Los Angeles, CA
Danielle Nicole Panabaker (born September 19, 1987) is an American actress. She began acting as a teenager and first came to prominence for her roles in the Disney films Stuck in the Suburbs (2004), Sky High (2005) and Read It and Weep (2006), the latter alongside her younger sister Kay Panabaker, and in the HBO miniseries Empire Falls (2005).
She came to wider attention as a cast member alongside James Woods in the CBS legal drama series Shark (2006-08) and is also noted as a scream queen, having starred in the psychological thriller Mr. Brooks (2007) and the horror films Friday the 13th (2009), The Crazies (2010), John Carpenter's The Ward (2010), and Piranha 3DD (2012).
After recurring roles on the crime series Bones (2012-13), the drama series Necessary Roughness (2011-13), and the crime drama Justified (2014), Panabaker guest-starred as Caitlin Snow on The CW television series Arrow in April 2014. She is currently reprising her role as one of the main characters in the spin-off series The Flash, which premiered in October 2014.
Panabaker was born in Augusta, Georgia, to Donna (née Mayock) and Harold Panabaker. Her younger sister Kay was also an actress, who is currently working as a zoologist. As her father's sales job took them across the country, the family spent time in South Carolina, Pennsylvania, and for a short time around Panabaker's kindergarten year, in Orange, Texas. She took a theater class at a summer camp and discovered her enjoyment of acting, so she started acting in community theaters at the age of 12, later auditioning for commercials.
After moving to Naperville, Illinois, in 2000, Panabaker went to Crone Middle School and later Neuqua Valley High School and participated in the speech team. She graduated from high school when she was only 14 years old. In 2003, feeling it was the only way to land acting roles regularly, Panabaker, her sister, and their mother relocated to Los Angeles, California, so she could pursue an acting career. She attended Glendale Community College, studying acting. In 2005, she earned her associate degree and appeared on the national Dean's List. In the fall of 2006, she began her senior year at the University of California, Los Angeles, from which she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in June 2007, again appearing on the Dean's List.
Panabaker followed her initial appearances in commercials with roles in television, including a part in the series, The Guardian (for which she won a Young Artist Award), as well as other television series including Malcolm in the Middle, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Medium, Summerland, and the Disney Channel Original Movie Stuck in the Suburbs. She also appeared in the Lifetime Television productions Sex and the Single Mom and Mom at Sixteen, as well as the well-reviewed miniseries Empire Falls. She considers Empire Falls to be her big break, as it gave her the confidence to pursue her career. In addition, Panabaker appeared in stage productions with roles in musical theater, including West Side Story, Pippin, Once Upon A Time, and Beauty Lou and the Country Beast. In 2004, she starred in the ABC film "Searching for David's Heart", alongside co-former Disney star Ricky Ullman. In 2005, Panabaker co-starred in two widely released theatrical films, Sky High and Yours, Mine and Ours. Her next role was in the film Home of the Giants (2008), opposite Ryan Merriman and Haley Joel Osment. She also had a supporting role in the film Mr. Brooks opposite Kevin Costner. In the Disney Channel original movie Read It and Weep, she plays "Is", an alternate version of Jamie, who was played by her real-life sister Kay.
Panabaker was added to the cast of the CBS television drama pilot Shark, as Julie Stark, the main character's daughter. She had a regular role in the series, which ran for two years. Although she sometimes only appeared in a scene or two an episode, and was absent from three episodes in the series run, she was billed second to the star, James Woods.
In 2009, Panabaker played Jenna, a main character of Friday the 13th (2009) along with Jared Padalecki. Panabaker next starred in the films The Crazies and The Ward.
In 2011, Panabaker starred as Katie Lapp, the lead character in the Hallmark Movie The Shunning, based on the novel of the same name by Beverly Lewis. She was due to reprise her role in the 2013 sequel The Confession, but a scheduling conflict forced her to drop out. The role was recast, going to Katie Leclerc.
In 2013, she starred in another Hallmark Channel Original Movie entitled Nearlyweds. On May 5, 2013, Panabaker joined actors including Philip Baker Hall, Bill Pullman, and Maggie Siff in performing at Cedering Fox's WordTheatre, where they read aloud contemporary short fiction.
In 2014, Panabaker starred in director Bradley D. King's award-winning science-fiction film Time Lapse, for which she won the award for Best Actor/Actress at the 2014 London Independent Film Festival.
Sci-fi Convention Guest Appearances
- Fan Expo Chicago 2023 - August 10-13, 2023 in Rosemont, IL
- Fan Expo Philadelphia 2023 - June 2-4, 2023 in Philadelphia, PA
- Toronto Comicon 2023 - March 17-19, 2023 in Toronto, ON, Canada 2022
- Dragon Con 2022 - September 1-5, 2022 in Atlanta, GA 2021
Armageddon Auckland 2021 - December 17-19, 2021 in Auckland, New ZealandConvention Cancelled Armageddon Auckland 2021 - November 26-28, 2021 in Auckland, New ZealandConvention Postponed Fan Expo Denver: Special Edition 2021 - October 29-31, 2021 in Denver, COCancelled Appearance Sci-Fi Summit 2021 - September 10-12, 2021 in Edison, NJCancelled Appearance Fan Expo Boston 2021 - September 3-5, 2021 in Boston, MACancelled Appearance MegaCon Orlando 2021 - August 12-15, 2021 in Orlando, FLCancelled Appearance 2020
- Armageddon Auckland 2020 - October 23-26, 2020 in Auckland, New Zealand Live via Video Feed
- Armageddon Tauranga 2020 - July 25-26, 2020 in Tauranga, New Zealand Live via Video Feed 2019
- Florida Supercon 2019 - July 4-7, 2019 in Miami Beach, FL
- Fan Expo Dallas 2019 - May 3-5, 2019 in Dallas, TX 2018
- Minnesota Fan Fusion 2018 - August 3-5, 2018 in St. Paul, MN
Montreal Comiccon 2018 - July 6-8, 2018 in Montreal, QC, CanadaCancelled Appearance 2017
- FanExpo Vancouver 2017 - November 10-12, 2017 in Vancouver, BC, Canada
- Dragon Con 2017 - September 1-4, 2017 in Atlanta, GA
- Comic Con Honolulu 2017 - July 28-30, 2017 in Honolulu, HI
- MegaCon Orlando 2017 - May 25-28, 2017 in Orlando, FL
- Calgary Expo 2017 - April 27-30, 2017 in Calgary, AB, Canada 2015
- Phoenix Comicon 2015 - May 28-31, 2015 in Phoenix, AZ
- MegaCon 2015 - April 10-12, 2015 in Orlando, FL
14 confirmed guest appearances
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