Sterling Knight

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Sterling Knight
Sterling Sandmann Knight

(1989-03-05) March 5, 1989 (age 29)
ResidenceHouston, Texas, United States
OccupationActor, singer
Years active2005–present
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)

Sterling Sandmann[1] Knight (born March 5, 1989) is an American actor and musician. He is best known for playing the roles as Alex in 17 Again, Chad Dylan Cooper in the Disney Channel Original Series Sonny with a Chance and its spinoff So Random!, Zander Carlson in Melissa & Joey, and Christopher Wilde in the Disney Channel Original Movie Starstruck.

Early life[edit]

Sterling Knight was born on March 5, 1989, in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.[2] He has a sister, Samantha Scarlett, and a brother, Spencer Shuga.[3]


Knight began his career on stage in local productions. He made his acting debut in minor roles in Calm, Career Day, and Hi-Jinks.[4] Knight's first role with Disney was in an episode of Hannah Montana, playing Lily's boyfriend Lucas, in 2007.[5] Later in the year, Knight also appeared in two episodes of The Closer.[6] In 2008, Knight appeared in Out of Jimmy's Head and Grey's Anatomy.[7] In 2009, Knight played the role of Chad Dylan Cooper, an egotistical and self-centered cast member of Mackenzie Falls and self-proclaimed Hollywood legend in Sonny with a Chance. Knight made his film debut in 17 Again playing Alex O'Donnell, Matthew Perry/Zac Efron's son.[8]

In 2010, Knight played teen heart-throb Christopher Wilde in the Disney Channel Original Movie(DCOM) Starstruck.[9] According to comments made by Knight on Twitter, because he joined the cast so late, he only sang one song on the soundtrack, the opening song. His character's remaining songs were sung by Drew Ryan Scott.[10] Knight's next project was the movie Elle: A Modern Cinderella Tale with Ashlee Hewitt.[11] He plays Ty Parker, a singer/songwriter who's looking for a change in his music and then finds a girl recording in a studio and when she leaves him he goes on a journey to find her. Although the movie was about the girl, Elle, he played a crucial part. The movie was released in April 2010.[12]

In 2011, Knight returned to be in the Sonny with a Chance spinoff sketch comedy series So Random!.[13] His recurring characters on So Random! included Possibly Sarcastic Skip, Dwayne Platowski, and Jimmy Sparrow and his impressions included Ralph Fiennes (as Lord Voldemort), Lucas Cruikshank (as Fred), Taylor Lautner (as Jacob Black), and Justin Bieber. The show was cancelled after one season.

In 2012, Knight starred as Shane Seedwell in the action thriller film Transit co-starring Jim Caviezel and Elisabeth Rohm.[14] As of 2013 he is appearing as a guest star on Melissa & Joey as Lennox's boyfriend and later fiancé Zander.[15] Knight returned for the 4th and final season in 2014. In 2014, he starred in "The Hotwives of Orlando" a Hulu exclusive show as Billy.[16]

In 2015, Knight starred as Chris in the action crime drama film Landmine Goes Click.[17] In 2016, Knight guest-starred in two episodes of NBC TV show Crowded, where he played the love interest of Miranda Cosgrove's character.[18] In 2017, he starred as Cameron Fullbright in the go90 comedy series In the Rough.[19] He had a supporting role in the movie Different Flowers.[20] He played the role of Philip in the sci-fi drama The Man from Earth: Holocene.[21]

Personal life[edit]

In November 2014, Knight began dating actress Ayla Kell, whom he had met on the set of Melissa & Joey.[22] The couple announced their engagement in October 2018.[23]


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Calm Skater Boy Short film
2009 Balls Out: Gary the Tennis Coach Opponent Tennis Player
2009 17 Again Alex O'Donnell
2010 Privileged[24] Soph
2010 Elle: A Modern Cinderella Tale Ty Parker
2010 StarStruck Christopher Wilde Television film
2011 The Muppets Himself
2012 Transit Shane
2015 Landmine Goes Click[25] Chris
2016 It Snows All The Time[26] Art
2016 Danny Boy Danny short film
2016 Career Day Ben Taylor short film
2017 Different Flowers Charlie
2017 The Man from Earth: Holocene Philip
TV shows and appearances
Year Title Role Notes
2006 Hi-Jinks Brendan "Winner" (Season 1, Episode 8)
2007 Hannah Montana Lucas Recurring role
2007 The Closer Grady Reed "Next of Kin: Part 1" (Season 3, Episode 14)
"Next of Kin: Part 2" (Season 3, Episode 15)
2008 Out of Jimmy's Head Brad "Bad Fad" (Season 1, Episode 14)
2008 Grey's Anatomy Kip "Freedom: Part 1" (Season 4, Episode 16)
"Freedom: Part 2" (Season 4, Episode 17)
2009–11 Sonny with a Chance Chad Dylan Cooper / Chaz Milton Looper Main role (Seasons 1-2) (as Chad Dylan Cooper)
Episode: "My Two Chads" (as Chaz Milton Looper)
2011–12 So Random! Chad Dylan Cooper Main role
2013 Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja Buttermaker Voice; "Wave Slayers" (Season 1, Episode 16)
"McFreaks" (Season 1, Episode 41)
2013–15 Melissa & Joey Zander Carlson Recurring role
2014 The Hotwives of Orlando Billy Recurring role (Season 1)
2016 Crowded Nate "Fixer" (Season 1, Episode 7)
"Daughter" (Season 1, Episode 11)
2017 In the Rough Cameron Fullbright go90

Music videos[edit]

Year Artist Title Role
2008 Demi Lovato "La La Land" The Actor
2010 Sterling Knight "Starstruck" Christopher Wilde


Album appearances
Title Year Album
"Hanging" 2010 Sonny with a Chance
"How We Do This"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2010 Teen Choice Awards Actor Comedy Sonny with a Chance Nominated
Hollywood Teen TV Awards Teen Pick Actor: Comedy Won
2015 Monster Fest Best Male Lead Landmine Goes Click Won


  1. ^ radiodisney (2010-06-07), Find out Sterling Knight's middle name on Radio Disney's Celebrity Take with Jake, retrieved 2018-04-30
  2. ^ "Sterling Knight Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved July 1, 2013.
  3. ^ Rubin, Sam (entertainment reporter, interviewer); Sterling Knight; Michaela Pereira (February 12, 2010). KTLA Morning News. Los Angeles: KTLA. Event occurs at 1:30. [Pereira:] What is your sister's name? [Knight:] Samantha Scarlett. [Pereira:] And your brother? [Knight:] Spencer Shuga… My mom is a Georgia Girl. [Rubin:] Do you have a rap middle name too? [Knight:] I, umm, it's pretty bad. Sandmann. I'm not kidding… I will show you my ID… |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  4. ^ "Sterling Knight biography and filmography | Sterling Knight movies". Retrieved 2016-04-18.
  5. ^ "7 Times Miley And Lilly Were The Truest Friends On 'Hannah Montana'". MTV News. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
  6. ^ "Sterling Knight -". Starpulse. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
  7. ^ "Sterling Knight". Retrieved 2016-04-18.
  8. ^ "17 Again and Let The Right One In: Two good films in one week". Mail Online. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
  9. ^ "Watch StarStruck () online - Amazon Video". Retrieved 2016-04-18.
  10. ^ Interview: Drew Ryan Scott – Episode no. 11 07/02 by Charicemania | Music Podcasts
  11. ^ "Elle: A Modern Cinderella Tale". Retrieved 2016-04-18.
  12. ^ "Elle: A Modern Cinderella Tale". IMDb. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
  13. ^ "So Random". Retrieved 2016-04-18.
  14. ^ "Transit". 2012-05-11. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
  15. ^ "Interview: Sterling Knight on the Challenges of Acting and Why You Should Watch 'Melissa and Joey'". Retrieved 2016-04-18.
  16. ^ "This. Now. - Check this out! The trailer for Hotwives of..." This. Now. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
  17. ^ Harvey, Dennis. "Film Review: 'Landmine Goes Click'". Variety. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
  18. ^ Staff, (2015-06-07). "Crowded | Full Cast and Credits | 2016". Retrieved 2016-08-24.
  19. ^ "In the Rough | go90". go90. Retrieved 2018-02-04.
  20. ^ "About". Different Flowers. Retrieved 2018-02-04.
  21. ^ McNary, Dave (2016-05-27). "Vanessa Williams, Sterling Knight Join 'Man From Earth' Sequel". Variety. Retrieved 2018-02-04.
  22. ^ Ayla Kell [@justAylaK] (5 August 2015). "Since November! Pretty much right after we met on set at #MelissaandJoey @Laurenk83 @joeyydato" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  23. ^ "Ayla Kell on Instagram". Instagram. October 2, 2018. Retrieved 2018-12-02.
  24. ^ Privileged on IMDb
  25. ^ Landmine Goes Click on IMDb
  26. ^ It Snows All The Time on IMDb

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