Sterling Knight

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Sterling Knight
Born Sterling Sandmann Knight
(1989-03-05) March 5, 1989 (age 26)
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, United States
Residence Houston, Texas, United States
Nationality American
Occupation Actor, singer
Years active 2005–present
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)

Sterling Sandmann 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 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.[1] He has a sister, Samantha Scarlett, and a brother, Spencer Shuga.[2]


Knight began his career on stage in local productions. He made his acting debut in minor roles in Calm, Career Day, and Hi-Jinks. Knight's first role with Disney was in an episode of Hannah Montana, playing Lily's boyfriend Lucas, in 2007. Later in the year, Knight also appeared in two episodes of The Closer. In 2008, Knight appeared in Out of Jimmy's Head and Grey's Anatomy. 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.

In 2010, Knight played teen heart-throb Christopher Wilde in the Disney Channel Original Movie Starstruck. According to comments made by Knight on Twitter, because he joined the cast so late, he only sang one song the soundtrack, the opening song. His character's remaining songs were sung by Drew Ryan Scott.[3] Knight's next project was the movie Elle: A Modern Cinderella Tale with Ashlee Hewitt. 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.[4]

In 2011, Knight returned to be in the Sonny with a Chance spinoff sketch comedy series So Random!. 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. As of 2013 he is appearing as a guest star on Melissa & Joey as Lennox's boyfriend and later fiancé Zander. 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.


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 Soph
2010 Elle: A Modern Cinderella Tale Ty Parker
2011 The Muppets Himself
2012 Transit Shane
2015 Landmine Goes Click Chris
2015 It Snows All The Time Art Post-producing
TV shows and appearances
Year Title Role Notes
2006 Hi-Jinks Brendan "Winner" (Season 1, Episode 8)
2007 Hannah Montana Lucas "My Best Friend's Boyfriend" (Season 2, Episode 7)
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)
2010 Starstruck[5] Christopher Wilde Television film
2009–11 Sonny with a Chance Chad Dylan Cooper Main role
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)


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


  1. ^ "Sterling Knight Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved July 1, 2013. 
  2. ^ 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… 
  3. ^ Interview: Drew Ryan Scott – Episode no. 11 07/02 by Charicemania | Music Podcasts
  4. ^ "Elle: A Modern Cinderella Tale". IMDb. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  5. ^ Bonner, Julie (September 24, 2009). "Production Has Begun on DCOM "Starstruck"". Retrieved June 5, 2010. 

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