy film Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, the second installment of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid film series. The film performed well commercially,[16] and List later reprised her role for its sequel, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days. The film was a success alike to its prequels, and the acting ensemble, including List, had won a Young Artist Award.[17]

The cast of Jessie in 2011

List next had a role in the romantic comedy film Something Borrowed in 2011,[18] which was received negatively. Also in 2011, List began her work on Disney Channel, and was cast as Emma Ross, the eldest of four affluent children, on the Disney Channel series Jessie alongside Debby Ryan and her Diary of a Wimpy Kid co-star Karan Brar. The show attained millions of viewers on average per episode,[19] and soon became List's biggest role at the time. The show ran for four seasons, and ended on February 25, 2015.[20] At the same time, it was announced that List, along with Brar and Skai Jackson, would reprise their roles in the spinoff series Bunk'd.[21][22] The show began airing in 2015.[23] Along with reprising the role on Bunk'd, she also had appeared as Emma Ross on other Disney Channel shows, such as Austin & Ally and I Didn't Do It. Along with her television work, List continued her work in films. In 2012, she appeared in the drama film The Trouble with Cali, which was received negatively.[24] From 2013 to 2014, she co-hosted the Disney Channel program Pass the Plate, a segment focusing on healthy eating,[25] with Karan Brar. In 2014, she voiced Princess Rose in the English dub of the German animated film The Seventh Dwarf. Though the film was a moderate financial success,[26] it was received unfavorably by critics.[27] In 2015, List performed with Ingrid Michaelson at one of Michaelson's concerts.[28]


In 2016, List co-starred along with Jacob Bertrand in the Disney Channel Original Movie The Swap, appearing as Ellie O'Brien.[29] The premiere averaged over two million viewers,[30] and had a mixed reception. In the same year, she appeared as Laina Michaels in the YouTube Premium film The Thinning, starring alongside Logan Paul and Lia Marie Johnson.[31] In 2017, List appeared in the teen comedy film The Outcasts as Mackenzie Smith.[32] Production had initially began in 2014 under its original title The Outskirts,[33] and was not released until three years later. It was originally released direct-to-video, but was eventually picked up for a theatrical release.[34] In 2018, it was announced that List would leave Bunk'd, and depart from her work on Disney Channel entirely.[35][36] When she still worked with the network, she was an active member of the Disney Channel Circle of Stars.[37]

List reprised her role as Laina Michaels in The Thinning: New World Order, the sequel to The Thinning, which was released in 2018.[38] In the same year, she starred alongside Asa Butterfield in the romantic drama film Then Came You as Ashley.[39] List was soon cast in the main role of Olivia Richmond in the first season of the supernatural web series Light as a Feather, which was released through Hulu in October 2018.[40] Also in 2018, she made her singing debut with the single "Liar Liar".[41] In 2019, List voiced Barbara Gordon / Batgirl in the direct-to-video superhero film Batman: Hush.[42] In the same year, she was cast in the recurring role of Tory in the YouTube Premium action series Cobra Kai, which she played throughout the second,[43] third, and fourth seasons. In 2020, List appeared in the musical film Valley Girl, a remake of the 1983 film,[44] had a role in the Netflix comedy-horror film Hubie Halloween,[45] and co-starred in the drama film Paper Spiders opposite Stefania LaVie Owen and Lili Taylor.[46]


List shares the same name with a fellow actress, Peyton List, who was born in 1986.[47][48] The younger List was interviewed by Access Hollywood, saying she uses Peyton R. List to avoid confusion.[47] Union SAG-AFTRA's policy avoids living actors with the same name; this instance went unnoticed.[47] They appeared in the same scene — when the older List starred on As the World Turns as Lucy Montgomery.[47][10] Years later, the younger List cited confusion when they stayed at the same hotel — they received daily call sheets and voicemails for each other.[47] IndieWire noted the confusion appeared on the website Wikipedia, where both actresses' articles started out with exactly the same introduction text of: "Peyton List is an American actress and model."[48] Both actresses also voiced characters in the animated movie Batman: Hush, the younger as Batgirl and the older as Poison Ivy.



Year Title Role Notes
2004 Spider-Man 2 Little girl playing on steps Uncredited[10][49]
2008 27 Dresses Young Jane Nichols
2009 Confessions of a Shopaholic Shoestore girl #2
2010 3 Backyards Emily
2010 Remember Me Samantha
2010 The Sorcerer's Apprentice Young Becky
2010 Bereavement Wendy Miller
2011 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules Holly Hills
2011 Something Borrowed Young Darcy Rhone
2012 The Trouble with Cali Young Cali Bluejones
2012 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days Holly Hills Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Ensemble Cast[50]
2015 The Seventh Dwarf Princess Rose Voice role; English-language dub
2016 The Thinning Laina Michaels [31]
2017 The Outcasts Mackenzie Originally titled The Outskirts; scheduled for a 2015 release, but held until 2017[51]
2018 Anthem of a Teenage Prophet Faith [52]
2018 Then Came You Ashley
2018 The Thinning: New World Order Laina Michaels
2019 Batman: Hush Barbara Gordon / Batgirl Voice role[42]
2020 Valley Girl Courtney [44]
2020 Paper Spiders Lacy [46]
2020 Hubie Halloween Peggy [45]
2020 Swimming for Gold Claire Carpenter [53]
2021 Aileen Wuornos: American Boogeywoman Aileen Wuornos
TBA Shriver Sophie Firestone Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2002 As the World Turns Little girl in diner Season 47, episode 143; uncredited[9]
2004 All My Children Bess Season 35, episode 229
2005 Late Show with David Letterman Young tourist at the Paul Shaffer hotel Season 12, episode 194
2007 Saturday Night Live Little girl Episode: "LeBron James/Kanye West"; uncredited[citation needed]
2008 Cashmere Mafia Sasha Burden 4 episodes
2008 Wonder Pets Piglet #1 / chick #1 Voice role; episode: "Kalamazoo"
2008 Late Show with David Letterman Von Trapp kid Season 15, episode 73; uncredited[citation needed]
2009 Gossip Girl Little girl #1 Episode: "Enough About Eve"
2010 Secrets in the Walls Molly Easton Television film
2011 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Young Larissa Welsh Episode: "Possessed"
2011–2015 Jessie Emma Ross Main role
2012 The Dog Who Saved the Holidays Eve Voice role; television film
2012 Austin & Ally Emma Ross Episode: "Austin & Jessie & Ally All Star New Year"
2013 A Sister's Nightmare Emily Ryder Television film
2013–2014 Pass the Plate Herself Co-host (seasons 3–4)
2014 I Didn't Do It Sherri Episode: "Dance Fever"
2014 Ultimate Spider-Man Emma Ross Voice role; episode: "Halloween Night at the Museum"
2015–2018, 2021 Bunk'd Emma Ross
  • Main role (seasons 1–3); Special guest star (season 5)
  • also director: "Game of Totems"
2015 K.C. Undercover Emma Episode: "All Howl's Eve"
2016 The Swap Ellie O'Brien Disney Channel Original Movie[29]
2018 Happy Together Sierra Episode: Pilot[54]
2018–2019 Light as a Feather Olivia Richmond Main role (season 1); guest role (season 2)[40]
2019 Project Runway All Stars Herself Guest judge; episode 7.5[55]
2019–present Cobra Kai Tory Nichols Recurring role (season 2–3)[43]
Main role (season 4)[56]
2020 Group Chat Herself Episode: "Slime Into Your DMs"
2020 Robot Chicken Sabrina Spellman Voice role; episode: "Endgame"
2020 Nickelodeon's Unfiltered Herself Episode: "Cactus Pop Tarts!"

Music videos[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2013 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Ensemble Cast (with Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron, Peyton List, Laine MacNeil, Connor & Owen Fielding, Devon Bostick and Grayson Russell) Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days Won [17]
2020 Kids' Choice Award Favorite Female TV Star Bunk'd Nominated [58]
2022 Kids' Choice Award Favorite Female TV Star (Family) Cobra Kai Nominated [59]


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